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.
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.
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.
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.
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!