Top 10 coffees of 2019!

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This is my last post for this year: the Black Coffee Journal top 10 coffees of 2019!

During the past year, I finally managed to get better acquainted with some of our local Finnish artisan roasteries. I did get to enjoy at least 74 different coffee blends or single origin coffee products from 9 different countries and 28 companies, but our domestic roasteries swept the board. Their offerings were just so good! That said, two blends from abroad made the ”honorable mentions” section.

Just like last year, all of the products that made my top 10 list were high-end coffees with no detectable added flavoring. This time, however, they were so different from each other that it wouldn’t have been fair to try to compare them with each other. Therefore, instead of ranking the coffees, I decided to organize them into three categories according to the approximate roast level (light, medium and dark) and present them in alphabetical order according to the company name. The resulting list can be best thought of as a pool of fantastic coffees, from which you can pick any product you want and end up enjoying a truly memorable experience.

One last thing before we get to the actual list: I used two different methods to brew these coffees. The ones that were intended for espresso were brewed in my three cup Bialetti Moka. Those that were intended for other brewing methods I prepared in my AeroPress, with one of my favorite inverted methods and a steel filter. Also, I enjoyed all of them straight, with no additives.

So here’s my top 10:

Light

Medium

Dark

Honorable mentions

  • Ogawa Coffee (小川珈琲) Blend 3 Original (the best grocery store coffee, Japan)
  • Pascucci Colombia (the all-around morning blend, Italy)

You could not go wrong with any of these coffees. Also, you would do well to check out any products that these great roasteries provide. They really know their stuff!

Extra special thanks to everyone at Cafetoria Roastery, Kaamos kahvipaahtimo, Kahiwa Coffee Roasters, Kahwe and Turun kahvipaahtimo! Also, many thanks to all of my friends who gave me all kinds of coffees to try!

I’ve already got some fantastic coffees in store for 2020. I can’t wait to tell you about them!

Top 10 coffees of 2018!

Top10coffees_2018.001During this year, I got to enjoy at least 57 coffee blends or single origin coffee products from 13 different countries and 28 companies. To the present list I chose only higher quality products that had no detectable added flavoring. To make comparison easy (AND to have the best coffee possible!), all of the coffees were brewed in the same way, in my 3 cup Bialetti Moka. No milk, cream or sugar, just the black coffee goodness. Here’s my top 10:

1. Black Rifle Coffee Fit Fuel (USA)
2. Black Rifle Coffee AK Espresso (USA)
3. Black Rifle Coffee Silencer Smooth (USA)
4. Safari Lounge Espresso Blend (Kenya)
5. Java House Espresso (Kenya)
6. Pascucci Golden Sack (Italy)
7. Cafetoria Flores (Finland)
8. Жокей (Jockey) Klassichesky (Russia)
9. Cafetoria Gran Palomar (Finland)
10. Cafetoria Caramelo (Finland)

Honorable mentions:
– Galliano Caffè al gusto di Vaniglia (aromatic, Italy)
– Lidl Italiamo Caffè Tradizionale 100% Arabica (budget level, Italy/Germany)

The top 3 blends from BRCC were way above the others, and also above anything I’d tried before. Amazing, amazing stuff. They just had to be on the very top. Ranking the rest was harder. All of the products in the top 10 were so good, that they could be my desert island blends at any time. Absolutely fantastic coffees, all of them.
Lastly: 57 different coffees is a lot. While I did purchase some of them myself, many of them were gifted to me by friends. Thank you so much for your generosity, and for making this possible!
Looking forward to a good coffee year in 2019!