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Coffee Buying Guide
For people who have made drinking coffee a routine of their lives and who prepare their own coffee at home, in the office, or anywhere, the choice of coffee has become a certain routine over time. Various situations such as which coffee to buy, where to buy, and how much coffee is right for him to buy are now standardized for him. Well, if you are a newbie to coffee drinking or you regularly consume coffee but do not know what to consider when buying, my “Coffee Buying Guide” will be very useful for you. Let’s take a look at what we should pay attention to when buying coffee together.

1- Where to Buy Coffee

Where to Buy Coffee

If you brew your own coffee, your priority should be “businesses with coffee” when purchasing coffee beans. Here I would like to give a little example from myself. I am also a regular coffee drinker, and when I buy coffee, I usually buy my coffee from local roasters or from coffee shops that have proven their quality in international coffee and sell coffee beans. In addition to the local coffee shops after the pandemic, e-commerce coffee has also developed considerably. Therefore, another option is to buy coffee beans online. I would like to repeat, that it is very important that you buy your coffee from businesses that do this while purchasing your coffee from online sites. You can see many coffee brands on the market shelves, but the date and amount are very important here. Therefore, when buying coffee, I recommend that you do not buy it from the market. You can buy higher quality beans fresher at local coffee shops or online coffee shops. If you have just gotten into the habit of consuming coffee here, I recommend you do some research before purchasing your coffee. Because it may take some time to find the coffee that suits your taste. That’s where you keep trying and comparing until you find the right coffee supplier. If you bought coffee from a coffee shop and you don’t like it, don’t get that coffee shop out of your mind right away. Maybe you haven’t chosen the right coffee bean for you. As I said, keep trying until you find the coffee that suits your taste.

2- Choose the Right Amount of Coffee

Choose the Right Amount of Coffee

Under normal conditions, all coffee beans are sold in packages of 250-300 grams. If you have the option to buy the amount of coffee you want from a local coffee shop, reduce this amount to 100 grams. Because buying less coffee means buying more fresh coffee for you. You can determine this amount as follows; How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? You can find out how many grams of coffee you need by subtracting the amount you drink weekly. Maybe you can increase the amount of coffee you need, depending on the arrival of your guests.

3- Get Information About the Coffee You Will Buy

Get Information About the Coffee You Will Buy

If you pay attention to the coffee packages, they are usually successful packages in terms of design with beautifully illustrated prints on them, but generally very few provide useful and detailed information about the coffee in the package. The more detailed information about the coffee you will buy on the package, the higher your chance of purchasing a quality coffee. In this regard, you can ask the baristas working in local coffee shops for advice, and you can ask for help to guide you while buying coffee.

4- Roasting and Packaging Date of Coffee

Roasting and Packaging Date of Coffee

Pay close attention to the roasting and packaging date of the coffee you buy. Many coffee consumers are not aware of it, but usually, the expiration date is written on the packages, but the “roasting and packaging” date is more important in order to drink a quality coffee. Many commercial coffee companies won’t give you this information or you won’t be able to see it on the packages. It will even specify dates between 12 and 24 months as the expiration date, but in this case, it is unfortunately difficult for you to drink quality coffee.

5- Coffee Packaging

Coffee Packaging

The biggest enemies of coffee are oxidants, light, heat, humidity, and strong odors. Let’s say you go to a local coffee shop and you want to buy coffee beans. He wanted to give you coffees kept in open containers. There are two basic things you need to do in this situation. Observing and asking.
  • Observation: If the coffee you buy is stored in open containers, see if these containers are clean. Are these containers capped? If it is open, it can contain various microbes through sneezing or coughing, and dust coming from outside. Please be very careful.
  • Asking: As I mentioned earlier, ask the barista when the coffee you want to buy has been roasted. These coffees, which are sold in open containers exposed to oxygen, light, heat, and moisture, quickly lose value in their quality. Therefore, the roasting date of coffee is very important.
The type of packaging you should look out for is an opaque, airtight package with a one-way valve on it. So what does this valve do? While it allows the carbon dioxide in the seeds to leave the bag, it prevents the entry of oxygen. Avoid coffee in kraft packs. Because these packages are so perishable that the coffee may have gone stale even if it was roasted a week ago.

6- Coffee Price

Coffee Price

Is expensive coffee the best coffee? I do not think so. Cheap coffee is not high-quality coffee. We’re all pretty sure of that. Also, watch out for the marketing ploy of selling exotic coffees or coffee made from that famous animal excrement at a high price. I think these may be fraudulent as well. Because the price difference between superior flavor and high-quality coffee and low-quality coffee is usually less than you think. This means that you can drink a really good cup of coffee for a very average price. Remember, we are after quality coffee, not expensive coffee. And expensive coffee isn’t always good coffee.

7- Grind Your Own Coffee

Grind Your Own Coffee

If you buy whole coffee beans instead of ground coffee beans, you can grind them yourself at home as much as you drink. Whole coffee beans last longer than ground coffee beans. Thus, every time you want to drink coffee, you can grind as much as you need and drink a fresher and more delicious coffee.

8- Pay Attention to the Smell of Coffee

Pay Attention to the Smell of Coffee

It contains intense and sweet aromas in fresh and well-roasted coffee beans. It does not contain strong, acidic, or metallic coffee notes. If you tell your barista about these notes at your local coffee shop, maybe it will help you to understand the difference between fresh and stale coffee scents separately.

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