Despite the popularity of this drink, nobody really likes the taste of coffee. What people truly love is the flavor, the smell, the effect of coffee and the circumstances they have it in. You can have coffee with your partner after breakfast or enjoy it at a local café with a cigarette. Both options work for me though – I’m an addict! Given the nature of my job, I had the opportunity to travel around the world and taste all kinds of different coffees until one day…

I looked for some great luggage reviews, researched the best rated types of coffee out there, packed my Calpak luggage and jumped on the plane. While I tasted literally everything, some of these varieties should be on any coffee lover’s bucket list.

Hawaiian Kona

The Kona coffee is grown about 700m above sea level on the fertile fields of the Hualai Volcanoes and Mauna Loa. Given the soil texture, this coffee has a unique flavor. It feels rich, but it’s not aggressive. In fact, it’s quite light in strength. The aroma can’t be compared to anything else, as it’s quite complex. Sure, you’ll find multiple brands and they might have different tastes, but the aroma is the same.

To some people it feels a bit spicy. To others, it might taste like red wine. To me, it felt buttery. One thing is for sure – its acidity makes it feel unique.

Sulawesi Toraja

Just like its name clearly states it, this coffee variety is grown on the slopes of Sulawesi. It’s not the most popular coffee in the world, but it’s certainly unique. You can smell it from a mile away. It’s rich, but it also has a pricey aroma. This variety is a cocktail of fruity flavors and dark chocolate. It’s not as acidic as other coffees, but it’s still earthy as you taste it.

From some points of view, I associate this coffee with a rustic experience. Whenever I had it, I could only imagine the old fashioned style and traditions of Sulawesi. Maybe because of the way it’s made… It’s processed with a unique Giling Basah method, which clears the chaff.

Jamaican Blue Mountain

It’s easy to tell where the name comes from – the Blue Mountains from Jamaica. This coffee has gained so much notoriety that you can easily buy it online now, yet it’s not so common in local grocery stores. It’s easy to tell why – it’s one of the priciest coffees in the world. Furthermore, the Caribbean variety is more popular on the Asian market, especially in Japan.

You only need one cup to fall in love with it – the taste is bold, while the aroma is powerful. You can literally taste the caffeine. It’s not the type of coffee you drink to chill, but to wake up and experience energy like never before.

Old Town White

If you’re more into sweet coffee, the Old Town White variety is certainly for you. It’s originally made in Ipoh, Malaysia. It has a strong flavor, but also a sweetish taste that sticks to your throat. This is one of those coffees whose taste will remain with you for hours – yay!

The sweetness is given in the manufacturing process – roasted with margarine. For a proper Malaysian experience, serve it white – add some condensed milk.

Ethiopian Harrar

Heavy, rich and exotic – that’s the best way to describe Ehtiopian Harrar. It’s a naturally dry processed coffee grown on the southern hills of Ethiopia – usually at close to 2,000m above sea level. That’s what makes it so exotic. Take a second sip and you’ll feel a spicy, yet vibrant aroma. Take a third one and you’ll get used to its fruity flavor. By the time I finished the cup, I felt red wine, flowers, dark chocolate, cinnamon and even blackberries and jasmine. It’s simply a multi-flavor variety that shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe variety is worth being mentioned too, yet it’s sweeter.

Conclusion

There are certainly plenty of coffee varieties out there and I can proudly admit that I have a fine taste for this beverage. I can tell the difference between one type and another no matter how close they are in strength and flavor. These particular varieties are worth at least a try, so don’t miss them!

If you ever head into a Starbucks like most people, you will also wonder about where they get their coffee beans for delicious coffee. Coffee beans in actual fact are grown all over the world. Altitude is very important when you want to grow great coffee. You get amazing Arabica beans which come from countries that have a nice tropical climate at about 3000 to 6000 feet in altitude. Most generic coffee beans can be grown in subtropical climates at about 2000 feet. Common sources include Africa, Brazil, and India etc. This collection of countries are essentially known as the bean belt because of the shape they form when connected on a map.

The coffee trees take about 9 months to mature and produce seeds and the trees are always grown in sheltered environments for better results. These coffee trees can grow to be over 30 feet tall sometimes, even though they are referred to as bushes. Mountainous regions are not good for automation so the picking process that follows the appearance of the fruit can be a long and tedious one depending upon the country and company involved in the process. Brands like Starbucks invest heavily into the process.

The coffee tree produces a cherry fruit essentially and the beans don’t look exactly like what you find in the bags straight away. You can dry the cherries in the sun or even separate the pulp to get the actual coffee husk and the green bean. A milling process is carried out to remove the husk and polished to get the green coffee bean alone. It is then packaged and sent out all over the world.

The beans are also subject to many quality tests by brand based on appearance, smell, and even the taste. The beans are then roasted locally in countries and are sold through wholesalers or in packets to people directly. Different brands have different techniques to roast the coffee and this is a huge point of difference for them. You will often find premium roasts and premium roast blends being advertised. Coffee powder is essentially a ground version of these beans.