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!
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!
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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