A Torke Expert’s Guide to Coffee Region Flavor Profiles for Beginners

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Exploring the world of coffee can be a wonderous experience as you understand each dimension of coffee. If you read our last Torke Expert blog, A Torke Expert’s Guide to The Art Of Cupping For Beginners, you may be curious what flavor profiles you can discover in coffee from different regions. So, our Torke experts are back to shed some light on the world of coffee from a global perspective.

 

Located between approximately 30° North and South of the equator, the “Bean Belt” is the region where most coffee in the world is grown. In the “Belt” there are four primary regions, each with distinct flavor profiles. While these flavor profiles will vary based on the washing process and roast, in their purest forms, these flavor profiles are often found from each region.

 

SOUTH AMERICA

The “Average Joe” of coffee, South American coffees are known for being well-balanced, often low in acidity, and holding notes of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. These mellow coffees are often a favorite of coffee drinkers who prefer a more subtle cup of coffee.

 

A favorite Torke Coffee from South America is our organic Weeden Creek Peru. This mild light roast is the quintessential South American coffee with a well-balanced flavor profile of floral and apple notes.

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

If you want a little bit a kick in your cup, Central American coffees might be your brew of choice. These bright coffees are often less sweet than South American coffees with cocoa, nut, and fruit flavor profiles and what many describe as a “clean” flavor.

 

If you’re looking for a lively cup of Central American coffee, look no further than our Weeden Creek Guatemala. This harmonious light roast has complex cherry and caramel notes and a slightly sweet finish.

 

AFRICA

African coffees are known for their full-bodied, natural sweetness and exotic fruit and floral notes. If you’re looking for an approachable cup of coffee with a range of acidity and spice, African coffees are perfect for you.

 

A Torke Coffee favorite from Africa is our organic Weeden Creek Ethiopian, which carries the distinct sweet fruit flavors one expects from an African coffee.

 

ASIA & PACIFIC ISLANDS

If you’re looking for a robust cup of coffee, look no further than the smoky Asian coffees that often carry notes of their volcanic soil roots with them. These earthy coffees often have complex herbal notes to them and are a favorite among coffee drinkers who want a strong and often less acidic flavor profile.

 

For a truly Asian experience, it doesn’t get better than our Fancy Kona Blend. This velvet-smooth light roast, nurtured in the rich slopes of Hawaiian volcanic mountains, feels almost too indulgent to be real.

 

Are you looking for the international coffee experience? Check out our wide variety of coffee flavors here and indulge your international senses.