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Massachusetts Rank: #3 out of 57
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George Howell

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4.33(29)

29 ratings
Ratings here are based on aggregated user reviews of individual roasts from George Howell.
5 star
17%
4 star
62%
3 star
20%
2 star
0%
1 star
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Pioneering 3rd wave roaster known for ethical sourcing and careful approach to roasting

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George Howell is a coffee roaster from Acton, MA United States. We have 38 cataloged roasts with 29 total reviews with a score of 4.33.

38 roasts

Name Roast Level Bean Source
- El Salvador
Light Panama
Light Yemen
Medium El Salvador
- Burundi

4.50(2)

Light Costa Rica
Light El Salvador
- Costa Rica
- Guatemala
Light Colombia
Light Ethiopia
Decaf Espresso -
Light -
- -
Medium Brazil
Light Mexico
Light Ecuador
- Peru

3.50(1)

- -
- Ethiopia
- Guatemala
- Guatemala
- -
- Kenya
- Guatemala
Espresso Americas Blend
- Costa Rica
Medium Costa Rica
Light Kenya
Light Guatemala
Light Guatemala
Light Ethiopia
Light El Salvador
Light Costa Rica
Light Brazil
Dark Brazil
Light Ethiopia
Medium Brazil

Top Reviews(29)

  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    I checked and this is the Clover Food Labs house roast. So smooth and easy to drink. Not even the slightest hint of bitterness.

    Cupping Method:Many times as pourover, hot and iced at Clover Food Labs.

    11 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    4.00 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    5.00 - Quality

    Outstandings. The original Gesha that blew my mind. Intensely complex and flora, with peach, tropical fruit, earl grey. Perfect balance and perfect acidity.

    Cupping Method:Pourover, Chemex, Natural Filter, 207 degrees F

    1 year ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    5.00 - Quality

    This is one of the best coffees I've ever had. LOL, regrettably I could only afford 4 ounces of it. Aroma/nose is great, but it's magic in the cup. All sorts of spice, sweetness, and jammy fruit. Amazing. Great linger. You don't want it to come to an end. Sounds like a super small lot so might not be available frequently if at all.

    Cupping Method:Pourover, Chemex

    1 year ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    This one hits just right for me. Smooth and balanced, yet very fruity with nice natural sweetness. For me there is a strong chocolate character, paired with blueberry, the types of blueberries that are sweet but still a little bit tart. These might be too good given the level of caffeine buzz.

    Cupping Method:Snapchill can that I bought at Clover.

    11 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Scott Greenaway

    130 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    This roast is a treat for light roast lovers! Creamy, chocolatey/nutty mouthfeel with a surprising and subtle sweet tartness. Strong/bold coffee flavor, with a light and floral hint of lime.

    Cupping Method:Moka espresso, cream with no sweetener

    1 month ago · See more from Scott
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Balanced, clean, and smooth Ethiopian that basically tastes like a white peach black tea. It’s easy to drink rather than complex, but quite enjoyable sipping.

    Cupping Method:Pourover at George Howell store in Newtonville, MA

    6 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    3.00 - Value

    4.00 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    An interesting Ethiopian that is cranberry forward with some bergamot, and then a bright acidity that evolves a bit like a pinor noir. It's both smooth and complex. It's pretty tart, and I don't think it's the Ethiopian I'd be looking to drink all the time, but I enjoyed it.

    Cupping Method:My wife ordered it for me at the Howell in the Godfrey in Downtown Crossing Boston. Pretty expensive at $12 for a pourover.

    1 month ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    5.00 - Quality

    An excellent decaf to have around the house. We use it for Decaf espresso. It's a medium-ish roast. Very clean, very easy to drink coffee with a nice crema that's wonderful for affogato. Has a nice fruitiness to it.

    Cupping Method:A53 Lucca Spaziale espresso machine. After dinner espresso, or used as affogato!

    1 year ago · See more from Ted
  • Victoria S-C

    390 roasts rated, avg score of 4.32

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.00 - Balance

    I really enjoyed this light easy to drink cold brew snap chilled. It wasn’t too bitter. Will have more of these!

    Cupping Method:From the can with ice

    11 months ago · See more from Victoria
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1068 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    La Encenada Snapchill is a fruity, tropical Snapchill coffee can that is very tasty and chuggable. Definitely towards light roast.

    Notes I get include red berry with a lot of natural sweetness and some tropical notes. Drinks backwards and that impacts the mouthfeel a bit with the fruitiness first and then a cocoa/brown sugar finish.

    Can descriptions includes fruit punch and I think this is apt!

    Notably, caffeine level seems a bit above normal based on how I feel (that’s a good thing!).

    Cupping Method:I purchased 2 Snapchill cans at the George Howell location in Downtown Crossing in the Godfrey Hotel (also see Worka Chelbesa review).

    7 months ago · See more from Ted
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