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Volcanica Coffee Review – Our In-Depth Dive Into Their Brews

Coffee beans grown in volcanic soil – is it all just hype, or is there really something different about these beans? Get the full scoop on what makes Volcanica Coffee so hot and our top recommendations for roasts to try!

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If you have been around our site, chances are you’ve heard mention of a coffee brand called Volcanica Coffee.

This brand has been getting some serious recognition from the specialty coffee community, but does it really stand up to all the hype?

Good news! We actually got the chance to try out some of Volcanica’s most popular coffees for you. So read on for the full scoop on what they offer in a cup of coffee and how their beans brew.

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About the Company

Volcanica Coffee, LLC was founded in 2004 by the Contreras family who had a mission to bring the appreciation for quality coffee that they found in Costa Rica to the United States.

Upon further investigation, they found that high-quality coffee wasn’t limited to their homeland, but was a common theme in mountainous regions with volcanic soil.

Once the company got its start, its mission was to elevate the exceptions for coffee in America by creating a brand that sells accessible, ethical, gourmet coffee.

Now they carry over 120 coffees, all of which are roasted in their specialty roasting facility in Atlanta, GA.

What to Expect

Aside from their array of available certifications, there are a few things you can expect across the board with Volcanica Coffee. First off, all beans are freshly roasted in Volcanica’s roasting facility in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you are buying from Amazon, you can count on the roast date being within the last 3 to 30 days, which is a pretty nice turnaround for a third-party seller.

If you order directly from the site, they roast the beans after you order, then ship them to you. How’s that for freshness?

In addition to their freshness guarantee, all Volcanic beans are grown in –you guessed it–the soil of volcanic regions.

They also prioritize direct contact and relationships with coffee farms and local cooperatives. This helps build rapport, ensure sustainability, and cut the cost associated with other gourmet coffee.

Product Offerings


Latin American

Let’s start with Volcanica’s Latin American coffee selection.

This is probably their largest regional collection. You can find anything from the rich, nutty chocolate notes of Brazilian coffees to the clean, light cocoa and grapefruit of a Costa Rican.

Here’s what they offer:

  • Bolivian Coffee: Caranavi & Peaberry Coffee
  • Brazilian Coffee: Decaf Coffee, Peaberry Coffee, Yellow Bourbon Coffee (Natural Wash)
  • Colombian Huila Coffee: Decaf Coffee, Geisha Coffee, Peaberry Coffee, and Supremo Coffee
  • Costa Rican Coffee: Finca Las Mercedes (Natural or Washed Process), Tarrazu: Original & Decar, Geisha Coffee, La Candelilla Coffee, Peaberry Coffee, and Dark Roast Coffee Reserve
  • Dominican Coffee: Red Honey (Natural Process)
  • El Salvadoran Coffee: Peaberry Coffee, Red Honey Coffee
  • Guatemalan Coffee: Antigua (regular, dark roast, decaf), Geisha Coffee, Finca El Pinal, Huehuetenango Coffee, Natural Process Coffee Blue Ayarza, Peaberry Coffee
  • Haitian Coffee: Zombie Desert Coffee and Blue Coffee
  • Hawaiian Coffee: Kona Extra Fancy Coffee
  • Honduran Coffee: Copan
  • Jamaican Coffee: Jamaican Blue Mountain (Blend, Clifton Mount Estate, Clydesdale, Wallenford, Peaberry)
  • Mexican Coffee: regular, dark roast
  • Nicaraguan Coffee: Jinotega Region, Mango Honey Coffee, Peaberry Coffee
  • Panamanian Coffee: Geisha Coffee – Hacienda La Esmeralda
  • Peruvian Coffee: Regular, Decaf
  • Puerto Rican Coffee: Hacienda San Pedro

African Coffee

Volcanica’s third largest selection is its African Coffee.

The classic Kenya AA is flavorsome and acidic with sweet notes or berries. Tanzania beans are known for their juicy citrus flavors. Or maybe you prefer the bright, complex, and fruity flavor of Ethiopian Coffee.

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No matter what coffee you’re sipping from this continent, they’ve got you covered.

Here’s what they’ve got:

  • Ethiopian Coffee: Harrar Coffee (Golocha), Natural Coffee, Sidamo Coffee, Genji Challa Coffee, Guni Coffee, Kochere Chelelektu Coffee, Limu Coffee, Yirgacheffe Coffee (Organic and Decaf)
  • Indian Coffee: Monsoon Malabar AA Coffee
  • Kenyan Coffee: AA Coffee, Natural Process, Peaberry Coffee
  • Malawian Coffee
  • Rwandan Coffee: Kigeyo Bourbon
  • Tanzanian Coffee: Peaberry Coffee
  • Yemeni Coffee: Haraaz AA, Peaberry Coffee

Indonesian & Pacific Coffee

Let’s move on to the deep, bold-bodied brew of earthy Indonesian beans.

They’ve got you covered from Java to Sumatra all the way to Sulawesi and even Papua New Guinea.

Check it out:

  • Indonesian Coffee: Komodo Dragon Coffee, Kopi Luwak Coffee, Mocha Javan Coffee
  • Nepalese Coffee: Himalayan
  • Papua New Guinean Coffee: Dark Roast Reserve, Decaf, Peaberry Coffee
  • Sulawesi Coffee: Celebes Kalossi and Dark Roast Reserve
  • Sumatran Coffee: Gayo, Decaf Mandheling, Gayo Peaberry Coffee, Mandheling Coffee, Mandheling Dark Roast, and Dark Roast Reserve
  • Toraja Sulawesi Coffee: White Eagle and Peaberry Coffee


In addition to their regional options, Volcanica also offers a number of blends called Blue Gold Coffee blend, Espresso Dark Roast, French Roast, Half-Caff blend, Low acid blend, Toastmaster’s blend, House blend, and Volcanic Coffee.




For a full explanation of what the “USDA Certified Organic” label means, check out this article. The short version is that organic means no chemical or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used to grow coffee.

The Volcanica brand specifically states that the farms they work with “believe that not only this is the best method of growing coffee but it is also less expensive” and go on to explain that “They rely on birds and other wildlife to take care of any pests or bugs. For fertilizer, they use natural compost and the volcanic soil which is already rich in nutrients.”

Regarding the sustainability behind this certification (which isn’t always the best), this brand seems to check out.

Check the full list of coffees with this certification here.

Fair Trade

The Fair Trade certification comes from a company called FairTrade International. It sets and enforces regulations from producers through importers and exporters.

According to Volcanica, this certification “empowers farmers…to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and villages, developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace, and protecting the environment.”

Check the full list of coffees with this certification, here.


Our third certification comes from the Rainforest Alliance. It is an international organization intended to help conserve biodiversity in coffee-producing regions.

They work on a number of levels from farmers to businesses and consumers to shift practices towards more environmentally sustainable systems.

Check the full list of coffees with this certification, here.

Shade Grown

If you’re into gourmet coffee, chances are you’ve heard some vague praise for coffee that is shade-grown.

This certification ensures that your beans are not only being grown under a natural canopy but also that the trees providing it continue to provide a habitat for the local wildlife.

This certification tends to come with some of the same expectations as an organic cert. This kind of preservation allows ecosystems to provide natural pest control, fertilization, and soil conservation.

Check the full list of coffees with this certification, here.


Moving on from certifications, let’s look at how this company has chosen to give back more directly.

Volcanica has partnered with an organization called charity: water. 1% of their sales from every product gets donated and directly contributes to sustainable, locally owned and run projects in developing countries.

Roasty Reviewed

We actually got the opportunity to try some of Volcanica’s most popular coffees.

They sent us the Coffee Lover Gift Box (includes the Costa Rica Original, Guatemala Antigua, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and Colombian Supremo) along with their Sulawesi Toraja White Eagle coffee for us to try out ourselves.

So here is a more in-depth look at each of those.

Coffee Lover Gift Box

Coffee Lover Gift Box
Coffee Lover Gift Box
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The Coffee Lover Gift Box arrived in a sleek black box with a red ribbon wrapped around it. The presentation is simple but effective, and their recognizable volcano logo is pasted right on top.

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Inside were four bags of 100% Arabica Coffee beans, each with medium-roasted whole beans. The bags are placed on top of crinkle-cut paper, which you won’t be able to recycle but you can compost it.

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Costa Rica Original Coffee

Costa Rica Original Coffee
Costa Rica Original Coffee
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Costa Rica Coffee is grown at high altitudes on volcanic soil, where the cherries ripen more slowly, which gives it a rich and hearty flavor.

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Now, let’s crack into the actual coffee, shall we?

The first one we tried was the Costa Rica Original.

As promised, we got a well-balanced, smooth cup with a noticeable brightness. Also, there were some pleasant chocolate and toasted apple notes that really rounded out the cup.

There was a medium body to the brew, which appeals to a pretty large audience of coffee drinkers. So if you are unsure of your giftee’s coffee preferences, this is probably a safe bet.

The beans are wet-processed and mechanically/patio dried. This particular bag is Fair Trade Certified, Rain Forest Alliance Certified, and Shade Grown.

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Guatemala Antigua Coffee

Guatemala Antigua Coffee
Guatemala Antigua Coffee
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Guatemala Antigua Coffee is from the Medina Estate and is a rich, full-bodied coffee with a smooth, sophisticated flavor, and an intense aroma.

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Next up is the single-origin, Guatemalan Antigua coffee from the Santa Barbara Estate.

The brew gives the classic, richly full-bodied brew that fans of the region have come to expect. We really appreciated the nice, strong aroma of nuts and cocoa.

Overall, it makes a smokey-spicey, heavy-bodied brew with a sweet finish. Another thing we loved is that the medium roast combined with the intense aroma makes for a great morning brew.

It works as a pick-me-up while not being too much to handle.

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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee
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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee is a unique USDA organic coffee with a complex origin and truly exotic flavor with pleasant acidity.

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The next piece of the Coffee Lover’s Box is the delightful Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

These beans are also labeled as a medium roast, but the beans looked a little lighter than the other ones we received. However, this variation is likely due to regional differences in bean coloration more than any significant differences in the roast.

Either way, this medium-bodied brew is definitely a contender for one of our new favorites.

It has a brilliant acidity and a delightfully complex flavor. It has rough fruit and winey flavors complemented by a luxuriously thick body and is finished with hints of lavender and cocoa.

The aroma has an overall cedar-like earthiness but is softened by undertones of cinnamon and strawberry.

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Colombian Supremo Coffee

Colombian Supremo Coffee
Colombian Supremo Coffee
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Colombian Supremo Coffee is grown high in the Colombian Andes and is famous for its smooth, pleasant acidity, smooth finish, nutty overtones, and rich medium to full body.

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The final part of the Coffee Lover Box quartet is the Colombian Supremo Coffee from the Andeano Estate in the Colombian Andes.

And, honestly, these beans make a nice, balanced brew.

The mid-level fruit and floral-toned sweetness and acidity pair well with the smooth, medium body and nutty aroma. It’s not too intense, so this brew is best suited for people who like to keep things subtle and pleasant.

The Colombian Supremo is Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Shade Grown. It’s fully washed/Swiss water processed and Patio dried.

Toraja Sulawesi White Eagle Coffee

Toraja Sulawesi White Eagle Coffee
Toraja Sulawesi White Eagle Coffee
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The Toraja Sulawesi “White Eagle” Coffee is grown on the oldest original Toraja trees, which are similar to the older trees found in remote Ethiopia.

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Last but not least, we have the Toraja Sulawesi White Eagle Coffee.

If you are looking to really treat yourself with something a bit more exotic and “rare” from Volcanica’s lineup, these are the beans for you. Only about 500 bags are produced each year!

This brew is smooth with notable chocolate flavors and a fruit-toned acidity. The finish and aftertaste are pleasantly sweet. The body has a very classic feel to it and is thick and syrupy, so we’d recommend going for an espresso with this one.

Lastly, it is sustainably sourced, as well as Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Toraja sulawesi white eagle

The Verdict

Overall, we were pretty impressed.

This brand has a huge selection of gourmet beans for you to browse and they are pretty competitively priced! On top of that, their beans are fresh and sustainably sourced.

But all that wouldn’t mean much if there wasn’t some great-tasting coffee backing it.

All the coffees we tasted lived up to our (rather high) expectations, so we definitely don’t think that you’ll be disappointed either. There is a reason that this is one of the top recommended coffee brands you’ll find for pretty much any taste preference.

Happy Caffeinated!

Volcanica Coffee Review – Our In-Depth Dive Into Their Brews
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