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!

Friedhats Colombia El Desvelado #1—my new favorite Colombian!

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Here’s another candidate for my list of Top 10 coffees.

Colombia El Desvelado #1 Filter Coffee from Friedhats Coffee Roasters, Amsterdam. The coffee comes in a fun plastic canister. On the label, the company encourages customers to keep the canister, and return it to them for recycling.

About the coffee itself, the company states this:

Notes: Candy sweetness, blueberry jam, plum.

Variety: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia

Coop: Cafe Occidente

No. of members: 1670

Region: Nariño

Altitude: 2200 masl

Process: Fully washed

Harvest: 2019

The roast appeared to be medium, around 3/5.

The aroma of the ground beans was mouthwatering: nougat, blueberry jam, and prunes.

On the label it said ”Filter coffee”. I figured that this would work well with the AeroPress. Oh boy, it did.

The mouthfeel was juicy and jammy.

Even if the body was medium-mild, the coffee was very flavorful. On the high end of the spectrum, there was the soft acidity of blueberry jam. The midrange was dominated by the prunes. In the finish, there was some molasses, and a tiny hint of the nutty sweetness of burley tobacco. After every cup, I was left craving for more. It was that good.

In Finland, you can get Friedhats coffees from Coffea, Jyväskylä. I highly recommend checking them out—both the Dutch roastery, and the Jyväskylä store, that is. They really know their stuff!