coffee

No one knows for sure how coffee originated, but all are certain that the “best” coffee is very subjective. Finding the best coffee therefore can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some tips to help you pick the best one.

Things To Consider

All Coffee Has A Unique Flavor

Just like wine grapes, all coffee beans have their own unique flavor and aroma and produce a beverage totally different than any other option.

Colombian Coffee Is Usually The Most Popular

Given the choice, most people will pick Lumbee and coffee over almost anything else.

Your Coffee Maker Makes A Difference

The best coffee makers reduce brewing temperatures of 195° to 205°F. They are the secret behind a better cup of coffee.

Brazil Is The King Of Coffee Production

The overwhelming majority of coffee comes out of Brazil, with Vietnam, Indonesia, and Columbia filling out the top four worldwide producers.

How Do You Take Your Coffee?

The best coffee tastes fantastic black, while milk and sugar can both help improve mediocre coffee flavors.

Grind Your Own Beans

The best coffee flavor will inevitably come from beans that you grind yourself right before you brew them.

Picking The Right Roast

Light Roast

Light brown coffee with a distinctly sour taste.

Dark Roast

Incredibly dark coffee with a bit of oil on the surface. This roast produces the most bitter of all the coffee options out there.

Medium Roast

Slightly darker coffee without an oily surface, with a punch of acidity.

Even Darker Roasts

Specialty coffee that has been roasted beyond dark roast. Usually very bitter and sometimes chocolatey, they are even available completely charred through.

Features To Consider

AA

The second largest coffee beans you can buy, they usually command a high price tag.

Caffeine

The “pep” in the cup of coffee you are drinking, though levels of caffeine can vary dramatically depending upon a number of criteria.

Fair Trade Certified

A nonprofit organization operating around the world, this certification stands for safe labor conditions, next to no harmful pesticides, and reinvestment in the coffee industry.

Organic

Coffee beans that have been grown without the use of synthetic solutions and without using industrial pesticides.

CAFE

A Starbucks Corporation term that stands for ethically and sustainably harvested coffee beans used in their products.

Decaffeinated Coffee

Decaf coffee has had the caffeine removed from the green coffee beans before they are roasted.

Flavored Coffee Drinks

Usually pulled off by adding different chemicals to the beans after they have been roasted or ground, there are hundreds and hundreds of “flavored coffee” options out there.

Rainforest Alliance Certified

A certification that guarantees that chemical pesticide usage was limited, natural resources were conserved. and harvesters were paid fairly.

Some More Tips

Keep Your Coffee Beans Cold

Prolong the usage of your coffee beans by storing your coffee in a colder area. A bottom cupboard, a closet, and your basement are good places to store coffee beans and keep them cold.

Avoid Moisture & Heat

Resist the temptation to display your coffee beans in see-through containers. Keep your beans away from moisture, light, heat, and other heavily scented foods and they will stay fresher longer.

Buy The Coffee You Will Drink

Try not to buy coffee in bulk if you aren’t going to be able to use it before it spoils. Stick to smaller amounts and grind as you go so that it doesn’t go to waste.