Coffee reviews – written in plain English.

Professional coffee cuppersWe're not professional coffee cuppers, but these folks are. (Some of the wonderful people I met on my trip to Jamaica.)

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

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

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

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.

Hayman Coffee

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Hayman Jamaica Blue Mountain Whole Bean Coffee

A beautifully balanced coffee from one of the world's most famous coffee growing regions. Full review here...

Hayman Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Nespresso Capsules

A top end coffee delivered in a Nespresso coffee pod. Very nice! Full review here...

Panama Goods

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Kotowa Family Reserve Coffee Blend

Kotowa Family Reserve combines both light floral notes with cocoa and stone fruit aftertaste. Full review here...

Sea Island Coffee

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Mount Everest Supreme

Mount Everest Supreme is from Nepal, and from one of the northernmost coffee estates in the world. Full review...

Hugo Coffee Roasters

Hugo Breakfast Blend Coffee

Hugo Breakfast Blend Coffee is sweet, nutty, and just bold enough to wake you up in the morning. Full review...

Spirit Animal Coffee

Catuai/Bourbon Coffee

This is a medium roasted coffee from Honduras, with light and subtle tones of chocolate and nuts. Full review here...

No Coast Coffee Roasters

Crown Town Colombia Coffee

A medium-roast Colombian coffee, defined by subtle layers of complementary flavors. Full review here...

Volcan de Fuego

Volcan de Fuego Coffee

This is a unique coffee with a balance of robust and delicate flavors. Full review here...

Cafeto Del Monte

Cafeto Del Monte Coffee

This mild coffee from Costa Rica is hand-crafted on a century-old family farm. Full review here...

Kaya Kopi

Kopi Luwak Coffee

A must-try coffee for coffee lovers, Kopi Luwak coffee is “processed” by wild Asian palm civets. Full review here...

Driven Coffee

Bag of Peru Cenfrocafe from Driven Coffee.

Peru Cenfrocafe Coffee

This a light-roasted coffee from Peru, with sweet, floral and berry flavors. Definitely worth a try. Full review here...

Costa Rica coffee

Costa Rica Coffee

This Costa Rica coffee from Driven Coffee has a smooth taste, with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Full review here...

Ethiopia Sidamo coffee

Ethiopia Sidamo Coffee

This a very nice medium-roast Ethiopia Sidamo, on the light side of bold with a touch of blueberry. Full review here... Coffee Club

Ethiopia Banko Gutiti Coffee

A medium-light coffee with a full and subtle range of flavors. Full review here...

Groundwork Coffee

AMUCC Colombia Coffee

This is a light-roasted coffee, grown and harvested by women farmers in Colombia. Full review here...

Pinebrook Coffee Roasters

Malawi Peaberry Coffee

A dark roasted but surprisingly delicate brew, with a natural sweetness and light citrus tones. Full review here...

Atlas Coffee Club

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffee

This is mellow Yirgacheffee coffee which surprises with a bloom of boldness in the back of the mouth. Full review here...

Divergent Coffee

Signature Blend IV Coffee

This is a super-dark blend of beans from 4 different countries. Tastes even better than we had expected. Full review here...

Trailhead Coffee Roasters


This wonderful Guatemala from Trailhead Coffee Roasters was sent to us by Brothers Roasting Company. Full review here...

Dark Matter Coffee

Benante’s Blend coffee.

Our review of a surprisingly smooth and subtle coffee from the drummer of thrash metal band Anthrax. Full review here...

Kaito Coffee Roasters

Kochere coffee from Ethiopia.

This Kochere coffee comes from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, and has the subtle floral and fruit tones you expect from that area. Full review here...

Modest Coffee Roasters

Adado Region Yirgacheffe coffee.

Modest Coffee Roasters offer a three-level subscription service, which includes some amazing coffees like this Yirgacheffe. Full review here...

Konabox Coffee

Huahua Farm Kona coffee.

This is a City Roast 100% Kona coffee with a smooth, bittersweet flavor and a touch of fruit. Full review here...

Jolly Roger Roasting Company


This Sumatran coffee presents a different taste profile because of its lighter roast. You’ll find less chocolate and a lot more subtlety. Full review here...

Jarhead Java

Jarhead Java coffee is a bold and sweet Colombian coffee that’s perfect for your morning brew. It supports a good cause too. Full review here...

Allann Bros Coffee Roasters

Phoenix and The Turtle

This coffee from Allann Bros  is a rich, bold blend of beans from Indonesia and Central America. Full review here...

Drift Away Coffee

El Salvador Santa Maria

El Salvador Santa Maria

This coffee from Drift Away Coffee is a bold and fairly dark coffee, but with a natural sweetness and a touch of berry. Full review here...

Tanzania Igamba coffee

Tanzania Igamba

Tanzania Igamba coffee from Drift Away Coffee is a light roasted coffee with a touch of natural sweetness and black tea. Full review here...

Panama Coffee Gold Reserve

Esmeralda Special Geisha coffee

Esmeralda Special Geisha coffee is a beautiful blend of soft acidity, blended with a fruity and floral sweetness. Full review here...

Auromar Panama Geisha Coffee

Auromar Panama Geisha Coffee

This coffee comes from a rare coffee varietal and delivers a perfectly balanced brew. An absolute must-try coffee. Full review here...

King's Row Coffee

The Shelton Signature Blend coffee

The Shelton Signature Blend

This is a fabulous coffee, with a price to match. But if you truly love coffee, this is one to try. Full review here...

The Bonbon Blend coffee

The Bonbon Blend

This is nicely balanced coffee, on the light side of bold, and with a natural sweetness. Full review here...

The Coastal Blend coffee

The Coastal Blend

The Coastal Blend is a dark to medium roast coffee, blended to taste its best on the beach. Full review here...

Montana Coffee Traders

Grizzly Blend coffee

Grizzly Blend

This is a terrific coffee. We love it. It’s strong and smooth with a natural sweetness and no harsh edges to the taste. Full review here...

Cafe Monteverde coffee

Cafe Monteverde

If you like your coffee light, bright and citrus, then be sure to try this Café Monteverde from Montana Coffee Traders. Full review here...

Community Coffee

Breakfast Blend coffee

Breakfast Blend

The Community Coffee Breakfast Blend is a medium-weight coffee, with a unique sweetness and strong, clean finish. Full review here...

Coffee & Chicory blend

Coffee & Chicory

Our review of a blend of coffee and chicory, sent to us by Community Coffee, a Louisiana roaster. Full review here...

Joe's Brew Club

Costa Rica coffee from Redrock Roasters

Costa Rica coffee from Redrock Roasters

This coffee came to us via Joe's Brew Club -  a coffee club with a get coffee, biscotti and chocolate. Full review here...

Bean Box

True Mokha Java

Mokha Java is one of the oldest coffee blends in the world, and this particular blend balances chocolate and fruit perfectly. Full review here...

Kuma Coffee's Guatemala La Esperanza

Kuma Coffee's Guatemala La Esperanza

This Kuma Coffee Guatemala La Esperanza came to us from Bean Box. It's a mild coffee, with hints of both milk chocolate and orange. Full review here...

Herkimer’s Honduran Drip Blend coffee

Herkimer’s Honduran Drip Blend

Our review of Herkimer Coffee’s Drip Blend, a smooth and sweet Honduran coffee sent to us by the folks at Bean Box. Full review here...

Marley Coffee

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Marley Coffee is a beautiful, subtle coffee, with sweet and floral notes. Full review here...

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend coffee

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend is a smooth and naturally sweet blend of coffees from Jamaica and Central America. Full review here...

Kauai Coffee

Garden Isle K-Cups

Blue Mountain Coffee Inc.

Blue Mountain Cache

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

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

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

Maui Mountain Home Grown reviews...

Volcano Roast

Sunrise Roast

Arbor Day Coffee Reviews...

Arbor Day Blend

Arbor Day Colombian Blend

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

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