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


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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

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

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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

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
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