In the past, our Top 30 Coffees lists tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties such as Geshas, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, Kenyan coffees, and so on.
Last year, we began the practice of recognizing coffees by category to focus attention on fine coffees from other parts of the world and/or produced from less celebrated botanical varieties. The coffees below may not have attracted superlative ratings of 95 points or more but they merit recognition for their excellence nonetheless. For more information, visit our expanded rankings post from 2015.
Three coffees per category will be recognized beginning on Tuesday, November 29.
Certified Coffees (Organic, Fair Trade, etc.)
Big Shoulders Coffee, Sulawesi Tana Toraja – 93 points
Simon Hsieh Aroma Roast Coffees (Taiwan), Taiwan Taiwu Pingtung Natural Typica – 93 points
Greater Goods Coffee Roasters, Papua New Guinea Korona – 91 points
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., Colombia Granja La Esperanza Las Margaritas Sudan Rume – 95 points
Lexington Coffee Roasters, El Sitio Ecuador – 94 points
Red Rooster Coffee Roaster, Colombia San Adolfo – 94 points
Central Americas (Non-Gesha)
Single Origin Espressos