Coffee Talk: Jeremiah’s Pick

Jeremiah's Pick Italian Roast

It’s time for coffee talk!  Here’s what our reviewers are talking about.

Jeremiah’s Pick, a private label coffee company based in San Francisco, makes coffee that will take you places.  Founded in San Francisco in 1933, Jeremiah’s Pick prides itself on using the finest Arabica beans while buying from environmentally and socially responsible growers.

The Jeremiah’s Pick coffees we tested had an incredibly smooth finish.  Here they are:

Italian Roast — A dark roast coffee with hints of fruit and spice.  Complex and smokey. *Reviewer’s Favorite

Organic Vilcabamba — Strong body with hints of honey and dark plum.

Private Reserve — Dark Roast with hints of chocolate and nuts.

Pure Hawaiian  – Light roast with hints of macadamia nuts and honey.  Classic and creamy.

We noted that the flavors described were subtle, not dominant.

Overall: Jeremiah’s Pick brews a good cup of coffee and will make a nice pairing with breakfast, chocolate, or other treats you enjoy.

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

You can find Jeremiah’s Pick  here at www.JeremiahsPick.com.

 

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Fall Into Chocolate Bliss With Godiva

Godiva Chocolate CUpcakes

Fall is here.  Cozy, yet?  Nothing is better during the arrival of Fall than watching the leaves change while eating your favorite chocolate.  Many of our readers have asked us to make a recommendation on “Best Chocolate”.  Here’s one of our favorites that we always fall for: Godiva.

Godiva offers a variety of timeless confections which will transport you into chocolate bliss.  We tested four of Godiva’s premiere confections: Chocolate Chunk Brownies, Carmel Brownies, Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and Godiva Cupcakes.

Our top pick: The Assorted Chocolate Cupcakes.  These delicious confections achieve the chocolaty bliss that most cupcakes only dream of having.  They are truly all-chocolate with every bite.  We especially loved the Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  They are so chocolatey, you won’t be disappointed!

For chocolate lovers looking for a salty twist, Godiva Chocoiste Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels are great.  They are chocolatey through and through with a tinge of saltiness.  They come arrayed in a beautiful golden tin.  When you open the tin, a chocolatey aroma bursts forth.  Chocolate covered pretzels can’t get any better than this!

Our reviewers enjoyed the brownies as well.  Yet they looked chocolatier than they tasted.  We hope in the future Godiva will add some big chocolate chunks to them to give them that extra chocolate burst in keeping with the rest of their great products.

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!  (Cupcakes and Pretzels)

You can find these delicious confections here at www.Godiva.com.

 

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Best Crepe Pan Set

 

Le Creuset Crepe Set

Delectable every time…The perfect crepe pan makes perfect crepes.  The perfect crepe mix makes the perfection complete! The question we had: where can we find one?

We are excited to announce that Le Creuset recently launched the new Le Creuset Crepe Set.  Le Creuset partnered with Charleston Crepe Company to make a great combination.  Le Creuset’s 11: Nonstick Crepe Pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum which heats quickly and effectively to cook crepes to exact perfection.  The crepe pan comes with a wooden crepe spreader to make crepes thin and smooth.  In our test kitchen, the Nonstick Crepe Pan received the highest marks available in the five-star category.

Charleston Crepe Company’s Classic Crepe Mix adds Southern flare to a longstanding gourmet tradition.  When we tested the crepe mix, we found it to be exactly what we were looking for: light, suitable for sweet or savory crepes, and all natural.

We recommend Le Creuset’s Crepe Set as the Best Crepe Pan Set on the market today.  We believe it will make a great gift for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, and anytime, really.  The Crepe Set is a gift that keeps on giving.  It will last for years to come.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

You can find it here at www.LeCreuset.com.

 

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Best Summer Treats

Perfect Pops

Best Summer Treats
Make Summer Memories With Perfect Pops

One of the greatest joys of summer is to have fun outside on a hot, sunny day and enjoy a delicious popsicle. Better yet? How about enjoying a homemade popsicle? Charity Ferreira’s Perfect Pops contains recipes for “The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats”. Charity spent many summers with her kids and kids from the neighborhood creating homemade popsicles in her kitchen.

Her favorite part? “The kids amazed and inspired me with their sensitive palates and their willingness to try new flavors. It was so much fun to see four-and five-year-olds enjoying pops made from sweet corn or strawberries and balsamic vinegar and to hear twelve-year-old boys discussing whether or not they liked the flavor of shiso in the plum pops, or whether the Mexican chocolate pops should have more chile. I hope these are some of the flavors they will remember when they are adults,” Charity says. We also give kudos to Leigh Beisch, who took such spectacular photos of each Perfect Pop it makes you want to try all of them!

Summer is a special time to make great memories sharing wonderful moments with popsicles dripping down your chin. We made a few of these recipes ourselves. Editor’s Pick: Chocolate-Creme Fraiche Pops Kids’ Pick: Triple-Layered Rocket Pops

This book will certainly add great memories to your summer. You can find it here at www.ChronicleBooks.com.

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Decadent Chocolate Pairings

Godiva Bear 2011 Valentino

Instead of any chocolate, why not give Godiva?  And instead of roses, why not give a romantic little bear to the one you love?  We recently sampled a trio of delight: Godiva 22 Piece Milk Chocolates, Godiva Hazelnut Coffee, and a Godiva Chocolate Torte.   This year, Godiva’s Exclusive Gund 2011 bear, Valentino, will add a romantic Parisian flare to any occasion.  He is cute, cuddly, and yes, wearing a red beret.  These gifts will even elate  the person who has everything.

Godiva 22 Piece Milk Chocolates come in a variety of flavors.  When you entertain dinner guests, we suggest offering these chocolates after dinner and pairing them with Godiva Hazelnut Coffee.  The fragrant Hazelnut aroma will fill the room with a sweet, nutty fragrance which will create pleasant memories and a desire to visit you again.  The great secret of all gourmet chefs is serving great coffee.

Godiva also makes decadent cakes and tortes which we suggest serving with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.  This is the way we enjoy them.  These chocolates are a cut above.

You can find Godiva’s fine products at www.Godiva.com.

Rating: 2 Stars Very Good

Godiva Hazelnut Coffee

Godiva 22 pc Milk Chocolate

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Recycled Coffee?! Do You Really Expect Us To Drink That?

I recently stopped into a gas station to get a cup of coffee while traveling along the Texas Coast.  I walked in and the coffee pot was empty. So I asked the attendant if he had any fresh coffee.  He said “No” and that he would be glad to make some.  Then he pulled out the already-brewed grounds in the coffee pot, saw they were full, pushed them back in, and let her drip.  “He can’t be serious!” I thought.  But he was.  I politely declined and headed down the road to find a fresher cup of coffee elsewhere! ~Keith

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Best Chocolate Gifts Fall 2010

Godiva Chocolate Tea Party Basket

Autumn is nearing.  The  leaves on the trees are getting ready to show their spendorous rainbows of color.  This is one of our favorite times of year to get cozy with a great cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the arrival of Autumn.  What a better way to enjoy it than with a box of delicious chocolates?  Or what about a whole basket?  Godiva Chocolatier makes a Chocolate Tea Party Basket that will delight tea and coffee lovers alike.  This wonderful basket overflows with an ample variety of teatime treats, including a box of Godiva Milk Chocolates, Godiva Truffles, Godiva coffee, tea, Orange Cranberry bread mix, scone mix, Godiva chocolate chips to add to your breads or melt for dipping, and more.  We also appreciate that the Chocolate Tea Party Basket comes in a sturdy basket that will prove useful even after you have enjoyed and consumed all of the gifts it contains.

The 50 Piece Biscuit Gift Tin  also pairs perfectly with coffee or tea.  This gift tin contains an array of delicate, buttery biscuits topped with decadent Godiva chocolate.  We also tried the Mixed Berry And Almond Bark, which comes in a reusable tin.  The Mixed Berry And Almond Bark is a rich, dark chocolate candy filled with pieces of dried cherries, blueberries, rasbperries and almonds. 

Godiva Mixed Berry and Almond Bark Gift Tin

Godiva 50 Piece Biscuit Gift Tin

We give Godiva a five-star rating.  You can find these wonderful products and more at www.godiva.com.

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Most Elegant Chip & Dip Servingware

Arthur Court Butterfly Chip & Dip Tray

Do you love to entertain your friends?  Do you want to make a good impression at a social or business gathering?  We found the perfect serving tray.  Not only is it large enough to handle a good quantity of chips and dip, it is also spectacularly beautiful.  The Arthur Court Butterfly Chip N Dip Tray effervesces quality and class.  The artwork depicting butterflies and flowers is outstanding.  At first glance, it appears to be more art than service.  It offers a three-dimensional glimpse into the world of butterflies.

When we hosted an office party, several of our clients and guests commented on how beautiful it was.  This tray truly exemplifies the quality that Best Rated is constantly searching for.  Arthur Court strives to be the Best Of The Best as well, as is evidenced by their outstanding masterpiece products.  You can find their 5-star products at www.arthurcourt.com.

BEST Rated Gold Standard

Arthur Court is a Best Of The Best award-winning company.

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Best Americana for Coffee and Tea Time

Lang Butterfly Meadow Latte Mug

If you are looking to find joyfully delightful Americana, we have a recommendation for you: The Lang Company.  We first heard about The Lang Company at a calendar shop in the ’80s.  They make the Lang Folk Art Wall Calendar.  The calendar contains artistic Americana depictions of daily life in America.  Today, Lang makes a wide variety of quality Americana products, including mugs, calendars, planners, stationary, and more.  For us at Best Rated, this company helps proclaim the nostalgia of the American way of life, while also introducing touches of beauty and class to the home and life of those who enjoy their products.

The Lang Company makes kitchen products, including mugs and plates, that transform teatime into a party and coffee hour into a memorable occasion. 

5 Stars!

We tried their latte mugs and dessert plates in this review.  We highly recommend them.  The latte mugs are beautiful to look at while enjoying coffee or tea.  Their long, slender design keeps coffee and tea warmer longer than the average coffee cup.  They also fit perfectly into your cupholder when you are on the go!  The dessert plates add a special touch to serving chocolates, petite fours, or other small desserts with your coffee or tea.  Ready for tea time?!

We give Lang a five-star Best rating.  You can find these great products and more at http://www.lang.com
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