Rather than tasting countless cups of coffee to figure which would be your preferred bean, check our list of 10 best types of coffee beans to get you started. Travel the world of coffee and experience it right out of your kitchen.
Picking a perfect, delicious cup of coffee will have you running far away from fast-serving baristas. Instead, you need to embark on a journey to find the finest beans, and then carefully, delicately, brew the coffee yourself. Aroma and depth of flavor are two main ways that you can differentiate between coffee beans. The more you drink coffee, the more apparent it will become to you which coffee bean is your favorite. Be sure to check out “How to Grind Coffee Beans for the Perfect Cup” as well.
To get started, you need to know how to pick a coffee bean. There are three main types, and those are Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica. Arabica caters for around 80% of all the coffee around the globe. Robusta is recognized for having a higher caffeine content than all other beans. Liberica is less popular since it has a low yield. The depth and notes of flavor from these beans are affected by where and how the coffee is grown.
Click on “What’s the Difference Between Arabica vs Robusta Coffee Beans” to see the differences between these beans.
Types of Coffee Beans
Yemeni Al Mokha Coffee Beans
Touted as the World’s First Coffee, the beans from this region are said to be the best in the world. They have a complexity of flavors that include spice notes from cinnamon and cardamom, as well as sweetness as that in raisins. It also has an aftertaste that is chocolatey in nature and a musky aroma. These beans will produce a coffee that will take you into the heart of Arabia. Want to find out what coffee is the most expensive in the world? Click on “The Most Expensive Coffee in the World” for more.
Indian Monsooned Malabar Beans
This is one coffee bean that thrives in windy India during the monsoon season. They are different from other beans as they pack in lots of moisture from the humidity in their environment. The result is an intense bean, with tasting notes of dark cocoa and chocolate. This will hit your nose buds hard, as the aroma is pungent and spicy.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Beans
From Ethiopia, comes this rare and specially grown coffee been that has a mocha flavor. It also has a hint of blueberry in the taste as well as other fruity overtones. These beans produce a coffee that is rich in flavor, but light in body. Ideally, a lighter roast brings out the best in this coffee, though for a little kick and espresso flavor, then a darker roast is better. Be sure to also read “Best Coffee Brands from Ethiopia“.
Check out “Coffee Beans vs Ground Coffee” to see differences in the types of coffees you have at home.
Hawaiian Kona Coffee Beans “Extra Fancy”
A premium coffee bean from the largest Hawaiian Island, Kona. These beans are a little pricey and tough to find as their production is limited since they are grown in one specific area on Kona. It is the climate, volcanic soil, and ideal sunlight that make these coffee beans distinctive with a smooth taste and mild aroma. The tasting notes feature floral and sweet herbs, as well as overtones of nuts.
Brazilian Bourbon Santos Coffee Beans
As one of the largest exporters of coffee in the world, there are some wonderful beans that you can get from Brazil. The Bourbon Santos coffee bean has a flavor that is both sweet and nutty, and at the end, a chocolaty note that is bittersweet. It has low acidity and is much more aromatic than other beans. This is ideal for a dark roast as it does not become too bitter.
Wondering why your coffee is so bitter? Check out “Why is My Coffee Bitter” for more info.
Sulawesi Toraja Coffee Beans
From the tropical island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, this is a coffee bean carefully grown by a group of families. This means that the bean is not commonly found, though it does have a highly unique flavor. There is a combination of complexity and sweetness with these beans, as well as herbal and earthy notes. A whiff of the aroma will bring out woodsy, spicy and musty notes.
Colombian Castillo Coffee
These coffee beans have one main characteristic that helps them stand out from the rest, and that is the high acidity. Though it is an Arabica bean, it also has Robusta bean heritage which leads to some controversy when it comes to its quality. What cannot be disputed is its smooth flavor with fruity notes and citric acidity. It is also uniquely resistant to leaf rust, making it a hardy plant to grow.
Take a look also at “6 Best Organic Coffee Beans for High Quality Coffee” to see if you can pick out a nice coffee bean for your coffee pick.
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Beans
The extreme elevation is what affects the flavor of these coffee beans. To fully savor a rich, and exceptionally smooth cup of coffee, these are an excellent choice as they have a clean taste with close to no bitterness. Like other great beans, the production is limited. The flavor of these beans is like Kona, and it is full-bodied with medium acidity.
Kenyan AA Coffee Beans
The AA beans from Kenya are larger-than-average and have sweet fruity notes. It is grown with incredible care, which is why these medium-bodied beans produce such a fantastic cup. These beans are grown slowly, since they are grown at elevations exceeding 6000 feet. Growing slower allows for a higher concentration of nutrients in the beans, and deeper complexities of flavor too.
Read up on “What is the Strongest Coffee in the World?” to find out which coffee is the strongest coffee.
Sumatran Mandheling Beans
Offering a wide range of flavor, this coffee is ideal for a dark roast. This is due to its taste that marries spiciness and sweetness for perfect balance. Its aroma is funky and mossy, with a distinct earthiness to it. Due to its distinct flavor, it is a coffee that one will either love or have no taste for at all. Flavor is affected by the way the beans are processed, which is through a hybrid method that is like wet hulling.
When shopping for these rare types of beans, make sure that you are not purchasing a blend. Since they are not always readily available, and quite pricey, they are often blended with other beans so that one gets a hint of their flavor. A hint is not enough! You should blast your taste buds and your senses with the real thing!
Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to also check out related information regarding your coffee beans like “What is the Best Light Roast Coffee?“, “Types of Coffee Roasts“, or even “Most Caffeinated Coffee Brands“.
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