Most people who love coffee are well aware that it is much more than just a drink. Your cup of coffee is what kickstarts your day, it starts conversations and it can lift your mood on a gloomy day. Aside from these commonly known facts, coffee also has numerous other benefits for both your physical and mental health, some of which we will mention in this blog. On the same note, lousy cup of coffee can ruin your morning and set a gloomy tone for your whole day, so it is no wonder that people are always on the quest for more aromatic, flavorful and energizing “cup of joe”. Keeping all of this in mind and assuming you are a coffee enthusiast, stay with us as we try to tackle the challenge of finding solely the best coffee breeds on the map.
1. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most expensive types of coffee in the whole world, and rightfully so. Its beautifully mild taste, potent aroma and powerful kick of caffeine will keep you vibrant and awake for hours. Surprisingly, although strong, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is known for its lack of bitterness.
The key of its distinctiveness probably lies in the location on which Jamaica Blue is bred. Blue Mountains rise 2,256 meters high between Kingston on the south and Port Antonio on the north. They are among the highest mountains in the Caribbean and they generally have cool and misty climate with high percentage of rainfall during the year. The amount of rain contributes to soil being rich with mineral content and having excellent drainage. Needless to say, such conditions are perfect for the production of supreme quality coffee.
Although Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is heavily exported to Japan, the safest place to buy it is the Jamaican Coffee Industry Board. If you want to expand your coffee-taste and try this delicious coffee, but you are nowhere near Jamaica, you can also order it online with one of the licensed sellers.
2. Columbian Coffee
Unlike Jamaica Blue Mountain, Columbian coffee is somewhat more affordable, so it is no wonder that it’s more popular among the coffee connoisseurs.
Well known for its delicious taste and quality, Columbian coffee has been the subject of research and interest among coffee experts for years now. Most agree that its secret lies in the Columbian soil and climate, which are both virtually perfect for growing high-quality coffee. Columbian mountains are a tropical location with high rainfall and just enough sunlight to enable some exquisite coffee to thrive.
Furthermore, Columbia is one of the rare countries that produces 100% arabica beans. Arabica coffee beans are widely considered to be superior, as they are blessed with a lighter and sweater taste. Arabica coffee also has less caffeine then other breeds, and it has stronger acidic notes. In conclusion, Columbian coffee is richer, tastier and altogether more enjoyable than most coffees on the planet.
3. Turkish coffee
Turkish coffee is a valuable trademark in every lively corner of the shiny Ottoman empire. The biggest difference between Turkish coffee and its other cousins lies in the preparation. Turkish coffee is prepared with very finely ground coffee beans, in a small copper pot called “cezve”, which ensures the prime original taste. The process results in strong, bitterish taste and mesmerizing aroma.
This wonderful coffee is also deeply rooted in Turkish tradition and culture. Since the coffee is prepared unfiltered, the sediment which is left in the cup after you drink it is used for fortune-telling. The cup is turned over and placed on the saucer to cool and the fortune is told by interpreting the patterns the sediment creates.
If you ever decide to visit this part of Europe you will be able to have the original Turkish coffee in several surrounding countries, including Serbia, Armenia, Montenegro, Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Greece. Ottoman empire had a great influence in this whole region during its prime, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Turkish coffee is one of favorite drinks in all of these countries.
4. Old Town White Coffee or Ipoh White Coffee (Malaysia)
Right off the bat, it is important to point out that Old Town Coffee also refers to Malaysia’s biggest kopi tiam restaurant chain, halal certified. Kopi tiams are traditional Malaysian coffee shops. This franchise has been successfully establishing its name in the coffee industry for two decades now and the once you had a cup of Old Town White Coffee you can rightfully say you’ve tasted one of the best coffees in the world.
The company itself produces a variety of instant beverage mixes, all created of traditionally roasted and brewed delicious white coffee. To those who are fans of black and bitter coffee, Old Town White may seem too sweet, but that is exactly what makes it unique. The coffee itself is roasted with margarine for a brief while and served with some condensed milk. This popular coffee drink is also called Ipoh White Coffee, because it originates from the city of Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia. It is also worth mentioning that Malaysia has its black coffee roast, called Kopi-O, which is made by roasting the coffee beans with, margarine, sugar and wheat.
The term “white coffee” was first introduced by Chinese migrants in 19th century and it doesn’t refer to the color of the beans, but to the milk which is stirred into the coffee in the end. Most foreigners often think that there are particular white coffee beans endemic to Malaysia. Furthermore, margarine roasted coffee beans have slight caramelized flavor, which only adds up to the whole “white coffee beans” notion.
5. Italian coffee
Italy is widely considered the world capital of coffee, so keeping that in mind it is no wonder Italians are a bit protective when it comes to their aromatic legacy. Most Italians despise American’s attempts to replicate the true Italian espresso. Espresso is, in deed Italian invention. In 1901, inventor Luigi Bezzera came up with the marvelous idea of making short concentrated drink by pressuring boiling water through coffee powder. The strong beverage was eventually named “espresso” simply because it could be made “expressly” for each customer.
Thanks to this Milanese inventor, the face of coffee baking was changed forever and Italy became the global leader in the area of coffee. Espresso machines quickly found their place virtually everywhere from private homes to huge restaurants. If you are a coffee enthusiast you probably already have your favorite kind of espresso. Whether your prefer espresso cappuccino or latte macchiato, this Italian coffee seems to be an integral part of every coffee-fan’s daily life.
*Honorable Mention* : Civet Coffee
Kopi luwak or Civet Coffee is very peculiar and different from all other world-known varieties of coffee, and that is the main reason why it made the list as an “honorable mention” and not as its integral part.
Civet coffee includes partially digested cherries of coffee, that are eaten and later defecated by a small viverrid called the Asian palm civet. Since the Asian palm civet is native to South and Southeast Asia, these parts are also considered to be home of the civet coffee. However, the coffee is actually mostly island product as it is usually “bred” on the islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
The Civet coffee is delicious because of two major processes, selection and digestion. Selection occurs when civets pick the coffee cherries, choosing solely the most ripe and healthiest. Once digestion sets in, the fermentation occurs in the digestive tract. Furthermore, the eaten beans come into contact with civet’s protease enzymes, which creates more free amino acids and shorter peptides. As for the taste, it is arguable at its best, but the coffee is still one of the most expensive in the world.
For those of you who are wondering where is their favorite Mazagran or Irish coffee, keep in mind that this post dealt with coffee in terms of native territories of particular breeds. Some might say that the Italian coffee is an exception, but we simply cannot fail to mention the coffee capital of the world. Native people of all of these areas would probably tell you that their respective coffees taste best when sipped in coffee shops in their own countries and for the most part, that is probably true. Although huge franchises such as Starbucks are bringing different types of coffee to virtually every corner of the world, there is something almost religious about having a Turkish coffee in Istanbul or short espresso in Rome. Some experiences are just too incomparable and exceptional to be delivered everywhere or mass-produced.
In conclusion, these five types of coffee we’ve listed are some of the best in the world, but people love coffee and they will drink it regardless of the quality. One of the most outstanding and prolific directors of today, David Lynch maybe captured the magic of coffee best when he said that “even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all”.