Coffee Reviews – written in plain English.

Coffee reviews and coffee cupping

Our intention here is to write coffee reviews in a way that makes sense to regular coffee drinkers.

There are some excellent “cuppers” out there – professional coffee tasters – but sometimes their language is hard for non-professionals to understand.

For instance, a coffee cupper might describe a coffee as having “aromatic cedar and chocolate notes with a toasty caramel finish”.

While professional cuppers may write coffee reviews that are clearly understood by other professionals, we believe there is also a need for reviews written in plain English.

If we can achieve some small measure of success in writing these “plain English” coffee reviews, we’ll be happy.

Who does the tasting? I taste all the coffees we review, but rely a great deal on the far superior palate of my girlfriend, Johanne Tanguay. She tastes the coffee and I take notes. If we then compare our notes to what has been written about the same coffee by professional tasters, she is almost always spot on.

That's how we manage to write quality reviews, without a lot of the weird, technical jargon.

BTW – We never charge fees for these reviews. If a company sends us some coffee, we’ll taste it. If we like it, we’ll write a review. If we don’t like the coffee, we simply don’t review it. Our reviews are not paid for.

Finally, if you work for a coffee company and would like us to review one or more of your coffees, you can reach us through our contact page.

Flavorbean Coffee

Blue Mountain Coffee Inc.

Blue Mountain Cache

Bean Box

Kuma Coffee's Guatemala La Esperanza

Herkimer’s Honduran Drip Blend

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters

Organic Colombia Quinchia

Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homacho Waeno

San Francisco Bay Coffee

Colombian Supremo

Dominican Sierra Group

Café Santo Domingo

Path Coffee Roasters

Colombian Finca Potosi

Ethiopian Sidamo

Hamptons Lane

Montauk Sunrise

Oren’s Daily Roast

Burundi Kayanza Gatare

Ridgelyne Coffee

Ridgelyne Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (2014)

100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (2013)

Terra Bean Coffee

La Colmena from El Salvador

New York Coffee House Blend

Peter Asher Coffee

Dominican Republic Peaberry


Rockin' Coffee

Timor Maubesse

Cafe Tabom

100% Brazilian Gourmet

Van Houtte

Single Origin Costa Rica

Single Origin Sumatra

The East India Coffee Company...

Milk Chocolate Enrobed Coffee Beans

Tiny Footprint Coffee...

Colombia Mesa de Los Santos

Nicaraguan Dark Roast

Coffee Del Sol...

El Salvador San Emilio

Blanell Coffee...

La Brasiliana Espresso Coffee

Caffe Diemme Espresso Coffee

Equal Exchange...

Organic Mind, Body & Soul Coffee

Organic French Roast

Coastal Roasters

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Sumatra Gayoland

Fogland Fogcutter

Virgin Hill Coffee Roasters

Ripplecove Blend

Francais Blend

Marley Coffee

Lively Up! 5 Bean Espresso Roast

Marley Coffee Buffalo Soldier coffee

Ridgelyne Coffee

Ridgelyne 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Jarbee Coffee...

Jarbee House Blend

Maui Mountain Home Grown reviews...

Volcano Roast

Sunrise Roast

Kahvé Coffee Reviews...

Verona Blend

CoffeeAM Coffee Reviews...

India Mysore Gold Nuggets

Green Mountain Coffee Reviews...

Winter Classic Blend from Green Mountain Coffee

Green Mountain Coffee's Vermont Country Blend

Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Coffee Reviews...

Newman's Own Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cups

10% Kona Blend Extra Bold K-Cups

Kenya AA Extra Bold K-Cups

Espresso Blend Extra Bold K-Cups

Millstone Coffee Reviews...

Millstone Organic Rainforest Reserve

Millstone Organic Mountain Moonlight

Jalima Coffee Reviews...

Organic Jalima Coffee

The Roasterie Coffee Reviews...

Super Tuscan Espresso

Doi Chaang Coffee Reviews...

Doi Chaang Piko's Peaberry

Idaho Roasting Company...

Silver City Blend

Arbor Day Coffee Reviews...

Arbor Day Blend

Arbor Day Colombian Blend

Flavorbean Coffee

Rocketfuel Coffee Reviews...

Sumatra 44

Jamaican Blue Mountain

Hawaiian Kona

Panama Carmen Estate

Hawaiian Kona Dark

El Socorro

Community Coffee Reviews...

Special Reserve House Blend

Dark Roast Coffee Reviews...

Paradise Roasters Sumatra Danau Toba

Paradise Roasters Guatemala Ocana

The Coffee Beanery Reviews...

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Café Carmel Cream

C&C Specialty Coffee Reviews...

Jamaican Blue Mountain

Honey Bean Coffee Reviews...

Velvet Hammer

About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…

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