The art of coffee

Anyone that likes coffee would easily support the fact that the best coffee comes from fresh beans that are recently ground and roasted. However, it can be hard to know just when this is, which is why you may find the following guide to getting the best coffee beans helpful.

First off, specialty roasters often offer beans that are roasted on a daily basis making it a good choice for those who want high quality coffee.  However, it is still important to ask when the beans were actually roasted and how old they are because any shop worth its name will gladly offer an answer.

On the other hand, if you usually shop for coffee in supermarkets then it is important to look at the freshness date on the bag or to check for a date that states when the beans were roasted.  Old beans will often lack any smell or look oily which is also a tip off.  In general, it is also best to avoid any beans that have been broken or splintered as this is an indication they have been sitting around for awhile.

The next step in picking out beans is knowing what kind to go for, which is going to heavily depend on how you like your coffee: light and fruity or dark and strong.  To this end, it is helpful to know which regions are responsible for which flavours to help you choose a coffee bean that suits your preference.

Those who enjoy bolder coffee will want to look for beans that originate from Indonesia while those after the fruity light tastes will find Kenyan beans to be more enjoyable.  For slightly nutty flavour the Brazilian beans are always an excellent choice, or for a clean and fresh taste a Columbian coffee is the best choice.

Finally, it is important to know the differences between the roasts as there is a different between dark and light roasts.  Dark roasts tend to be Italian or French, but given the fact that higher temperatures are used to produce darker roasts you will notice there is not as much flavour left in the beans.

With this in mind, it is important to realise that not all dark roasts are top of the line because inferior beans can simply be roasted dark in order to hide the quality. Those who have never tried out lighter roasts may want to give them a try because the undertones and flavours that are present in the lighter roasts may come as a welcome surprise that is pleasant and enjoyable.  Blending in some beans from different areas can also help add flavour to coffee and can be a wonderful way to supplement your regular brew.

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