Coffee Beans

Brazil grows about 6 billion pounds of coffee beans each year, which is almost the same amount as the next three coffee-producing countries, Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia, produce together. Grinding coffee beans at home provides a stronger coffee that makes the differences in coffee beans much more noticeable. If you are looking for a new blend, then you may have some questions.

What do beans from different parts of the world taste like?

The weather and the soil make beans from around the world taste different. Coffee beans grow inside a fruit called a peaberry, or cherries, but not the kind you eat on top of a sundae. At higher elevations, coffee beans have a more complex flavor because they do not get as much oxygen while growing. When you blend quality beans from different parts of the world, you can create your own unique roast. If you would like to try a new blend for your java, espresso, or cappuccino, then try some beans from a different country.

  • Guatemala – Plants grown in Guatemala have an undernote of apple.
  • Mexico – Coffee grown in Mexico often has a cherry undertone.
  • Peru and Colombia – Varieties grown in Peru and Columbia often have a caramel undertone along with a weak nutty flavor.
  • Costa Rica – Coffee grown in Costa Rica tends to have a sweet aroma with hints of spices and chocolate.
  • Ethiopia – Plants grown in Ethiopia produce herbal flavors.
How are coffee cherries processed?

The way that coffee cherries are handled after they are picked makes a difference in the way that coffee will taste. In Africa and other places around the world, the peaberries are laid on raised beds where they are left to dry in their natural state. They are left there until the cherry rots away, leaving only the natural coffee beans. However, in Latin America and some other parts of the world, cherries are placed in fermentation tanks where the coffee beans are removed from the cherry. This gives those coffee beans more acidity. Finally, in most parts of Central America, the cherries are washed and then laid out to dry, resulting in a creamier-tasting brew.

How do you buy coffee to roast?

If you are ready to make your own roast, then you are on your way to a good cup of coffee. Create your personalized roast for a cup of espresso by following these steps:

  • Look for whole beans – Beans contains about 950 identified compounds. Buying whole beans allows you to get more of the oil the drink gets its flavor from, giving you a more flavorful cup.
  • Look for growing location – The climate, soil, and elevation in different parts of the world make coffee beans taste different.
  • Look for roast date – Get beans that have a roasting date close to the current date for maximum quality.