The Top 5 Single Origin Beans You’ve Never Heard Of

The smell and taste of great coffee can be one key ingredient to a productive day. We bet you could never resist the charm of cold brew on a sunny morning.

Without a doubt, the uniqueness of your coffee brew comes down to your choice of beans. We also recommend that you find the best coffee grinder for your brewing style.

Here’s a fun fact: there are so many options of coffee beans out there, you could probably become spoilt for choice when trying to figure out which you'll enjoy the most.

We did the heavy lifting of finding the top five single origin beans but, we're dropping the weight of making a choice right on your laps.  

Here we go:

1. Kona Coffee Beans

Bean Origin: Hawaii

Bean Type: Single Origin (Arabica)

Preferred Roast: Medium to Dark

Taste: Soft, smooth with vibrant acidity

Smell: Herbal and Floral Sweetness flavored with Nuts

Kona coffee bean is very rare, it is found exclusively on the Hawaiian island of Kona. Its rich herbal taste, mild aroma and low acidity are part of an outstanding blend that makes it the number one selection on this list. 

The Hawaiian soil, very fertile and laden with volcanic material, provides the best soil for growing coffee in the world. Hence, the Kona bean varietal copes perfectly in the high-slope terrains, added to this the weather and climate that compliment each other perfectly.

The beans are typically roasted medium to retain as much of the natural taste and low acidity. Avoid buying blends of this coffee, as some less impressive beans from other sources are usually mixed into a tiny quantity of Kona.

2. Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Beans

Bean Origin: Jamaica

Bean Type: Single Origin (Arabica)

Preferred Roast: Medium

Taste: Mild, smooth flavor with vibrant acidity and slight bitter tone

Smell: Herbal and Floral Sweetness flavored with Nuts

The flavor from this bean is often regarded by coffee enthusiasts as sophisticated, due to its silky yet complex taste. Just like the Kona bean, the Jamaican Blue Mountain is very rare and usually cultivated at high elevations of up to 5000 feet above sea level.

If you desire a smooth blend, a medium roast profile will do the trick, as it reduces the bitter aftertaste.

The aroma is comparable to sweet herbs and floral fragrances and can be perceived from miles away.

The Jamaican Blue Mountain is quite expensive and limited in production due to local government restrictions that control its output in Jamaica. But that should not deter you; a sizeable cash layout to the right sellers should make this bean available at any time to suit your cravings.

It is intriguing to note that these beans are cultivated on high-slope elevations, under cold temperatures and soils rich in minerals, which adds to the harvest duration of about ten months – much longer than other coffee growing regions.

3. Kenyan AA Coffee Beans

Bean Origin: Kenya

Bean Type: Single Origin (Arabica)

Preferred Roast: Medium

Taste: Fruity sweetness and wine-like acidity

Smell: Fresh floral fragrance

If you have a knack for drinking specialty coffee, you just may have tasted this origin without realizing it – possibly in a coffee blend with another single origin bean.

The Kenyan AA coffee beans are some of the finest beans in the world, with a fruity and slightly acidic taste. The aroma is fresh and garnished with a floral fragrance. It's quite interesting to know that the Kenyan government invests in the cultivation and sales of these beans.

One possible boost to sales for this coffee bean is the fact that the Kenya government assists the bean farmers in auctioning off their coffee products; higher quality beans will always attract good money.

In terms of the cultivation AA is a large sized bean that is grown at more than 2000 feet above sea level. A medium roast profile is preferred because ensures the coffee retains the fruity taste with a slightly bitter tone.

4. Tanzania Peaberry Coffee Bean

Bean Origin: Tanzania

Bean Type: Single Origin (Arabica)

Preferred Roast: Medium

Taste: Subtle fruitiness

Smell: Floral fragrance mixed with fruity scent

Cultivated straight from the high slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, high oxygen and mineral-rich soil have been the leading factors in the development of strong characteristics within this bean.

Tanzanian Peaberry makes up just about 5% of all coffee beans. The extra labor involved in separating the bean from its half-bean parts can be quite hectic, leading to an increase in its cost on the market.

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee beans possess a brighter acidity, medium body, and tonnes of fruitiness. There is a tinge bitterness in the preferred medium roast it is usually processed with.

That said, if you fancy a little hint of blackcurrant richness blending into a chocolaty finish, then you need to lay a hand on this Tanzanian coffee, as the rich flavor can be well worth the effort.

5. Dark Sumatra Mandheling Beans

Bean Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia

Bean Type: Single Origin (Arabica)

Preferred Roast: Medium

Taste: Low acidity and smooth sweetness

Smell: Earthy flavored, herbal aroma

The Mandheling bean is grown mainly in Sumatra, the 6th largest island in the world. Its taste can vary with flavored hints of tobacco, cocoa and even herbs.

Up close you'll notice a greenish tint on the Mandheling bean, caused by the organic harvesting and hybrid wet processing carried out on it. However, this will not reflect on your cup of coffee.

Probably the best low-acidity coffee on the list, the thick, creamy body make it one you shouldn't rush– little sips of the smooth richness will make every cup a delectable experience.

In Conclusion

The need to have great coffee – not just good coffee – in your cup early in the morning, on-the-go, or at any time you desire cannot be over-emphasized. And we bet that reading through this list of coffee beans makes you want to do the same thing we would do: try out every single option!  Now, don’t hold back and get brewing.

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