6 Tips For When You Buy Coffee Beans

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Are you confused by the vast array coffee beans when looking at them in the store?  Most people make the mistake of making a quick purchasing decision based on the packaging or a commercial they have seen for a specific brand.  These are easy ways to make a quick decision, but not always the best if you are looking for good aroma and taste.  When choosing coffee beans, follow these 6 tips to make the best decision possible.

Smell the Coffee

The first thing to do is smell the coffee beans.  Smelling each type of bean gives you a chance to compare them and help you understand the full flavor of the coffee.  This is the aroma you will be waking up to in the morning and lift your mood to start your day.  Other aspects of coffee are important, but the aroma is the first thing that attracts us to that soul fulfilling experience each morning before heading out to work.

Ask for a Sample

Just ask for a sample of the coffee while you are shopping.  Ask for several if you can.  This allows you to taste the flavors of different coffee beans.  This is the next best experience after the aroma.  Samples are not always available, but always ask, and even if you have to pay for the sample, it’s better to buy a small purchase than a full bag that you end up not liking.

Visit a Coffee Shop

A visit to the local coffee shop can be an experience in itself.  The aromas fill the shop and there are so many flavors to try.   Ask the barista about the various coffee beans that are available.  Ask his opinion on flavors and ways of brewing.  Coffee shops often have different kinds of coffee not found in other stores.

Read Online Reviews

Online reviews are one of the best ways to find out what other people like and are buying.  This will help you narrow down the choices to the perfect coffee bean for you.  These online reviews will give you a general understanding of the different brands and the quality of those brands.  They will also tell you if the coffee is too weak, too strong or if the flavor is off.  If something is off about the brand, a reviewer will let you know.

Purchase Sample Sizes

In some stores they will have sample sizes already packaged for purchase.  This is a perfect way to try out the coffee at home.  By purchasing several samples, you can try a different one each morning before committing to buying a larger amount.

Try New Things

Part of the adventure in life is trying new things.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  A unique and unfamiliar coffee could be your new favorite!  Buy various types of coffee to explore and understand the different coffee beans on the market.

Remember, smelling the coffee will give you a better understanding of the flavor, and it’s the first smell you want to wake up to each morning that fills you with a special mood and feel before you leave the house.  Asking for a sample is the quickest way to try new coffee beans.

To understand the full range of available coffee beans, visit a coffee shop and read online reviews.  Purchase the sample sizes to try different kinds out before buying an entire bag.  Be willing to try new things and you will find that perfect cup of coffee.

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