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Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo June 11 2016

Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo  Located in the town of Peña Blanca and run by agronomist Angel Arturo Paz, Beneficio San Vicente has processed numerous Cup of Excellence winners from the surrounding villages of El Cielito, El Cedral, and Las Flores in recent years.  The coffees from these areas are known for their sweetness, … Continue reading "Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo"

Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso May 31 2016

Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso Our premium espresso blend is named for its amazing striping in its buttery crema. This Northern Italian style espresso is carefully roasted to a “full city” roast, yielding a flavorful shot that’s not over-roasted or burnt tasting. Home baristas and coffee shop pros have been raving about this espresso, and we … Continue reading "Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso"

Toby’s Estate Coffee – Brazil Sertao May 27 2016

Toby’s Estate – Brazil Sertao Fazenda Sertao owners, José Isidro Pereira and his wife Nazareth Dias Pereira inherited Sertao in the 1940s. Today, their children Franciso, Luiz, Paulo, Glycia and Sandra manage the 270 hectare farm. Located on a mountainside, Sertao’s uniquely high altitude results in the perfect microclimate for growing delicious and beautifully sweet coffee. LOCATION … Continue reading "Toby’s Estate Coffee – Brazil Sertao"

Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend May 24 2016

Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend Named after our love for house music and for the great city where we grew up and live. This coffee is funky, fresh, and will make you move.  It is well balanced with a nice body, citrus flavors and rounds out at the end. Tasting Notes: Hi: citrus zest, aromatic … Continue reading "Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend"

Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend May 17 2016

Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend Devoción is the finest and freshest coffee, pure and simple. Our coffee beans are sourced from farms we hand-select from within the vast untamed regions of our nation. Deep in Colombia’s most inaccessible zones, we develop long-term relationships with coffee growers, paying fair-trade prices and above, while establishing social … Continue reading "Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend"

Barrington Coffee – Ethiopia Hambela May 13 2016

Barrington Coffee Roasters – Ethiopia Hambela Origin- Ethiopia Region- Oromia Locality- Alaka District Producer- Hambela Coffee Estate Altitude- 6234 – 7218’ Varietal- Heirlooms Process- Washed and Sun dried on raised beds Roast- Light We received a 96 point score for this coffee in March of 2016 from Coffee Review! Alluring aroma of curry leaf, flavors of mandarin orange … Continue reading "Barrington Coffee – Ethiopia Hambela"

Klatch Coffee – WBC World’s Best Espresso May 10 2016

  Klatch Coffee – World’s Best Espresso Best Espresso in the world. World’s Best Espresso was awarded Best Espresso in World at 2007 World Barista Championship in Tokyo, Japan. The competition espresso won the honor over 45 competing countries. World’s Best features three legendary beans, Brazil Yellow Bourbon, Sumatra Lake Tawar, and Ethiopian Natural. Each … Continue reading "Klatch Coffee – WBC World’s Best Espresso"

Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate May 06 2016

Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate From his visits to the Boquete valley in Panama, home to some of the most amazing coffees in the world, Martin has maintained a relationship with the Chiari family for years, and we’re proud to have this wonderful offering. Semi-sweet chocolate and cherry notes complement vanilla and honey aromas, with … Continue reading "Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate"

Metropolis Coffee – Mocha Java Blend May 04 2016

The wildness of the Mocha coffee complements the smoothness of the Java coffee.

Coffee Beans: Sustainable or Non-Sustainable Taste Tests March 18 2016

Most of us have seen items in the grocery store labeled “organically produced” or “eco-friendly.” From everything we have read in the media, these food items should be healthier for you than those drenched in food coloring or grown with toxic fertilizers. Folks often buy these items because they feel they are helping the environment, … Continue reading "Coffee Beans: Sustainable or Non-Sustainable Taste Tests"

Puerto Rico’s Signifcance in Coffee History July 21 2015

In an effort to help Puerto Rico regain its status in the coffee world, some small production farmers have concentrated their efforts on specialty and high-quality coffees.

Kickapoo Coffee – Project Congo April 06 2015

Project Congo marks our second philanthropic collaboration with our friends at On The Ground. In our Project Congo initiative, we will donate $1 for every pound of this exceptional Congolese coffee to promote and raise awareness of gender equality in the farming regions of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Klatch Coffee – Papua New Guinea AAK Bros April 04 2015

Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup.

Ayutepeque – 165 Years of Great Coffee January 31 2015

Recently we were fortunate enough to welcome another great roaster, Topeca Coffee. They have been on Coffee Reviews list of top coffees for the past two years and ranked in the top six of all the coffees last year. Topeca owns their own coffee farm in El Salvador and is personally involved in aspect. Below … Continue reading "Ayutepeque – 165 Years of Great Coffee"

Big Island Coffee Roasters – Hawaiian Puna Coffee Excellence December 30 2014

We are wild coffee lovers. Our farm and roasting company grew from a penchant to explore our senses, develop our skills, and help anyone else do the same. With attention and taste, our mission is to weave the best coffees from Hawaii’s wild and beautiful places with fine craftsmanship and display.

Kickapoo Coffee – Ethiopia Hama Organic Special Prep November 14 2014

When we first visited the Hama Cooperative back in 2011, we were greeted by three adorable Ethiopian children. We'd tasted coffees from Hama previously and found them to present 'classic' Yirgacheffe characteristics: candied lemon, intense florality, and refreshing, citric acidity.

Toby’s Estate – Honduras La Escuela November 12 2014

We are proud to have Toby's Estate as one of our newest roasters. In addition to great coffee, they have the farmer's interest in mind as well. Earlier this year Toby's Estate raised over $4,500 for La Escuela De La Piedrona during their Honduras Education Drive. Below is a large excerpt from the Toby's Estate Blog.

Panther Coffee – Ethiopia Suke Quto September 30 2014

This impeccable Suke Quto microlot grows in the Guji Zone, the Southern part of the Oromia Region that borders the Sidama and Gedeo Zones.

Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador September 26 2014

Photo courtesy of  Cafe Imports Victrola Coffee – Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador Facts Farm:  Mirador Town:  Alto de los Pinos Region: Pitalito, Huila Elevation: 5250 ft Process: Washed, Sun Dried Varietals: Caturra Producer: Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Tasting Notes Fragrance/Aroma: Cinnamon, Roasted Barley, Molasses Flavor: Cinnamon, Molasses, Chocolate, Lime Leaves Body: Buttery Acidity: … Continue reading "Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador"

Ethiopia Chelelektu – Coffea Roasterie June 26 2014

Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. This coffee comes from the Kochere region of Ethiopia, a subsection of the Gedeo zone, located south of Yirgacheffe. The Kochere zone has long been known for its incredible coffee. It is easy to produce amazing coffee when you have some of the best growing conditions in the world. High … Continue reading "Ethiopia Chelelektu – Coffea Roasterie"

Sulawesi PT Toarco – Beansmith Coffee June 17 2014

  Photos courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Coffee was introduced to Indonesia in 1699 and by 1711 was being exported to Europe. Indonesia, which includes Java of the famed “Mocha Java” blend featuring coffee from Yemen and Java, has an ideal geography for coffee plantations. The low acidity and strong body of Indonesian coffees makes them … Continue reading "Sulawesi PT Toarco – Beansmith Coffee"

Peru Huabal Fair Trade Organic Coffee May 21 2014

Photos courtesy of Kickapoo Coffee. Organic Peru Huabal – Cenfrocafe Cooperative Flavors of plum and dark cherry with citrusy acidity and a rich, almond sweetness. Notes of Plum, Black Cherry & Citrus Altitude: 1450-1900 Meters Varietals: Typica, Caturra Process: Washed Region: Huabal, Cajamarca This lot from our partners at Cenfrocafe marks a new phase in one … Continue reading "Peru Huabal Fair Trade Organic Coffee"

Emery Coffee Goes Whole Bean May 14 2014

In keeping with our commitment to provide you with the best coffee experience possible, we will no longer be offering grind options on most of our coffees. Why, you might ask? According to the National Coffee Association, “Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. It is important to keep it away from excessive … Continue reading "Emery Coffee Goes Whole Bean"

Metropolis Coffee, Best Coffee in Chicago, Joins Emery Coffee April 04 2014

As we continue to grow we keep looking for the best and the brightest, the top roasters of today. Metropolis has claimed awards in the past decade unlike few others. What drives them? The Metropolis Philosophy. Read on… We believe the essence of coffee comes from tension; tension between the hardness of the bean and … Continue reading "Metropolis Coffee, Best Coffee in Chicago, Joins Emery Coffee"

El Salvador Las Nubes March 06 2014

Photo courtesy of Passion House Coffee. Passion House Coffee Roasters has joined Emery Coffee! We are pround to offer this fantastic Chicago roaster, winner of several cupping competitions. Buy the El Salvador Las Nubes while there is still time and check out their other coffees too. The story of Las Nubes goes way back to … Continue reading "El Salvador Las Nubes"

Honduras Santa Barbara Beneficio San Vicente Caracolillo February 20 2014

Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee. In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market.  In the past, transportation and processing issues have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee.  At the center of this shift is Beneficio San Vicente, a coffee mill … Continue reading "Honduras Santa Barbara Beneficio San Vicente Caracolillo"

FTO Ethiopian Gedeo Worka November 07 2013

Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. One of our most popular coffee returns to Klatch! Our new crop offers an abundance of fine flavors from the birthplace of coffee. This is the bowl of berries we come to expect from a clean Ethiopian Natural. It’s composed of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries along with its additional notes of … Continue reading "FTO Ethiopian Gedeo Worka"

Tanzania Peaberry October 31 2013

Photo courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Peaberry is one of those coffee words that everyone knows, but a surprising number of people don’t understand. It’s pretty simple really. Coffee beans usually come in pairs inside their cherry, but sometimes there’s only one bean and it soaks up all the lovely flavor from the cherry for itself … Continue reading "Tanzania Peaberry"

Kenya Tatu Peaberry October 29 2013

Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Tasting Notes In the cup you’ll find a bright kiwi acidity, velvet body, and a crisp finish. About this coffee This coffee comes from the Tatu Estate 25km north of Nairobi. It’s grown in the red soil at the base Aberdare Mountains. Region: Tatu, Ruiru, Kenya Varietal: SL-78, Ruiru11 Process: … Continue reading "Kenya Tatu Peaberry"

Colombia La Virgen October 23 2013

Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. On December 12, 1715, Dona Francisca Salazar Valdez, daughter of a very wealthy Spanish landowner named Francisco de Salazar y Barrios y Petronilla Valdes, donated 3 hectares of their Hacienda to build a town that was to be named in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. During most of the 18th … Continue reading "Colombia La Virgen"

Honduras Beneficio San Vicente October 11 2013

Photo courtesy Victrola Coffee. In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market. Transportation and processing issues, especially drying the parchment coffee have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee. At the center of this shift is the Beneficio San Vicente coffee … Continue reading "Honduras Beneficio San Vicente"

Better Water for Better Coffee July 22 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. At first look this may sound too obvious, but let’s face a hard truth. Most people make their coffee with faucet water, in many cases unfiltered tap water. The question is how much does that affect my morning cup of joe? Coffee is more or less 98% water. Just as a chain … Continue reading "Better Water for Better Coffee"

Colombia Valle del Cauca Cerro Azul Geisha June 20 2013

Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee. Geisha, or gesha, holds the record for the most expensive arabica varietal at coffee auctions, bringing in $170 per pound in 2010. This is because of the plant’s relative rarity and low crop yield. Most of the arabica coffee grown is either the typica or bourbon varietal, both of which … Continue reading "Colombia Valle del Cauca Cerro Azul Geisha"

Kenya Gaturiri May 28 2013

Lion walking down the road in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. When we think of Kenya we think of lions…and great coffee. In Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the city stretches around Nairobi National Park on three sides. Here rhinos, lions, and other wild beasts roam free against the backdrop of the only capital … Continue reading "Kenya Gaturiri"

Colombia Los Naranjos May 23 2013

This coffee farm rests along the edge of Cueva de los Cuacharo, Colombia, a 500 square mile biosphere where two mountain ranges converge.  Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Coffee leaf rust, or roya, could affect a majority of the Central American crop for the next several years. Only a few years ago the Colombian coffee crop … Continue reading "Colombia Los Naranjos"

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere May 20 2013

As one of the most sought after coffees in the world, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has a floral, sweet, and citrus flavor profile. In Ethiopia you still find coffee trees in the wild and growing at elevations above 6000 feet. Ripe coffee cherries, such as these from the Kochere District, are processed at local cooperatives. The combination … Continue reading "Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere"

The Buzz About Caffeine May 13 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. According to new research from the U.K., caffeine can give a memory boost….. at least to bees. The nectar of certain citrus flowers, along with coffee plant flowers,  contain caffeine. The study found that when bees feed on nectar containing caffeine they are three times more likely to remember the scent of … Continue reading "The Buzz About Caffeine"

Colombia Giraldo Exotico May 02 2013

In the central northwestern part of Colombia, known as the coffee belt, coffee is produced year round with certain peaks. This coffee in grown high in the Andean mountains of Antioquia. Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

Coffee Leaf Rust April 27 2013

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Smartse. In the worst epidemic of coffee rust since 1976, many Central American countries are in crisis. Plant damage from this disease is a constant threat to the future of Coffea arabica and now seems to be getting more resistant. Coffee is such a large part of the economy in these nations … Continue reading "Coffee Leaf Rust"

Papua New Guinea April 19 2013

Photo courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Love the artwork from this roaster! Papua New Guinea, located just north of Australia, has been involved in coffee production since 1926 when the first Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee seeds were planted. The coffee is produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides due to cost and availability. This results … Continue reading "Papua New Guinea"

Bab al Yemen, Sana’a April 18 2013

Bab al Yemen, Sana’a – 13th century main entrance to the walled Old City. Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. Yemen is steeped in coffee tradition and the home of the infamous sea port Mocha. Although Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, Yemen has their own story as to who made the first cup of joe. THE HISTORY … Continue reading "Bab al Yemen, Sana’a"

Coffee Drying in Ethiopia. April 16 2013

Ethiopia – birthplace of coffee. Coffea arabica originated there and still grows wild in some areas. Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

Coffee Cherries and Coffee Beans April 15 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. Did you know that the coffee bean we know and love is not a bean after all? Although similar in appearance to a member of the Leguminosae family, the coffee bean is really a seed. In the heart of a fruit, referred to as a coffee cherry, you will find what we commonly … Continue reading "Coffee Cherries and Coffee Beans"