There is an absolute plethora of coffee beans available on the market. This provides a huge range of choice that is great for consumers in one way, but in another way, such an array of beans can be daunting. Which ones should I buy? Are these good or are they trash? HELP ME!
Never fear – we are here to give you a helping hand. We drink a lot of coffee thanks to our roles here as coffee blog snobs at The Coffee Bazaar, and have tried a huge range of different beans – so we believe we are pretty well qualified here.
Below we have selected our 8 favourite arabica coffee beans and tell you why we think they are so, so good. We have selected only roasted whole beans here, so if you are looking for pre-ground coffee you’ll be disappointed (although if you are a coffee nut then you really should get a grinder and be grinding your own beans at home). If you want to learn a little more about what to look for in a coffee bean then you can click here to take a look at our guide at the bottom of the page.
So in no particular order, here are our eight favourite coffee beans for 2023. Quick summary table at the top, followed by more detailed reviews below.
Quick Summary Table
|Brand||Coffee Name||Our Review||Check Price|
|Rave Coffee||Signature Blend no.1||Read our review »||Check price at Amazon »|
|Spiller & Tait||Pure Colombian Huila||Read our review »||Check price at Amazon »|
|Orangutan Coffee||Sumatran||Read our review »||Check price at Amazon »|
|Union Coffee||Liberacion||Read our review »||Check price at Amazon »|
|Brown Bear||Real Colombia||Read our review »||Check price at Amazon »|
What to look for in a coffee bean?
There are three main types that coffee beans are available in – Arabica, Robusta and a blend of Arabica and Robusta.
These are the highest quality beans available (hence why all of the coffees we’ve included on this list are 100% arabica).
Robusta beans have a higher caffiene content so are typically used in stronger coffees (you’ll find most of the strongest coffees you can buy use robusta beans). But they typically are not as high quality in terms of flavour.
Naturally, some producers who are looking to make a strong coffee but don’t want to sacrifice flavour too much, may blend the two beans together to provide a reasonable balance.
Some coffees use beans sourced from a single location (or single-origin coffee), some use a blend of beans from different locations. Neither is really ‘better’ than the other, because as long as all the beans are arabica and created by an artisan roaster rather than cheaply mass-produced, they will generally speaking taste good.
It really depends on your preference. If you are looking for a specific flavour (for instance, deep and dark) then you may want to go for a single origin coffee from Brazil. But if you are looking for a more complicated flavour profile, a blend may be right up your street. The best thing is to experiment to find what you like – and indeed, isn’t trying lots of different coffees to hone in on your favourite one of the most compelling things about the drink?