Best Coffee In the World

by dan on May 24, 2011

Savor the Fine Flavors of the World’s Best Premium Gourmet Coffees

The world’s finest coffee beans come from prime growing regions at high altitudes where Arabica coffee plants thrive in the cooler temperatures. The sensitive plants must be cared for properly and then the coffee cherry must be harvested at peak ripeness, then the processing and roasting must follow exacting standards, then shipped to you quickly.

Then you must store the coffee properly and brew it properly - then you are ready to enjoy the best coffee beans in the world in the perfect cup of coffee.

It all starts with the coffee beans, and the following are the very best coffee beans in the world, respected for their overall gourmet qualities including body, aroma, acidity, sweetness/bitterness, and aftertaste. Here are the world’s most respected coffee beans.

Old Brown Java Coffee is ranked among the world’s best coffee for its unique taste. It is an aged and monsooned coffee that is grown in East Java on the fine old colonial estates along with Old Government Coffee and Old Java Coffee. When the coffee beans are monsooned they are left out to be exposed to the warm and wet winds during the monsoon season. This gives the green coffee beans (beans that have been milled though not roasted) a distinct color and mutes their acidity while creating a deep quality to the flavor.

Tanzania Peaberry Coffee - Peaberry coffee beans come from coffee cherry that contain one whole bean rather than the much more common two half-beans, and the result is a more concentrated flavor. This fine gourmet coffee is cultivated on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and also Mt. Meru in Tanzania, home to some of the best coffee in the world. Offering a medium body and a pleasant acidity with tones of fruit, expect a very rich coffee with notes of black currant and chocolate followed by a long-lasting and distinctly sweet aftertaste. To enhance the sweetness of the aroma try a medium roast Tanzania Peaberry, which also reveals suggestions of coconut and pineapple. In the tradition of the region the overall flavor quality also reveals wine notes and creates a velvety sensation on the palate.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee - This is a wonderfully sweet flavored coffee with fine tastes and aromas reflecting one of the world’s premier coffee growing regions around six thousand feet above sea level in Ethiopia. Known for its delicious fragrance and spice notes, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has a light to medium body and is a wet processed coffee. The acidity is vibrant and bright, and floral notes infuse the aroma. Chocolate comes through in the finish along with nutty qualities that rank Yirgacheffee among the best coffee in the world. Try a medium roast to accentuate the brightness and delicacy of this gourmet coffee, or a medium-dark roast for a sweeter taste.

Sulawesi Toraja Coffee - Cultivated in the Sulawesi highlands this gourmet coffee has an expansive taste and a wonderful multi-dimensional quality with a good body and exceptional balance. Enjoy the fruit notes as well as tones of chocolate in the taste, and the bright acidity along with a rustic sweet quality making this one of the best coffees on Earth! Try a dark roast to appreciate this fine coffee’s deep and brooding quality that ranks it among the finest coffee in the world.

Hawaii Kona Coffee - This is a gourmet coffee grown in the United States, which is quite rare. The unique Kona Coffee Belt growing region is located on the fertile volcanic slopes on the island of Hawai’i at elevations from about two thousand to three thousand feet above sea level. Kona coffee beans provide a delicate and light cup of coffee, very well-balanced and with a distinct complexity in both its taste and aroma. The body of the coffee is medium and the acidity is quite bright. Wine tones and spice enhance the experience, as does the aromatic finish. Enjoy the best of Kona coffee at the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival or anytime you are on the Big Island you can take a Kona Coffee Farm Tour. Other gourmet Hawaiian coffees are now being grown in Puna, Hamakua, Hilo and Kau.

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Ethiopian Harrar Coffee - This spicy gourmet coffee has a full body and is one of the finest of all African coffees. There are three main varieties of Ethiopian Harrar including the Longberry which is the biggest of the region’s coffee beans, the Shortberry which are slightly smaller coffee beans, and the Mocha Harrar which comes from the relatively rare peaberry coffee beans. Ethiopian Harrars are known for their fruit and floral qualities in the fine acidity, winey flavors, and a pungent and heady aroma. Enlivening this gourmet coffee are spice notes including compote, cinnamon and cardamom. Ethiopian Harrar’s also tend to have a long-lasting finish that lingers deliciously on the palate.

Costa Rica Coffees - Among the best coffee in the world are several Costa Rica coffees including the highly respected San Marcos de Tarrazu Coffee that is grown in the interior region of the country where the fertile mountain soils create a complex coffee with delightful aromatics that cause these gourmet beans to be ranked among the best coffee in the world. Also respected is the Costa Rica Monte Crisol with its delightful sweetness and crispness in the acidity along with blueberry tones and buttery qualities in the aftertaste. If you want to enjoy the fullness of the coffee’s fruity and vibrant qualities then try a Medium-Dark Roast. A very robust coffee from Costa Rica is Costa Rica Alajuela Coffee.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee - Cultivated in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica at elevations between three thousand and fifty-five hundred feet above sea level, this premium gourmet coffee is wet processed creating a wonderful sweet, refined quality that is creamy on the palate - many aficionados claim this is the single best coffee in all the world. The taste of Jamaica Blue Mountain is complex and the body is typically quite full. Along with the silky mouthfeel the coffee offers a delightfully vibrant acidity and the coffee almost totally lacks bitterness. Look for the floral tones in the bold aroma along with herbal notes. Of particular gourmet quality are the peaberry coffee beans of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain region, and these are often sought out for the finest espresso blends.

Brazil Cerrado Coffee – With a mild acidity and good body, this coffee soothes the palate. The balance is excellent and the taste reveals tones of caramel, particularly in the light-roast Brazil Cerrado, and notes of chocolate revealed in the darker roasts. Cerrado is cultivated more than 800 feet above sea level and considered by many to be among the world’s best coffees. Another premium gourmet Brazil Coffee is the famed Brazil Bourbon Santos Coffee.

Java Arabica Coffee - This is a distinctly heavy-bodied coffee with a medium level of acidity and herb notes in the lingering finish. Enjoy this gourmet coffee’s earthy taste with a clean and yet thick character. Java Arabica is wet processed and is cultivated on Java Island in Indonesia at about 1,400 meters above sea level. The aftertaste exhibits notes of smoke and spice with overall sweetness that makes this coffee respected by many as the best coffee in the world, or at least in the top ten. Smooth on the palate, the finest of the Java Arabica crops are cultivated on five old coffee states that were originally established by the Dutch government in the 1700s.

Sumatra Lintong Coffee - Respected for its delicious sweetness and earthy qualities as well as the complexity of its aroma, Sumatra Lintong typically has a medium body and mild acidity. It is cultivated in north central Sumatra in the Lake Toba area in the Lintong region. This may be one of the less heralded top gourmet coffees in the world, coming from one of the world’s best coffee growing regions for fine Arabica coffee.

Mocha Java Coffee - This traditional blend combines the respected Indonesian Java Arabica coffee with Arabian (Yemen) Mocha coffee. The smooth and bright qualities of the Java are a perfect complement to the intense Mocha coffee which may be quite wild in its nature. When combined the two coffees create the perfect balance which is why this is the world’s oldest and more esteemed blend widely considered to be the best coffee blend in the world. Read more about how these two coffees came together by chance in the hulls of the old sailing ships in the World’s Best History of Coffee.

Guatemala Antigua Coffee - With a full body and notes of spice this coffee resembles other gourmet coffees of Guatemala and offers the finest in mouthfeel with a velvety richness. If you want to accentuate this coffee’s smoky qualities then try a Dark Roast. Guatemala Antigua coffee is cultivated between four and five thousand feet above sea level and includes the Strictly Hard Bean grade coffee beans which are some of the finest Arabica varietal beans, mostly of the Catuai (Coffea arabica var. catuai), Caturra (Coffea arabica var. caturra) or Bourbon (Coffea arabica var. bourbon) varietals, all creating a distinctly fine Guatemala coffee that is ranked among the best coffees in the world and the pride of the Americas.

Kenya AA Coffee - Last but not least, Kenya AA is cultivated at more than six thousand feet above sea level. This highest grade of Kenya coffee (determined by coffee bean size and quality - see Kenya Coffee Grading) is known for its good body and richness of flavor along with a delightful acidity with notes of citrus and berry. Most lists of the world’s best coffees will put Kenya AA at least in the top five. Highlights include the floral tones that exude from the aroma and carry into the aftertaste.

These are more coffees that may be ranked among the world’s best. Some would say that India coffee including Monsooned Mysore Coffee belongs on the short list of the finest world gourmet coffees, while others would want to add some particular Papua New Guinea coffees such as  New Guinea Sigri Coffee. For more great coffees see The Best Coffee In the World.

Thank You for Visiting Kona Coffee Roasting and reading about the very Best Coffee In the World! Enjoy Your Premium Gourmet Coffee!


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