How to Choose the Right Coffee Beans


Choosing the right coffee beans stands as the first step to enhance your coffee experience. Brewing from whole coffee beans will provide you with the essential taste for a cup of coffee.

You’ll need to know for what you’re looking to make the best decision. That said, you must know how to choose good coffee beans to start having fresh and delicious coffee in every cup.

  • Find a specialty or gourmet shop. Inquire with salespeople about information regarding their coffee beans. Coffee shops that employ knowledgeable staff members have more credibility than those who have employees who simply sells the beans without knowing any information about the coffee’s freshness or roasting date. Ask for samples if they sell varied types of beans and inquire about how they roast each kind for full flavor. Often you can even take a taste before purchasing.

  • Purchase only freshly roasted coffee. If you plan to buy coffee beans from the supermarket, always check the bottom of the bag for the date of roasting. Good coffee beans will always be the freshest ones. To ensure freshness, purchase beans from a local roaster or check websites for places that sell coffee beans. They can freshly roast them and ship them to you the same day.
  • Observe how the shop stores its beans. A knowledgeable salesperson should have knowledge of the delicate chemistry of roasted coffee beans. For instance, you should not store them in direct sunlight and keep them in a safe place to avoid breakage.
  • Use your senses. Take some time to smell the beans because they should smell fresh and delicious. After the roasting of beans roasted, they should appear noticeably shiny—a clear indication the coffee has released its oils.
  • Determine what kind of coffee you enjoy. You can find many kinds of coffee beans on the market. Ask the salesperson which will suit your taste buds best. The most common types include the Arabica and Robusta varieties.
  • Learn about the different coffee-growing regions, including Africa, Indonesia, Mexico and Latin America. Different bean varieties have distinct aromas you will smell even before you taste it. Do some research regarding which region can produce the best quality during the most recent growing season. Every region has its good years and bad years.
  • Determine your roast preference. Coffee roasts range from light to dark. You need to remember that as the beans get darker, they lose acids. Coffee with balanced acidity tastes bright and has a nice nutty taste to it. Without acidity, coffee will be tasteless. Start by enjoying light roasted coffee with a very definite balance of acidity and caffeine.
  • Consider flavored coffees. You can find many different blends, and many specialty shops offer their own coffee blends. Make sure they use good coffee beans and natural oils for their own flavor.
  • Store coffee beans and ground coffee in an airtight metal container in a cool, dry area. If you won’t use the beans within a week, keep the coffee inside the fridge or freezer. This prevents the beans from releasing the essential oils that give the coffee its distinct flavor.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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