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There was a time when all coffee was exotic – a mysterious product from a faraway land. Nowadays, coffee is known and loved all around the world, so the term exotic is mostly used to describe expensive and rare coffees.

The term exotic coffee is also used to describe flavoured coffees, especially if they are flavoured with unusual ingredients.


The quality of a coffee depends largely on the conditions it grows in. Altitude, soil and weather all play a part. A few privileged locations combine the best conditions with other special characteristics. It’s these places which are home to some of the most famous exotic coffees:

Jamaica Blue Mountain High altitude and rich volcanic soil, low rainfall and dense cloud cover make for a slow growth but complex and rewarding flavour.

Hawaiian Kona The coffee-growing region on the western slopes of the Big Island of Hawaii island combines the right elevation with rich and porous volcanic soil. The climate is very gentle, with sunny mornings and afternoon showers, little wind and mild nights.

Ethiopian Kaffa Coffee was reputedly first drunk in Ethiopia. What makes some Ethiopian coffees especially unusual is that they are harvested from trees growing in the wild.

Yemen Mocha Mocha is one of the first cultivated coffees and is named after the Yemeni port of Mocha, from where it was exported to the world. It is grown in the mountains near the Red Sea in traditional manner.


Let’s take a trip around the world and try some coffees you might not know. And remember, they may seem exotic to the intrepid traveller, but they are carefully blended by NESCAFÉ® to suit the traditional tastes of the local coffee drinker.

  • NESCAFÉ® ALTA RICA® – A special blend of premium Latin American Arabicas.
  • NESCAFÉ® CAP COLOMBIE® – an exceptionally smooth coffee with naturally sweet, fruity aromas.