6 Gift Worthy Coffees You Need to Try This Holiday Season – 2014 Edition

Photo Nov 29, 8 38 42 PMCoffee’s brewing, are you listening?
In the café, cups are glistening.
A beautiful sight,
The notes are happy and bright,
Sipp’n on our holiday seasonal blend!

We’ve hunted around the coffee winter wonderland and once again, we’re here to answer your most pressing question of the season – “what is the most note-worthy brew?”

Caffe Unimatic San Pietro Brunetta

Roasted in New York in Old World Italian style, Caffe Unimatic coffee artisan blends are infused with generations of knowledge and serious dedication to the bean.   They strive to extract the highest quality taste out of each individual bean, resulting in flavors that boast a smooth, nuttiness with no hint of a bitter finish.

Photo Aug 21, 10 34 59 AMSan Pietro Brunetta is Caffe Unimatic’s flagship blend.  Medium in body and full on flavor, this rich coffee delivers a silky finish with a hint of sweet. A great all-around brew that’s suitable for daytime sipping or as an accompaniment to savory desserts in the evening.

If you prefer blonde coffees, the Caffe Unimatic Roma Bionda has a mild, light expression and those that like a robust dark brew will appreciate the Caffe Unimatic Milano Scura espresso style roast.  Whatever you choose, one thing you can be certain of is the true appreciation of coffee and dedication to craftsmanship are clearly present with each sip!

Pricing range from $12-$13 for a 16 ounce pouch.  If you’re seeking a truly one-of-a-kind experience, brew your San Pietro Brunetta in a unique limited edition vintage Caffe Unimatic, also available for purchase on caffeunimatic.com

Wood Fire Roasted Holiday Blend

Roasted in Reno, Nevada, Wood-Fire is truly a labor of love.  Owner/Roaster Tim Curry is so obsessed in his pursuit of a perfect cup of coffee, he keeps an ax and a wood pile in the foyer so he can split oak logs daily to fuel his old-style Italian, wood-fueled roaster.  This traditional method gives him more control over the roasting process, which lets him coax complex flavors from the beans.

248841541The limited edition Holiday Blend, available November 20th until Christmas, is a bright, lively apple-wood-roasted melange of of coffees from Panama, Honduras and Ethiopia.  Medium-bodied with a subtle creamy cocoa character with a gentle brown sugar sweetness and a hint of cherry fruitiness and cinnamon spiciness that fills out the flavor profile..  No added flavors here, the notes are all from extracting the beans’ natural characteristics.

Perfect for your Holiday coffee drinking both as a morning brew or after dinner with your favorite holiday dessert.

Available for a limited time at woodfireroasted.com at $18 for a 16 ounce bag.

Tinker Coffee Mexico Concordia, Chiapas

Tinker Coffee Co. is a boutique local coffee roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. The business is founded on the belief that coffee is one of the rare products that can benefit not only a local community, but the global community as well. If you happen to be in the area, be sure to contact the store for a educational and delicious coffee cupping (tasting) class (offered on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.)


Their small batch Mexico Concordia is a delightful blend rich with notes of toffee, chocolate, spices and a surprising hint of lemon zest.  Medium-bodies and well rounded, the beans are imported from  Finca Nueva Linda, a Specialty Coffee Estate located in the Sierra Madre mountains of Southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas.

Those preferring floral notes will enjoy a cup of Tinker Ethiopia Yirgacheffe – Adado and if rich holiday mulling spices with hints of apple and blackberry catch your attention, be sure to pick up a bag of the Guatemala Huehuetenango, El Quiche.

Ranging from $5 for a 4 ounce sample to $14 for a 12 ounce bag, available on tinkercoffee.com

Bean Box

Want to try a range of coffees for the holiday or deliver a gift to your favorite coffee lover year round?  Bean Box is a monthly coffee subscription featuring sample roasts of Seattle’s finest artisan coffees. Every month, subscribers receive four hand-picked gourmet coffee roasts from different top-rated roasters.  Seattle is well known as a coffee hub and Bean Box takes the local pride to the next level by helping people everywhere to discover all the Seattle coffee scene has to offer.

shipped-heroThe whole beans are shipped within one day of roasting to ensure peak freshness. Tasting notes from the roasters and special touches, like artisan chocolates make this a treat you’ll look forward to!

Our first experience was remarkable filled with a range of robust and medium-bodied coffees that were all a delight to savor.  Out of all the coffee box services available, this one is a stand-out for freshness and over-all presentation. A delivery of Bean Box is like welcoming a dear friend into your home each month, the kind you can spend hours with savoring each moment an casual conversation!

Subscription for $20 per month.  Find more details on beanbox.com

Melitta Coffees Cafe de Europa Espresso della Toscana

On our search for the best all-around espresso for the holidays, Melitta stood out for over-all consistency with a pleasant flavor profile.  It’s no wonder, really, as Melitta’s is widely recognized for their delicious, premium Café de Europa gourmet coffees.  Available in extra fine grind and whole bean bags or in a new single-serve option for Keurig-style machines, there’s a style for every coffee connoisseur and a full range of gift-giving options certain to please every coffee lovers palette.

Melitta Café de Europa Gourmet Single-Serve Coffees

Cafe de Europa Espresso della Toscana is a bold, rich espresso that will transport you to a little Italian cafe in Tuscany with each smooth sip.  It’s Melitta’s darkest, richest roast.  Terrific serves as a single shot or to provide ahearty, deep base for Lattes, Cappuccinos and Americano’s.

Available at most major retailers and online at Melitta.com and Amazon.com, the Café de Europa bagged coffee collection retails for $6.99 and a 12-count box of Café de Europa Single Serve Coffee retails for $8.99.

Grace Hightower Coffees of Rwanda

Coffee with a sustainable conscience is always high on our holiday list, which is why Coffees of Rwanda made the grade for the second year in a row.  The Rwanda Medium Dark Roast is our favorite, a robust full-body coffee with a slightly sweet fruit finish.  Also note-worthy is the small batch limited edition Signature Series a medium-body coffee with gentle citrus, fruit and floral notes and a sweet, clean finish.

105_GHCOR201405Inspired by the spirit of the Rwandan people, Grace Hightower De Niro created ” Grace Hightower Coffees of Rwanda” as a way to celebrate and support the coffee farmers of Rwanda. Through direct sourcing, fair trade, ethical practices and environmental stewardship, the coffee farmers of Rwanda create sustainable businesses that can be passed from one generation to the next.

The coffee is available in 4 blends from dark roast to light, and chocolaty to citrus flavor notes. A special Signature Series collection of small-lot coffees are also available for purchase. Limited in quantity, the current offering features coffee from Epiphanie Mukashyaka, founder of Buf Café. This limited edition offering comes from her washing stations, Nyarusiza and Remera, in Southern Rwanda and directly supports over 6,000 farmers.

Typical pricing is $12.50 for a 12 oz sack. Gift sets are also available online at coffeeofgrace.com.

About Barb Webb

Former bartender turned organic home living expert. Foodista, lover of dogs, kids, and simple, delicious cooking. Will travel for wine. Find her regularly on RuralMom.com, or touring the country on the hunt for the next hot restaurant or food trend. Tweet to her at @ruralmoms. If you'd like your brand, event, or business considered for an editorial or upcoming feature, contact us

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