Coffee as a Force for Good: Roasters Who Give Back

Producer Tesfaye Bekele, owner of Suke Quto Farm in Guji, Ethiopia. Courtesy of Street Bean.

 

Like everything bought and sold, coffee can be a vehicle for profit or a tool for changing the world. Sometimes, it is both. 2020 was, unequivocally, a difficult year for the coffee industry, globally speaking, as it was for many of us working in that industry. One response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is to help others make it through the storm. Our report this month shines a spotlight on those kinds of coffee roasters, folks who have either been community-minded since their companies’ inceptions, or those just getting on the philanthropic wave.

We take a look at roasters who are contributing some portion of proceeds from the sale of their coffees to causes that are meaningful to them — from non-profits that feed local communities to scholarship funds for women of … Read more

Colombia Coffee 2021: Best of Both Worlds or Identity Crisis?

Red Rooster’s “Trust The Process” Colombia coffee was the top-rated coffee in this month’s report. Photo courtesy of Red Rooster Coffee Roaster.

 

Colombia could be approaching best-of-both-worlds status as coffee producer. On one hand, standard commodity Colombias continue rolling down to the ports and onward into “100{ab5f2c9c740426ae4c9b4912729231eec62bb8d7f7c15dd2b52ffa544e442110} Colombian” supermarket cans and jars, whose quite decent contents put to shame the bland, woody, Robusta-laden contents of competing supermarket cans and jars.

At the same time, small lots of specialty Colombia coffees, surprising and exceptional, have surfaced over the last decade or so. Until recently, these specialty Colombias aimed for a superior version of the classic power and completeness associated with the best traditional Colombia coffees. In other words, they aspired to transcend the standard-issue Colombia cup by doing the same thing, only better.

But recently, increasing numbers of Colombias have appeared on specialty lists that represent the opposite of classic. … Read more

The Year 2020 in Coffee: Challenges, Trends, Surprises & Knockouts

In 2020, COVID-19 devastated lives and businesses, challenging the global specialty coffee community to its core. On the producing side, the pandemic added still another daunting challenge to growers facing endemic low coffee prices and an ongoing battle with leaf rust disease in Latin America. On the consuming side, roasters saw the pandemic shutter their bread-and-butter café businesses while many once-nomadic coffee lovers were forced to become at-home shoppers and brewers.

But growers, importers, roasters and retailers adapted and prevailed, often in remarkable ways. At Coffee Review, exceptional coffees continued to arrive throughout the year from an even greater range of origins than before the pandemic. Farmers and roasters deserve recognition every year, but especially in 2020.

Amplifying the Top 30

As usual, we capped a year of celebrating great coffees and those who produce them with publication of our annual Top 30 list of the most exciting coffees … Read more

Artistic Branding Asia

It is no surprise that most people have such a fanatical response to coffee, with over 173 million luggage of espresso being consumed worldwide, yearly. Tim Horton’s originated from Canada and has a incredible presence in Canadian market. In reality, it has one of the highest coffee chain turnovers of Canada. Tim Horton’s sells both – Donuts and Coffee and it is known to be a multinational quick meals restaurant identified for its fast service. The coffee bean we know really begins out inexperienced. Properly, really it starts out purple – in a espresso cherry. Espresso cherries are the fruit which grows on the coffee plant, producing (often) two espresso beans inside. The fruit is mostly discarded, leaving the harvested caffeine-beans, which begin their journey inexperienced. A foodie by start and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. I launched the blog to share my family’s favourite easy recipes … Read more

A 5 Step Guide To Deciding on The Finest Espresso Beans

So you might be starting a espresso store and working on your espresso store marketing strategy. Once more the quantity of floor coffee you employ is as much as your style preferences. Often, you’ll use one to 2 tablespoons per cup of water. That said, not everyone can take part. Perhaps, as an illustration, a product is too huge to moderately merge delivery and product costs. If, for whatever cause, you can’t take part, it is also value finding a niche audience and pushing a advertising and marketing marketing campaign. What do you supply that might be extra engaging than the alluring free shipping? Are you eco-friendly? Do you provide handmade items? No matter it is that makes your business particular, capitalize on it. Caturra: Caturra is a pure hybrid of the Bourbon pressure that was discovered growing in Brazil throughout the early 1900s, however it flourishes better at this … Read more