With the many islands being formed by or
hosting volcanoes, their soils are intensely nutrient-rich. Add optimal growing
conditions and elevations, and you realize why many islands and island nations
are able to produce some of the most exquisite coffees in the world, with each
offering varying from one region to the next.
Indonesian coffees vary greatly in cup depending upon the
particular island and on whether or not they are wet or dry processing the
Although they can be quite distinct in terms of cup profile,
they all tend to have varying degrees of good body and generally work well in
blends and espressos, offering earthiness and a long finish.
The third largest producer of coffee in the world, it is
interesting to note that only 10% of the crop is Arabica.
One of the most sought-after specialty coffees, Kona coffee
is grown under optimal conditions on nutritious volcanic mountain slopes of Hawaii.
The highest-grade Kona offers an extremely balanced cup with a combination of
floral aromas and subtle hints of chocolate with a smooth, silky finish. At a
premium price, consumers should bear in mind that many coffees sold as
"Kona Blends" can contain only 10% Kona coffee, and they should do
their homework before making an investment.
One of the world's most sought-after and controversial
coffees, 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is often characterized by a mild,
slightly sweet flavor with a nutty aroma and long finish. It has bright acidity
and a slight beef bouillon flavor hint. Due to overproduction, lackluster
attention to quality and profiteering, lesser-grade, over-priced product is
abundant in the marketplace, and consumers should do their research before
purchasing anything less than 100% authentic Jamaican