How do you choose the right espresso beans?
Choose espresso beans
We'll help you find the best coffee beans for you by answering the following questions:
- To what extent does the darkness influence the taste of coffee?
- What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta beans?
- Which beans do you use for an espresso or a cappuccino?
- Which beans do you choose if you have a fully automatic coffee machine?
- What is the difference between UTZ certified, fair trade, or Rainforest Alliance certified coffee beans?
Darkness and flavor intensity
How a coffee bean is roasted has an effect on the flavor intensity of the coffee. A light roast ensures a mild taste without the coffee becoming bitter. These beans have a hint of fruit, which gives the cofffee a fresh aftertaste. The darker the roast, the more bitter the beans get and the more intense your cup of coffee will taste.
Arabica vs Robusta
The most widely used bean is the Arabica bean. This is because this bean contains less caffeine than the Robusta bean. In effect, you'll encounter 100% Arabica coffee more often than 100% Robusta coffee. Robusta has a slightly bitter taste, so it's never used for brewing except in a blend. Mixing Arabica and Robusta beans together gives the coffee a little more spice. The most part, about 70% to 80%, is usually Arabica in the case of a blend.
Filter coffee, espresso, or cappuccino
For a regular cup of filter coffee, you want to use light to mildly roasted coffee beans. Dark roasted beans are usually too bitter for this type of coffee. This also applies if you want to make an espresso. The darker the roast, the more intense and bitter the taste. Do you want to make a milk specialty, such as a cappuccino or latte macchiato? Dark roasted bean are more suitable. These provide just a little more flavor and spice, which is lessened by the milk.
Coffee beans for a fully automatic machine
The outer layer of Robusta beans is somewhat oily. This has an adverse effect on the pipework of your fully automatic machine. As such, you have to clean the machine more often if you use oily coffee beans. In addition, there is a difference between affordable and more expensive coffee beans. The beans from the affordable brands are less carefully composed. These blends may include hard beans, which will clog the grinder when you grind the coffee beans.
Special quality marks
How coffee beans are grown also differs. There are fair trade beans available, in which case coffee farmers receive financial support. And organic beans, which are grown without using chemical pesticides. Rainforest Alliance protects the wildlife and natural resources in the rainforest. Coffee beans that meet standards like these receive a quality mark. This benefits people and the environment, but it doesn't impact the taste of the coffee.