Have you ever tried to decide as to which is the best coffee beans to buy.
Well if your like myself it will leave your mind spinning in total confusion, for the reason that every ones taste is a little different.
You hit the coffee isle in your grocery store and start looking, there is dark, light, and medium roasted beans from Guatemala, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and many other countries, so what to try out first.
Arabica or Robusta
Arabica is generally considered to be of better quality, and grows at higher altitudes, but then the Robusta does contain more caffeine.
Actually to pick out the best beans for you all depends on your prefered taste, so you will have to try different coffee beans untill you come up with something you like.
Age of the Roasted Beans
Another thing you might wont to look at when buying your coffee beans is how recently they were roasted, because the best cup of coffee will be had from beans that were roasted not to long ago, and that you can grind up as soon as you like for brewing at home to give you a very fresh coffee.
The beans that are sold in packages have usually been allowed to off gas completely after roasting, before they are packaged and sold, and also some packages will have a one way valve on them to allow for off-gassing after roasting, and will be a little fresher.
And good quality coffee should have a date on the package of when it was roasted, so you can tell just how fresh the beans are.
Coffee will usually have its peak of flavour about ten days after roasting, and also on the label it should say where the beans originate from, as some of the cheaper coffee will not have a lot of information about this as the beans could be just a blend of various beans from different places on the planet.
Another indication of good quality beans, is the label telling you how the beans were harvested, and roasted, with the date, and brewing temperatures, and also the elevation they were grown at.
The label should also tell the amount of caffeine, to give you an idea of the strength you prefer for your taste.
Coffee usually has 65 to 100 milligrams of caffeine per cup, so if you like your coffee stronger, just look for higher numbers, or lower if you like your coffee not so strong.
As every individuals taste are a little different, you might wont to try some of the flavoured coffees, such as vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, or hazelnut, plus others, as these flavours are already added before you buy them.
And if you find a coffee you like , then you can also season it yourself for your own prefered taste.
Roast and Taste
You will find that there are different roast for the coffee beans, light, medium, and dark.
1 A light roast will give you a taste thats a little more sour then other roast, and you wont find it has a sweet a flavour as other roast have.
2 A medium roasted coffee bean will keep its flavours when it is brewed. As an example if you bought a Jamaican Blue Mountain, or Columbian coffee then you will notice the unique flavours in the medium roast of these brands.
3 The dark roast has a tendency to remove some of the origional flavour, you still get the flavour of the coffee, but end up with an after taste that would be described as bittersweet. If you like your coffee not so sweet then this is a good roast to try out.
Blended coffees can come from more then one country or area, and you will find the flavour of these beans not as pronounced in comparison to 100% Kona coffee, or Jamaican Blue Mountain.
If you happen to like your coffee black, then try out a single origin coffee beans that come from one country only, as with these you can enjoy the flavour from where they originate, and where they are grown.
Many of the coffee beans sold in your local grocery store have probably been there for a while, so if you can find a place near to where you live that roast coffee beans, then that would be the place to buy them.
And if you are unable to find any local roasters then look up a company online, that specifies that they only roast the beans once they are ordered, and in this way your beans will be fresh for grinding and brewing.
If you like to taste a high quality coffee beans the 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii is worth a try.
Another is Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica with its clean taste and only a little bitterness.
Also the beans from the island of St.Helena are considered excellent tasting.
Ethiopea, Panama, Brazil, Costa Rica, Columbia and many other countries produce excellent quality beans.
So no matter where in the world you buy your coffee beans from, the best thing is to try out different beans and roast, untill you come up with a flavor that you find very tasty. You might even wont to try out some of the higher quality coffee beans, from your roaster.
So if you find a coffee bean and the roast that you like, drop me a note. I have a taste preference for Columbian coffee beans, and am curious as to what others find unique for there taste.