Coffee Bag Labels Part 2 – Understanding the details

Coffee Bag Labels Part 2 – Understanding the details

Whether wandering into the coffee aisle at the grocery store or popping into your local cafe, it seems that buying coffee can be an overwhelming task, especially when trying to find the perfect beans that suit your specific tastes. Companies have not been much help to the normal coffee drinker, especially when it comes to the […]

What are these light brown flakes when I grind my coffee?

What are these light brown flakes when I grind my coffee?

It is no secret that we recommend grinding your coffee fresh to get the best flavor experience. The investment in a quality burr grinder comes with a little learning and a few surprises along the way. One of the surprises that we are asked about often is “What are these light brown flakes when I […]

Coffee Bag Labels Part 1- Know the basics

Coffee Bag Labels Part 1- Know the basics

Whether wandering into the coffee aisle at the grocery store or popping into your local cafe, it seems that buying coffee can be an overwhelming task, especially when trying to find the perfect beans that suit your specific tastes. Companies have not been much help to the normal coffee drinker, especially when it comes to the […]

5 Tips to Keep Coffee Hot Without Compromising Taste

5 Tips to Keep Coffee Hot Without Compromising Taste

A quick break down of the basic science of temperature and taste can help you avoid some of the pitfalls in the quest for hot coffee. We explain why you should make your coffee at the ideal temperature for tastiness and the cheapie gadgets that will preserve heat all day.

12 cafes worth visiting in Kansas City

12 cafes worth visiting in Kansas City

Kansas City is our hometown, and it is sometimes overlooked as both a destination as well as a place to get a great cup of coffee. Unbeknownst to many, the cafe scene is growing quickly with new cafes and roasters popping up all over. The SCAA USCC Qualifier competition is coming to KC in just […]

5 places to drink coffee in Honolulu, Hawaii

5 places to drink coffee in Honolulu, Hawaii

As Barack Obama and family recently spent a little vacation time around the island of Oahu last week, we figure it would be useful for you (or any presidents who might read this) to know the best places to get a cup of coffee around Honolulu. It can be tough to go on vacation and […]

OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Brewer: An in depth review

OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Brewer: An in depth review

OXO is a brand you may have seen in your local kitchen supply store over the past decade or two. Known for durable plastic and metal kitchen utensils, they have recently delved into the realm of electronic gadgetry with their new line called “OXO On“. In this line there are initially three products for coffee, […]

A Summary of Star Ratings

A Summary of Star Ratings

While stars help give a quick snap shot of overall quality, what does it really mean in the grand scheme of tastes? In this summary piece, we’ve boiled each rating level down to its essence for you.

Gift Guide For Coffee Lovers

Gift Guide For Coffee Lovers

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 […]

The best places to visit in Kona for coffee

The best places to visit in Kona for coffee

Recently I visited Hawaii for the 45th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, an event where farmers come together to share their coffees and, of course, spend time talking shop and making friends. For me it was an opportunity to taste some of the best coffees that Hawaii has to offer, as well as to catch […]

4 Tips to find the best iced coffee

4 Tips to find the best iced coffee

Cold brewed and iced coffee have been making some waves lately, reflected in our own articles here on Roast Ratings. With the beginning of fall, it may seem like we should be focusing on pumpkin lattes and graham cracker coffee milkshakes, but we still have a lot to discuss about cold coffee options. You may […]

Coffee and Salt: What You Need To Know…

Coffee and Salt: What You Need To Know…

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!

Coffee on a Budget – $50 – $100

Coffee on a Budget – $50 – $100

Welcome to part two of our guide to buying coffee equipment on a budget. If you missed part one, make sure to check it out here, as these lower priced items will not be covered in this article. Making great coffee at home has become more and more of an undertaking in recent years. Coffee […]

Coffee on a budget – $50 or less

Coffee on a budget – $50 or less

Today we are taking a look at buying coffee brewing equipment with a specific budget of $50 in mind. This list covers many manual brewing methods, their price, and why you might want them.

Scoring Coffee- How does Roast Ratings differ?

Scoring Coffee- How does Roast Ratings differ?

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 […]

Selecting a coffee brewer – How we decided on the BonaVita 1900TS

Selecting a coffee brewer – How we decided on the BonaVita 1900TS

As you may have seen, we recommend a specific coffee brewer, the BonaVita 1900TS, if you are looking for an auto brewer at home. This is also the standard that we use here at Roast Ratings for all of our brew evaluations (to learn more about our full rating process look here).  We are often asked […]

How Water Affects Your Coffee

How Water Affects Your Coffee

Coffee and water are the two ingredients (before you might add sugar or cream) that make brewed coffee or espresso. While we often focus on equipment or the beans themselves, it is important to recognize water as a crucial ingredient.

Beyond 100% Arabica

Beyond 100% Arabica

Traditional knowledge when buying coffee has been to make sure you are buying “100% Arabica beans”. We are told that Arabica is the good stuff and Robusta is the bad stuff. As usual things are not quite that simple, but this is a good rule to follow if you could ever find a coffee labeled as containing robusta.

Challenges of Coffee

Challenges of Coffee

Coffee is a beverage that is easily identified, though often misunderstood. You might think of it as “bitter”, “bright”, or “earthy”, but one thing that coffee drinkers can almost always agree upon is that they get pleasure from it in some way whether it be an aroma, flavor, a jolt of caffeine, or even simply nostalgia.

5 Tips for Better Coffee at Home

5 Tips for Better Coffee at Home

Probably the most commonly asked question we encounter is “How can I make better coffee at home?” Our favorite way to approach this topic is by prioritizing the things that will make the biggest impact on overall flavor quality, all while keeping your budget in mind.