Coffee is the most traded commodity after oil. About 50% of Americans consume coffee regularly, and most of them are daily drinker. However, many of us never consider coffee as gourmet beverage rather than caffeine booster in the morning. A bag of coffee would be a great gift which delivers rich cultural experience. The following coffees are not usual coffee you see at supermarkets, but if you go to decent coffee roasters, they could be found.
1. Geisha from Central America
In 2004, Panama’s Esmeralda created sensation at the auction with it’s own juicy Geisha. This is high end coffee, but the story behind this coffee makes it the perfect gift. This varietal is available from several different farms in Central America.
2. Bourbon from Antigua, Guatemala
In Guatemala, there are multiple distinctive coffee growing regions. Out of those, Antigua is the most notable origin with its Bourbon. The bright fruited notes of apple with strong body. Different roasting profiles from lighter to darker will enhance it’s cupping notes. It makes a great cup with any brewing method.
3. Kenya AA
Kenya certainly produces one of the world’s finest coffee. Kenya has advanced facilities which picked coffee cherry goes through washed process(aka wet process). The terroir with high latitudes and volcanic soil in addition to the coffee processing station produces its well famed brightness, fragrance, rich body, and winey finish.
4. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
As well as it’s bigger cousin Kenya, Tanzania produces great coffee which highlights bright, flavorful, and rich in body particularly around the country’s northern area where mt. Kilimanjaro lays. This washed processed coffee was once marketed under the name of Kilimanjaro as premium gourmet coffee.
5. Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Coffee is believed to be originated from Ethiopia.(see Ethiopian legend)
Coffee from this region generally has strong acidity and fruity aroma. With a lighter roast, it could almost feels like tea, but with a darker roast, richer body with browning sugar and undergoing fruity aroma.
6. Sumatra Mandheling
Indonesia has a long history of coffee, and it has developed its uniqueness in coffee over time. Historically, Sumatra does not focus on regions but rather focuses on picking and processing. They don’t score the quality of beans by the appearance, so a bag of coffee could contain many odd looking beans. Sumatra is also known for its semi-washed process. While coffee beans still contain certain amount of moisture, the parchment is removed out of the beans. The beans are then dried again to usual 10% moisture level. This method gives its unique earthiness and aroma in a cup.
7. Mocha, Yemen
The term Mocha is after Al Mokha, the Yemeni port city, which was the center of coffee trading in the early coffee history. Yemeni coffee is relatively rare and pricey, but it is nice to give some respect to the coffee’s history. In recent years, Yemeni has been making efforts to deliver more traceable coffee from each origin in the country. Bani Matar, one of the origins in Yemen, displays clearer cupping characteristics. The unique winey tones and the dry fragrance of mature fruits.