We all want the best of the best when it comes to our machines and our coffee. Many of us scour the internet in search of coffee with amazing aromas and delicious flavor notes. Some of us (me) rely on coffee experts like Marc Buckman for all things coffee and espresso. Summer is, unfortunately, coming to an end and as the season of pumpkin spice lattes and salted caramel flavors swing in, I’ve been looking for new flavors to try out and figured why not ask one of Whole Latte Love’s coffee experts himself about his top 5 favorite coffee as we head into a new season.
Are you an espresso lover that loves a good dose of sugar? Orphea might convince you otherwise. With low acidity and bitterness, you’ll be surprised that your cup of espresso will be bursting with a balanced flavor and a full blend of flavors including chocolate, toffee, and nutty flavor notes topped with a rich and lasting crema. The medium roast beans are of Central American and Indian origins, roasted in Italy and are perfect for anyone who likes a strong kick of coffee to jumpstart their day.
Fun Fact: Marc loves using Orphea for his morning espresso or espresso lungo with the Gaggia Babila.
The Qualita Oro pack is filled with sweet bliss—honey, dried fruit, and floral flavor notes. The medium roasted beans are described by satisfied customers as “gold,” “smooth and nutty,” “balanced,” and most of all “the go-to espresso beans.” A taste of Italy could be sitting in your kitchen—or for Marc, at his desk—because this pack is perfect for Drip Coffee, French Press or espresso and milk-based beverage lovers.
Who doesn’t love a good single-origin bean? The coffee is unique, traceable, and has all of the great qualities of the environment and culture where it was originally sourced. Maromas Guatemala Single-Origin Espresso possesses the characteristics of the Finca Santa Rita farm in Guatemala. Harvested at an elevation of 1,400 meters, this single-origin bean is balanced with orange, grape and maple syrup flavor notes. The beans roast until the first crack to maintain many of the natural, fruity flavors from this Guatemalan farm, making this pack perfect for your traditional espresso.
Espresso or drip coffee, whatever’s your jam, Top Class is a carefully curated bag of Central American and Brazilian flavored goodness. Not only can it produce a thick and creamy crema, but it also acts as the perfect foundation for latte art, and I’m not just saying this. I mean, check out one of our customer’s latte art using Top Class. Carlos M. definitely enjoyed a perfect milk-based drink with chocolate, dried fruit, and bitter cocoa flavor notes and latte art to top it off, as shown in the photo on the right. If you’re considering going with Lavazza Top Class, Marc knows the good stuff, your taste palette won’t be disappointed.
If Gimme! Leftist doesn’t give you Fall vibes, I don’t know what will. Baked spice and toasted caramel topped with concord grapes flavor notes makes me want to wrap in a cozy sweater and hang out on a Sunday morning with my espresso. If you find yourself having a hard time choosing one single-origin coffee, Marc suggests trying Leftist because it blends a number of single-origin coffees that can brew espresso with ease and cut through milk nicely.