The best coffee in the world comes from the lands around the Earth’s equator, and not only that, but they grow at elevations above 5,000 feet. Coffee experts who have been brewing excellent coffee for years will tell you that you must purchase whole bean coffee that has been packed in heat-sealed bags. Anything else on the market will be okay, but probably not superior.
Of course, many people rely on instant coffee and home coffee makers of many kinds, using ground products. This is a tradition that has existed for generations in many cultures. But, there are some who truly understand the best of the best, and for this reason, this review is about whole bean coffee brands. Some are extremely popular and well known, while others are worthy contenders from the equator’s mountainous coffee growing locations. These are legendary in terms of their flavors for those in the know. This review is dedicated to superior coffee and those who brew it well.
Before giving you our picks, let’s first go to the source, Amazon.com, and see what’s trending there now…
Top 10 Best Coffee on Amazon in Aug/Sept 2016
Let’s take a look at the best coffee on Amazon in May 2016. After all, by tracking the best sellers on Amazon, we get to see what is the best based on popular vote, people putting their money where their mouths are, quite literally. Besides you can get a great deal on many of these best selling coffee’s on Amazon.
Here we go, the best coffee on Amazon based on best seller rank:
- Amazon: Lavazza Super Crema Espresso
- Amazon: Death Wish Ground Coffee, The World’s Strongest Coffee
- Amazon: Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Whole Bean Coffee
- Amazon: Lavazza Crema e Gusto – Ground Coffee
- Amazon: Eight O’Clock Coffee, Original Whole Bean
- Amazon: Cafe Don Pablo Gourmet Coffee
- Amazon: Peet’s Ground Coffee, Major Dickason’s
- Amazon: Bulletproof Ground Coffee
- Amazon: Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso
- Amazon: Kicking Horse Coffee, 454 Horse Power
Next, here are our picks and reviews for 2016 of what we consider the Top 10 best coffee brands in the world, which includes some fine selections which may not appear on the best sellers list yet.
Top 10 Best Coffee Brands in the World Reviews 2016
10. Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend by Cameron
This is a crafted blend of Jamaican beans and those from Central America. The goal is to create a smooth, rich flavor with a bit of spice and robustness. It is medium to dark roast, honoring the beans. Though nothing can compare to Jamaica Blue coffee brought home directly from the island, those who enjoyed this product may have come as close to tasting the island version as possible.
9. Magnum Exotics Whole Bean Coffee Blend
Jamaica has been respected as one of the best coffee locations in the world. Coffee experts around the globe are familiar with this respect due to the prime growing conditions of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and the expertise of the growers there. This coffee is one product that blends together the best of Jamaican beans with others from the Caribbean, Central and South America. The beans are all Arabica, which contributes to the high quality of the product. This is an artisan style blend, without the high price.
8. Dark Brazilian Santos, Whole Bean Coffee
This is another popular blend from Coffee Bean Direct. It is made of 100% dark Brazilian coffee beans. The company roasts the beans just before packing the bags. The beans are described as low acid, and smooth in flavor with plenty of popularity due to this aspect. As the world’s largest coffee producer, Brazil is noted for producing roasts that cater to many palates around the world. This product satisfies the longing for rich, yet smooth flavor. Of 684 customers, 68% gave it a five star Amazon rating.
7. Kauai Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee
Grown on the Koloa Estate on Kauai, this is a pure Hawaiian product. The beans are single origin, having no other beans added to the bag. This is 10 ounces of traditional Hawaiian heaven for those who are familiar with this coffee. For others, the best way to describe it would be to say that it has a rich flavor with notes of cocoa that are very subtle, within a bold cup of coffee. Though it is listed as a dark roast, customers who know say that it is milder than others and not bitter. Most say that drinking a cup is like being back on the island.
6. Coffee Bean Direct Whole Bean Coffee
The specifics about this product are vague. The description lists that the coffee beans are whole, and that the product is made of 100% whole beans. The company indicates that this is the most popular coffee they roast. The 600 plus reviews from their customers tell more of the story of this blend. Though there are many questions they answer about how to brew it and what to expect from the looks, smell and flavor of these beans, they most often mention how very much they like its flavor. It is a proprietary blend with a loyal following of consumers.
5. Koffee Kult Whole Bean Dark Roasted Coffee
This coffee is made of 100% Arabic beans which are organically sourced and Fair Trade from Sumatra, Guatemala and Columbia. It is roasted according to USA food standards and meets specialty grade standards by the SCAA. The company wishes to meet the tastes of customers who have become accustomed to dark roasted coffee, and recommends that it be used for drip, cold brew, iced coffee and other popular methods. It is shipped tightly bagged to retain freshness. It has a hint of cinnamon with a smooth yet heavy body developed by its artisan blend.
4. Lavazza Super Crema Espresso – Whole Bean Coffee
With beans from Indonesia, Central America and Brazil, this is advertised as the favorite coffee of Italy. The company offers this product as suitable for coarse and fine grinding coffee brewing methods, including espresso and drip. It is valued by customers for its creamy flavor and long lasting, smooth flavor.
3. Cafe Don Pablo Gourmet Coffee Signature Blend
With a medium to dark roast, this family owned company uses whole Arabica beans from Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala to make their distinctive blend. This is a very popular blend known for its sweet, smooth and balanced flavor. The company provides specific directions for various types of coffee machines in order to help customers get the best flavor for this blend.
2. Kicking Horse Whole Bean Coffee, Kick Ass Dark Roast, 2.2-Pound Pouch
Positive attributes about this coffee include the Arabic beans used to create it. They are roasted above sea level at about 3,000 feet. The blend is packed in a sturdy bag and shipped fresh to customers, who like the dark roasted flavor so many have become accustomed to viewing as the best. The beans they use are organic and certified as Free Trade, which is another plus. This is a very popular coffee brand, though some baristas would argue that dark roasting can impart bitter flavor to the beans. Nevertheless, this remains a very successful brand.
1. Tim Horton’s 100% Arabica Medium Roast Original Blend Whole Bean Coffee
Using 100% whole Arabica beans is one first recognized stamp of quality. The second is that this blend is medium roast, which allows the true flavor to come to the cup. The third is that this company lists the production date on the bag. Coffee beans are fragile, and should be consumed as close to the roasting date as possible. This company gives its customers helpful information to decide when to brew the bag. This is a mellow, rich coffee that is similar to the favorites people enjoy in diners around the world.
Coffee flavor is traditional, cultural and personal. These three influences dictate how customers enjoy various kinds of coffee. With the surge in coffee consumption worldwide, many have come to appreciate many more blends than would have been possible in a less international world. With information about best coffee growing, cultivating, roasting and brewing practices filling the Internet, everyone who enjoys coffee can make decisions about what they will buy and what they will not. Coffee experts are concerned over the changes in our world environment which have threatened prime coffee growing areas. Their hope is that there will be enough coffee to enjoy for many years to come. With that in mind, choosing well and valuing what we enjoy has become more important than ever.