Every coffee lover I’ve met has a list of their favorite coffees. This should come as no surprise. There are so many varieties of coffees that it is easy to formulate a list. Columbia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia all have coffee growing regions and processing methods that make for a wide selection of coffee types. I once stated in a previous posting that I have my top three favorite coffees. I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite coffees.
I recently wrote a post about this coffee and explained how it is processed and how it tastes. You can check it out here. This is my absolute favorite coffee! I have enjoyed it for years. It is a naturally strong coffee. I recommend it for espresso or for a good afternoon “jump-start.” This coffee is very Earthy with a heavy body and low acidity. It has also been described as herbal, smoky, spicy, and/or “funky.” The taste profile of this coffee varies. But it is a memorable and intense coffee. I personally like to describe this coffee as both regal and rugged. It is a paradox in a cup and NEVER disappoints.
Coffee is serious business in Nicaragua. It is a big part of their economy. Coffee also helped shape their political history. As such, Nicaraguan coffee farmers work very hard to produce a good quality cup of coffee. You can tell with every sip that these farmers have succeeded! Just like with the Sumatran coffee, Nicaraguan coffee has a complex taste profile. However, this coffee is more on the fruity flavor side. I find it to have the best acidity level of any coffee I’ve tried. It is beautifully balanced with body and flavor. I usually taste a delightful fruity/citrus flavor reminiscent to an orange with a very subtle caramel aftertaste. This coffee is just lovely.
Ethiopia is considered the birthplace of coffee. It seems only right to have it on a favorite coffee list. Even if it weren’t for its historical significance, Ethiopian coffee will still make my list. This coffee is magnificent. I love brewing it in my Chemex. This coffee has a natural sweetness. To me it taste like blueberries. I particularly like the coffee from the Sidamo region. The coffee from the Yirgacheffe region is also great. You really can’t go wrong with Ethiopian coffee with its good acidity levels and fruity notes.
I’ve written a post about Ethiopian coffee. Check it out here.
This is the only coffee that is grown in the United States. The name “Kona” is heavily controlled and protected. This means that if you see the name Kona on your bag of coffee, then you are drinking a legitimate Kona and not an imitator. The coffee itself is very notable with a good acidity level. The coffee tastes like a dark chocolate and is unbelievably pleasant to drink. Enjoy this coffee with every sip. Do absolutely nothing when drinking this coffee (i.e. anything productive). This is a “slacker” friendly coffee. Just sit back and enjoy drinking your Kona.
I had amazing Kona at the Kona Loa Coffeehouse in Southern California. I also wrote a review on that coffeehouse that you can check out here.
Costa Rican coffee has some of the best qualities that I’ve experience in coffee. It is very distinctive. Even the novice coffee lovers can identify coffee from Costa Rica. It is a very clean and “silky” coffee that goes down easy. This coffee is naturally sweet and has considerable fruity notes. It reminds me a lot of fresh apricots. It is impossible for me to drink only one cup. I could easily drink eight cups of Costa Rican Coffee if I wanted to . . . and I want to.
It is easy to formulate a list of your favorite coffees because of the wide selections available. There are no right or wrong favorite coffees list. They are a reflection of our personal preference. They are the personal preference of millions of people. As such, there are millions of lists. It is a reflection of the diversity of the society of coffee lovers. Therefore, every coffee from around the world will make it on a favorite coffees list.