Looking for a new roast to try and don’t know where to start? We’ve scoured the world (and the internet) for the world’s best coffee beans for 2019. We want you to complete your coffee lovers bucket list before the year is out and doing your research is a great place to start. After all, there are different types of coffee beans grown in different countries around the globe, brewed in multiple ways, each with a different flavor profile. So, let’s take a look at the top-rated coffee beans of 2019 and what factors go into producing a quality cup of coffee.
Tips for choosing coffee beans
Let’s take a look at some important factors to consider when selecting the best coffee beans. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference so there isn’t necessarily a right and a wrong way for coffee connoisseurs to choose their coffee beans. A few important factors to consider are:
- Variety of coffee beans – There are three varieties of coffee beans: Arabica, Robusta, and an Arabica and Robusta blend, each variety boasting its own unique benefits in terms of taste. Coffee made from pure Arabica beans presents as a high quality, more flavorful, and less bitter tasting coffee than Robusta. Robusta tastes more bitter but has a higher caffeine content than Arabica. A Robusta and Arabica blend is a combination of the two, which delivers the best of both worlds in terms of flavor and high caffeine content.
- Taste – Although choosing your variety of coffee beans already contributes to taste, there are other factors to consider as well. Coffee changes in taste depending on how long it’s been roasted. Therefore, a coffee drinker that prefers a strong, somewhat bitter-tasting coffee should purchase a darker coffee bean that has been roasted for a longer length of time. If you prefer a coffee with a lighter, smoother taste, opt for beans that are lighter in color and have not been roasted for as long.
- Caffeine content – Coffee beans that have been roasted for a longer amount of time actually have a higher caffeine content than those that haven’t been roasted for long.
- Check the roast date – Checking the roast date is important for selecting the best coffee beans, regardless of how high quality or top-rated they are. Generally, the label advises you to enjoy within one month of the roast date so make sure you have enough time to enjoy your coffee before this point.
Our 2019 Coffee Lovers Bucket List
Kona Coffee Beans by Koa Coffee
Kona Coffee is from the island of Kona, Hawaii and currently one of the most sought-after coffee brands in the world. These delectable coffee beans are grown right on the island, taking full advantage of the Hawaiian climate being one of the best for growing coffee plants. The highest quality grade of Kona Coffee beans is Extra Fancy which is what you should purchase, every time. These coffee beans are not cheap. Not only are they in high demand, but they’re also more costly to produce and farm since they’re grown locally in the USA.
- Arabica beans
- Medium body
- Low acidity
- Smooth taste
- Tastes of sweet herbs with a floral undertone, nutty overtone
Central America Geisha Coffee Beans by Volcanica Coffee
Geisha coffee beans are some of the most unique you can buy and should be on your 2019 coffee lovers bucket list. This is considered a light coffee, almost reminiscent of tea, with light, fruity, floral flavors and a hint of vanilla and bergamot. You won’t be able to find this coffee in many cafes – it’s very expensive and served best as a filter coffee. Geisha coffee beans are not necessarily grown in one specific region but those that are the most sought after from Costa Rica and Panama.
- Natural, tea-like body
- Light tasting
- Hints of citrus, jasmine, mango, peach
- Should only be taken black
Death Wish Coffee Beans
Marketed as “the world’s strongest coffee”, these coffee beans are not joking around. If you’re looking for a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans that do not sacrifice quality and have incredibly high caffeine content, these beans may just be for you. Death Wish coffee beans are USDA certified organic and also boast low acidity. If you’re truly serious about your caffeine fix, these coffee beans have three to six times the amount of caffeine than a standard cup of coffee does while still offering great taste.
- Arabica and Robusta
- Strong, bold, nutty taste
- Blend of origins
- Dark roasted body
- Extremely high in caffeine
Toraja Sulawesi Coffee Beans by Volcanica Coffee
The Toraja Sulawesi Coffee Beans, also by Volcanica, are a unique, high-quality coffee experience. This is not an easy coffee bean to obtain – in fact, these coffee beans are only grown in a secluded, remote part of the Indonesian mountains on ancient trees and require four days of horseback riding to even get to the mountain to find them. So, is this coffee worth the trouble? Yes, it is. The beans are handpicked and fresh, ideal for a serious caffeine addict. If these coffee beans aren’t on your 2019 coffee lovers bucket list, figure out how to make room for them. They’re definitely worth it.
- Medium roast
- Smooth, creamy blend with a hint of sweetness
- Only 300-600 bags are sold per year
- Packaged in a vacuum-sealed bag for freshness
We don’t think trying any kind of coffee is a bad idea, but the coffee beans we’ve listed are some of the highest quality and rarest in the world and are the best coffee beans to add to your bucket list. The most exquisite and flavorful coffee beans are grown and harvested with extreme care and taste delicious whether you drink them in a coffee shop or use them in your home coffee maker.