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10 Best Single Origin Coffees in the World [Ranked]

Alright, first thing is first. Taste is subjective. Everyone has their own unique palate and taste preferences. Different tastes are perceived differently by different people. For this reason, I ask that you graciously accept my apology if your favorite coffee has been omitted from this list.

Whether or not you agree that these are the 10 best coffees in the world, I think you’ll find that these beans are among the elite without question.

Coffee beans can vary immensely

One of the beautiful things about coffee is that it comes from all over the world. Some 50+ countries (International Coffee Organization), produce coffee world-wide.

Different origins have vastly different climates which affect a number of factors that contribute to the final taste of the bean.

Elevation is a massively important part of coffee growth. So much so, that high grown beans are largely equated with higher quality in general. Growth at high elevations occurs over a longer period of time. This allows more time for nutrient absorption and complex flavor development within the coffee beans.

The type of soil that coffee is grown in is another major factor. There is a huge difference between coffee that is grown in nutrient rich volcanic loam and coffee that is grown in any old soil.

Different countries also use several different processing methods that have a significant impact on the final taste of a coffee bean. Dictated largely by available technology, countries may subject their beans to a washing process, a dry / natural process, or something in between!

Because of the large number aspects that contribute to the taste profile of coffee beans and the extensive variety within each factor, there are countless distinguished coffee profiles!

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Which coffees are worth your while?

Luckily, in this day and age, you can do a pretty extensive world coffee tour with beans available online! There are hundreds of options on Amazon alone. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide which coffee is worth your time and money.

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Don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork for you. Take a look at these 10 best single origin coffees. If there are any that you haven’t tried yet, that’s a great place to start your world tour!

10. Colombian Supremo Coffee

Colombian coffee has a very recognizable taste. What most people consider to be the taste of coffee in general, is the taste of Colombian coffee! Supremo means more than just that the coffee is supremely good, (although it absolutely it is). Supremo actually refers to a coffee bean grading system that is used in Colombia. The highest grade in the Colombian system? Supremo, of course! Supremo coffees are sorted to include only the biggest and best beans!

You can expect a sweet aroma, medium to full body, and rich taste. Notes of fruit, nuts and chocolate are common, along with a caramel-toned sweetness and citric acidity. You’ve probably had Colombian coffee before, but if not, enjoy!

9. Costa Rican Tarrazu Coffee

The reputation of Costa Rican coffee is ever increasing, and for a good reason. These beans are grown at high elevations and have a very well developed flavor. Although there is some stiff competition, this is one of the best Central American coffees out there.

These beans give of an intensely sweet aroma that is reminiscent of brown sugar. The coffee is sweet with notes of tropical and citrus fruits. A lively, bright acidity adds an extra dimension or two to this complex cup of coffee. The flavor roller coaster finishes off with a sweet, long lasting aftertaste. This is a coffee that many may not have tried… well, no excuse now!

8. Guatemalan Antigua Coffee

Guatemala Antigua Coffee - Whole Bean Coffee - Freshly Roasted Coffee - Cubico Coffee - 12 Ounce (Single Origin Guatemalan Coffee)
  • 100% Guatemala Antigua Coffee - Cultivated in the High Altitude and rich Volcanic soil of the Guatemalan Antigua Region
  • Freshly Roasted Guatemala Beans - Cubico Coffees are roasted in small batches and our roasters sign and date each bag to ensure freshness
  • Cupping Notes - A medium-bodied, bright and tangy cup with hints of lemon and orange, and milk chocolate undertones.
  • Premium Guatemalan Coffee - Medium Roasted to preserve the coffee’s complex flavors and intense aroma
  • 12oz. Whole Coffee Beans - Packaged in bags with a one-way valve to lock in the freshly roasted taste

This is another fantastic coffee that comes from Central America. This coffee shares a few aspects with Costa Rican coffee, but also manages to distinguish itself. These beans benefit significantly from growth in nutrient rich volcanic soils.

You can expect this coffee to be rich and complex. A wide variety of notes are on display, including citrus fruits, nuts and chocolate! A bright and tangy acidity provides some serious bite that sticks around for a nice, crisp finish.

7. Yemeni Mocha Coffee

Al Mokha: The World's First Coffee. Yemen Medium Roast (whole bean)
  • This is our Founders favorite coffee. It is Intriguing with a Unique Symphony of Citrus and Cocoa.
  • Al Mokha is the top online coffee-seller of 100% authentic Yemeni mocha coffee (available in light, medium, and dark roast).
  • The beans are from Yemen's mountainous west at 1500 - 2100 meters. A network of small holder farmers meticulously grow and harvest this heirloom coffee by hand, and dry it in the sun. It is then carefully milled and packaged for export.
  • Your purchase encourages economic growth and stability in Yemen
  • Why is this the World's First Coffee? The practice of drinking and cultivating coffee started in Yemen when in 1450 Sufi monks accidentally roasted raw coffee seeds. This launched the coffee trade of today. (Originally shipping from Yemen's port of Al Mokha.)

In the past, Yemen was the center of the coffee universe. Recent years have seen a drastic decrease in coffee production due to an ongoing civil war. The depleted supply of Yemeni coffee leads to higher prices for consumers. That being said, the demand is still there. Why? It’s simple really, Yemeni coffee is really good. Chances are you’ve heard of Mocha before. Although in this case, Mocha doesn’t refer to a commercial beverage loaded with chocolate! Mocha is instead referring to the major port in Yemen that coffee has historically been shipped from.

You can expect Yemeni coffee to have an exotic aroma and rich, complex taste. A wine-toned acidity and some earthy character are typical. Notes of fruit, chocolate and hints of spice are also common. This is the type of coffee that you need several cups of to fully appreciate.

6. Indonesian Sumatra Mandheling Coffee

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Sumatra Mandheling Coffee Beans, Whole Bean - Fresh Roasted by Koffee Kult (32oz)
  • SUMATRA MANDHELING 100% arabica coffee beans from the jungles of Indonesian. This premium coffee includes 100% Specialty Grade Arabica coffee beans that are rich, smooth, medium / heavy bodied fairly traded beans. There are many types of coffee beans, these are the best gourmet coffee beans you can get. Single origin coffee from West Sumatra, which is now one of the highly-recognized gourmet coffee producers in the world.
  • ARTISAN ROASTED fresh to perfection on our small batch roasters, and roasted immediately prior to packaging. Every bag is consistently the same with our roasting profile system! This coffee is roasted on our new roaster which is the most environment friendly and consistent in the world. Koffee Kult is the only coffee roaster in the South East USA with this technology.
  • GREAT AROMA You will want to get out of bed just for the smell of this gourmet coffee in the morning. Cupping Notes: of bakers chocolate, syrupy, clean - roasted at full medium. This is a premium single origin premium coffee.
  • EASY TO ORDER Just push the yellow button to order your fresh coffee beans online. Order for your morning coffee or share this awesome coffee with people that deserve the best for birthday gifts, coffee gifts, gifts for her, gifts for him, and christmas gifts. Make waking up to fresh coffee in a coffee cup a reality.
  • PERFECT: for brewing in your Chemex coffee maker, French Press, Aeropress, or any other drip coffee brewer.

Indonesia consists of a series of islands, each offering distinct conditions for the growth of coffee. The islands of Sumatra, Sulawesi, Java and Bali all produce great coffee. The best? Have to go with Sumatra Mandheling.

Sumatra Mandheling beans produce a cup of coffee that is rich and full-bodied. Notes of chocolate and spice are balanced with some earthy character. This is naturally low acid coffee, making it easy on the stomach!

This coffee is admittedly more likely to be enjoyed by coffee connoisseurs. It may take a well developed palate to truly appreciate this exquisite coffee!

5. Kenya AA Coffee

Kenya AA Coffee Beans, 100% Pure, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • 100% Pure Kenya AA Coffee Beans with a rich body, pleasant vibrant acidity, fragrant aroma and winy aftertaste with overtones of berries and citrus.
  • Medium roasted whole beans allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • The "AA" grade marks out the very largest beans that naturally contain the largest amount of aromatic oils that are so integral to the coffee-drinking experience
  • Highest grade of Kenyan coffee and considered to be one of the best Arabica coffees in the world,
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Kenya grades their coffee beans based on size, shape and density. The highest rating that Kenyan beans can receive is AA. Africa undoubtedly produces some of the finest coffees in the world, and this is right up there with the best of them!

These beans are rich and sweet, with a strong floral aroma. A citric acidity and fruity sweetness are among the many notable aspects of this coffee. There is a lot going on in a cup of Kenya AA coffee, you’ll probably want a few (or 10) cups before you make a judgement!

4. Jamaican Blue Mountain

Jamaica is not a large producer of coffee, but their Blue Mountain beans are something special. This one is often discussed in the best coffee in the world debate. These beans are unfortunately quite expensive… did you look them up? Yeah, I know, pretty steep.

You can expect this coffee to be silky smooth & creamy with rich notes of chocolate. This is definitely not an everyday coffee, but you every coffee drinker should experience it at least once!

3. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffee - Whole Bean Coffee - Freshly Roasted Coffee - Cubico Coffee - 12 Ounce (Single Origin Ethiopian Coffee)
  • 100% Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffee - grown on the sloping hills of the Yirgachaffe Valley in the famous coffee region of Sidamo, Ethiopia.
  • Freshly Roasted Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Beans - Cubico Coffees are roasted in small batches and our roasters sign and date each bag to ensure freshness
  • Cupping Notes - A smooth and creamy body, a complex citrusy with pronounced lime notes, floral flavor and a sweet chocolate finish.
  • Premium Ethiopia Whole Bean Coffee - Medium Roasted to preserve the coffee’s complex flavors and intense aroma
  • 12 oz. Whole Bean Coffee in a vacuum sealed bag to ensure freshness

Ethiopia is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and definitely produces some of the best beans in the world. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is serious treat. Don’t worry about trying to pronounce Yirgacheffe, people will know what you’re talking about if you bring up Ethiopian coffee.

This is a complex cup of coffee with notes of fruit and wine, and a pleasantly bright bite. This coffee is like a fine wine, luxurious, delicious… and like I said before, it has notes of wine. If you’ve never tried Yirgacheffe beans, it’s time to stop depriving yourself!

2. Hawaiian Kona Coffee

Kona Gold Coffee Whole Beans - 16 oz, by Kona Gold Rum Co. - Medium/Dark Roast Extra Fancy - 100% Kona Coffee
  • JUDGED TO BE THE BEST 2018 AVPA PARIS SILVER AWARD WINNER Also our Kona Gold Medium/Dark Roast Whole Beans took first place in the Kona Crown Competition Division at the coveted 2016 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.
  • 100 PERCENT PURE KONA COFFEE Although some brands claim to be Kona, they often contain as little as 10 percent of real Kona beans mixed with those of a lower grade. Our beans are 100 percent authentic and meticulously cultivated in the Kona district on the big island, which has the perfect microclimate for growing coffee beans.
  • HIGHEST GRADE BEANS Our Medium/Dark Roast Whole Beans are rated Extra Fancy by the Hawaii Agricultural Society – the highest grade possible. Only 10 percent of all Kona coffee produced achieves this rating, based on the size, shape, moisture content, and defect ratio of the beans.
  • A BETTER CUP OF COFFEE All-natural Kona Gold Coffee Beans are hand-picked, wet-method processed, sun-dried, and air roasted. This process ensures a clean-tasting and highly aromatic cup of coffee. Our full city roast (medium/dark roast) combines crisp, fruity notes with creamy tones of molasses and brown sugar for a simply remarkable cup of coffee.

You’ve probably heard of Hawaiian Kona coffee before. A lot of people consider these beans to be the best in the world, and unfortunately, their price reflects this!

Kona coffee can contain a variety of notes, including fruit, wine, chocolate, nuts and spices. A typically mild acidity is paired with a fruity or sugary sweetness. In order to avoid breaking the bank, this coffee is best left for special occasions.

Pro Tip: Get some Kona coffee as a birthday gift for a coffee lover in your family. You’ll get major points for the thought… and more importantly, you can sneak a cup or two for yourself!

1. Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee

Tanzania Peaberry Coffee, Mount Kilimanjaro, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • 100% Pure Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro that is wonderfully acidic, has a rich body, an intense flavor and a fragrant aroma coupled with mellow winy overtones.
  • Medium roasted whole beans allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • Fresh roasted then immediately packed and sealed to assure freshness
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

And we’re here. The best coffee in the world. If you are unfamiliar with what peaberries are, they are a type of coffee bean that has grown as a single rounded bean, instead of the usual two halves. This occurs at a rate of about 5% in nature, and it is said to lead to an amplified flavor!

Tanzanian Peaberry beans make for a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee with a wine-toned acidity. Notes of fruit and wine are on display in a highly concentrated fashion. This coffee can’t be properly explained. You really need to just try this one to understand the hype surrounding it.

Final Thoughts

That concludes our world tour ladies and gentleman. Hopefully you’ve found a new coffee to try!

Do you agree with the picks? Disagree? Are you outraged that your favorite was snubbed? Think the order is out of whack? Let us know!

About the Author

Zach is passionate about travel, music and coffee! He spends his time exploring the planet, attempting to write music and trying new coffees from around the world. He likes to blather on about everything related to coffee at Try New Coffee!

Last update on 2020-05-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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