The Best Coffees

By EatingWell Editors, Fall 2004

Understanding coffee labels such as organic, free-trade, shade grown and single origin.

"I'm sure we all have our favorites but after spending time traveling through much of the world please make my cup of coffee Costa Rican. Shade grown Arabica from Costa Rica mixed with 100% Columbian provides the smoothest most flavorful...


Also known to connoisseurs as “specialty coffees,” these beans (e.g., Sumatra Mandheling, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Hawaiian Kona) often have wonderfully distinctive flavor characteristics. If not yet certified as “Fair Trade,” many nonetheless are sustainably produced without chemicals by farmers who are rewarded for producing superior beans.

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