Coffee Guide - Choosing Your Coffee Beans


A Guide to Selecting Coffee Beans

Choosing your coffee beans can be challenging with all of the options, flavors, and types of coffee out there. There is a wide variety of gourmet coffee beans on the market but choosing your coffee roast and understanding the flavor guides that come with each type of roast is crucial to finding the right coffee bean for the right meal, the right season, and the right reason. In this quick guide to coffee beans, we will talk through a few differences to help your decision.

  • Roasted Coffee Beans

  • Certified Organic Coffee Beans

  • Green/Unroasted Coffee Beans

  • White Coffee Beans

  • Cold-Brewed Coffee

Roasted Coffee Beans

Learning everything about coffee roasting could take you a lifetime, as we have been micro-roasting for 30 years and not a day goes by that we don’t learn something new. The length of time coffee beans roast, they style of coffee roaster used, the roasting temperature, and the type of coffee bean you start with all effect the coffee roast’s flavor. It’s science and art combined.

  • French Roast Coffee Beans

  • Dark Roast Coffee Beans

  • Medium-Dark Roast Coffee Beans

  • Medium Roast Coffee Beans

  • Light Roast Coffee Beans

  • Breakfast Roasts

Certified Organic Coffee Beans

What does it mean to be Certified Organic Coffee? It means that your coffee roast started with coffee beans that were produced according to the United States Department of Agriculture's strict guidelines to earn that certification. Knowing where your coffee beans come from and understanding how they are grown is very important. These requirements permit the use of harmful pesticides and/or fertilizers either in the soil, on the coffee plants, or in production facilities. The strict USDA Organic Coffee Certification comes with high fees and regular inspections all created to protect consumers from harmful pesticides used in growing coffee plants, as well as to support biodiversity and the nature ecosystems that thrive in the Rainforests.

All of our coffee beans are 100% Organic but not all of our coffee farm partners in Mexico and Peru put their beans through the expensive and rigorous regulations that it takes become USDA Certified Organic. If you feel more comfortable with the label, as many do, you can browse through our USDA Certified Organic Coffee Beans.


Unroasted ‘Green’ Coffee Beans

Why order green coffee beans? Well, many people choose to, or attempt to, roast their own coffee beans at home. In addition, the process of finding a trustworthy coffee importer can be daunting, expensive, and impossible without a business license, or per-existing relationships in the coffee industry. There is an abundance of information about DIY coffee online but be weary of the information on health benefits of green coffee and always consult your doctor before using it for as a dietary supplement.

White Coffee Beans

White Coffee is the newest trend in the coffee industry. Try it today and find out why, hint: it's 2X as strong as regular coffee! Most White coffee is delivered already ground for you because the beans are tougher and require a special grinding machine. Don’t try to grind it at home, you may break your grinder. Fortunately, the way you brew it at home is safe as roasted coffee beans. Do not expect that White Coffee will taste anything like regular coffee! To continue learning about White Coffee, check out our full write up.

Cold-Brewed Coffee over Regular Coffee?

Cold Brew Coffee comes from steeping coffee grounds for a very long time, usually 72 hours at a minimum. Originally called ‘Toddy’, back before the process of making cold-brewed coffee became more main stream. Cold brew was primarily used for iced coffee drinks so that you could maintain the rich coffee flavor without melting the ice, in turn watering down your drink. Since the late 1980s, the craft of making cold-brewed coffee has been perfected - You can now buy it in Nitro-powered cans or even in large kegs for your office. Many people have also moved to making cold brew at home because of the higher price point of cold brew in stores.

Cold-brewed coffee is smooth and less acidic than regular coffee. Browse our size options, available in regular and decaf.

Poverty Bay’s Coffee Guide 2019

Depending on what area you live and whether or not you are looking for ‘coffee near me’, you may end up buying coffee online or from your local coffee roaster. Either way, make sure you understand where your coffee comes from. Understanding the difference between Arabica beans and Robusta beans or single varietal roasts like Ethiopian Coffee Beans, Costa Rican Coffee Beans, etc. or coffee bean blends which are coffee beans from several different regions or from different coffee farms in the same region. Other coffee buying factors to consider are whether or not the coffee roaster supports sustainable coffee which equals good for the world or if their business model is harming the environment. Fact check the coffee source, as often as you can. Lastly, a great guide to coffee would not be complete without a few links to purchase the various types of coffee beans mentioned above.

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