Planning a holiday company party in San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay? One thing employees are sure to Christmasappreciate is great coffee! And just in time for the holidays is Coffee Review’s Top 30 Coffees. Coffee Review is an Internet website that bills itself as a world-leading coffee guide.
The purpose of this “Top 30” list is to honor the best coffees based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by the most affordable price per pound), distinctive style, uniqueness of origin or tree variety, certification, and general rarity.
The “Top 30” is designed to help educate coffee lovers in what to look for when seeking new coffees. Your coffee service provider is also a great resource for suggestions.
iStock_000016554639XSmallOne thing the “Top 30” ranking demonstrates is that coffee is truly an international refreshment. Coffees appearing on the list were grown in 11 different countries. The most frequently appearing coffees on the list are from Panama and Ethiopia, with six coffees each. Other origins with multiple coffees on the list are Kenya (4), Colombia (2), Nicaragua (2), Costa Rica (2), and Sumatra (2).
Most of the 30 coffees on the list were roasted by American companies. California roasters dominated the rankings this year with nine representatives overall. However, coffees roasted by companies in Canada, Taiwan and China also appeared on the list at No. 29, No. 8, and No. 2, respectively.
This year’s No. 1 coffee is Finca La Mula Geisha, roasted by JBC Coffee Roasters in Madison, Wis., from coffee beans grown on Willem Boot’s La Mula farm in western Panama. This marks the second year in a row a coffee from Panama was named the top coffee of the year.
“Geisha” or “Gesha” is a rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety of Coffeecoffee that boasts elongated beans and a distinctive floral and chocolate cup. Coffee Review describes the coffee, which earned 97 points (out of a possible 100) as “Immense, sweet, juicy, intricate. Lilac and jasmine, peach, apricot, rosehip, much more in aroma and cup.” The coffee beans, which were priced at $120 per pound, sold out long ago.
This year, Coffee Review expanded its rankings to include additional categories that include coffees that may not earn the high scores of many geishas and elite African origins. But while coffees from these less-celebrated botanical varieties and origins may not score the highest ratings, Coffee Review believes they merit recognition for their excellence.
According to Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review’s editor and lead taster, “We selected the top 30 coffees based on quality (represented by overall score), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and a ranking of other factors that include distinctiveness and uniqueness of style, certifications such as fair trade or organic, and general rarity.”
Coffee is one of the most energizing refreshments employees can get at work throughout San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay. As the consumer’s taste has become more sophisticated over the years, events like the “Top 30” ranking play an important role in keeping consumers up to date on what’s new in the world of coffee.
Treat your San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay employees to a dose of holiday excitement by offering some outstanding new coffee. Call PVS Refreshments today at 844.527.4800,
The full list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015 is available at CoffeeReview.com.