How to Identify Great Espresso Coffee Beans

Thinking about how to identify the best espresso coffee beans? It simply indicates that either you are a beginner in the coffee making club or have somewhat wrong experiences in buying coffee. That’s simply not an issue and it’s natural to be confused at the starter level as we just know the term Coffee Beans, and nothing ahead when buying. Peet’s, Folgers’s, Green Mountain are some common names in the coffee brands and you might have heard them previously. Choosing which one to choose for your tongue taste is a daunting task at first but you will get familiar with time.

Below are few tips to classify the beans from each other:

–          Bean Type: First of all, there are two types of commonly grown beans namely Arabica and Robusta. Arabica beans are considered to be better choice whereas Robusta is used by medium and economic brands. The hint to identify among them is the shape. Arabica’s are slightly oval shaped and on the other hand, Robusta’s are a bit round shaped. Arabica captures 75% of total coffee beans and are used by all the fine coffee roasters while Robusta is mostly used in low priced commercial blends and instant coffees.

Arabica vs Robusta Beans

–          Organic Coffee: If the beans are labled as Organic Coffee, then do consider it as a plus factor as the other coffee beans when roasted are blended with lot of chemicals which affects the actual nature of beans.

–          Darkness: The darker the beans, the better will be the espresso shot. Darkness represents the degree of roasting and the more dark the bean, the least acidic and less bitter will be the taste.

Roasting Levels

–          Manufacturing Date: Avoid buying coffee that is around 15-30 days old as the aroma and freshness gets evaporated if it’s not used within few days. If you’ve gotten the beans just 2 days older, then you are among the lucky person who is going to taste the best beans.

 Below is the brand classification of various types of coffee beans according to different attributes. These attributes constitute particular tongue taste and needs. For example, if you have gas problems, don’t use acidic beans like Costa Rican as they might increase your problem. If you are looking for good flavor, go for Kona or Sumatran.

Flavor and Aroma – the well-known Jamaican Blue Mountain commands a higher price for flavor and aroma. There is also Kona, Sumatran, Columbian, and Guatemalan.

Acidic Nature – Costa Rican and Guatemalan

Body and Rich Taste – Java, Sumatran, Mandheling, East Timor and New Guinea

Winy Sense – Ethiopian and Kenyan

Less Bitter and Sweet – Haitian, Venezuelan, Weaver and Maracaibo

So, hope you guys now have a good knowledge about beans and can now consider going for a purchase. Buying the good coffee beans needs some practical knowledge which will develop after you’ve got yourself in the market and gained some knowledge by picking up beans in your hands.

Have a Happy Coffee Buying Experience!!


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2 thoughts on “How to Identify Great Espresso Coffee Beans

  1. Hi Amit,

    Your site is brilliant! I am a coffee addict but I didnt even know the difference of the coffee beans I was buying. I can only tell by the taste of it and stick to the brand that tastes good to my palate. lol Oh btw, have you tried Iced Espresso? Its so good that I used to drink 2 glasses of it and went hyperactive. I quit drinking Iced Espresso because Im not tolerant to milk. Wish I could drink the plain espresso tho.


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