RTD Rising: Single-Origin Cold Coffees Elevate the Game

Four Barrel Coffee canned ready-to-drink black coffees.  Photo courtesy of Four Barrel Coffee.

It was only two years ago that Coffee Review last explored the landscape of cold black coffees offered in ready-to-drink (RTD) format. In the 2018 report, we celebrated some excellent samples, but the majority of the submissions were produced from blends of various anonymous green coffees, as opposed to single-origin coffees from identifiable farms, mills or cooperatives, the kinds of coffees that, on average, offer more refined and individualized sensory experiences than blends.

Editor Kenneth Davids’ takeaway for the 2018 report was that “Cold brewing generally produces a somewhat different beverage than hot brewing does. The long, slow extraction tends to encourage a cup that is delicate and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel with a softer structure than produced by conventional hot brewing. Both acidity and bitterness tend to be muted. Flavor notes may be subtler in … Read more

Two Centuries of Enslaved Labor: The Contributions of Blacks in the Early Americas Coffee Trade

Woman working on farm in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Photo by Danielle Seréjo.

 

Introduction by Kenneth Davids, Editor in Chief

Phyllis Johnson, longtime president of green coffee importer BD Imports, has emerged as an eloquent spokesperson for acknowledgement and change at a time when specialty coffee is searching for an effective response to systemic racism in the U.S. Her writing and speeches have rallied the specialty coffee community and she has created an outlet and focus for action by founding the new Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity. 

When we decided to focus this month’s issue of Coffee Review on Black-owned American coffee roasters (see August 2020 Tasting Report: Recognizing Coffees from Black-owned Coffee Companies), we asked for Phyllis’s help in organizing our report. She recommended this month’s impressive co-cupper Alicia Adams, for example. We also invited Phyllis to write a piece on any subject she chose to appear with Read more

Recognizing Coffees from Black-owned Coffee Companies

Roaster Alex Carlson; Direct of Coffee Ali Gulduren, and Owner Efrem Fesaha at Boon Boona Coffee in Reston, Washington.  Photo by Jeriel Calamayan, courtesy of Boon Boona Coffee.

 

For new readers who may not be familiar with Coffee Review, we introduced the first-ever 100-point, wine-style coffee reviews to the specialty coffee industry in 1997. Our mission is to help consumers purchase superior quality coffees while recognizing and rewarding the farmers and roasters who produce these coffees.

Since our founding, Coffee Review has reviewed coffees in an objective, unbiased manner, with our ratings and descriptions based on tasting the coffee rather than starting with information about the coffee. This objectivity  is critical for our credibility with consumers and industry professionals alike. For a more detailed explanation of our rating system and evaluation processes, read How Coffee Review Works. For more on our history, check out Reflecting on Two Read more

Branding For A Coffee In Search Of New Targets

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Chocolate Breakfast Spreads, What Are Your Options?

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