Wednesday, November 03, 2021
We’re thrilled to share some reviews by the best in the biz, Coffee Review! In addition to the 26,000+ site reviews from customers like you (yes, you), this is a huge milestone for us. Thank you so much! We’d be happy to live in your daily cuppa forever.
Reviewed: September 2021
- Aroma: 8
- Structure/Acidity: 8
- Body: 9
- Flavor: 9
- Aftertaste: 8
Overall Rating: 92
“Blind assessment: Richly cocoa-toned. Cocoa nib, cashew butter, lily, lemon verbena, date in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned with mild acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoa- and nut-driven finish.
“The bottom line: A deep-toned, richly sweet Congo cup with an especially viscous, syrupy mouthfeel” (Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, September 2021).
What Are Professional Coffee Reviews?
Coffee Review reviews differ from normal reviews in that they are conducted by certified Q Graders—coffee sommeliers who evaluate coffees, assign them individual cup scores, and essentially produce a handbook for each coffee. Q Graders are licensed by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and follow the Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) evaluation methods.
This creates a universal language that roasters and coffee enthusiasts all over the world can understand and depend on. It also helps clearly define specialty coffee.
What Is Specialty Coffee?
For a coffee to be considered "specialty," it must score above an 80—anything lower is simply not graded. Coffees scored between 85 and 89.99 are considered excellent and anything higher than 90 is considered outstanding.