What Are The Top 10 Best Tasting Espresso Beans And Drinks

What Are The Top 10 Best Tasting Espresso Beans And Drinks?

Last updated on October 25th, 2023 at 13:21

In this article we talk about the best tasting espresso beans and the best tasting espresso drinks. To us at Latte Love Brew, to produce the most delicious espresso you need the best tasting beans, the best equipment and, of course, make the best espresso drinks that bring out their flavors.

Keep reading as we dig down into this topic.

What Constitutes The Best Tasting Espresso Bean?

It is not the coffee beans that define what an espresso is. It is the brewing method and the roasting of the beans that do. The grind size, water pressure, water temperature and equipment used have everything to do with it.

To make the best tasting shot of espresso, your espresso beans must be very finely ground to a powder-like grind size of 200 to 250 microns and compact so that they can sufficiently resist, but not resist too much or too little. The 9 bars (130 PSI) of pressure that forces the hot water past the coffee grounds while being in contact with them for long enough to produce rich, thick crema on top.

The water temperature must be in the 195F to 205F (92C-96C). The extraction of the flavors should take 25 seconds to 30 seconds. Strictly speaking, to produce a great shot of espresso you need to use an espresso machine.

Other brewing methods, like a pour over, drip coffee machine, moka pot or an Aeropress cannot produce the pressure that you need to make an espresso shot.

The origin, notes, and aroma play a role in how an espresso will end up tasting when it is perfectly brewed.

Espresso beans are roasted at a higher temperature and slightly longer than regular coffee beans to produce a darker color, more prominent coffee oils, and stronger flavors.

The actual coffee beans used in an espresso are not different from other, regular coffee beans. The only difference is their roast profile and how they have been roasted. All coffee beans started out the same.

What Constitutes The Best Tasting Espresso Bean
Few Things To Consider To Find The Best Tasting Espresso Beans

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What Are The Top 10 Best Tasting Espresso Beans?

The following coffee beans are what I consider to be the top 10 best tasting Espresso beans and, to put it mildly, they all make an amazing shot of espresso.

#1 The Dharma Espresso Blend By Temple

Roast Profile: Medium Roast.

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Both whole beans and pre-ground are available.

Flavor Profile: Expect notes of sweet berries, caramel and cocoa.

Origin(s): Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica.

This is a very well, sorry, amazingly well roasted blend of 3 different coffee beans from countries and 2 very different parts of the world. Expect notes of nuts, chocolate, caramel and sweet berries.

It’s a very, very tasty blend as all 3 beans are processed differently with the Costa Rican beans being honey processed, bringing out notes of almonds and hazelnuts. The Brazilian beans are wet processed and washed, are heavier in body and have a chocolate sweetness.

Ethiopian beans are naturally processed and bring out a fruity taste.

Overall, the Dharma is absolutely amazing for pulling espresso drinks of all kinds, be it a macchiato, latte or a ristretto.

The Dharma Espresso Blend By Temple
The Dharma Espresso Blend By Temple

#2 Lifeboost Coffee Espresso Beans

Roast Level: Dark Roast

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Beans Only.

Tasting Notes:This is a rich and lightly sweet coffee that has some very bold tones of caramel and chocolate. Subtle and low in acidity.

Origin: Nicaragua

This company is focused on organic healthy coffee that is mycotoxin free. Their coffee is fair trade certified and organic. These Nicaraguan coffee beans are wash processed with spring water and sun dried and are 100% Arabica coffee beans.

These are bold, rich and have tones of chocolate, caramel and have a subtle fruitiness. There is a very nice, intense, attractive aroma. A low acidity coffee. If you are not a fan of single origin, I do encourage you to try this one. Absolutely perfect for shots.

Lifeboost Coffee Espresso Beans
Lifeboost Coffee Espresso Beans

#3 Coffee Bros. Espresso Roast

Roast Profile: Medium roast

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Both. You can buy whole beans or pre-ground.

Aroma: Caramel

Flavor Profile: Strawberry, Vanilla and sugar cane.

Origin(s): Colombia And Ethiopia.

Coffee Bros makes an excellent medium roast here. It is a blend of only 2 beans, but two great beans. These beans in an espresso roast bring out a peculiar hint of strawberry, sugar cane and tones of vanilla and caramel.

Coffee Bros. Espresso Roast
Coffee Bros. Espresso Roast

#4 Tanzania Peaberry By Volcanica Coffee

Roast Level: Medium Roast.

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean Coffee

Flavor Profile: A sweet coffee with fruity with tones of lemongrass, plums and nougat.

Origin: Tanzania.

I’ll put it lightly. These beans are amazing and there is very little between all in the top 10, especially in the top 5. If you want to push the boat out and get your hands on expensive beans and fancy and change from Lavazza Super Crema then Tanzania Peaberry is a fabulous choice.

Your taste buds will thank you for it!

It is a single bean coffee with fruity tones with a rich, butter-like body with hints and notes of lemongrass and nougat coming through.

Expect a very tasty espresso.

Tanzania Peaberry By Volcanica Coffee
Tanzania Peaberry By Volcanica Coffee

#5 Hair Bender By Stumptown

Roast Level: Dark

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean Coffee

Flavor Profile: Balanced and sweet.

Origin(s): Indonesia, Africa and Latin America.

Sumptown, I am a big fan of their beans, their quality is outstanding. There is a reason why they are the leading coffee company in the third wave of coffee. Their attention is on cultivation, origin and sustainability.

The name, Hair Bender, is in dedication to the beauty parlor that occupied their first roastery before them.

Hair Bender has earthy and fruity notes with hints of citrus and dark chocolate tones. A bright and full-bodied coffee with a rich texture.

Hair Bender By Stumptown
Hair Bender By Stumptown

#6 Sightglass Organic Crown Point.

Roast Level: Medium

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean

Flavor Profile: Butterscotch, chocolate and raspberry.

Origin(s): Ethiopia, South America and Central America.

Sightglass and their organic crown point is ideal for you if you love strong and sweet coffee. This goes great with milk-based coffee drinks like a macchiato, mocha, latte, flat whites and cortados. Expect tones of chocolate, raspberry and butterscotch.

The blend of 3 beans rotates seasonally throughout the year with two Latin American beans and Ethiopian beans. The two Latin beans are the ones that change seasonally.

Sightglass Organic Crown Point.
Sightglass Organic Crown Point

#7 Penrose Blend By Blueprint Coffee

Roast Level: Medium

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean

Flavor Profile: Smooth And Syrupy with tones of roasted marshmallow with chocolate and nougat hints.

Origin(s): Brazil, Colombia.

This is an excellent espresso blend that tastes great all year round. It is a seasonal two bean blend with the coffee beans changing depending on the season. This is good, it ensures year round high quality. Their Brazil and Colombian blend has nougat, chocolate tones and can be described as smooth and syrupy.

This is perfect for espresso that requires only a splash of milk, like a cortado, macchiato or mocha.

Penrose Blend By Blueprint Coffee
Penrose Blend By Blueprint Coffee

#8 Cuvee Coffee Karmadillo Dark Blend.

Roast Level: Dark

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean

Flavor Profile: Caramelized sugar and Milk chocolate.

Origin(s): Indonesian, Ethiopian with Central American and Latin American beans.

These beans from Central America and South America are unknown. They mix well with the Ethiopian beans to produce a dark, rich, complex flavors that coffee connoisseurs love with notes of milk chocolate and caramelized sugar.

A shot of well-brewed espresso on its own tastes lovely, delightful on its own and goes well with the espresso drinks that need steamed milk.

Cuvee Coffee Karmadillo Dark Blend
Cuvee Coffee Karmadillo Dark Blend

#9 Red Bay Brazilian Cake Lady

Roast Level: Medium Roast

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean

Flavor Profile: A cake-like aroma with a citrus zest and hints of golden raisins with a mild acidity and touches of chocolate

Origin(s): Bahia Brazil

This is a unique espresso blend with a cake-like aroma. It’s sweet, yet has a zesty citrus taste with full body and hints of nougat and golden raisins with tones of chocolate. A single origin coffee bean that is somewhat of a peanut butter meets Nutella blend.

It makes for a very addictive espresso that you can’t get enough of.

Red Bay Brazilian Cake Lady.
Red Bay Brazilian Cake Lady

#10 Blue Horse 100% Kona Coffee

Roast Level: Medium Roast

Pre-Ground Or Whole Bean: Whole Bean

Flavor Profile: Spicy, vanilla with almond and honey sweetness.

Origin(s): Hawaii, America.

These beans are pesticide and herbicide free but are not USDA-certified as organic. Available in both dark roast and medium roast. With the medium roast, you get more of the flavors from the beans into your cup of coffee. These are the best Kona beans you will find, and are certainly worth it.

Expect tones of vanilla, almond and hints of spice.

Blue Horse 100% Kona Coffee

What Are The Top 10 Best Tasting Espresso Drinks?

Espresso is the most versatile of coffees. In fact, 2 out of 3 coffee drinks brewed are an espresso and are often the base for other coffee drinks and not just as an espresso shot.

These drinks below are based on taste, aroma and full coffee flavor and the ability for the flavor to come through the milk.

Here is the list of the best tasting espresso based drinks.

#1 Ristretto

A Ristretto is the most focused and concentrated espresso drink. It is what I call a focused espresso shot. It’s smaller and has a stronger coffee to water ratio of 1:1 compared to 1:1.5 that an espresso has. The result is a shot that has the full flavor and full aroma of the beans. It is also the strongest coffee per ounce – more than an espresso.

#2 Espresso (Double or Single SHOT)

An espresso is the most popular served drink in a coffee shop – be it a single or double shot and serves as the base for flat whites, lattes, cappuccinos, cortados, mochas, macchiatos and many more.

#3 Machiatto

A macchiato is a shot of espresso with a touch of steamed milk. The milk is usually a very slight dash, a stain. The word macchiato translates to stain or spot, which is why only a spot of milk is used.

Espresso Machiato

#4 Cortado

It is very popular in Spain with the word meaning “short” which is what this drink is, it is short and has more steamed milk than a macchiato. It is a very balanced mix with more espresso than milk.

#5 Flat White

A flat white is very similar to a latte but has less milk. The result is that you have a milk based drink that has more of an espresso taste coming through the milk and producing a creamy, sweet finish.

A flat white is bigger than a cortado but smaller than a latte.

Flat White.
Flat White Vs Latte

#6 Latte

If you enjoy milk in your coffee, a latte is your best choice. It is made with a double espresso. The Espresso to Milk ratio is normally 1:2, meaning a proper latte is 1/3 espresso and the rest is made up of steamed milk.

#7 Cappuccino

There are two types of cappuccino: regular wet cappuccino and a bone dry cappuccino. A bone dry cappuccino is made with a shot of espresso and topped up with an equal amount of microfoam.

A wet cappuccino has equal parts of espresso milk and microfoam.

#8 Mocha

A mocha is an espresso double shot with steamed milk, chocolate syrup or cocoa and topped with whipped cream. Often, cocoa is sprinkled on to the whipped cream. If you are on a diet, watch the calories.

#9 Breve

A Breve is another variation of a latte and is 50% Espresso and 50% milk. When I ask for a breve it’s always a double shot due to the stronger espresso content there is a greater flavor of milk coming through.

#10 Espresso Con Panna

Espresso with whipped cream. It’s simple and great tasting.

Frequently Asked Questions About Best Tasting Espresso

Which Is The Sweetest Espresso?

A mocha is the sweetest espresso; it’s an espresso made with chocolate, a little steamed milk and whipped cream. Often the whipped cream is replaced with microfoam, more often a dollop of whipped cream is used.

What Coffee Is Best For Espresso?

The best coffee beans to make the best espresso are Arabica beans of a medium-dark roast. They are rich in coffee oils, flavor and produce a great, rich crema and produce a good body that is not too heavy or too light and full of flavor.

What Is The Tastiest Coffee In The World?

The “Seven From Heaven” most tastiest coffee beans in the world are the following 7 coffee beans.

  • 1. Tanzania Peaberry Coffee.
  • 2. Sumatra Mandheling Coffee.
  • 3. Hawaiian Kona Coffee.
  • 4. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
  • 5. Brazilian Bahia Coffee.
  • 6. Nicaraguan Coffee.
  • 7. Panamanian Coffee Beans.

What Tastes Better Coffee Or Espresso?

An espresso tastes stronger than regular coffee as it is more concentrated and focused due to a stronger coffee to water ratio. An espresso roast is darker roasted coffee that is aimed at satisfying the needs of those that are looking for stronger tasting coffee. A dark roast is not essential as many experts consider a medium-dark roast a better roast profile for an espresso.

What Coffee Is Best For Espresso Not Bitter?

Arabica coffee beans are best when you want an espresso with a reduced bitterness. Two key features of robusta beans are their bitter profile, the other is being highly caffeinated.

What Is Italy’s Favorite Espresso?

The most popular espresso based on sales volume in Italy is the original Lavazza Rossa. It’s a blend of Brazilian Arabica coffee beans and robusta from Africa. The second most popular is Lavazza Crema e Gusto, which is a blend of Brazilian arabica beans and Vietnamese Robusta.

What Is Considered A Good Espresso?

A good espresso shot is a balance of three key elements: acidity, sweetness and bitterness. When any of these are out of balance, you won’t have that perfect espresso.

The correct amount of bitter notes add complexity and depth to your shot, while the acidity brightens the shot which is rounded off with sweet notes.

Is Espresso More Bitter Than Americano?

Yes, an espresso is more bitter than a caffe Americano. An Americano is made with a shot of espresso and hot water. The presence of hot water dilutes the bitter flavors.

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Best Tasting Espresso?

Now you know what the best tasting espresso beans are and what the best tasting espresso drinks are, you can go right ahead and brew them with the beans listed in this article.

All that is left is for you to master your barista skills and get to making those drinks and enjoying great espresso shots and espresso-based drinks.

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or Derek@LatteLoveBrew.com, mentioning your name and location

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