An In-Depth Look at the Top 30 Coffees of 2022

In 2022, Coffee Review blind-tasted more than 2,500 samples from leading roasting companies and coffee producers, 530 of which we reviewed on www.coffeereview.com. The Top 30 Coffees of 2022 represents a further selection: a ranking of the 30 most exciting of these coffees.

This year’s list represents the 10th year we have compiled our Top 30 list of the most exciting coffees we have tasted over the preceding year. This annual event supports our mission of helping consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees, while also helping recognize and reward the farmers and roasters who produce these coffees. The Top 30 celebrates and promotes coffee roasters, farmers, mill operators, importers, and other coffee industry professionals who make an extra effort to produce coffees that are not only superb in quality but also distinctive in character.

In 2022, roughly one out of four of the over 2,500 coffees we tested … Read more

Shop the Top 30 Coffees of 2022

Coffee Review‘s mission is to help consumers find superior quality coffees and, in the process, help recognize and reward the farmers and roasters who produce those superior quality coffees.  Many of our readers seek out highly rated coffees for their own enjoyment or as thoughtful gifts for coffee lovers.  Coffees that appear in Coffee Review’s Top 30 are particularly popular.  They often sell out quickly.

We’re pleased to help facilitate your shopping and gift-giving by providing links to roasters’ websites where Top 30 coffees may be available for purchase. As of the morning of Wednesday, November 23, 2022, the Top 30 coffees below were available for purchase on roasters’ websites:

No. 1 | Review | Shop | PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., Yemen Haraaz Red Mahal Aqeeq ul Station Natural, 97 points – $35.00/8 ounces

No. 2 | Review | Shop |Kakalove Cafe (Taiwan), Guatemala Washed El Injerto EI05 Read more

Celebrating Traditional Excellence: Classic Coffees from Central America

Red Bourbon cherries growing on Gloria Rodriguez’s Finca Nejapa in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec growing region, El Salvador. Courtesy of Chromatic Coffee.

For many North Americans, the classic coffees of Central America constitute the essential experience of fine coffee. Until relatively recently, wet-processed or washed coffees from traditional tree varieties produced by a string of Central American countries — Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama –  typically appeared near the top of specialty coffee menus. But that classic Central America cup has been under duress for decades, pressured by macro factors like coffee economics and climate change, as well as by changing trends in specialty coffee itself.

How is that classic Central America cup faring today? Will a coffee lover who has retained (or recently developed) a taste for the often bright, usually balanced, quietly nuanced Central America cup find satisfying examples on contemporary specialty roasters’ websites and café menus?… Read more

Classic Origins, Mission-Driven Companies: 9 Roasters New to Coffee Review

 

Our monthly reports are a bit like a coffee grab bag — we never know what kinds of submissions we’re going to receive, but we always get some surprises that steer the month’s given theme in specific directions. And that’s really the point with our reports: to pose a question and see what potential answers surface. The end result is never comprehensive, but it’s always engaging and intriguing.

This month, we were curious about roasters whose coffees we’d never cupped before, of which there are many. So, it was exciting to see what submissions landed — coffees from veteran roasters to newbies, spanning the U.S., Canada and Taiwan — and to introduce the work of roasters entirely new to Coffee Review to our readers.

We review nine coffees here, ranging in score from 92-94, and the themes that emerged in our cupping include intentionality, transparency, mission, and, of course, Read more

Mexico Coffee: Processing Innovation, Cooperatives, and the Tradition of Collaboration

Coffee is spread out on a concrete patio to dry in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Kim Westerman.

 

While Mexico is somewhat under the radar when compared to more popular coffee origins, the country has been producing coffee since the late 18th century, and given recent developments, may well be poised to become a model for coffee production in the 21st century. In this month’s report, we review nine exceptional coffees from four different Mexican growing regions.

Coffee farmers everywhere face various barriers to success — some more than others — including climate change, pests and plant diseases, and prices for their annual crop too low to survive on. But narratives of resilience also abound, and if our findings in this report are any indication, Mexico may be a prime example of both increased quality and improved infrastructure achieved in the face of adversity, developments boding well for … Read more