My top 10 coffees of 2020

In 2020, I got to enjoy at least 73 different coffee blends or single origin coffees from 12 different countries and 33 companies. Now it’s time to wrap up the year by listing the very best products!

While I had the opportunity to try all kinds of coffees, all of the products that made my top 10 list were unflavored high-end coffees. That said, I included one flavored coffee and one grocery store blend into the ”Honorable Mentions” category.

Like last year, the products were so different from each other that it wouldn’t have been fair to compare them with each other. Therefore, instead of ranking the coffees, I organized them into three categories according to the approximate roast level (dark, medium, and light). Of course, the darkness of a roast is a subjective matter. It is also probably not the best way to categorize coffee products. Obviously, there are so many other factors that affect the flavors. However, I wasn’t able to come up with a better way to list the coffees. So, in each of the three categories, I presented the coffees in alphabetical order according to the company name. The resulting list can be thought of as a pool of excellent coffees. You can pick any product you want and end up enjoying a truly memorable experience.

I used two different brewing methods. Espresso coffees were brewed in my three cup Bialetti Moka pot. On the other hand, the coffees that were intended for other brewing methods I prepared in my AeroPress, with my favorite inverted method and a paper filter. I used no additives.

So, here we go. My top 10 coffees of 2020:

Dark roast:

Medium roast:

Light roast:

You could not go wrong with any of these coffees. Unfortunately, some of these products might already be out of stock. If that is the case, you could check out any product from these great roasteries. They really know what they do.

Lastly, there were three blends that did not make the top 10 list but still deserve to be mentioned.

Honorable mentions:

  • Hamwi Café Classic—the best flavored coffee (cardamom) (United Arab Emirates)
  • Loumidis Papagalos (ΛΟΥΜΙΔΗΣ ΠΑΠΑΓΑΛΟΣ)—the best Greek grocery store coffee (Greece)
  • Paulig Presidentti Gold Label—the best Finnish grocery store coffee (Finland)

Special thanks to everyone at Cafetoria Roastery, E’s World Coffee, Kahwe, Mokafina, Muki, and Rob Beans Coffee for making this possible!

Now it’s time for me to take a small break and enjoy some great blends I recently received from the USA. I’ll be back in early January to tell you about them!

Happy New Year!

My favorite AeroPress recipe?

I know. I owe you an explanation.

I have often referred to my favorite AeroPress recipe, but I’ve never given you a thorough explanation of how exactly I use the great plastic coffee maker. ”Inverted, paper filter” is hardly a proper description of my chosen recipe. It is high time I shed some light on the matter.

Before we get into it, however, I’ll admit that I didn’t invent the recipe myself. What follows is the Up Coffee Roasters (Minneapolis, MN) method I originally learned from the handground.com website. You can find it (and many other great recipes) here.

Recipe
  • Coffee: 17.5 grams
  • Grind Size: Setting 2 on Handground
  • Water: 230 grams at 195F
  • Water-to-Coffee Ratio: 13:1
  • Brew Time: 2:30
Method
  1. Pre Infuse with 50 gram of water for 40 seconds 
  2. Slowly pour water until brew reaches up to 150 grams of water 
  3. Stir at 1:15. Begin to pour again at 1:45 slowly until water reaches up to 230 grams 
  4. Stir at 2:15 Screw cap and invert Aeropress on to a heated carafe and press coffee out until you begin to hear the coffee fizzing. 
  5. Ideal end finish time 2:30.

I should add that I really like the AeroPress steel filter, for it retains all the natural oils of the coffee, thus giving me the Moka-like experience that I love so much. Recently, however, I’ve gravitated to using a paper filter, since it takes the edge off some of the harsher blends.

Furthermore, while it might be interesting to experiment with different recipes (and I probably will at some point), this is the one that works for me. Instead of trying to find the ”perfect” brewing method for each coffee, I’m interested in the coffee itself. Using the same AeroPress recipe for each filter coffee makes it easier for me to compare the coffees and figure out their characteristics. Therefore, if you see me writing something to the effect of ”I brewed this coffee in my AeroPress”, you can be sure that this is the method I used.

So, there you have it! Try it for yourself!