Best coffee in the world every coffee lover should try
BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD PRAISED BY COFFEE DEVOTEES
Searching for the world’s best coffee? Interested in the best coffees of the world? Look no further. Here’s the list of the best coffees in the world you need to try.
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN COMPENSATED LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO
The best coffees from around the world
1. INDONESIAN COFFEE KOPI LUWAK
Cat poop coffee is well-known as the most expensive coffee in the world.
Wild civet cats eat coffee beans, digest, and poop them out. After that, poop coffee beans are collected from the poop, washed, roasted, brewed, and transformed into aromatic cat poop coffee aka kopi luwak which is considered to be the best coffee in the world. Kopi luwak coffee price ranges from 100 to 600 USD per kilo, depending on if it is pure or not. The price of authentically produced pure kopi luwak can go up to 3,000 USD per kilo.
The most expensive is wild civet coffee. Wild kopi luwak must be labeled as ‘Certified Wild Kopi Luwak’, indicating it is produced from wild civet cats (not caged civet cats).
Authentic civet coffee is traditionally produced in Indonesia, East Timor, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Indonesian kopi luwak coffee is one of the most delicious coffees in the world. And when enjoyed with delicious Indonesian desserts, it’s pure perfection.
Just to note here, Indonesia is the fourth largest coffee producer in the world, following by coffee production Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia. Today Indonesia produces more than 20 different types of Arabica coffee mainly in Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Flores and Bali.
RELATED: Tasting authentic kopi luwak in Bali
2. VIETNAMESE ICED COFFEE WITH CONDENSED MILK
Traditional Vietnamese coffee is praised as one of the most delicious coffees in the world and the best coffees in the world.
Modern Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the World, following only Brazil. Coffee in Vietnam is primarily made of strong robusta beans, prepared and served in a single cup-filter called ‘phin‘, sweetened with condensed milk, and sipped with ice because of the hot tropical climate. Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk is a perfect refreshment on hot and humid Vietnamese days.
The largest Vietnamese coffee manufacturer in Vietnam with coffee export to over 60 countries worldwide is Trung Nguyen.
Famous Vietnamese egg coffee is one of the most unique coffees in the world.
Authentic egg coffee in Vietnam, or ‘caphe trung‘ in Vietnamese, is made of Vietnamese drip coffee, a layer of whipped chicken egg yolks with condensed milk, and sugar on the top. It tastes similar to Tiramisu cake and eggnog. Vietnamese egg coffee was invented in Hanoi in the 1940s when egg yolks got added to coffee to substitute fresh milk which was in shortage in Vietnam.
4. BRAZILIAN COFFEE CAFEZINHO
Brazil is the top coffee producer and coffee exporter in the world. Actually, the third of all coffee in the world is produced in Brazil. Brazil is the leading country in the production of Arabica coffee, green coffee, and instant coffee.
The largest coffee plantations in Brazil are located in the states of Minas Gerais, Paraná, São Paulo, Espirito Santos and Bahia. 70% of Brazilian coffee production goes to Arabica coffee and about 30% to Robusta coffee. The state of Minas Gerais produces half of all coffee in Brazil, and it produces exclusively Arabica coffee.
Brazilian coffee is nutty with low acidity, and it has a soft and somewhat bittersweet taste. The authentic Brazilian coffee tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate. The majority of people like the taste of bittersweet chocolate, so it’s not surprising that Brazilian coffee is rated the best coffee in the world.
There are about 265,000 coffee producers in Brazil. When in Rio de Janeiro, don’t miss out to check out Confeitaria Colombo. Legendary Confeitaria Colombo in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous Brazilian coffee shops and a landmark of Rio de Janeiro.
Some of the best Brazilian coffee brands are Pilão, Brazilian Santos, and Cafe do Ponto. To taste premium Brazilan coffee, try out Volcanica Brazil Yellow Bourbo and Pilao Coffee Traditional Roast and Ground.
5. COLOMBIAN COFFEE
Colombia is the third-largest coffee producer in the world, following Brazil and Vietnam. Many coffee connoisseurs consider Colombian coffee the best coffee in the world.
Coffee in Colombia is grown in the so-called Coffee Triangle in the Paisa region. In 2011 UNESCO declared the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia covering six farming landscapes in the Coffee Triangle a Word Heritage site.
Authentic Colombian coffee is made of high-quality Arabica coffee beans, rich in flavor, with a sweet and lighter taste, and citrus-like acidity.
Aside from being one of the finest coffee in the world, Colombian coffee in Colombia has an important role in social life. Colombians typically meet up with their friends chatting over cups of coffee for hours. Moreover, coffee in Colombia is deeply associated with national identity and social life.
6. ETHIOPIAN COFFEE GENIKA
Ethiopia is the home to Arabica coffee where it originates from. In other words, Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee. First coffee trees were discovered in the Kaffa area in ancient Abyssinia (today Ethiopia). The country is also home to the first coffee house in the world, called Kaveh Kanes.
Today Ethiopia is the 5th largest producer of coffee in the world. It produces Arabica coffee exclusively and it grows about 5,000 wild varieties of Arabica coffee. Coffee in Ethiopia is grown mainly in Harrar, Ghimbi, and Sidamo (also called Yirgacheffe) regions. Ethiopian coffee is well-known as high-quality organic grown coffee (without the use of pesticides for the cultivation of coffee trees). Famous Ethiopia Genika is a variant of Arabica coffee grown exclusively in the Bench Maji Zone in Ethiopia.
Authentic Ethiopian coffee is characterized by elegant and fragrant-rich fruity and floral flavors. Needless to say, Ethiopian coffee is seen as some of the best coffee in the world.
7. SIPHON COFFEE
Many coffee aficionados consider siphon coffee, also called vacuum brewed coffee, the best coffee in the world.
Siphon coffee is prepared in a special device called siphon coffee maker that uses techniques of French press coffee and drip coffee brewing. While the siphon coffee maker looks like a device out of a school chemistry lab, it uses pressure, gravity, and vacuum for full immersion and low-pressure coffee extraction.
The first commercially successful siphon coffee brewer, called the French Ballon, was designed and patented in 1841 by Madame Vassieux of Lyons in France. soon the idea of vacuum coffee has spread around the world and new advanced vacuum coffee makers were invented simultaneously in different parts of the World. Siphon coffee was especially popular from the 19th century until mid 20th century across the world and remained popular in some parts of Asia.
RELATED: How Does Siphon Coffee Taste Like
8. TANZANIAN COFFEE
Tanzanian Peaberry coffee is well-known among coffee enthusiasts as one of the best coffees in the world.
Tanzania is the fourth largest coffee producer in Africa, following Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. 70% of Tanzanian coffee production is Arabica, and 30 % is Robusta coffee.
Most of the exported Tanzanian coffee is Peaberry coffee. Peaberry coffee is a special variety of coffee. The peaberry fruit has a single bean, unlike common coffee varieties that have two flat beans. Therefore, Peaberry beans are of superior quality. Peaberry coffee beans come with higher caffeine, richer aroma, and higher acidity. Peaberry coffee has a chocolate aroma with some fruity hints.
Peaberry coffee is grown through Tanzania, but the main growing area is at an elevation of between 4500 and 6000 feet on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
If you are planning to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, be sure to check out amazing Paeberry coffee planations in the area!
But if you would like to taste Tanzania Peaberry coffee from the comfort of your chair, try out Volcanica’s Tanzania Peaberry Coffee, Mount Kilimanjaro.
9. TURKISH COFFEE
While the above-mentioned siphon coffee is clear and smooth coffee, traditional Turkish coffee is ‘muddy’ coffee with lots of coffee sediment and is very heavy. Still, authentic Turkish coffee is often voted as one of the best coffees in the world.
Typical Turkish coffee is strong black coffee, very thick and with a sharp flavor. The brewing method of traditional Turkish coffee is boiling. The coffee is made in a way that coffee powder and water are boiled in a coffee pot until the foam is made. Classic Turkish coffee is served in a small metal pot with a small coffee cup, Turkish delight, and a glass of natural water.
In 2013 UNESCO declared Turkish coffee culture and tradition an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The oldest Turkish coffee company and the most popular Turkish coffee brand is Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi from Istanbul.
10. ARABIC COFFEE WITH CARDAMOM
Traditional Arabic coffee with cardamom, saffron, and rose water is prepared in an Arabic copper coffee pot and usually served in a small delicate cup with some sweets and cakes on the side.
Arabic coffee is enjoyed throughout the Middle East from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt and Levant countries. Typical Arabic coffee is bitter and thus it is commonly presented with dates, nuts, dried or candied fruits.
In 2015 UNESCO declared Arabic coffee an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Arab states.
11. ITALIAN ESPRESSO
Iconic Italian espresso is probably the most famous coffee in the world.
Espresso is a thick and creamy coffee topped with a natural ‘crema‘ (a thick foam). Espresso can be made from different coffee beans, but the coffee brewing method is always the same. The brewing method uses pressing an amount of almost-boiling water through fine coffee ground. Many coffee lovers claim that Italian espresso is the best-tasting coffee ever. Today espresso coffee is offered in coffee bars and houses around the world, but the main area of worshiping espresso is southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Croatia, and the Balkans).
RELATED: Must-try traditional drinks in Italy
12. ITALIAN CAPPUCCINO
Cappuccino is a coffee drink deeply associated with Italy and widely loved by coffee enthusiasts across the globe.
The base of the cappuccino is espresso coffee which comes topped with thick steamed milk foam. The coffee drink was named after Capuchin Friars since the color of the cappuccino reminds of the habits of Capuchin Friars. Cappuccino is traditionally enjoyed in Italy only over breakfast (never in the afternoon, over lunch or dinner). Today cappuccino is one of the most popular coffee drinks in the world.
13. VIENNESE MELANGE
European coffee culture started with the opening of the first coffee houses in Venice (Italy), Oxford (England), and Vienna (Austria) in the 1600s. Ever since then, coffee in Vienna has been taking an important part in everyday life.
Viennese coffee culture is an institution where coffee drinking is worshiped as an art. UNESCO listed Viennese coffee culture as the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011.
Traditional Viennese Melange is a distinctive not-strong coffee topped with steamed milk and milk foam and served in a big coffee cup. As a matter of fact, ‘Wiener Melange’ literally translates as ‘Viennese Blend’. So, when in Vienna, drink as locals drink and get your big cup of the mixture of coffee, steamed milk, and milk foam.
14. SPANISH CORTADO
Spanish cortado coffee is one of the favorite coffee drinks served in a large number of cafes around the world.
Authentic Spanish café cortado is a black coffee with a splash of steamed but not foamy warm milk. ‘Cortado’ in Spanish literally means ‘cut’. In the case of café cortado, espresso is cut with milk. Actually, café cortado is similar to Italian macchiato. But while coffee cortado comes with not foamy milk, Italian macchiato usually comes foamy milk. Café cortado in Spain is typically served in a glass.