Nothing beats the comfort of brewing and enjoying your coffee at home. You could start your day right or end it in perfect harmony by sipping hot coffee while enjoying the company of your family in the coziness of your house. However, if you aim to make your home coffee brewing experience worthwhile, you have to make sure you are buying the best coffee available in the market. Here are some tips that could guide and help you when you are shopping for coffee in the supermarket or your local coffee roaster.
First, decide whether to purchase ground or whole bean coffee. If you are a coffee enthusiast and you always prefer the best, your natural choice should be buying whole bean coffee. This is because whole bean coffee is able to maintain its flavor and aroma much longer than ground coffee does. However, if you know nothing about grinding coffee, let your local roaster do it for you by buying ground coffee. There are different coffee grinders available but not all of them are easily operated and used. Invest in a burr grinder or a blade grinder if you aim to grind your own coffee whenever you need to.
When buying coffee beans at the supermarket, it is advisable to skip the major and bigger brands in favor of the local and less famous ones. Big brand coffee beans might have been stored in inventory or a warehouse for many months. If you want your coffee to be fresh, go for the minor brands.
Strive to buy only freshly roasted coffee beans. Coffee when stored for months may already lose its aroma and strong taste. Do not panic, buy or shop for more than enough coffee beans. It is best if you buy enough coffee that would last in your house or office just for two to three weeks. Coffee beans also tend to degrade by themselves if not properly stored.
As much as possible, prefer local roasters rather than superstores and groceries. Despite selling mostly unbranded coffee, local roasters are proven to sell high-quality and fresh coffee beans. You could always approach and ask your local roasters about coffee-related inquiries. You can also gain instant guidelines and tips for maintaining natural flavor, aroma, sweetness, acidity, and aftertaste. Coffee stocks in displays are usually aged a week old in local community roasters compared to months in supermarkets.