Gourmet Coffee Brands

For many folks there is a good cup of coffee, OK coffee, or bad coffee. In the world of true coffee lovers there is good coffee or exceptional coffee. And, for the true connoisseur there is gourmet coffee, either regular or one of the organic coffee brands. Although there is USDA certified organic coffee there is no agency that certifies gourmet coffee brands.


Gourmet coffee brands do not have a seal proving what they are like USDA Organic Coffee Certification does for organic coffee

USDA Organic Coffee Certification


But, all gourmet coffees have several things in common. These coffees are all Arabica coffee varieties grown in volcanic soil in mountainous terrain. And a gourmet coffee has been carefully processed and quickly delivered to the consumer. No matter how good a roasted coffee was to begin with, it does not age like a fine wine. Old coffee is never gourmet coffee.

And, a gourmet coffee is freshly roasted, French roast or otherwise,  in a small batch, immediately ground, and brewed. Coffee starts to age the moment the contents of the roasted bean are exposed to the air. And ground coffee is really not gourmet because it has aged before it ever got to you.

Although we like to promote Fair Trade coffees, being fairly traded is not an issue with gourmet coffees as they have a following and charge plenty for their coffee.

All of this having been said, what are some specific gourmet coffee brands?

Gourmet Coffee Brands

  • Gesha coffee from Panama
  • Kopi Luwak from Indonesiae
  • El Injerto from Guatemala
  • Yauco Selecto AA from Puerto Rico
  • Kona from Hawaii
  • Blue Mountain from Jamaica
  • Several excellent coffees from Colombia

Gourmet Coffee Brands 1: Gesha from Panama

Gesha coffee is a Arabica variety that originated near a village of the same name in Ethiopia.

Gesha is an heirloom varietal. The seed stock is extremely pure. It has not been cross bred or altered. It is a faithful replica of the original seed stock from around Gesha, Ethiopia. The plant was tried in Central America in the 1950s because of its disease resistance.

Hacienda la Esmeralda is a coffee farm in Panama famous for its small plots of Gesha coffee.

Hacienda la Esmeralda gesha coffee has sold at auction for $100 a pound! There are a few other growers of gesha coffee in Honduras, Costa Rica and Colombia. A unique Gesha variety is called Santuario and sells typically for about $80 a pound.


Gourmet coffee brands like this gesha coffee from Panama can cost as much as $350 a pound

Very Expensive Gesha Coffee


Gourmet Coffee Brands 2: Kopi Luwak from Indonesia

This is perhaps the most expensive coffee in the world as noted by the website most expensive coffee! You may or may not like how this coffee comes to be but it is one of the gourmet coffee brands. The palm civet cat eats the choicest coffee berries.

During the digestion process the coffee cherries and the pulp are removed but the coffee beans are not digested. During this process some kind of unique fermentation occurs which is responsible for giving the civet coffee its special flavor.

The feces of the civet cat are collected and the coffee beans isolated and cleaned. The process may be unique but the coffee commands a high price of as much as $500 a pound!

Gourmet Coffee Brands 3: El Injerto from Guatemala

Finca El Injerto is a coffee farm in Guatemala. They have won multiple awards for their coffee. They are also proud of the fact that their operation has been certified as carbon neutral.

Our commitment with our coffee’s quality has earned us multiple awards, being acknowledged as one of the best 5 coffees in the world.

Gourmet Coffee Brands 4: Yauco Selecto AA from Puerto Rico

Yauco Select production is limited to about 3,000 bags. This coffee has been a gourmet favorite for years and years. The coffee culture on Puerto Rico goes back a quarter of a millenia!

Over 250 years ago, a few coffee trees were first introduced to the island of Puerto Rico. At the time, coffee was mostly a Caribbean crop in the new Continent.

This is also a gourmet coffee that you can order online.

Gourmet Coffee Brands 5: Kona from Hawaii

Kona coffee is a market name for one of the most expensive coffees in the world. This coffee is Arabica and cultivated on the Big Island of Hawaii. It grows on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts.

Be careful when ordering this coffee online. Hawaii forbids any coffee not grown where Kona is grown to be labeled as Kona coffee. But you can find coffee from elsewhere that may even contain a few percent Kona beans being sold as 100% Kona coffee. Of course your first hint will be when you make coffee and get a bad taste. Make sure that what you order is grown, processed, and packaged in Hawaii!

Gourmet Coffee Brands 6: Blue Mountain from Jamaica

Like Kona coffee, Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica comes from a specific region of the island. And like Kona, there are several growers who produce coffee on Blue Mountain. And, all of them are expensive, running about $200 a pound. To avoid being scammed, order online from an estate like BaronHall to be sure you are getting genuine Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica.

Gourmet Coffee from Colombia

There are lots of excellent full body Arabica coffees from Colombia in South America. We wrote that what gourmet coffees have in common is volcanic soil in the mountains. And these coffees are grown by people who have lived the coffee culture for generations. This description fits most of the coffee grown in the Colombian coffee growing axis, the “Eje Cafetero.” Where good Colombian coffees differ from other gourmet coffees is in the price. You can afford to drink gourmet coffee from Colombia every day.

We also noted that no matter how good a coffee is, it will not age well. Coffee is not a fine wine that gets better on the shelf. So, do you want to take advantage of one or more of the excellent gourmet coffee brands from Colombia? If so why not buy Arabica coffee directly from Colombia?

The folks who contacted us about coffee from Colombia ranged from people who were simply interested in Colombian coffee to roasters across the globe who were interested in prices and the specifics of getting bulk wholesale green coffee beans shipped from Colombia. With our readers’ and clients’ questions in mind here is some useful information about our business connecting Colombian Arabica coffee growers to coffee lovers everywhere.

A Word about Juan Valdez

Maybe you will just pass on paying $200 a pound for coffee. You can still find good Colombian coffee at your local supermarket. To make sure that it is 100% Colombian coffee look for the guy with his buro on the package. This is Juan Valdez and his buro, Conchita.

The Juan Valdez name was invented by the Colombian Coffee Growers Association in the middle of the 20th century. When you see Juan on the label it means you are getting 100% Colombian coffee.

And if you want the freshest green or roasted Colombian coffee contact us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org. We will have our suppliers in Juan’s country send the coffee directly to you.


Gourmet coffee brands in Colombia may be just as good and not nearly so expensive as the $300 a pound variety

Arabica Coffee from Colombia

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