Each country has its best locally produced coffee, but it is true that there are many world-class coffee shops.
The best coffees can be classified according to several criteria such as taste, ensuring that they have an excellent balance between acidity and bitterness; the smell, uncluttered from a freshly ground coffee, and the perfect roasting of its beans to ensure the best aromas during the tasting.
The criteria are as follows:
You can see the few criteria that specialists use to determine whether coffee is exceptional or if it remains unsealed. Here is a selection of the 5 best coffees in the world that have managed to stand out from the rest.
1. Kopi Luwak (Indonésie)
It is in Indonesia that this coffee is produced, where we find coffee trees producing the famous coffee seeds that interest us. These small red fruits (cherries) attract a small animal: the civette or the luwak in Indonesian. It is these small animals that will be responsible for the production of coffee beans! That’s why we give the name Kopi Luwak to the café (coffee is called “kopi” in Indonesian)!
Luwak loves the fruits of the coffee tree and selects the best coffee cherries! He feasts on the flesh of the fruit but also swallows the seed that he will not be able to fully digest. The coffee seeds are fermented in the animal’s stomach. It is thanks to this that the end result will give a much less acidic coffee!
The droppings of the luwaks are then collected by the coffee growers to be cleaned and left in the sun for several hours. Do not worry! It is only the cleaned and dried seeds that go into roasting.
Despite its rather surprising preparatory mode, if not little stewing, the result is incredible! You get a coffee with a very balanced aromatic profile, very sweet. Neither too acidic nor too bitter, which propels it to the rank of the best coffee in the world!
One of the production problems is that Indonesians quickly realized that luwaks and coffee seeds could be their golden egg hens. As a result, the luwaks began to be caged to facilitate production. Which is obviously very limited from an ethical point of view…
2. Blue Mountain (Jamaica)
Blue Mountain coffee is, as the name suggests, grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. These mountains, in addition to offering a beautiful landscape for tourists, have all the factors necessary for the proper picking of coffee beans.
The crops are high, at an altitude of nearly 2,250 meters, a cool climate with heavy precipitation and a volcanic soil rich in minerals. All the conditions are in place to get an exceptional coffee!
Blue Mountain is renowned for having a perfectly balanced taste between acidity and bitterness, while giving off floral smells.
3. Kona Coffee (Hawaii)
Kona Coffee is grown on the island of Kona which is located in Hawaii. The volcanic soil and climate of the island allow coffee trees to grow in conditions conducive to the preservation of aromas and the flavor of the beans.
Indeed the climate of the Hawaiian island is very hectic, you can find a beautiful sun in the morning, heavy rains the rest of the day and end with a mild night. These climatic changes coupled with the volcanic soil offered by this small paradise island allow to recover and produce a coffee rich to taste while having a low acidity.
4. Black Ivory (Thailand)
Black Ivory coffee is probably the most expensive coffee in the world: between 1000 and 1800 euros per kilo!
How can a coffee be so expensive? This is mainly due to its rarity, less than 200kg are produced each year, but also because of its rather unexpected production method…
Coffee seeds are first consumed by elephants (hence the packaging) of northern Thailand which, thanks to the digestion of enzymes and the acidity of the stomach, will expel the beans without assimilating them. This digestion can last up to 3 days!
You’ve got it right! The seeds are recovered from the elephants’ feces! Once the beans are recovered, they are washed and dried in the sun, then carefully selected, to ensure that the beans are as evenly uniform as possible before roasting.
It is therefore the digestive enzymes mixed with other foods in the elephant during its digestion that will give this particular flavor to this Thai coffee!
5. The Pointu Bourbon (Reunion)
The Bourbon Pointu is native to reunion Island, which was once called Bourbon Island. It is the leaves of coffee trees used, sharp, that gave its name to this coffee.
This coffee with a unique taste is distinguished by a good acidity, a low bitterness but above all a low caffeine level. Bourbon Pointu also distinguishes itself from other coffees by a floral aroma and a fruity taste. The product is treated naturally, without chemicals.
Today the Bourbon Pointu has gained an international reputation and is highly regarded, especially in Japan.