Things To Consider Before You Buy Your Coffee Beans

Do you give much thought about your coffee before you purchase it?  Perhaps you have a specific cafe you prefer to grab your coffee from.  We would like to give you a run-down of some important things to consider before you buy your coffee beans.

Being a top coffee business in Melbourne has its challenges, we must always be on top of our game with the latest in coffee trends, beans and coffee offerings.  For this reason, we run through a gruelling process when selecting our coffee beans, and believe you should too.

The first question to ask yourself is, do you want a single origin or blend?

A single origin bean is sourced from one farm.  It often conveys flavours, tastes, simplicities and complexities unique to that estate.

Blends, on the other hand, are a mixture of many single origin beans and often have a far more complex body, as it has usually been formulated to enhance the consumer’s receptive experience (taste and smell). Blends have also been known to mix better with milk, making them perfect for barista made coffees such as lattes, long macs, cappuccinos and flat whites.

For the most part, baristas usually opt to offer a blend of coffees.  However, some would argue that single origins are better, especially when looking at black coffee.  This argument purely comes down to taste.  We at North Code have offer a blend of two Arabica beans coming from Colombia and Brazil, offering our consumers something that is unique and different.  Our beans carry hints of milk chocolate, caramel, red apple and hazelnut.

A handy tip to know is that blends can be blended either before or after roasting and this usually comes down to techniques used by the roasters.

Next, we need to consider the roast level.

The level and degree of roast are especially important when selecting the right bean, why?  Because properties can be enhanced or removed throughout the roasting process, and this is entirely dependent on the degree of roast.  Most beans within Australia are medium roasted, as it is believed to be the most suitable degree for black or espresso coffee.  It is said that a medium roasted bean offers more body and flavour to that of a lightly roasted bean.  Why?  Because the medium roast allows for more oil to surface from the bean and allows for more character to come out in the roasting process.  More so, a medium roast does not have as grainer of taste to that of a lightly roasted bean, so it allows the beans to be more acidic and flavoursome in character. 

Lastly, the roasting date must always be taken into account.

The roasting date is one of the final aspects to consider. The rule of thumb is three weeks, if the coffee was roasted more than three weeks ago it’s unlikely that the flavour would be as lovely, and complex to that of freshly roasted coffee. Coffee roasted more than three weeks in advance is likely to taste starchy and even lack flavour and complexity. However, in saying that, you will struggle to find an expiry date on coffee, because it is an extremely perishable product. This means that the more exposure the beans have to oxygen the more they will change and eventually stale.

Now you know what to look for when selecting your next single origin or blend.  Make sure you consider the degree to which it was roasted, and how long ago it was roasted these play privy to the perfect cup!