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How To Choose a Coffee

Coffee lovers have hundreds of different beans, roasts, and flavors to choose from, each with a distinctive taste. Here's how to pick the perfect blend.


  • Step 1: Some roasters make custom blends where they mix different varieties to create a distinctive flavor. Try them all to find your best match!
  • FACT: Coffee beans were first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen, an Arab country in the Arabian Peninsula
  • TIP: Storing coffee beans in the freezer damages the oils and makes coffee lose its flavor. Store coffee at room temperature in a dry, airtight container.
  • Step 2: Try a variety of roasts. Coffee beans can be roasted at different temperatures and for different lengths of time, resulting in a light or dark roast.
  • Step 3: Head to your favorite café and ask to sample several different types of coffee ranging from mild to full-bodied. Make a note of the type you like best.
  • Step 4: Beans from different regions can have a nutty, floral, spicy, or chocolate flavor. Purchase miniature bags of coffee from different areas to discover your preferences.
  • Step 5: Some stores roast their coffee daily, while others roast less often and package in foil bags to seal in the freshness. Find out when the coffee was roasted – it plays a role in taste.

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