What’s the best coffee?

That is a purely subjective. I like what I like but you may not like it at all. If you have been drinking coffee for many years you probably already have a favorite coffee. I love to try new coffee from regions that I have never tried before. Kona and Jamaican coffees are touted as some of the best and the prices reflect that, costing upwards of $25 or more per pound.

The largest producer of coffee is Brazil, much of which is grown on huge farms and harvested by machine. Many of these coffees go into the more commonly available grocery store brands. Colombia is next with the name being synonymous with coffee. The best coffees, however, come from the smaller family operated farms, where the berries are hand picked, washed and hulled, and finally, the actual coffee beans inside the berries are dried for export.

Since crops can vary from year to year, the same coffee offerings today may be quite different the following year. We rely on our coffee supplier to search out and select only the best, 100% Arabica coffee beans. Each coffee growing region produces its own unique varieties. Many factors determine the final harvest including weather, elevation, soil, and how the beans are processed just to name a few. I have had and loved coffees from Indonesia, Africa, Central and South America, and many other parts of the world. Since I do add 1/2 and 1/2 and sweetener I prefer a darker roast. Some of my favorites come from Sumatra, Costa Rica and Colombia. If you aren’t sure I recommend trying a med roasted Colombian which will usually have a milder, and richer flavor and is good black or with cream and sugar. Feeling adventurous, go for the Ethiopian, dark and earthy with a very strong finish. If you want it from the source, most say that Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered.