Best Coffee In The World

by Dan Harrington on March 26, 2011

Best Coffee Beans On Planet Earth!

Enjoy the very finest gourmet coffees in the world! Warning: You are about to embark on a journey around the world to experience Earth’s ultimate premium coffee beans.

Coffee has been around a long time (see History of Coffee) so people have had plenty of time to determine which coffee is the best in the world, with some leeway for personal tastes and with an emphasis on high-quality, well-cultivated, properly harvested and processed coffee beans from the premium Coffee Growing Regions. Enjoy.

Best Coffee In The World – Gourmet Coffees of Asia and Beyond

Many people believe that the Asian, Indian and Pacific Coffees are exceptional due to their smooth flavors and generally mild acidity with a full body that emanates earthy elements with a dry finish.

Some great examples include Bali Coffee that is grown in the central highlands and typically wet processed though there are also dry processed Bali coffees including organic dry-processed coffees from Bali which are given a medium roast and reveal herby and chocolate tones.

Mocha Java – The Oldest Coffee Blend Is Still the Best!

Mocha Java Coffee is the world’s oldest coffee blend and is comprised of Arabian (Yemen) Mocha coffee along with Indonesian Java Arabica coffee. The smooth, clean Java is a perfect complement to the wildness and intensity of the Mocha making this one of the most popular. Also see: Yemen Mocha Coffee.

The two gourmet coffees have complementary characteristics that go well together Indonesian coffees as well as one of the world’s favorite coffees. Some people alter the blend replacing the Mocha with Ethiopian Harrar.

World’s Best Coffee Beans – Coffees of India Delight the Palate

India Coffee resembles Indonesian coffee like the famed Java Arabica known for fullness of body with hints of tropical fruits, nutmeg and cardamom.

Particularly notable are the India Monsooned Malabar Coffee, Monsooned Mysore Coffee and India Mysore Coffee. Fine Indonesia coffee is cultivated in Sumatra and Sulawesi.

Of note is Sulawesi Toraja Coffee, Sumatra Lintong Coffee, Mandheling and Sumatra Ankola Coffee. Also see: Sumatra Mandheling Coffee.

Creamy and Smooth Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Another fine coffee from this region is Jamaica Coffee including the famed Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee which is wet processed and renowned for its smooth silky flavor and ideal balance with a full body and sweet mild taste sometimes almost creamy in its texture.

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee had a pleasantly vibrant acidity complemented by an almost total lack of bitterness. The peaberry coffee beans from Jamaica are exquisite! Also see: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.

Timor Coffee is famed for its expansive flavors with a vibrant yet low-toned acidity.

Coffees From the Hawaiian Archipelago

Hawaii Coffee grown in Kona provides a clean and delicate flavor with a complex aroma and bright, cheerful acidity with a pleasant finish. The most renowned Hawaii coffee is Kona Coffee that grows on the slopes of the volcano above Kona Town on the Big Island of Hawaii and reveals buttery and spicy qualities.

For more great Hawaii coffees see:  Big Island Coffee, Hamakua Coffee, Kau Coffee, Puna Coffee, Maui Coffee, Molokai Coffee, Kauai Coffee, Hilo Coffee and Oahu Coffee. Also see Hawaii Coffee History – Kona Coffee History and Kona Coffee Farm Tours.

World’s Best Coffee – Coffees of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Coffee offers a low-toned richness along with earthy elements and a relatively low acidity that is fruitier than Sulawesi coffee yet not as aromatic or acidic as a premium Sulawesi Toraja.

The most popular Papua New Guinea coffees are New Guinea Arona Coffee, New Guinea Sigri Coffee and New Guinea Kimel Coffee.

Best Coffee In The World – The Wonderful World of Arabian and African Coffees

Arabian and African Coffees are distinguished for their optimal balance of acidity and body with sweet flavors enhanced by fruity and winey elements that reveal themselves also in the pleasant aroma.

Burundi Coffee is grown at the crest of the Nile-Congo watershed between Central Africa and East Africa. Congo Coffee is grown in the East Congo which borders Uganda and Burundi.

Coffees of Ethiopia Among the World’s Finest Gourmet Coffees

Ethiopian Coffee is famed for its winey, pungency as well as its complexity and wild acidity. From the complex Sidamo coffees to the fragrant, spicy Yirgacheffes and robust Ghimbi coffees with their vibrant acidity and complexity of aromatic qualities.

Other fine Ethiopian coffees include Lekempti, Limu, Harrar and Djimma. Also see: Ethiopian Harrar Coffee; Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee; Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee.

Kenya Coffee Revered By Coffee Connoisseurs

Kenya Coffee, which is typically wet-processed, is renowned for its bold and winey acidity and fine aroma with a deep, rich flavor and vibrant acidity. Fine Kenya coffee exhibits tones of fruitiness and berries. Of particular note is the Kenya AA Coffee. Also see: Kenyan Coffees.

Tanzania Coffee Among the World’s Finest Coffee Beans

Tanzania Coffee is known for its brightness like its cousin Kenyan coffee, and also shares the quality of a rich, winey acidity sometimes quite sharp.

The body and taste is very rich and strong and in a fine Tanzania coffee you may notice tones of cedar among the rich tastes and intense almost creamy quality, typically with a medium to full body.

Of note is the Peaberry as well as the esteemed Tanzania Kilimanjaro Coffee. Also see: Tanzania Peaberry Coffee.

Coffees of Yemen and Uganda

Yemen Coffee is most distinguished by the Yemen Mocha cultivated on the tip of the Arabian peninsula with the Mattari distinguished for its notes of chocolate and Sanani known for its fruitiness and ideal balance.

Uganda Coffee is not often considered among the world’s best because it is mostly Robusta though the Arabica.

Civet Coffee – Pre-Digested By the Asian Palm Civet

Civet Coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak, is distinguished for its smooth flavor and mild acidity with a pleasant, high aroma (see Civet Coffee FAQ).

The distinct lack of bitterness allows it to be just lightly Roasted revealing more origin flavors, the word origin referring to the soil and climate. The beans are defecated by the Asian Palm Civet and gathered up by farmers, often selling for hundreds of dollars per pound.

Some distinguished Civet Coffees include Indonesian Civet Coffee, Vietnam Civet Coffee and Philippine Civet Coffee (including both Bantai Civet Coffee as well as Arengga Civet Coffee).

If you like Civet Coffee you may also enjoy Jacu Bird Coffee. For some light humor about the topic see Adventures of a Civet Coffee Hunter as well as the Top Ten Reasons To Drink Animal-Processed Coffee!

Also available is a specially-engineered Simulated Civet Coffee, but if you are journeying down this road make sure and Beware of Fake Civet Coffee.

Best Coffee Beans in the World continued: Rwanda, Timor, Zambia and Zimbabwe Coffees

Rwanda Coffee is typically of the varietal Coffea Arabica var. mayaguez, a cultivar of Bourbon (Coffea arabica var. bourbon). Timor Coffee exhibits a low-toned yet vibrant acidity.

The coffee plants cultivated in Timor are usually a hybrid of Coffea arabica and Robusta. This varietal is used because it is more resistant to diseases and pests.

Zambia Coffee is generally softer than other African coffees and has notably less acidity. Zimbabwe Coffee is distinguished for its fine aromatics and balanced acidity revealing notes of berries and citrus. Zimbabwe coffee is typically wet processed providing a great finish. The popular Chipinge coffee reveals a vibrant, winy acidity.

Best Coffee In The World – American Coffees From Peru To Guatemala To Brazil and Bolivia

The finest Coffees of the Americas provide a range of delightful qualities.

Bolivian Coffee provides a classic flavor with delicate aromatics and a bright acidity often revealing notes of apricot, lemon and tangerine. Depending upon the type of Roast used the Bolivian coffee may also reveal caramel and chocolate overtones.

Colombian and Costa Rican Coffees

The finest Colombian Coffees include Colombian Medellin Supremo Coffee, Colombian Excelso Coffee and Colombian Narino Coffee.

Costa Rica Coffee exhibits a crisp and bright acidity with a robust taste. Of not are the coffees of Costa Rica Alajuela, Costa Rica Monte Crisol (distinguished for its bright fruity quality, silky body and sweetness), Costa Rica San Marcos Tarrazu and Costa Rica Tarrazu.

Coffees of Panama Including the Renowned Geisha Coffee

Panama Coffee came into the world spotlight recently due to the award-winning Panama Geisha Coffee (Coffea Arabica var. geisha) which features an elongated coffee cherry. Panama Geisha is distinguished for its honey and citrus tastes with a light body and vibrant acidity, and a very pleasing aroma of jasmine.

Dominican Republic Coffees (Santo Domingo Coffees) and Puerto Rico Coffee – Enjoying the Best Coffees in the World continued:

Dominican Republic Coffee tends to have a fairly mild acidity with earthy notes and rich aromatics. This is considered one of the Caribbean coffees along with Jamaican and Puerto Rican coffees.

Notable coffees of the region are Dominican Republic Ocoa Coffee, Dominican Republic Bani Coffee, Dominican Republic Cibao Altura Coffee and Dominican Republic Barahona Coffee.

Puerto Rico Coffee is well-balanced and the flavor is quite mild though rather complex instead of bland. Of note is the Puerto Rico Yauco Selecto Coffee which is often likened to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee (with a restrained yet vibrant acidity).

Coffees of Ecuador and El Salvador

Ecuador Coffee displays a mid-level acidity as well as body, while El Salvador Coffee is known for the softness of its acidity and taste with a mild sweetness and nice balance (which is why it is often used in coffee blends).

Among the fine El Salvador coffees grown at higher elevations are Pacamara and Bourbon varietals. In the western El Salvador highlands in Tacuba are shade-grown Arabica coffee plants that are highly distinguished.

The Gourmet Arabica Coffees of Brazil

Brazil Coffee is perhaps most notable for its Brazil Cerrado Coffee and Brazil Bourbon Santos Coffee with a mild acidity and sweet, nutty taste, sometimes revealing chocolaty Roast notes enhanced by the dry processing, and best with a Medium-Dark Roast.

Venezuela and Honduras Coffees

Venezuela Coffee can be excellent including the Merida, Tachira (particularly delicate) and Trujillo coffees which are sweet with a well-balanced acidity. Honduras Coffee is also sweet and mild, with a full body and clean taste due to wet processing.

Coffees of Nicaragua

Nicaragua Coffee may be either medium-bodied or full bodied coffee and tends to have a fruity and bright acidity, well-balanced and quite sweet revealing notes of vanilla and a floral quality suggesting papaya, apricot and citrus. Of note is the Jinotega Coffee as well as Matagalpa Coffee and Segovia. Many people enjoy the novelty of the famed Nicaragua Elephant Beans.

Coffees of Guatemala

Highland Guatemala Coffee is exceptional, grown above 4,500 feet in the Antigua and Atitlan regions. With a delightful floral acidity and rich taste, these medium-bodied coffees reveal tones of chocolate and spices.

A fruity flavor and acidity is exhibited by the Guatemala Huehuetenango and Coban coffees, and Guatemala Antigua is revered for its complexity and hints of cocoa.

If you want to accentuate the fruit characteristics give the coffee a Light Roast but if you like bittersweet chocolate and cocoa then try a Dark Roast. Also see: Guatemalan Huehuetenango Coffee.

Haitian and Mexican Coffees

Haiti Coffee is medium-bodied and rich flavored with a soft, smooth character. Of particular note is the renowned Haitian Bleu Coffee.

Mexican Coffees of note include Oaxaca Pluma Coffee, Altura Coatepec Coffee, Capulin Coffee, Chiapas Coffee and Tapachula Coffee with an acidic snap, a white wine dryness and notes of chocolate and nuts.

Peru Coffee Distinguished From Urubamba and Chanchamayo Regions

Peru Coffee exhibits a relatively mild acidity and gentle taste. Of note in Peru are Peru Urubamba Coffee and Peru Chanchamayo High Grown Coffee both well-balanced with nutty and chocolaty tastes and notes of citrus in the aroma and finish.

Thanks for Reading About the Best Coffee In The World in Gourmet Coffee Lovers. Love Your Coffee and Espresso!


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