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Best Coffee Beans

While it’s true to say that you’ll definitely need the right tools for the job, all the high-end equipment in the world cannot make up for substandard coffee beans. The same also goes for high quality coffee beans that have been allowed to go stale , as even with all the attention to detail and TLC in the world, bringing a fantastic cup of coffee

without the best possible coffee beans is impossible …it just isn’t going to happen! So in the interests of those who’d like to delve a little deeper into the world of superior quality coffee, this could very well be the concise yet comprehensive guide you’ve been waiting for!

Your Own Tastes

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Coffee quality is one thing, but there’s really no sense in investing in the most spectacular quality coffee in the world if it happens to go totally against your taste preferences. As such, it’s worth initially considering and contemplating exactly what it is you like. First of all, it’s worth knowing that Arabica and Robusta all are in fact the only two commercial coffee bean types that are available these days.

Robusta beans are grown at a comparatively low altitude and are characterised by a more bitter, generally stronger taste than Arabica. Grown at a higher altitude, Arabica tends to be considerably smoother, less intense and with a somewhat acidic note. If you can get your head around these two primary types of coffee, you’ll probably find the rest much easier to get to grips with.

A Clear Winner?

In many circles, Arabica is considered to be a coffee of naturally higher quality than Robusta. In reality however, it depends entirely on the exact type of coffee, how it is grown, how it is roasted and generally how it is looked afterfrom the moment it is picked. Or in other words, choosing either Arabica or Robusta doesn’t necessarily haveany bearing on quality in its own right.

Bean Selection

Once you have established the type of coffee you prefer to be drinking, you’ll have a much easier job in choosing a bean that provides you with consistently excellent results, every time. There will always be some trial and error involved, so don’t be too disheartened if you find yourself quite frequently indulging in a coffee that really isn’t to your taste at all. You can tell a lot about a coffee bean, simply by examining its

appearance. For example, if you’re the kind of person who prefers coffee with a smooth, mellow and generally easy flavour, you should probably be going for coffee beans that are relatively light in colour with a dry appearance. The beans on the left in this following image for example representing ideal illustrations of beans you can expect smooth tasting coffee from.

Caffeine Content

Contrary to popular belief however, full-bodied and extremely flavourful dark coffee beans quite often have a considerably lower caffeine content than their lighter counterparts. That being said, caffeine content is something that cannot be determined by appearances alone, which means that if it is of importance to you, you’ll have to check it out in more detail, rather than making assumptions.

International Variations

As Robusta beans are easy to grow, they tend to be the most affordable types of coffee beans on the market and are readily available. Arabica beans must be grown at a higher altitude and are therefore in a considerably shorter supply, which is precisely why the vast majority of high quality and designer coffee is on the market manifest as Arabica beans.

But at the same time, there are way too many factors that influence how the coffee will taste in the end that to select only by way of Robusta or Arabica doesn’t really make sense. Instead, it’s a better idea to consider the world’s most active and important coffee producing nations, in order to gain a better understanding of what kinds of coffee they are creating:

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    Columbia and Central America

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

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    Brazil

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

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    Ethiopia

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

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    Kenya

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

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    Hawaii

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

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    Indonesia

    This tends to be where all of the biggest brands in the world source their coffees from and there’s certainly no shortage of inventory. Characterised by fruity undertones and mild acidity, coffees from this region tend to be smooth, balanced and easy drinking.

Buying the Best

Last but not least, when it comes to the all-important matter of investing in a shipment of high-quality beans, there are certain tips that simply must be followed to the letter:

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    1. If possible, buy directly from the roaster. The reason being that coffee beans begin to lose their quality and flavour the very moment thy are rosted, so the closer you buy them to the roasting process, the better!

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    2. Be aware of beans that come across as excessively oily or in any way charred (see the image above.) These tend to be signs that the beans have been over-roasted and will most likely produce unplesanty bitter coffee.

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    3. Ensure bagged beans are sealed air-tight and feature the date on which they were roasted.

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    4. Do not buy beans if there are any signs of mould whatsoever.

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    5. If can’t be traced back to its origins, you have no idea what you are buying.

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    6. At Smokey Barn, we follow the best practices in roasting and caring for our beans. Try what we have to offer, we know you,ll love it!

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