How to Buy Coffee Beans

Our coffee guide gives you tips on everything from what to look for when buying coffee to the proper way to grind and store the java beans. With our tips you'll soon be decoding coffee label terms such as roasting, origin and seasonality in no time.

Text: Jamie Feldmar Photography: Charles Masters

How to Buy Coffee Beans
Charles Masters

Like all fruits and vegetables, coffee beans have growing and harvesting seasons. Though beans marked "in season" aren't guaranteed to taste fresher or more flavorful than unmarked ones, a seasonal tag means the company rotates its offerings based on small harvests that happen throughout the year. It's a way of saying to consumers, "Buy this bean type now, because the small supply we have won't be available forever!"

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