Best Coffee - 2013
Portola Coffee Lab
When it comes to coffee, what's best today may not be best tomorrow or next week—or even next year. Climate changes affect everything produced by small-lot coffee growers all over the world. But when you take as much care as Portola Coffee Lab does in selecting, roasting and brewing, you make sure that everything you present to your customers is the best. Right now, it's the Elida Estate from Panama, available on the brew bar as well as bagged for you to take home. It's a very forgiving, naturally processed coffee that tastes like blueberries—"forgiving" in the sense that it comes out delicious not only when Portola's expert baristas run it through a siphon, but also when you brew a pot of it in your office coffeemaker that hasn't been cleaned in six months. Although, by the time you read this, Portola will be on to the next best coffee, and you can be certain it will be another hand-picked beast.