Choosing good coffee beans has a lot more to do with art than with science. And those who know how to, will spare nothing just to find the best coffee beans that money can buy. But why should you care? Coffee beans are just coffee beans, right? And coffee is just…coffee. What’s the big deal?
Well, if you’re fond of the common supermarket variety of coffee beans, then chances are that you’re right. It isn’t such a big deal. But once you have tried the real good coffee beans you will understand why so many people go to such lengths just to find the perfect beans for the perfect cup of coffee.
So where do you start?
When it comes to good coffee, there’s no better place to start than what the experts say is a good place to start. But make no mistake. Their words are no bible. However, they do give you some idea on how to go about taking your first tentative step towards genuinely good coffee.
First, you need to learn that freshly roasted and ground coffee beans are what make a superior cup of coffee. You can never go wrong with fresh beans. In fact, the underlying philosophy is: the fresher the beans, the better. Just try it and you’ll be surprised to find how a few freshly roasted coffee beans can transform your favorite cup of java into a fantastic gastronomic experience.
Next, where do you find fresh coffee beans? You may get lucky and stumble upon a few bags in the supermarket. But if you want to be certain that you are getting fresh, good quality beans, then start at your specialty gourmet vendor. The salespeople are usually very knowledgeable about coffee and helpful to help guide you to what will become your favorite coffee for life.
But how do you know if they’re good?
Well, for one thing good coffee beans are never splintered or broken. They should be whole and well-shaped. If you encounter a bean that is splintered or broken, then put it right back where you found it and look for another.
It’s quite possible that you won’t find any helpful salesperson around, especially if you’re doing your shopping at a supermarket. If that’s the case, then you must learn to trust your own eyes and nose.
Okay, so now you know that good coffee beans are whole and well-shaped, but what about the smell? They smell good, period. That’s all you need to know. It has to do with gut instinct, like how you’d know right away that the milk has gone sour when you smell it. Coffee beans that have gone bad will smell just a bit off and you’ll recognize that smell, even if you’re a novice.
- Always seek a vendor that sells and prides themselves on fresh roasted beans.
- Ask questions. If the vendor is not willing or knowledgeable enough to help, find another vendor.
- A good vendor will ask you questions in order to get you to the bean, roast and grind that will be perfect for you and deliver a cup of coffee that brings satisfaction with every cup.