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

While serious java heads might appreciate a detail as specific as the town where beans were grown, simply seeing the country or continent of origin can be enough to clue the rest of us in to a bean's flavor. Latin American beans tend to taste sweet and bright, African beans have a fruity acidity, and Indonesian beans are earthy and robust.

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