Explore single origins coffees from the world's premium growing regions, as well as recipes, expert brewing tips and FAQs.
The Espresso Coffee Guide groups all of the world's single origin coffees into three general regions:
African coffees are renowned for their lively acidity and fruity flavors.
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If you're looking for earthy, bold coffees, Indonesia is where you want to source from.
South American coffees are known for their smooth, nutty flavors that work in any roast, from a light through an espresso.
South American origins like Colombia coffees and Brazil coffees have milder flavours and are best suited for those who like a smooth drinking coffee, while Central American like Costa Rica coffees, El Salvador and Guatemalan coffees are more bright and acidic.
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While each country will have its distinctive characteristics, some regions do share common characteristics.
Coffee Farming and Processing
Learning the nuances of the farming and processing is always interesting, but coffee beans are best chosen based on flavor and natural preferences rather than processing methods. The farmers and local co-ops in each country use whatever method is most prevalent in the region and culturally accepted - often passed down for generations through families.
Each method of farming, harvesting and processing can produce great quality coffees and the diversity is what makes it so interesting.
Prices for coffee beans vary between origins, within a single country and even year-to-year. These fluctuations mean that coffee prices are always changing , and while generally tied to quality, can sometimes be the result of shortages. Keep on top of both roasted and green coffee prices.
More great coffee information can be found in All About Coffee which covers all aspects of coffee from soil to sip. This includes coffee plants and green coffee beans from the coffee cherry, and full descriptions of all of the world's top gourmet coffee beans including Organic Coffee, Fair Trade Coffee, Bird Friendly Coffee and Shade-Grown Coffee.
Espresso Drinks and Recipes
Learn about perfect espresso brewing along with tips on Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot and Steaming and Frothing Milk as well as Espresso Drink Recipes, Alcoholic Coffee Drink Recipes and calories in coffee drinks. Learn the most popular drinks from cafes like Starbucks, such as:
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- How to make a Thai Iced Coffee (recipe)
- How to Make a Cafe Mocha (Recipe)
- How to Make Dulce de Leche Frappe (Recipe)
- How to Make a Cafe Con Leche (Recipe)
- How to make a Black Russian (Recipe)
- How to Make a Cafe Breve Latte (Recipe)
The key to a great coffee and espresso that is compatible with your espresso maker is to buy coffee fresh roasted - never one that's been sitting on a store shelf for months. The longer a coffee sits after roasting, the more off-gassing (CO2 escaping) occurs, which will reduce the overall volume of crema.
You may also need to know how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee.
Whether you're looking for tips for your current coffee maker, or looking to buy a new piece of equipment, we've got you covered with all types of equipment including:
- Drip coffee makers
- Coffee percolators
- Stove top coffee makers
- French presses
- Espresso machines
- Cold brewing
We have a full set of FAQs dedicated to caffeine!