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These are the best coffee beans in the world, according to an executive of a popular coffee startup

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While the saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for many people (myself included), your first sip of coffee is the most important part of the morning.

We all have our preferences on black versus cream and sugar, hot coffee versus iced or cold brew, but unifying caffeine-addicts the world over is a love of a quality coffee bean.

Recently I spoke with Paul Toscano, chief marketing officer of Joyride Coffee, a company that specializes in cold brew kegs. I asked him some questions about the coffee business, specifically where he thought the best coffee in the world was coming from right now.

“In my mind, the best coffee is generally from Ethiopia, where coffee began,” Toscano told me. “There, of course, are some absolutely mind-blowing coffees from Latin America and other countries in Africa, but in my experience, Ethiopia’s climate and coffee-growing culture are consistently bringing to market products that have an amazing natural flavor to them. Lightly roasted Ethiopian coffees are generally more tea-like and sweet, with notes of berries and other fruit that just sing through the cup.”

Coffee-wise, I myself am much more a fan than an expert; I love to drink a good cup of coffee, but when it comes to what to buy, I’m usually left guessing in the aisle of the grocery store. I assume I’m not alone in this front, so below we’ve collected some coffee options from Ethiopia that you can buy online. If you’ve been looking for a new bean to grind for your morning cup of Joe, consider giving one of these a try.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee Reserve describes its Ethiopian beans as “showy-floral” and “citrus-bright,” both of which sound extremely appealing to me. Reviews from other customers mention a chocolatey note, which I would also not mind one bit.

 Dark Roast Arabica Coffee from Koffee Kult

This Arabica dark roast from Kult Koffee has over 1,100 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars, which is quite the vote of confidence from your coffee-drinking breathren.

Ethiopia Yirge Cheffe from Brooklyn Roasting Company

According to MOUTH, this Ethiopian Yirge Cheffe is bright and clean, with a light flavor of lemon rind. As an added bonus, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company is packaged in steel cans, meaning you can easily recycle it once you’re done grinding.

Organic Ethiopian from Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange has been working for 25 years to support and encourage Fair Trade in coffees, teas, chocolates, and more. On its site, the company prides itself in its direct work with co-ops, which allows Equal Exchange to source the best beans from each harvest.

Ethiopian Sidamo Guji from Fresh Roasted Coffee

Fresh Roasted Coffee mentions that its Ethiopian offering contains earthy notes as well as a bit of cherry and strawberry. As its name indicates, the company promises that its beans are roasted immediately before packaging.


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