That’s Coffee Wins on All Fronts
The new year is here, and what better way to start it off right than with a great-tasting cup of coffee every morning?
It may be the world’s favorite drink, but that doesn’t mean all coffee is created equal. We’ve made a business out of catering to only the most discerning coffee drinkers, and in true fashion, we decided to create a roundup of the best coffee beans for 2023 and beyond. Consider us biased, but there are some pretty magical beans on this list!
But before we get into our roundup of the best coffee beans in 2023, we’re going to go over the difference a gourmet bean can make, where these beans come from, and how you can get the most out of your brew.
Read on to learn all about it and see the list of our top 20 best-selling coffees and the tastiest beans of 2023!
The Gourmet Difference
Gourmet coffee is more than just a name – really! It’s about the fundamental difference that sets beans apart.
Each of our coffees is made by using only the highest quality 100% Arabica beans. These beans are sourced from some of the most coveted coffee-growing regions in the world. Arabica beans grown in mountainous climates take longer to mature but produce a larger, sweeter, and denser coffee bean with less caffeine than the inferior Robusta Bean (that’s your cheap, store-bought instant coffee). Premium coffees are derived from higher-grade beans, making them more complex and flavorful.
While we love sourcing beans with unique characteristics from all over the world, we also like to dabble in a little bit of flavor creation! We create our premium flavored coffees using only the highest quality, natural ingredients, for a next-level tasting experience. Finally, we only roast our coffee beans in small batches for optimal roast consistency.
Together, these quality control factors bring you a premium cup of coffee that’s gourmet down to the smallest detail. It’s a difference you can taste!
Coffee From Around The World
While most of the world’s coffee is grown along the Coffee Belt (near the equator), different regions and processing traditions can give a coffee bean a distinct flavor. Climate conditions such as altitude and soil can give the coffee a unique taste, but it comes down to the processing tradition to determine how that flavor is manifested in the final cup.
We provide a selection of gourmet coffee beans from around the world to satisfy your personal preference – whatever that may be!
How To Brew Gourmet Coffee
For the adventurous at heart, and for those with a little more time in the morning, there are lots of ways to brew your perfect cup of coffee. We’ll quickly touch on a few of the most popular ways to brew gourmet coffee and the pros and cons of each.
This is the classic method you probably grew up using. Weekday mornings were rung in by the soft puttering of the coffee maker and the brew time could be set in advance! While this method is affordable, easy, and requires very little effort, the downside can be a compromise in flavor.
- Easy to use.
- Good for multiple cups and servings.
- Classic flavor profile.
- A little boring.
- A slight loss in flavor.
- Regular cleaning and descaling are more important than people realize.
The French press method requires a little more technique. While your cup of coffee will be strong and full-bodied, mastering the art of pressing without getting any sediment into your cup can be difficult.
- Yields strong coffee with a kick.
- Compatible with larger batches.
- Difficult to clean.
- The flavor profile can be less nuanced compared to paper-filtered coffee.
- The technique is tricky and you’ll probably end up with sediment in your cup.
Pour Over Coffee
Not only is the classic glass carafe an aesthetic addition to your kitchen décor, but the pour-over method is also great for bringing out the unique flavors in your brew.
- Excellent flavor.
- Fantastic clarity and aftertaste.
- Standard equipment that’s easy to use and clean.
- Smaller batches make it difficult if you’re making coffee for more than 2-3 people.
- Not great for those who like to add milk to their coffee.
The Moka Pot is an old-fashioned method that has withstood the test of time. It can be purchased in many different sizes and works easily on your stovetop. This is the tool to try if you’re curious about making espresso, without shelling out the big bucks on a fancy espresso machine.
- Produces strong coffee.
- The brewing method is simple.
- Available in many different sizes.
- Lacks the finesse of an espresso machine.
- Cleaning needs to be done religiously to prevent mould and bacteria.
No matter your brewing method of choice, a good cup starts with good coffee beans. So, without further ado, let’s go over the top 20 beans of 2023 and find you your next cup of coffee!
Best Coffee Beans Of 2023
Hailing from the Mandheling Province of West Sumatra, this Indonesian coffee is rare and rich in flavor. Coffee from this region is beloved around the world thanks to its sumptuous flavor profile. The Sumatra Black Satin is one of our best-selling dark roast coffees thanks to its thick, chocolatey texture with grounding earthy notes. A must-have for those who love a good dark roast!
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This medium roast Colombian coffee is aromatic and balanced with full-bodied flavor and acidity. We use only the largest high mountain-grown “Supremo beans” for our Colombian Supremo La Valle Verde gourmet coffee. You’ll be able to tell from the taste as supremo beans are among the highest grade in the world for flavor and richness.
Here is our top Amazon Recommendation: Guatemalan Antigua Blend by Copper Moon
Ethiopia is considered by many to be the birthplace of gourmet mountain-grown coffee with a tradition dating back over 1000 years. These coffee beans are grown at elevations of over 4000 feet and are some of the world’s most coveted beans. Enjoy a specialty coffee that’s rich in history, sweet and fragrant in taste, and smooth bodied for an all-around exceptional cup.
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Another best-selling bean from Indonesia. These premium gourmet beans are grown in the Mandheling province on the west coast of Sumatra and boast a heavy and complex flavor profile. Syrupy and full-bodied, but low in acidity, for a decadent cup that’s sure to put a smile on your face every morning.
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If you like your coffee to be organic, then you have to try our Colombian Mesa de los Santos coffee beans! These organic Colombian beans are a testament to the country’s rich coffee growing tradition, providing ethically grown beans without the use of herbicides or chemicals. Try our Mesa de los Santos beans for a cup of coffee you can love and feel good about.
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These Kenya AA beans aren’t afraid of heights, growing at high mountain elevations of over 5000 feet. These beans are renowned for being consistent in quality and flavor, showcasing notes of complex fruit and berries with a wine-like acidity and full-bodied aroma. It’s no wonder Kenya AA beans are famous for being one the world’s best tasting coffees.
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Our Peru Andes organic coffee is a fair-trade favorite. Imagine yourself on the famous Peruvian Andes and you’ll probably be picturing something very close to the growing conditions of these beans! Cultivated on the Northwestern side of the mountain range on a small, family-owned farm, these organic beans are about as wholesome as you can get. Low in acidity, and easy on the stomach, this light to medium roast leaves a pleasantly nutty finish with no aftertaste.
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These gourmet Costa Rica Reserve coffee beans are late bloomers, but they’re more than worth the wait! The slow maturing process is a result of the high elevations resulting in a bean that is hard and dense – which locks in the flavor! Deliciously aromatic and perfectly balanced, our Costa Rica beans are sure to “wow” your palette.
Here is our top Amazon Recommendation: Breakfast Blend by Cameron’s Smooth Coffee
Our Aztec gourmet beans hail from the distinguished coffee tradition in Mexico. These beans are rated Altura Pluma, Mexico’s designation of excellence for their finest coffee beans. This medium bodied brew demonstrates delicate acidity, an aromatic flavor, and savory smooth finish. These coffee beans are grown above 4000 feet and earn their designation of excellence with every sip.
Here is our top Amazon Recommendation: Whole Bean Espresso by Gavina Old Havana Espresso
Enjoy a sweet sip of one of our most popular flavored coffees! The tangy combination of Blueberries and cream compliments the finest high-grown Arabica coffee for a seasonal party in your cup. Enjoy a smooth and silky flavor that will feel like your favorite dessert – but every morning!
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Are you on a caffeine detox? Doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a nice cup of gourmet coffee! Our Sumatra Mandheling Decaf is our decaf bestseller! What this bean may lack in caffeine it certainly does not lose in taste. It lives up to Sumatra’s reputation with an earthy flavor and deep-toned aroma. This brew is perfect for chocolate addicts thanks to its thick and syrupy chocolaty flavor. Enjoy coffee all day long with a cup of decaf!
Here is our top Amazon Recommendation: Silken Splendor by Philz Coffee
You can’t go wrong with an Ethiopian bean! This fresh bodied light to medium roast is organic, fair-trade, and showy with a bright floral aroma underscored by deep flavor. Our Ethiopia Sidamo bean is grown in the Kaffa region in the Sidamo province of Ethiopia – where coffee was first discovered over a thousand years ago. It just goes to show that if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it! This bean continues to deliver and is beloved by coffee connoisseurs everywhere.
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Grown in the shade, these Guatemalan beans hail from mountain elevations of over 4600 feet. Considered by many to be some of the finest coffee beans in the world, this medium bodied cup is well balanced with a smoky flavor and chocolaty aroma.
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New from Brazil! These Brazil Cerrado beans are grown in the Cerrado tropical savanna region, a unique terrain that’s perfectly suited to the cultivation of gourmet coffee beans. With altitudes ranging from 2,950 to 3,100 feet, these coffee beans develop smooth and sweet flavors with hardly any bitterness. This decadent brew is the perfect workday pick-me-up that keeps delivering day after day.
Coffee and French vanilla are a match made in heaven. We start with our classic gourmet Arabica beans and pair them with a light touch of French Vanilla for a flavored coffee that’s fragrant and gently sweet. Enjoy the rich notes and full-bodied aroma of French Vanilla that will perfume your kitchen every morning with the most decadent, caffeinated ambrosia. It’s a classic for a reason!
Bali is so much more than just a dream vacation destination. The humid jungles, and high volcanic mountains make it an ideal place to grow gourmet coffee beans. Our Paradise Valley beans live up to their name with light flavor and trace notes of earthy Indonesian character. These beans are handpicked and sorted so you only get the very best in your cup.
Our African peaberry coffee beans have a very special shape. Only 5% of coffee beans are oval or pea-shaped instead of flat. This happens when the cherry fruit only produces one oval bean instead of the usual 2 halves. These oval beans, or “peaberries” are separated during processing to be sold as their own, distinct coffee grade. Our Tanzanian Peaberry gourmet coffee beans are harvested from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and are a rare and coveted coffee bean. See what all the fuss is about and enjoy a bright tasting cup with light acidity and distinguished aroma.
Get ready for another dark roast favorites! Our French roast coffee beans are 100% organic and offer that big bold taste coffee lovers covet. With light acidity, and heavy flavor, our French Roast is the perfect choice for those who love a hearty cup of coffee that’s not shy on taste.
These Haitian beans are cousins of the famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and are grown in the Nord Region of Haiti. With soil conditions very similar to Jamaica, these coffee beans can boast an elevated status and demonstrate a deliciously creamy flavor with low acidity and a mellow body.
This final favorite is another champion from Indonesia. This distinguished coffee exemplifies the signature full-bodied taste and aroma of Sumatra but is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals. Enjoy this natural dark roast for its velvety smoothness, earthy body, and cheeky black pepper finish. If you’re looking for a well-rounded brew that’s as good to the environment as it is to your tastebuds, then look no further!