by Holly Bastin | Sep 20, 2021
Earlier this year we published a post originally titled “Ageism in Coffee”, using the term metaphorically to discuss bias with regard to roasted coffee aging. While it was intended to be playful, in hindsight and with some friendly feedback we can now easily see that it makes light of a real issue that many […]
by Holly Bastin | Apr 5, 2021
With the Tasting Boxes being a new phenomenon for us, we find ourselves constantly looking for best areas of improvement. Overall, the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so happy to hear that. Thank you to all of our patrons for your feedback and support! From the outside looking in, we […]
by Holly Bastin | Dec 14, 2017
The holidays are upon us, and if you are on the hunt for a gift for the coffee-lovers in your life, we’ve put together a few recommendations that are on our own personal wish-lists here at Roast Ratings
by Holly Bastin | Jul 28, 2016
Beijing: Capital city, home to such wonders as the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. The city that would serve as our entry point over the course of a 5 city tour of the ancient country of China.
by Holly Bastin | Dec 21, 2015
Think it’s too late to come up with holiday coffee treats? Think again! Using just stocking stuffers you can recreate some festive faves or make something entirely original. Just use your imagination!
by Holly Bastin | Dec 15, 2015
These days there are seemingly endless devices for brewing coffee at home, which can make coffee gift giving a bit daunting. But no worries- we at Roast Ratings have taken some time to think about that, organizing some great gift options for the coffee lover in your life, no matter how nerdy (or not). BASICS […]
by Holly Bastin | Nov 14, 2015
Looking for that perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving after dinner coffee? Look no further!
by Holly Bastin | Nov 14, 2015
While it’s always fun to play with flavors in coffee and desserts, this one was an exceptional creative pleasure for both Audrey and myself. The cool thing about this pairing is that each component is really enticing and tasty on its own, but the combo takes it to ‘next level’ flavor. The mini tart, with […]
by Holly Bastin | Nov 13, 2015
When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts it’s hard to argue with the classic: Pumkpin Pie. For this pairing we decided to make things a little more interesting and spiced up the crust with some hot chili powder. Don’t worry about dear Aunt Sue’s aversion to anything spicy. Our recipe calls for just enough to give you […]
by Holly Bastin | Oct 20, 2015
Roast Ratings was recently featured in a two part podcast by none other than Cat & Cloud.
by Holly Bastin | Sep 8, 2015
The other morning I was catching up on my Facebook news feed, and saw someone talking about adding salt to their coffee. So of course I had to give it a shot and see what all the fuss was about… I was more than just a little surprised by what I found!
by Holly Bastin | Aug 19, 2015
A closer look at the cost of pod brewing.
by Holly Bastin | Aug 11, 2015
The Bonavita 1900TS is not only the official brewer used in our ratings process. It’s a home unit that makes tasty coffee easy as pie! Here’s how we brew it…
by Holly Bastin | Jul 30, 2015
In Q&A #3 we take a much closer look at how to get the most out of your coffee’s tastiness over the course of time. Learn a few new quick and easy tricks to help your quest for better coffee.
by Holly Bastin | Jul 7, 2015
It’s time for another round of Q&A. This time we’re going to explore noticeable differences between decaf and regular coffees, including its effect on the libido, as well as a little journey into the Italian language. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
by Holly Bastin | Jun 15, 2015
Father’s Day is next Sunday the 21st and that means it’s time to talk a bit more about the dads in our lives. We’ll be celebrating all week long with some tributes and, of course, a social media challenge! So here’s our question: That’s right- “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” Thanks […]
by Holly Bastin | Jun 14, 2015
In an effort to be of better service to our coffee peoples we recently started opening the floor to general questions about coffee. In this Q&A we cover Acidity v. Acid, getting more from your brewer and why some are insistent that you try your coffee black.
by Holly Bastin | Jun 2, 2015
In the process of getting Roast Ratings organized and ready to go, one the most essential things we had to address was what system we wanted to use for actually rating the coffees. Since our goal is to be able to rate any coffee that’s out there being consumed by the general public, there was a lot that we […]
by Holly Bastin | May 18, 2015
In the first episode of our iced coffee saga, we took a little closer look at what’s available when you’re on the go. That’s right, we checked out the National (and sometimes international) brands of ‘fast food’ coffee. Whether you’re out and about, stuck in the airport or just plain old road tripping, it’s handy to have a handle on what’s what in the realm of name brand coffee.
by Holly Bastin | May 16, 2015
We at Roast Ratings decided that it was high time that we take a little closer look at this growing trend. We devised different experiences that would aid us in this quest to better understand our options when it comes to iced coffee and to answer the basic questions- what’s worth the time? And, of course, what’s worth the money?
by Holly Bastin | May 12, 2015
“This is how the Nelson family spends every #MothersDay. It’s @family_tree_nursery’s busiest day of the year so I caught up with my mother and her morning cup of @thou_mayest out in her natural element…”
by Holly Bastin | May 7, 2015
Mom’s coffee-life began watching her parents start every day with a cup of coffee. She recalls fondly how she would come down from her bedroom after her father was well into his day, always finding a trail of brown coffee droplets in the hallway leading to his office. Not much of a coffee drinker herself, her time would come later, in her early twenties out of necessity.
by Holly Bastin | May 7, 2015
Oh the mid 90’s. Yes, the years of My So Called Life, crazy bubble gum packaging and Boyz II Men. Who didn’t slow dance to “End of the Road” or have a serious case of unrequited love for Jordan Catalano? I can only speak for myself I suppose…
by Holly Bastin | Apr 30, 2015
My appreciation of coffee for most of my life was purely caffeine based, a beverage of necessity. There was a certain logic to loading as much coffee as would fit in the filter to get that nice, dark, gritty, muddy cup of joe. But when I met my girlfriend, I quickly realized a deep shame for my glaringly staunch ignorance.