Home brewing: choosing your coffee beans

When it comes to home brewing, choosing the right coffee beans can take some selecting. With a host of brands from across the globe offering a range of strengths, flavours and brewing processes, you may find yourself embarking on somewhat of a trial and error coffee-tasting adventure. If it happens to play out this way, keep brewing – there’s a bean that’s just right for you. Here’s a few short tips to get you going:

What’s your flavour, and colour?

Coffee plants are either Arabica or Robusta. 75–80% of the coffee produced worldwide is Arabica and around 20% is Robusta. The former produces a smoother and slightly acidic taste, whereas the latter is known for its stronger caffeine content, lower acidity and bitterness.

A good place to start is with the colour of the bean. A light and dry coloured bean will give you a smoother taste, with a variety of acidity levels available according to its roasting process. Beans which are roasted for longer periods bring more oils to the surface of the bean producing its darker and more shiny look. This process also contributes to the bean’s distinctively bitter and enduring taste. Within both groups there’s plenty to choose from, so enjoy testing out the choice of flavours and colours until you find the match you’re looking for.

Some like it strong…

Believe it or not, light roasts contain the most caffeine compared to medium and dark roasts. If you’re an espresso drinker, it’s good to know that these beans are usually in the medium roast category. So go with medium-light if you really want that caffeine kick-start.

Fresh is best!

Like food, fresh is always best when it comes to grounded coffee. Roasting beans releases the oils, creating its delicious and unique taste. Choosing whole beans is a great way to ensure optimum freshness and taste, so ensure to choose a bean that is regularly stocked as opposed to being too long on the shelf. Freshness is crucial – beans keep for longer and freshly ground beans are usually superior to ready ground coffee.

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Now, go forth and make irresistible coffee.