Equipment Report: Four Mid-Range Burr Coffee Grinders Tested & Reviewed

Four burr coffee grinders, from left to right: Oxo Conical Burr Grinder With Integrated Scale, Baratza Virtuoso+, Breville Smart Grinder Pro, and KitchenAid Burr Grinder. Photo by Howard Bryman.

Grinding whole beans immediately before brewing is one of the single most powerful upgrades you can make to the quality of the cup you brew at home. No matter what grinder you own, it’s better than owning no grinder at all. Yet when examining the differences from one coffee grinder to the next, and contemplating the sheer variety of products available on the market, it quickly becomes clear that what we ask grinders to do, and evaluating how well they do it, is neither simple nor easy.

For this report, Coffee Review thoroughly tested four popular burr coffee grinders: the Baratza Virtuoso+, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro, the KitchenAid Burr Grinder, and the Oxo Conical Burr Grinder With Read more

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

Minù Caffè Latte Cappuccino And Macchiato Coffee Machine

We all know that the drink we love comes from a bean – the coffee bean. The main distinction between many of the most popular coffee drinks is the quantity of froth, milk , and espresso that each comprises. Initially, decaffeinated espresso is not all the time caffeine-free. It does usually comprise less of the chemical, but simply how much much less varies by the institution and even throughout the establishment, based mostly on who’s doing the brewing and the technique used. What is a latte? It is an espresso and steamed (or cold) milk drink of various size. It is different from cappuccinos as a result of it has much less foam and rather more milk. In most cafes, you’ll see a latte served in 10, 12, sixteen and generally even 20-ounce cups. Our high-quality biodegradable paper cups- like a transferring advertisement- permit brands handy ship their message and … Read more