5 Delicious Steps To Choosing The Right Coffee Bean

Shane Enriguez
3 min readJun 29, 2021

Coffee is considered a daily staple in countries all around the world, but it’s also so much more than that. There are beans that provide flavors most people would never imagine might emerge from a cup of coffee — all of them just waiting to be explored.

While some people might be happy to enjoy their boring cup of identical coffee day after day, for those more adventurous, an entire world of possibilities is out there.

Gone are the days when the only beans available were found at the local grocery. Now there are subscription services that will deliver premium quality coffee beans right to your door. A good bean subscription will allow you to choose more than just a flavor — you can customize every aspect of your caffeinated adventure!

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Here are a few things to consider when deciding what flavor should next grace your palate:

1.Roast Level

How well your beans are roasted will make a world of difference. A lighter roast will be dryer, more acidic, and retain more of its original flavors. Darker roasts take on more flavor from the roasting process itself, become less caffeinated, and develop a small amount of oil on the bean.

2. Single Origin Or Blend

A blended coffee has a variety of beans mixed together to provide a complex but balanced flavor. It is often intended to be consumed with a dairy product such as milk or cream.

A single-origin coffee comes from a single location, often from a single farm. This allows for a clear picture of the flavors provided in that region. A small change in the region, climate, soil nutrients, or even shade cover can lead to a drastic change in the flavor of the finished bean.

3. Freshness

When it comes to coffee you may think it doesn’t matter how fresh a dried bean is, but it can make all the difference. This is one place where subscription coffee services can really shine because they can often provide you with the freshest coffee possible, no matter where it’s coming from.

Don’t take whatever’s been sitting on the shelf for who-knows-how-long at a grocery store.

Get the freshest beans, and you’ll be able to taste the difference.

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4. Processing Method

Sometimes when purchasing a coffee you may find it labeled as “washed” or “natural.”

A washed bean has been “wet processed” by removing the outer part of the bean and then being placed in a fermentation tank before drying. This provides a more consistent coffee bean with a clear flavor.

A natural coffee bean remains in its outer shell through the drying process, allowing the fruit flesh and sugars to affect the flavor of the finished bean. This allows for an exceptional aroma when finished, and provides a fruity, wine-like experience.

5. Organic Sustainable Options

If buying organic or sustainable coffee is important to you, you definitely want to consider getting your coffee beans somewhere other than your grocery store.

While I can’t speak for all the big box coffee brands, I find it’s much easier to find sustainable and organic options when they’re hand-chosen by a dedicated coffee service.

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Wherever your coffee adventure takes you — whether you’re looking for a low-acid pick-me-up, or a daily drive through flavor town — I hope you find what you’re looking for.

To help you find the highest-quality beans near you, and discover a flavor profile that fits your palate, look for a high-quality, dedicated coffee subscription service in your area.

You’ll get the freshest beans, the most delicious flavors, and you can be environmentally friendly while you’re at it.

Don’t settle for less than your palate deserves.

Get the best beans, for the best coffee.