Is there any greater way to start your day, than drowning in that delectably caramel, perfectly roasted and highly addictive scent of fresh coffee? It is truly one of life’s guilty pleasures that ignites all of our senses, and restores our faith in that “good things come to those who brew.”
Arabica coffee, is the most popular coffee in the world, and is more often than not, the reason for those delightful aromas and pleasantly acidic flavours.
When you purchase your coffee, either from the store or from your local café; you are likely investing in Arabica and it’s numerous qualities.
You may recognise some of the following coffee selections from your own personal experiences. And, you may be surprised by a few you don’t. Here we will examine some of the finest Arabica beans available, and potentially add one or two to the shopping list along the way.
So let’s percolate, plunge, press or pour, and dive right in.
Grown in the Kafa rain forrest in Ethiopia, Lavazza Kafa Forrest Coffee beans are somewhat rare, considering the area they are grown in is small and limited. The Kafa region had been listed as part of the “biosphere reserve” making it a unique location to cultivate. Lavazza has distinguished the packaging of their Kafa Forrest coffee with the local tribal symbol for brotherhood and union among people, signifying the respect Lavazza has for their farmers and communities.
These 100% Arabica beans are single origin, hand picked, polished and dried on sun beds before being medium roasted to achieve floral flavors followed by honey, date and ripe cherry aftertastes.
Likely the most interesting choice on our list, these coffee beans from Indonesia are eaten by Luwak cats and during the digestion process, react to enzymes that alter the composition of the coffee fruit. After the cats have defecated the beans, farmers collect and carefully clean the beans before sun drying and roasting at 400 degrees to unsure safe drinking.
100% organic and environmentally friendly, Kaya Kopi also invest 10% of profits back into the community.
Café Britt Espresso Costa Rica
Costa Rica dances on to our list with Café Britts Espresso Costa Rica. A blend of the finest, gourmet, 100% Arabica beans from the Central and Western Valley regions boast rich dark chocolate, apple and wildflower flavors that are perfect alone or as a refreshing espresso based drink.
Café Britt Espresso Costa Rica have built strong connections with their growers. All beans are picked and directly sent to Café Britt’s roasting house to preserve the quality.
Wrapped in conservative packaging and practically begging you to discover the treasure inside, Kivu Noir Single Origin Arabica is a celebration of award winning coffee, rated in the top 1% of the worlds finest and cultivated on single estate plantations in some of Africa’s most fertile soils surrounding Lake Kivu.
Exclusive single origin red bourbon Arabica coffee beans, known for their unique flavor, are roasted in the same country of origin to uphold their guaranteed freshness.
Kivu Noir are also committed to supporting fair practices by empowering local women farmers and communities, while consistently building safe working conditions and remaining respectful of the Rwandan people.
Victorian era fire roasters are the closely guarded secret to Grand Marceline’s beautiful 100% Arabica coffee. Extreme care is taken to hand craft this display of toasted goodness, in an open flame style roaster that pays homage to earlier style coffee roasting methods.
Before reaching the fire, these GMO free beans are meticulously handpicked from high grade growing tracts in Southern America and Africa to maintain premium level quality. Roasted medium and expressing undertones of chocolate, this choice is surely one to appreciate as a morning Mocha, Latte with friends or rich espresso while relaxing. Any way you sample Grand Marceline’s will certainly leave you all smiles and satisfied.
Nicaragua joins us with this offering of single-origin, 100% Arabica. Iron City Coffee prides itself of sourcing coffee beans from the best locations worldwide including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatamala and more. Nutrient rich soils are used to produce top grade beans that are packed with punch and promise enjoyable beverages.
Iron City Coffee Nicaragua Dark Roast is no exception, revealing nut and citrus tones and mild acidity.
Iron City Coffee offer diversity in selecting, with the option to grind your coffee espresso, fine, medium, course or you can leave your coffee whole bean. You can also choose your roast level ( light, medium and dark) by visiting their website.
This fun little addition screams for attention, and vows to make the effort worthwhile. Bringing all the color and flair of Colombia, Coffee Shift Inc Risaralda is bursting to fill your cup and get you primed for the day ahead.
Unlike many other coffee brands, Coffee Shift Inc is co-owned by the farmers who receive higher than fair prices for their produce and earn ownerships stakes in the company, making this a feel good coffee you can truly get behind.
Coffee Shift Inc Risaralda 100% Arabica beans are medium roasted and show off flavors of cocoa, chocolate and hazelnut, with sweet, smooth aromas.
Now this one is for the adventerous coffee lovers. Buffalo Buck’s Coffee House offer wide varieties of flavoured coffees including, Creme Brûlée, Carrot Cake, English Toffee, Vanilla and Cinnamon among others. They only use Arabica beans that are sourced using fair trade practices from over 30 countries world-wide.
Buffalo Buck’s Coffee House grind and american-roast (medium) their beans in house to order. Other roasts levels available upon request include: City roast, Vienna roast, green bean, French and Espresso.
Buffalo Buck’s Coffee House Creme Brûlée pops with flavours of custard and brown sugar.
We thought we should throw in an option for those coffee drinkers who enjoy a little less up and go in their brew.
This wholesome gluten free, kosher, certified, no chemical product ticks all the boxes for a healthy, organic coffee.
Sporting USDA Cerfiication, using Swiss water processing and supporting Fair Trade practices, Jo Coffee are committed to providing consumers with a conscious choice for any decaf fan. They are also proud members of the Specialist Coffee Association, The Roasters Guild and The Rainforrest Alliance.
We can all say we have experienced a Mc Donalds coffee at some point. The convenience of drive-thru makes it an easy choice on the way to work, or even just to escape the rain. But, now there is the option to have your favorite McCafé coffee at home in easy to prepare K-cups.
McCafé only uses 100% Arabica beans that are light roasted and deliver vibrant flavor.
McCafé source from the most reputable locations worldwide to provide premium coffee to millions everyday.
With so many amazing choices on offer, you are sure to find that one that speaks to you. But, don’t take our word for it. The best way to know is to try, and we are sure that you will come across some delicious experiences on the journey of Arabica discovery.
Be sure to browse our frequently asked questions below for more info on Arabica coffee beans.
And as always, pour a cup for me.
A: Arabica is generally the most popular coffee beans in the world and consists of around 60% of the worlds coffee beans. Arabica is described as having sweeter, gentler tastes and are higher in acidity. Robusta are usually more bitter and strong in flavor, with harsher, nuttier and sometimes grainy after tones.
A: Swiss Water Processing (SWP) Is a non-solvent processing method for decaffeinating coffee beans before roasting. Coffee beans are submerged in flavoured water; where the caffeine is drawn out of the beans and trapped in a carbon filter. The water can then pass back through the beans with leaving traces of caffeine. This procedure is said to remove 99.9% of caffeine from the coffee beans.
A: It is understood that coffee originated in the Kingdom of Kefa, which in present-day is known as Ethiopia. The beans made their way to Yemen in the south of Arabia, hence the title Arabica.
A: Not necessarily, single origin coffee beans do have benefits such as coming from the same region, farm or estate. This means you should get consistent quality. One down side to single origin beans can sometimes be availability. Due to having seasonal harvests, coffee beans may only become available at certain times of the year.
Alternatively, beans from multiple locations means you can enjoy coffee all year round. Taste and quality may differ considering the factors that affect the beans during their growth period, such as climate, altitude, soil etc. However, if you purchase from reputable suppliers, than there shouldn’t be any concern about quality.
A: There are a few places that grow premium quality Arabica beans. Ethiopia, Colombia and Hawaii are among the areas that produce the best quality beans. The volcanic soils and perfect conditions for growing coffee are what makes these places among others prime locations for high grade beans. Other places include: Guatamala, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Brazil.
A: The Rain Forrest Alliance is a non-for profit organisation that works along side businesses to sustain moral agricultural standards. This helps protect the wildlife and vegetation from becoming over run or polluted by businesses operating in the vicinity. Companies that display the Rain Forrest Alliance logo have committed to using proper practices that won’t harm the environment.
A: Coffee has always had controversy surrounding it in regards to health benefits and concerns. Like most things, anything consumed in excess can have adverse affects on your body. However, studies show that coffee does have some positive benefits. It is high in antioxidants and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. It can improve metabolism and boost brain function short term. On the flip side, coffee congaing caffeine that can have negative impacts on people. This may include disruptive sleep, an addiction to caffeine, withdrawal symptoms and irritability.