Best Coffees in the World

Welcome to the World’s Finest Best Coffee Beans!

Here is a quick overview of all of the world’s finest Arabica coffee beans cultivated in the prime high-elevation growing areas.

Let’s start with the Arabian and African Coffees which are the most exotic. These premium coffees strike an optimal balance between body and acidity while offering up sweet and often winey flavors.

The vibrant acidity of Arabian and African coffees ranges from sparkling to pleasantly tart while revealing fruity and floral notes in the aroma.

Virtually all coffee connoisseurs agree that the Ethiopian Coffees and Kenyan Coffees are absolutely outstanding and clearly among the best coffees in the world, though other fine coffees are also found throughout the region including Burundi, Zambia, and the aromatic Zimbabwe coffees.

Tanzanian Coffees Vibrant with Berry Sweetness

Tanzania coffee is often compared to Kenya coffee because it also exhibits a winey and vibrant acidity bordering on sharp, and also has a very strong, rich flavor.

The best Tanzania coffee beans have an unmistakable intensity with a pleasant creamy quality and sweet and fruity, berry-like taste. Tones of cedar are often present, and the aroma exhibits rustic notes with a long-lasting finish that excites the senses with East African wildness.

A City Roast accentuates the herbal-floral scents of Tanzania coffee while a darker roast will enhance the natural berry fruit flavors and bring out a black pepper spice accent in the aftertaste. Both the Tanzania Peaberry Coffee and Tanzania Kilimanjaro Coffee are exceptional, world-class gourmet coffees.

Luscious Yemen Coffees and the Renowned Yemen Mocha

Cultivated near the Red Sea, Yemen Coffee is grown in the mountainous area on the southern tip of the Arabian. Yemen Mocha coffee is one of the finest, offering a very full-bodied brew with a winey and lusciously rich acidity.

One type of Yemen Mocha is known as Mattari and exhibits tones of chocolate and a distinctly winey acidity. Another is the Mocha Sanani that has more of a fruity character and is very well balanced with a pungent, exotic character and great complexity.

Yemen Mocha Coffee along with Indonesian Java Arabica coffee create the traditional and very popular Mocha Java blend and Mocha Java Espresso. To read more about the interesting history of Mocha Java coffee see the World’s Best History of Coffee.

Uganda Coffee is cultivated Sipi Falls on the western slopes of Mt. Elgon which is one of Uganda’s biggest mountains. The brewed coffee displays the winey acidity of a great East African coffee. Ugandan coffees generally have a lighter body and less complexity than premium Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya coffees.

Premium Gourmet Coffees of Asia, Indonesia and the Pacific

The Asian, Indonesian, and Pacific Coffees typically have a full or medium body, mild acidity and very smooth tastes. The coffees often reveal earthy elements and then provide a pleasant, dry finish.

Hawaiian Kona Coffees and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Outstanding in this region is the Hawaii Kona Coffee with a delicate, light flavor. Kona coffee is known for its classic balance and overall clean quality accented by a reasonably complex aroma and fabulous aftertaste.

The renowned Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is known for its sophistication, sweet taste, and silky mouthfeel. often revealing chocolate notes.

Indonesian Coffees Exhibit Rich Body and Taste

Indonesian Coffees – most notably those from Sulawesi, Sumatra, and Java – are famous for their rich body and taste along with a vibrant acidity that is somewhat muted and very pleasant, and complemented by a lingering finish.

Sulawesi Toraja Coffee is best known for its multi-dimensional, deep and brooding quality. Grown in the southeastern highlands of Sulawesi, the coffee has an expansive taste and a rich, full body balanced with tones of dark chocolate and ripe fruit.

The acidity of Sulawesi Toraja Coffee is typically very vibrant with a body that is lighter than Sumatran coffees yet more earthy than Java Arabica coffee. Toraja reveals muted fruit notes, a pungent spicy quality and rustic sweetness and brought out with a Dark Roast.

The Coffees of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea coffee is grown in the eastern half of the island of New Guinea (the western region is Irian Jaya Province in Indonesia north of Australia).

The best New Guinea coffees – such as New Guinea Sigri Coffee and New Guinea Arona Coffee – exhibits a rich taste, quite low toned and perhaps somewhat earthy with a very modest acidity as is found in the majority of Indonesian coffees yet with less body, and likely fruitier than Sulawesi coffee though not as aromatic as a fine Sulawesi Toraja.

New Guinea coffees are usually wet processed, and a premium New Guinea coffee is known for being deeply dimensioned while also being very well balanced. The taste is clean and bright while also being mild and mellow with a delicate sweetness and fruity aroma.

India Coffee and the Renowned Monsooned Malabar

India coffee typically exhibits a medium to full body and mild acidity with qualities similar to Indonesian coffees, and in particular the Java Arabica coffees, with an acidity more like a fine Guatemala Coffee.

A respected India coffee is the India Mysore Coffee that is wet processed and comes from the southern region of India in the state of Karnataka.

With a rich yet subtle taste it provides a very pleasant cup of brewed coffee with a mild acidity that is nevertheless very distinct, and often revealing spicy notes of clove, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and even tones of tropical fruits.

Some of the best coffees of India – including India Monsooned Malabar Coffee and Monsooned Mysore Coffee – are aged in open warehouses or open-roof silos during the country’s monsoon season. This exposes the coffee beans to moist winds, and some beans are “monsooned” like this for up to three years.

The Monsooned Coffee Beans of India

The result of the monsooning is a distinct enhancement of the sweetness of the coffee beans while muting the acidity and creating pleasant loamy, woody sensations along with a very heavy body. The coffee beans also become light brown or yellowish in color (they are normally tinted somewhat green in color).

The qualities created by monsooning coffee beans in India make them a popular choice for use in espresso coffee blends where the monsooned beans are said to add depth.

American Coffees Sweet and Balanced

Coffees of the Americas typically exhibit a medium or light, very clean body with outstanding balance and just a slight sweetness in the taste that is enlivened by a crisp and sparkling acidity that gives the coffee a somewhat spicy quality.

Throughout the Americas are a wide range of gourmet coffees. The Best Bolivian coffee has a very delicate acidity and this classic-tasting coffee often reveals pleasant fruity elements including apricot and apple. The roasting creates chocolate notes.

The silky-bodied Costa Rica Coffee is famed for its sweetness with blueberry notes and a pleasant, buttery finish.

Panama Geisha and Peru Coffees Delight the Palate

One of the newest highly-respected premium gourmet American coffees is Panama Geisha Coffee. This Coffea arabica coffee plant varietal Geisha (Coffea arabica var. geisha) has an elongated coffee cherry and produces a brewed coffee with a very light body yet a vibrant acidity and a wonderful aroma revealing notes of Jasmine.

If you like a soft and sweet, bright coffee try the high-grown Peru Coffee. This is a medium-bodied coffee with a vibrant acidity.

Premium Guatemalan Coffees Reveal Delicate Fruity Flavors

The best Guatemala Coffees have a taste that is subtle and mild yet still complex enough to be interesting. The spicy Guatemala Antigua Coffee has a full body and velvety richness.

Guatemalan Huehuetenango coffees exhibit distinctive, delicate and fruity flavors and is generally light-bodied and often a bit buttery in its mouthfeel. Huehuetenango is known for its sweet and floral aroma complemented by a clean, lingering finish.

Use a Dark Roast on Guatemala Huehuetenango to accentuate the bittersweet chocolate and cocoa flavors, but use a Light Roast to highlight the fruity brightness.

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Torani Valentine’s Day Recipes

Looking to do something special for your lover for Valentine’s day? What better than waking them up with a delicious valentine-themed hand-crafted latte or cappuccino? Check out some of these unique recipes that will help set the mood of the day.

torani-caramel-cappuccinoSweet Caramel Cappuccino

torani-cupcakeWhite Angel Cupcake Cappuccino

Black and White Bowtie Latte

Buttercrunch Caramel Latte

3 Insanely Great Dark Roast Coffees

We get a lot of people looking for great dark roasted coffee beans, which we’re happy to fulfill. When looking for a good insanely great dark coffee, it’s important to ensure:

  • It’s fresh roasted – the fresher, the more flavour
  • It goes well as a dark roast – isn’t overly bitter or lacking flavour
  • It’s ground properly for your equipment

We handle the roasting and grinding per your instructions, using over 40 years of coffee roasting experience to bring out all the possible dark flavour you’ll absolutely love. While any coffee can be roasted “dark”, some are simply too delicate to taste anything but burnt. Based on customer reviews, here’s our top 3 coffee beans to enjoy in a dark roast:

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Fair Trade Organic

Organic coffees don’t normally make our list for “most flavourful”, but the Yirgacheffe has proved itself time and again as a favourite with some customers noting it retains some fruit flavours even as far as an espresso roast.

Colombian SupremoColombian Supremo

Colombian coffees have long been revered for their well balanced flavour, which extends even into a dark roast. This balanced coffee is added to most blends and is a major component of many major coffee chains.

Sumatra MandhelingSumatra Mandheling

Sumatran coffees are widely regarded as some of the most unique on the market, with deep, complex flavours that last well into a dark roast. Definitely one of the stronger coffees to try in a dark roast.

Coffee Bean Wedding Gift Ideas

Themeing a wedding around your spouse and your interests is always a fun time, and having unique gift ideas or centerpieces is a great way to make the event personal and memorable.

Here are some fun requests we’ve had over the years:

Personalized Coffee Bags

Personalized Coffee Bags

Does the love of coffee extend beyond the two of you, with both your families obsessed with the black stuff? Why not give them your own custom blend with your face on the bag to commemorate the event? We offer custom labeling on coffee bags for runs of 80 bags or more, allowing you to fully customize the colour (black, white, silver, red) of the bag as well as providing a customer log or picture that we’ll attach to the bag. Choose your favourite coffee beans from our site, or even make your own custom blend! We had a couple where one was from Colombia, the other from Indonesia, so they create a Colombian Supremo and Indonesian Sumatra blend then added 10% Hawaiian Maui bean because that’s where they were honeymooning. It turned out to be a delicious coffee and made a great story.

Coffee Centerpieces

Coffee Candle Centerpiece

With an enticing smell and a rustic/artisan look, coffee beans can be sprawled out on tables, put into mason jars as a centerpiece, or just used to cover the base of another centerpiece. The size of the glass container can be small (like a small mason jar) which would give the guests the opportunity to take it home, or it can be a single large, decorative glass vase. For extra flare, leaves or other foliage can be placed underneath the coffee jays, or flowers added to the top (with plastic to keep it from directly touching the coffee).

Burlap/Jute Coffee Bags

Burlap Coffee Wedding Favours

Burlap (or Jute) bags can be re-purposed as covers for tables, stuffed and used as decor for ambiance, cut into smaller pieces and used as a wrap for wedding favours and more! They offer a rustic, artisan look that complements a lot of different styles. Note that re-using green bean bags may not be sanitary, depending on how and where they’re stored. Rolls of clean burlap can be found online (etsy is a good place) or in a textile store, which will have it by the yard and allow you to make your own bags and custom shapes.

Medium vs. Dark Roasted Coffee Beans

A question we sometimes get from customers is whether they would prefer a medium or a dark roast from our selection. The answer depends a lot on what the customer is used to drinking (their expectations), what qualities they’re looking for (bold dark roast vs. nutty medium roast) and even what else they’re eaten that day.

All Our Single-Origin Coffee Beans Are Roasted to Order – You Choose Whether You Want a Medium Roast or Dark Roast

We recommend a Medium Roast if:

  • You enjoy more caffeine in your coffee (more caffeine is destroyed as the roast gets darker)
  • You enjoy discovering different coffees and trying the unique flavours they have (nutty, spicy, etc)
  • You’re eating meals that won’t overwhelm the coffee flavour (breakfast: oatmeal, toast, fruits, egg whites, etc)

We recommend a Dark Roast if:

  • You enjoy a deep, dark, bold coffee flavour
  • You enjoy coffees from national coffee chains
  • You’re eating meals that are flavourful (breakfast: bacon and eggs, pancakes, crepes, baked beans, etc)

The difference between a medium and espresso roast (our darkest) can be less than 10% of the caffeine being roasted out, which is negligible in the grand scheme of things, but some swear by it. The amount of caffeine varies more between coffee origins, but even that shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

Our recommendation of course, is to find a flavour you like and not worry so much about the differences in caffeine content. If you find one cup of your favourite coffee doesn’t quite do it, have another cup! It’s a win/win. Read the reviews we have other customers leave on our site to find recommendations and qualities that you might enjoy.

We don’t do light roasts

Seems like an odd decision to limit our availability, but a light roast just wasn’t necessary. After roasting for over 40 years, we’ve tuned out medium roast to retain all the natural flavour and characteristics from each origin while still providing a good strong coffee taste. Light roasts have become popular in some coffee chains recently (and were almost necessary) because most coffee chains over-roast their coffee. What they call a “dark roast” is typically closer to our espresso, and their “medium roast” is typically closer to our dark roast, which means their “light roast” is closer to our medium. Coffee chains intentionally over-roast beans because  it removes flavours that might otherwise be overly pronounced, which can cause problems when they run into issues buying enough beans to fulfill their sales. By creating a very “monotonous” coffee without any specific qualities and over-roasting the beans, they’re able to provide their customers with consistency through the years.

BuyCoffeeCanada prides itself on properly roasting coffee beans from specific origins, giving you a better cup of quality coffee. We recommend ordering your coffee as a “Medium Roast” if you’re looking for the equivalent of a light roast elsewhere.

Beans we don’t recommend ordering in a Dark Roast

Your personal taste preferences are always the #1 factor in deciding which coffee you’ll enjoy, but there are a couple we would recommend against ordering as a dark roast. Not surprising, these are the expensive beans, valued because of the unique flavours and the quality of the beans, some of which are lost when moving to a dark roast.

Be sure to check out our top african coffees, all of which are great in dark and medium roasts.

Chestnut Praline Latte Recipe

The Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte is a welcome new addition to the winter line of specialty flavoured lattes. Making your own latte with steamed milk, espresso with chestnut and praline flavours has never been easier with Monin flavouring syrups. Half an ounce of each syrup per 8oz drink is plenty of flavour and can save $4.00-$5.00 per day on your morning fix.

Monin Chestnut Syrup

Monin Praline Syrup

Torani Sugar Free S’mores is Here for the Holidays!

Torani Sugar Free S'moresTorani’s Sugar Free S’mores has finally landed in Canada, letting you craft luxurious cafe-style drinks at home without any of the calories! A delectable combination of chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallow makes this a quintessential winter drink that shouldn’t be missed!

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Cafe, restaurant or hotel? Rejuvinate your winter coffee menu with Torani’s syrups (especially the Sugar Free S’mores) and give your customers an experience that will have them raving for weeks.

Don’t forget to pick up a Torani Syrup Pump to make measuring and dosing a breeze!

French Press Coffee to Water Ratio

Q: What ratio of coffee to water should I be using in my french press?

A: The “standard” is 1-2 Tbsp (tablespoons) of coffee for every 6 oz of water, which provides quite some range for personal preference in terms of strength. We recommend starting at 2 Tbsp for a french press coffee and adjusting the recipe slightly up or down based on the specific origin or blend of your coffee and whether you like it STRONG or milder.

An important thing to note with french presses is that they’re sized by a “cups” measurement where a “cup” is actually an after-dinner cup, or 4 ounces. A basic “starter set” for french press consists of any 12-ounce of smaller french press, we recommend a reputable brand like Bodum. That would mean for a “12 cup” french press you’re looking at 48 ounces of water, which means you need 8 Tbsp of coffee.

It’s important not to overlook the quality of water you’re using – the cleanest, freshest water will extract the most from your coffee without tinting it. Natural water is best in this case as distilled water has had the minerals removed, which removes some of the flavour-enhancing aspects.

The water temperature should be between 195 and 205 Fahrenheit for brewing coffee. We’ve found the easiest way to achieve this is to use an automatic water kettle and allow it to run until it shuts itself off, then wait about 2 minutes before pouring.

The coffee grind should be on the coarser side, as french presses like Bodum use a metal mesh filter that can become clogged if the grinds are too fine. With a french press grind and the correct water temperature, it only takes 3-5 minutes for the brewing to complete. Leaving the plunger up for longer may make the coffee stronger, but it also begins to make it bitter and causes the flavours to deteriorate quicker. After depressing the plunger the coffee should be served immediately, but we’ve found the coffee can be left in the french press until you’re ready for your second cup.

BuyCoffeeCanada not only roasts all of our coffee beans fresh the same day it ships, but can grind it to a “french press grind” for perfect consistency in your Bodum or other brand of french press. Following the french press instructions above is a great way to start making a better quality cup of coffee – one where you can taste more of the flavour because of the coffee oils left behind during the brewing process. Shipped in one-way valve-sealed bags, the coffee can stay fresh for a couple weeks until you’re ready to use it. With the lowest free shipping cost of any coffee company in Canada at just $49, it’s easy to combine different origins and blends along with tea or flavouring syrups and have your order shipped right to your door.

McCafe Tassimo T-Discs and K-Cups Are Here!

Your favourite McDonald’s McCafe coffee has arrived in single-serve formats, available for both the Tassimo as McCafe T-Discs and Keurig as McCafe K-Cups. McCafe single serve cups are roasted slightly darker than a medium roast, bringing that bold and flavourful cup of coffee you’ve come to love. Just as convenient as a drive through with the push of a single button, it’s also less expensive and time consuming than sitting in the drive through in the morning.

McDonals McCafe T-Discs from Canada

The move to provide they McCafe experience from home in formats for both Tassimo and Keurig is a smart one, keeping the brand from isolating any customers who made the decision to buy their single serve coffee making before McDonalds announced their intention to offer a single-serve format. Feedback from customers have indicated that while they often appreciate the higher quality and flexibility of the Tassimo, there hasn’t been as much choice as far as varieties and brands. Boxes are priced around $11.00 for the Tassimo 14-ct.

McDonalds McCafe K-Cups from CanadaThe K-Cup format is compatible with original existing Keurig machines, and is priced at about $11.00 per 12-ct box.

Fall Themed Drinks with Torani Syrups

The fall in temperature (followed quickly by leaves changing colours) is a clear indicator that fall has arrived, and along with a ton of fall-themed activities and foods. Most noticeable in the recent years is the sudden presence of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other autumn-related drinks at coffee shops. While they can cost $4.00-$6.00 at national chain coffee shops, you can make them at home for a fraction of the cost using Torani syrups.

The Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup is a flavour and spice powerhouse, suitable for those who really like their nutmeg and cloves. While some reviews indicate that it can be overpowering, others find that it hits the right spot and is reminiscient of changing leaves and chilly weather. This syrup is strong in cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, while delivering a pleasant pumpkin flavour. Not only can it be used in coffees/lattes – people love it in hot chocolate and milk (known as a “Pumpkin Spice Steamer”) as well!

The Pumpkin Pie Syrup is similar to the Pumpkin Spice, but is milder on the spice and heavier on the pumpkin and sweetness. The cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg are toned down a little in favour of a sweeter, puree-style flavour that is more pumpkin than spice. Feedback from customers indicate this is closer to the flavour that they would get at most cafes.

Love the pumpkin flavour but trying to lead a healthier lifestyle? The Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup has you covered – with all the flavour of the Pumpkin Pie Syrup, but using Splenda instead of cane sugar. There’s still lots of flavour from the spices in this syrup, but the pumpkin is the star of the drink and is every bit as sweet as real pumpkin pie, without the unnecessary calories. There’s no need to worry about artificial after-tastes or harmful chemicals, as this sweetener is stable at coffee temperatures.

The Salted Caramel syrup is the key in caramel brulee lattes, offering something salty instead of sweet or spicy drink that can be enjoyed on cool fall days. The Salted Caramel delivers that lovely salted aspect that caramel lacks on it’s own, using more of your taste buds and flavour receptors. We recommend picking up a bottle of the Salted Caramel (or Sugar Free Salted Caramel) as a way to add some diversity to your week.

This spice-heavy Chai Tea Spice Syrup is actually quite similar to the Pumpkin Spice syrup, but is tea-oriented instead of pumpkin. It has all the nostalgic qualities of a fall drink with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. This also tends to be a popular offering at national coffee shops.

Don’t forget the other holiday-themed flavoured syrups that add spice and flavour to winter drinks – also great in the fall.