What’s your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

What’s your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

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  1. I buy my green beans from a local coffee importer and have a home coffee roasting apparatus

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    Make my own blend using Colombian, Guatemala, Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee beans.
    They must be organic, fair trade and not genetically modified.
    If I must buy…

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  2. Every bag of coffee beans houses a unique blend of that bitter brew. Each bean, though created and crafted from the same tree and factory, possesses a taste all on its own. An attribute that is embodied in the coffee lover’s famous commandment indicates that no two cups of coffee are ever alike.
    Important Things to Consider when Buying Good Quality Coffee
    Several coffee brewing methods are known to create a distinct aroma and taste that is a result of different applications in each brewing method. With this, a variation of flavors and concoctions have emerged to satisfy even the most reluctant coffee drinker.
    It does not come as a surprise that this once humble trade had become a multi-billion dollar industry with a strong following of coffee lovers around the world. With many coffee shops and brands that form part of this empire, it makes one wonder just how tasty a real good cup of coffee is.
    To spot a good brew amidst the commercialised cluster, here are important features of what good quality coffee is all about.
    The Nose definitely Knows
    One of the most important features that indicate the quality of a good cup of coffee is the aroma. Different beans and brewing methods result in a variety of scents. These scents can vary from the strong spicy notes to the subtle floral ones. Coffee experts suggest that taking a whiff of your cup of coffee will help drinkers discover not only if it’s fresh or not but also it if is made from quality beans.
    If you find that your coffee takes an onion-like or slightly burnt aroma, you might think twice on taking a sip. You might find yourself drinking more than a day-old coffee or worse. To get the best of a good cup of coffee, it is best to have it brewed fresh. Remember that there are coffee variants that can taste good without being reheated but you seldom find these and they can be tricky to make.
    The Taste Test
    Depending on the variation and the brewing method, coffee is generally described to have a full-bodied taste. A true full-bodied coffee is described to possess a good quality balance of sweetness and acidity that comes from organic acids, as well as a delightful mouthfeel that does not come off as bitter or flat.
    Salty tasting coffee is considered to be a red flag and can indicate manufacturing defects. It is also important to note that the coffee’s texture is essentially full-bodied and never watery.
    The Amount of Caffeine
    Part of what makes coffee a delectable bitter brew is because of caffeine. Caffeine content varies from one brew to another. And contrary to popular belief, dark-roasted coffee contains less caffeine than light-roasted ones. The amount of caffeine is roasted off during the roasting process. Personal preference is often the major indicator for which cup of coffee best fits a person’s taste.
    The Quality Roast
    The roasting process is what determines the type of coffee that will be produced. It extracts the important compounds that contributes to coffee’s general characteristics. This is also a crucial process which dictates coffee’s overall quality. Although personal preference is always considered, if you detect a burnt quality in your cup of coffee, it’s time to check your brew.
    Also, keep in mind that a burnt taste is generally recognised as a bad case of burnt coffee.
    Pick Your Taste
    With these top tips, it is important to note that a good cup of coffee will always depend on one’s personal choice. Coffee offers one of the most varied flavors and kinds among all beverages. Enjoying a cup of coffee is a deep and personal experience – one that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

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  3. I don’t drink cheap coffee (Maxwell House, Yuban, etc.) The coffee must be a dark roast sealed in those vacuum packed bags. And it must be coffee beans I can grind myself. Peets coffee is a great choice for me. But I’ve tasted coffee from many regions that tastes good. It just depends on what you are looking for.

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  4. Price is usually #1 on my list. I’ve never done side-by-side taste tests, but coffee would have to be pretty bad for me to forgo it. Creamer and sugar hide a multitude of sins.

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  5. I wrote a few articles for people that wanted to choose healthy, and good tasting coffee. Maybe a little too much info, but you’ll get my point. Here are Just a Few of the criteria when you shop for Coffee anywhere:
    ONE PURE INGREDIENT – Organic Coffee

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    Coffee is delicious, but poor quality coffee can be toxic. You want coffee that’s clean and pure to ensure there are never any pesticides and molds.
    SINGLE ORIGIN

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    Most of the coffee we buy in retail stores and coffee shops is a mix-match of beans from various plants and countries around
    the world(normal procedure). With blended coffee beans, you might get beans mixed with pesticide-soaked beans.
    There is always the possibility that you can get premium dark roast beans mixed with under-dried, toxin-filled lighter roast beans. This is becoming the new normal. It’s just the way it is, and there is no way to know.
    Single Origin coffee ensures your getting what you pay for, and nothing you don’t want in you coffee.
    MYCOTOXIN-FREE

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    Mycotoxins are mold toxins that can occur in many products. That means they can grow inside coffee beans also .
    (Not surprising, this is a common occurrence.) Mycotoxins can cause painful, full-body-inflammation to severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Several research have also
    linked mycotoxins with causing kidney diseases.
    SHADE GROWN

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    By growing coffee plants under a sun filtering canopy improves the
    quality of the coffee bean for a number of reasons. It makes sense that the trees provide needed shelter for the coffee plants from the sun. This allows the beans to have a slower maturity. This allows them to become higher nutrient content, denser, and harder than coffee beans that are grown in the sun without any shade. The final coffee beans will become nutrient-rich and better flavor product.
    The trees that shade the coffee have their leaves falling from the branches of the trees which also provides a naturally occurring source of nutrients for the coffee plants. After decomposing, they become part of the soil which the coffee plants used to grow. This helps to improve the nutrient density, protection for the coffee plants from weed growth, and acts as a “mulch” , so , no other plants will grow. This increases the nutrients in the soil for the coffee plants to use to improve the nutrient richness of the coffee beans when they are fully developed.
    STOMACH FRIENDLY

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    Some coffee side effects is the digestive discomfort from some brews, specially if you have GERD or reflux. As you may of heard
    yourself… the heartburn, indigestion, bathroom trips, and other issues. Sometimes you just don’t know what a given coffee is going to do to your stomach!
    If you have Reflux as I do, you always have to be careful picking out coffee that does not affect you as heartburn , yet it tastes great! It’s a tall order. Coffee was on the list of foods for me to avoid because it triggered my reflux.
    Studies specify that discomfort is based on the acid in your stomach. The discomfort could result on the type of roast you drink. (For Example, Medium and Dark Roasts do not affect the stomach as much!) So it can be a gamble as to how your stomach will handle a new coffee you pick up at the store.
    HIGH ELEVATION GROWN

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    Premium Arabica coffee is grown at higher altitudes (at least 5,700ft above sea level), it has a number of beneficial effects on the beans. Growing coffee at a higher altitude, it slows the development and ripening of the coffee beans.
    That’s due to the lower temperature of the environment, which causes the beans to develop at a slower pace. Slowing the growth of the coffee beans allows them to absorb more nutrients and become denser and harder than coffee growing at lower elevations.
    This premium coffee accumulates more antioxidants in the beans, resulting in getting more out of the coffee you are drinking. So, the coffee becomes much more nutrient-dense, and it’s superior in taste and flavor. Highest quality coffees are harvested at higher elevations to maximize their flavor.
    SUN DRIED

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    After they are washed, the beans are sun-dried until they’ve
    achieved a specific moisture content of 11.5%. (If the moisture is too high there is a of risk mold; and if it’s too dry the flavor of the coffee might be lost. (This is definitely a science for perfection)
    At the end of the process, the coffee beans are stored for a 30-day shelf period to allows the flavor of the beans to deepen in richness, complexity, and taste.
    FAIR TRADED
    SPECIALTY BEAN

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    This may sound redundant, but specialty coffee represents the very best of the world’s coffee yield or the TOP 3% of global production. These largest beans are hand-picked out because of their highest quality and perfection with no defects. They have to be the very best. This coffee is truly made for the gourmet coffee lover.
    NON-GMO

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    The coffee beans process starts with one source, meaning that they are grown from single-origin plants that have not been genetically modified. This producer believes in keeping their coffee as clean and pure as possible not just for health reasons, but to protect the environment and the delicate flavor profile that you get with every perfect cup of Joe.
    CERTIFIED KOSHER

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    What's your list of criteria/preferences when figuring out what coffee to buy at the grocery store?

    A coffee producer has taken many steps to certify a coffee to strict Orthodox standards by reputable organizations to ensure Kosher law cleanliness, and quality adherence for the entire product and plant. This is good for the consumer!

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  6. I prefer a light or medium roast, since I don’t like what I percieve as a “burnt” taste that dark roast coffee has. I also prefer whole beans since grinding the beans fills the house with their aroma, even though ground is more convenient.

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  7. Actually I never buy coffee I haven’t tasted. Experience has taught me that I prefer medium roast over dark roast, fully caffeinated over decaffeinated, whole beans over ground. My coffee maker is just that, not a single-cup maker, so I like Green Mountain coffee when it is offered in bags and not k-cups. My favorite of favorites ❤️ is Raven’s Brew, which I buy online at ravensbrew.com. I tasted it first while on an anniversary trip with my husband in 1994 and have just loved it ever since.

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  8. I prefer to buy my coffee as whole beans, and in small quantities. Ideally I like to measure and mix my choice of beans, since I drink a half caffeinated/half decaffeinated mixture, but with the pandemic it’s been more and more difficult to find places that will allow for that. As a result I go to a small upscale boutique kind of grocery store and I have been paying a premium for their selection of beans.
    For Christmas my wife gave me a gift card from a local microroaster. Last week I purchased a 1/2 lb of beans from them that had been roasted that very day. I brewed a cup the next morning and I was floored! I need to clear some room in my budget to go to that place regularly, but it’s definitely not the most cost effective selection of beans. Perhaps I’ll just have to purchase green beans and roast them myself.

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