The Americas Gourmet Coffees

Arabian and AfricaAsia, Indonesia, and the PacificThe Americas

American coffees are usually light- to medium-bodied, and they are at the opposite end of the taste spectrum from Asian, Indonesian, and Pacific coffees. Americas have a clean feel in the mouth, just slightly sweet, and with a lively acidity—crisp and sparkling, and sometimes spicy. American coffees are also known for their consistency and balance, which is why they are used in creating some of Starbucks most popular selling coffee blends.

The main coffee-growing countries in this region include Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

Popular Coffees

  • Columbian Supremo: Rich yet well balanced and with medium to full body, mild sweet flavor and good acidity and very pleasant aroma.
  • Costa Rican: ? is this Costa Rican Tarrazu or Monte Crisol?
  • Tarrazu Guatemala Antigua: ?

Other Excellent Coffees

  • Brazilian Bourbon Santos: Smooth and mild flavors (often sweet and nutty), light to medium body, yields a low acidity and has a very pleasant aroma.
  • Costa Rica Monte Crisol: Silky body and sweet with topnotes of blueberry.  The finish is buttery.
  • Guatemalan Huehuetenango: Subtle and mild, distinctive fruit flavors, a light body, sweet fragrance and a clean finish that pleasantly lingers.
  • Panama Lerida: Light body with a hint of buttery richness and honey sweetness. Well-balanced, easy-to-drink and nice for sipping throughout the day.
  • Brazil Serra Negra Organic: Smooth and rich flavors with a heavy body and hints of chocolate and caramel.
  • Costa Rican Tarrazu: Clean and well-balanced, berry/citrus flavor that is often sweet, winy, and vibrant with a fine, bright acidity and a finish that reveals spice and chocolate undertones.
  • Columbian Excelso: The better Columbian coffees have good body and are well-balanced with a bright acidity, while the lesser Columbian coffees have a clean and mild flavor yet are quite generic.
  • Columbia El Socorro Organic: Balanced and bright, this organic gourmet coffee displays a typical Columbia richness and topnotes of tangerine along with a macadamia nut finish that lingers.
  • Nicaragua: Medium-bodied, with a nutty bouquet and hints of vanilla.  Nicaragua coffee is [*326]wet-processed and has a light and mild acidity.
  • El Salvador Adelaida Organic: This medium-bodied coffee is fruity and rich with topnotes of blackberry, hints of spice, and a hazelnut finish.
  • Nicaragua Segovia Organic: With rich with fruity topnotes and hints of chocolate, Nicaragua Segovia has an almond nougat sweetness.
  • Peru Cepi Cafe Organic: Medium-bodied and medium bright with a fresh citrus brightness. The finish is rich and lingering.

Coffee Fun Fact: One-fifth of the world’s coffee is consumed by the United States, making that country the largest consumer in the world.


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