The Best Coffee From Each Continent

The Best Coffee From Each Continent

Do you fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur? Are you on a quest to track down the ever elusive best coffee in the world? Hold on, backup a second. As a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur, you should know that everyone has a unique palate, and what is the best to you, may not be the best to someone else!

So where does that leave you? Well, it leaves you on a solo journey to discover which coffee is the best in the world to you! There are hundreds of different coffee growing regions spread out through numerous countries across the globe, each offering different coffee beans what could end up being your favorite!

Don’t be overwhelmed, we’ll help you navigate the immense world of coffee, continent by continent. We’ll even include our picks for the best coffee from each continent!

African Coffee

The Best Coffee From Each Continent

We begin our discussion with Africa partially because it is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and partially because Africa comes first alphabetically.

 The majority of Africa sits within an ideal latitude range that contains the appropriate climate for coffee growth. The major players in African coffee production are Ethiopia, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Kenya.

Although African coffee can vary quite widely, there are a few trademark aspects that you can expect from the majority of African beans;

-Floral or fruity aroma

-Full bodied

-Rich

-Bright acidity

-Notes of citrus, berries and wine

There is of course, plenty of deviations from this standard profile. With so many options, it can be difficult to have any idea where to begin. To save you this immense stress, we’ll provide our pick for the best African coffee. And the winner is…

Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee is considered by many to be among the best coffee in the world. While a claim like that is hard to back up, these beans are most definitely among the world’s elite.

Tanzanian Peaberry beans make for a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee with a wine-toned acidity. Notes of fruit and wine are on display in a highly concentrated fashion. If you are unfamiliar with what peaberries are, they are a type of coffee bean that has grown as a single rounded bean, instead of the usual two halves. This occurs rarely in nature, and is said to lead to an amplified flavor! You really need to try this one to understand the hype surrounding it.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe deserves an honorable mention here too. It’s pretty difficult to pick a favorite coffee for any one African country, let alone the entire continent! You can check out a more comprehensive list of the best African coffee beans here!

Asian Coffee

 Next up is Asia, home to a numerous distinguished coffee profiles. The majority of coffee production coming out of Asia is from the Southern countries, that are close enough to the equator to benefit from a warm climate. Vietnam, Indonesia and India are the biggest contributors in the Asian coffee market. According to the International Coffee Organization, Vietnam is second only to Brazil in coffee production!

It is difficult to describe an average cup of Asian coffee, because there is such immense variety. Vietnam produces primarily Robusta coffee beans, India produces both Arabica and Robusta beans, and Indonesia is made up of a number islands with distinct growing conditions! You can probably expect your Asian coffee to include at least a few of the following characteristics;

-Earthy/chocolate aroma

-Smooth & full-bodied

-Rich

-Low acidity

-Notes of chocolate, earth and ripe fruit

Again the overwhelming issue of picking from a seemingly infinite number of options comes in to play. To be honest, it would be hard to pick a top 5 for Indonesian coffees alone. That being said, we’ve managed to make a decision. Our pick for the best Asian coffee is…

Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling

Sumatra is a world renowned Indonesian island that produces some seriously top notch coffee. Sumatra Mandheling beans produce a cup of coffee that is rich, full-bodied and low in acidity. Notes of chocolate and herbs are balanced with some earthy character. This coffee is very highly regarded by coffee connoisseurs around the world, and is sure to be appreciated by the experienced coffee drinker.

Indonesia has so many different islands and growing regions, that you really need to try multiple coffees to experience everything the country has to offer. You can check out a closer look at the best Indonesian coffees here!

Antarctica Coffee

You may be surprised to hear that there is actually a booming coffee production industry Antarctica.

Just kidding, there isn’t. Let’s move on!

Australian Coffee

Australia has access to some of the best coffee in the world from Indonesia and many nearby islands. Australia has a coffee culture that is as popular as that of North America and Europe, and Australians expect the best from their roasters. Rest assured, the high quality imported beans are in good hands, and the highly experienced Australian roasters are able to satisfy the expectations of their customers.

There are a few coffee growing regions in Australia, mostly scattered along the East coast. And while we would tend to recommend sticking with an Indonesian born, Australian roasted bean, there are definitely some worthy Australian coffees that are worth trying! If you’re dead set on giving an Australian grown coffee a try, go for…

Mackellar Range New South Wales

Full disclosure, this is the only Australian coffee that we’ve tried, but it’s good! We would definitely drink it again if the opportunity were to present itself. This one is fairly mild, low in acidity and caffeine, and showcases some tasty fruit and floral notes. Makes for a great light breakfast coffee!

Central American Coffee

Central America isn’t technically a continent and that we could have just included it with North America, but too late for that now. In terms of coffee growth, Central America and North America are very much separate entities. Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica produce the most coffee, but it’s worth noting that Jamaica produces a highly regarded product as well.

There is again, believe it or not, quite a variety on display throughout Central America. Without getting too specific, you can expect Central American coffees to go something like this;

-Sweet aroma

-Smooth & balanced

-wine-toned or fruity acidity

-Notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and spices

It’s that time again to decide what the best coffee of the continent is. While there are tons of great Central American beans, if we had to pick one, it would be…

Jamaican Blue Moon

Like we said before, Jamaica is not a large producer of coffee, but their Blue Moon beans are something special. These beans make a cup of coffee that is silky smooth, rich and creamy with notes of chocolate. This is another contender for the title of best coffee in the world. This one is not cheap, but is great for special occasions!

Europe

French roast, Italian roast, Spanish roast, Vienna roast… The point we’re trying to make is that there are a number of European countries and cities with roasts named after them. It goes without saying that Europe has an advanced coffee industry and consumers expect the best. In spite of this, Europe does not actually grow a whole lot of coffee, as the conditions are not ideal in most areas.

In order to taste the offerings of Europe, just give any dark roast a try, as French, Italian and Spanish roasts are all on the darker side (Vienna is medium-dark). If you are curious about beans that were physically grown in Europe, there are some available. And by some, we mean that pretty much your only option is…

Gran Canaria Agaete

We’ll be honest, none of us have tried this coffee, but we’d definitely like to! If you have tried it, please let us know how it is, as we’re quite curious. For the time being, we’re happy to stick with our European inspired dark roasts!

North American Coffee

When Central America is excluded, Mexico is the main large producer of coffee in North America. While there are definitely some very high quality Mexican coffees,the conversations needs to be steered toward the esteemed Kona coffee.

Hawaii is part of the United States. Hawaii may not technically be in the geographical region of North America, but come on, give North American coffee this one. It probably won’t come as a surprise that our pick for best “North American” coffee is…

Hawaiian Kona

Hawaiian Kona Coffee is widely considered to be one of the best coffees in the world. The western coast of the island of Kona puts forth optimal coffee growing conditions year round. A typical day in this region consists of a balance between sun and rain, and remains quite warm through the night.

Hawaiian Kona coffee can contain a variety of notes, including fruit, wine, chocolate, nuts and spices. A typically mild acidity is paired with a fruity or sugary sweetness. Kona coffee beans are quite expensive, but every coffee drinker should splash out and try some at least once.

South America

On to South America, a juggernaut in the coffee production game. According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil and Colombia are the first and third highest coffee producing countries respectively. Peru also produces a significant amount of coffee. The extensive mountainous ranges within South America allow for growth at high elevations. Pairing this with an ideal climate leads to some seriously high quality beans.

South American coffees vary quite widely, so much that trying to pinpoint an expected profile isn’t really very informative.

The majority of Brazilian coffee is thought to be quite mild and is often used in blends. Available at a very reasonable price, Brazilian beans can safely be blended with other beans without compromising the taste.

Now Colombian coffee on the other hand, has quite a high reputation. Our pick for best South American coffee is…

Colombian Supremo

Colombian coffee, while also considered to be somewhat mild, has a much more prolific taste. What most people consider to be the taste of coffee in general, is the taste of Colombian coffee. You can expect a sweet aroma, medium to full body, and rich taste. Notes of fruit, nuts chocolate are common, along with a caramel-toned sweetness and citric acidity.

Supremo means more than just that the coffee is supremely good, (which it is). Supremo is actually the highest possible grade assigned to Colombian coffee. Supremo coffees are sorted to include only the biggest and best beans!

Colombia has a huge variety of coffees from several different regions. You can read more about the best Colombian coffees here!

Final Thoughts

The world is enormous and the coffee options are plentiful. Our picks for the best coffee from each continent represent the collective opinion of a small group, your favorites could very well be different! With so many different beans out there to try, you’d better get started! Cheers!

About the author:

Zach Parkes is a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur and the founder of Try New Coffee, which provides a collection of in depth profiles for different coffees from around the world! When he’s not traveling or seeking out new coffees, you might find him on Twitter!

 

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70 comments

  1. If coffee growing was an Olympic event, it’d be a marathon not a sprint. And not just because Africa totally dominates. Being a coffee superpower requires years of economic, infrastructural, and government investment. Plus a bean-friendly terrior, farmers dedicated to quality control, and a trust in industry buyers to bring the beans to the masses.

  2. Coffee – My favorite!!!. I love coffee. My day start with coffee. I like to drink different types of coffee. Europe coffee is very nice. Thanks for sharing the different types of coffees across the world.

  3. I am quite delighted to read your post every day. It has been a daily routine to reads your blog along with coffee. This post contains awesome article how the coffee originated. I feel lucky to read this post and gain some knowledge. Thanks.

  4. I love coffee! It’s so great to learn more about the origins of these coffees and which are best. Have always been a coffee lover. Loved the article. I must say you have to try colombian coffee, was lucky to try it recently 🙂

  5. I love blue mountain if it’s the real deal. I think my favorite is Peaberry anything. Costa Rican Peaberry is probably at the top of my list.

    I did have Vietnam, and to date, it’s my favorite for intense flavors. I love how earthy Vietnamese coffee taste.

  6. @Matt: I heard great stories about coffee in Australia. One of my colleagues was telling me that in certain cities (I don’t remember which one) Starbucks has no coffee shops in the downtown area because they can’t compete with the local roaster and coffee shops. I wish that would be true for Chicago or the US in general too.
    Here we often have to relay on small-batch coffee roasters to send you your coffee fix. My favorite currently is, http://www.coffeeddicted.com.

  7. It’s a very helpful blog. I just know about coffee of the many region of the world in one post. I am very interested about coffee. It reduces my stress. Please write more about coffee.

  8. I love coffee and specially when i am working. someone truly said that” FORGET LOVE FALL IN COFFEE”. i love reading your brief description on coffee and i want to read more about this kind of topics. THANK YOU so much.

  9. 1st of all Thank you for posting. I try to drink coffee when have full of work pressure and relax time.
    I think African coffee better quality coffee then others.

    Thank’s again

  10. What a great flavor profile of the different coffees around the world. I’m in Colombia now and most excited to explore a coffee farm in Buenavista soon! I’ll report back 😉

  11. I liked your article but I was shocked you did not mention the source of all world coffee, Ethiopian Coffee! Kenyan coffee is nice but unless you have tasted Ethiopian Coffee, then you have not lived! It is the best in the world.

  12. I love your list, it is thorough, and it’s a great guide for any beginner. I tried an Australian coffee a few years back, got it from a friend who traveled. It was amazing. I tried to contact the farmer an year later, but he said he dropped growing coffee because it was cheaper to buy it from Indonesia and just roast it.
    Unfortunately, this is that case with many coffees.

  13. Indian Coffee House in Koramangla is a place for authentic Kerala Cuisine with a lot of dishes in the menu at reasonable prices. The ambience of this place is great and the service is really good, with all the waiters being really polite and courteous. Recommended for those looking for Kerala cuisine in Koramangla.

  14. In India You can find the best-flavoured chocolates with some crushed coffee inside
    Nice article as you have covered all the aspects of coffees found in different countries and regions.

  15. Hi!!

    I am coffee addicted so definitely this article is quite interesting for me and informative too. I always start my day with coffee. Keep posting such stuff for the coffee lovers. Thanks for the post.

  16. What a wonderful post regarding the best coffee from each continent I have tasted coffee on many continents but my favorite coffee is Australian Coffee but Now it costs 6 dollars for each cup. Have you tasted Australian coffee?

  17. Hi,

    How are you? I hope you are doing great! My name is Thomas Chevalier and I am from Pablo and Rusty’s Coffee Roasters a company that source and roast good quality coffee.

    We write a blog about Australian Coffee Beans, Quality Coffee, and Fresh Roasted Good Coffee

    I am reaching out to you to say that I really had a great time reading your blogs it’s so informative and genuine.

  18. Hi,

    My name is Thomas Chevalier and I am from Pablo and Rusty’s Coffee Roasters a company that source and roast good quality coffee.

    We write a blog about Australian Coffee Beans, Quality Coffee, and Fresh Roasted Good Coffee

    I am just wanna let you know that your articles are so informative, looking forward for more of it.

  19. I am a sucker for coffee and for any coffee lover, this is the perfect content. You have brilliantly covered the taste of coffee from Europe to Australia. I just want to let you know that your article is full of information. Keep up the good work.

  20. That’s awesome! I’m a huge fan of the blog. First time commenter. I love reading your coffee blog so much. I’ve read so many articles from here and I just love your writing style! Anyway, my blog was actually inspired by yours! I write about the benefits of coffee, I do reviews of coffee items that I have bought or have heard about from other coffee enthusiasts.
    You’ve really inspired me with your story. Anyway, I hope you continue to grow and keep blogging!! Have a great day!

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