Sunday, November 23, 2008

Don't Forget the Thanksgiving Coffee!

As the great American holiday rounds the corner, don't forget to grab a pound or two of great coffee for whatever events you plan to host or attend.

With that said, here's a few coffees (alphabetically-listed) that I've either heard a lot of good things about or I've had the pleasure of tasting myself. If you're really in a rough spot (you know of no good coffee nearby), shoot me an email as I would not wish such a fate on anyone.

Crescent Moon's Brazil Daterra Sunrise
Received a 92 from Coffee Review recently and from what I hear, this year's crop produced a tremendous coffee. On a direct recommendation, one of my recent favorites is the Raccoon Creek Blend as it was recently reworked and has become even more glorious.

Gimme Coffee's Nicaragua Linda Vista Cup of Excellence
While any Cup of Excellence Coffee is a good choice, Gimme usually has a tremendous track record in my experience of great CoEs.

PTs Coffee's Ethiopia Limu - Gomma Organic
An amazing light coffee I've had the distinct pleasure of imbibing, give this or a number of PT's other coffees a whirl.

And here's a few holiday blends (I've heard nothing on these but it sure is good marketing):
Counter Culture Coffee's Holiday Blend
Intelligentsia's Celebration Blend

If you have any others, feel free to leave them in a comment below.


Anonymous said...

I haven't had the pleasure of trying any of these blends yet but I do plan on it, thanks a bunch. They sound delicious. I'm trying a new thing this year and actually serving some coffee with meals, any suggestions on what might taste good with turkey?

Bill said...

Maranda, with turkey. Well, since turkey is a lighter, more subtle meat you definitely don't want to have a dark coffee (especially anything with exterior oils or an over-roasted taste) but depending on your tastes, I would aim for either a berry-licious Ethiopian (I know a lot of Sidamos present wonderful blueberries on the tongue and may also go well with some homemade cranberry sauce) or a medium roast South American.

It also depends on your other dishes (i.e. if you have berries in your dessert, I'd save an Ethiopian for that) and what your soiree would normally have with turkey. If you can, give some coffees a whirl before the big day.

For some more helpful information, I know Imbibe had a good article on just this in their January/February 2008 issue.

I'd love to hear how it goes! All the best!