Thursday, October 07, 2021
— Updated October 26, 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: 9
- Structure/Acidity: 8
- Body: 9
- Flavor: 9
- Aftertaste: 7
Overall Rating: 92
“Blind assessment: Sweet-toned, gently floral. Baking chocolate, honeysuckle, almond, fresh-cut fir, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with brisk acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Gently drying, wood-framed finish with undertones of baking chocolate and almond.
“The bottom line: Gently crisp chocolate and honeysuckle-like floral notes characterize this Rwanda Bourbon cup” (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.