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Tips on finding your ideal coffee beans

Is there a “perfect” bean?


We all have our favorite coffee bean, but what makes one perfect? There are many different factors to consider when choosing the best coffee beans, but here are a few tips that might help you find your ideal variety.

Shop in person.

The smell of coffee is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not it’s a good roast, and there’s nothing like a fresh-ground cup to get you excited about the morning ahead.

When you’re shopping at a local coffee shop or roaster, there are several advantages to purchasing beans this way:

  • You can see and smell them before buying them. If you’re buying online, it may be difficult for you to tell what your beans will actually smell like once brewed—so if there’s any doubt about the quality of your purchase, don’t buy!
  • You can ask questions. Even if someone has been working behind the counter at their favorite café for years now, they probably still know more than you do about how their beans are roasted and how long they’ve been sitting around waiting for someone like you (who may never come) before getting on that truck headed towards wherever else it goes next. Ask away!

Look at the roast.

You should also examine the color of the beans. If they’re dark brown or black, that means they’ve been roasted for too long; you’ll probably end up with a burnt flavor in your coffee. If the beans are a lighter brown, then it’s safe to say that they were roasted at just the right temperature and time—you’ll be able to enjoy their natural flavor without any added bitterness or charring.

Coffee-lovers should be on a never-ending quest for the perfect bean!

So I guess there is no perfect bean, well, “best at the moment”..yes. If you’re a coffee-lover, you should be on a never-ending quest for the perfect bean. It’s not as simple as saying “I like this roast” or “I prefer dark roasts over light ones.” The next step in finding your perfect cup is to explore! Try new things, ask questions, experiment with different roasts—and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way because that’s all part of learning about what you like (or don’t) when it comes to coffee beans and roasts.


Finding your ideal coffee bean has as much to do with personal preference as it does with the beans themselves. A good place to start is by experimenting with different roasts, brewing methods, and brewing times. Also, don’t forget that quality matters! Good coffee beans can make all the difference in how your cup turns out.

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