Where To Buy Coffee

If you’re new to buying good quality coffee, whether at home or in your café, for your coffee makers, these introductory notes will hopefully be of interest.

Isn’t all coffee the same?

I used to think all coffee tasted the same.  In fact, that most certainly is not the case.

And I’m convinced that almost anyone would be able to taste differences between various cups of coffee, even if they couldn’t express exactly what those differences might be.

You could try it yourself.  Buy some ground Lavazza coffee from a supermarket and some coffee from one of the roasteries found on this website.

Make a couple of caffetieres, with roughly the same amount of coffee in each, and brewed for roughly the same amount of time.  Then try the Lavazza, then the other.  Notice a difference?  Possibly not.

Then try them again.  Notice a difference now?  Almost certainly yes, I would have thought! What makes coffee different? There are many things.

First, the beans.  A company like Lavazza will – as you would imagine – buy in bulk, and it will buy as cheaply as possible.  It will also put a significant amount of “robusta” beans in its coffees.  Robusta is one of two key strains of coffee, and its the more hardy of the two (so it’s easier and cheaper to grow).

But robusta just doesn’t have the same quality of flavor as the coveted “arabica” variety.

All quality coffees will comprise 100%

All quality coffees will comprise 100% Arabica beans. An artisan roastery will take great care in the sourcing of its beans.  The owners may travel extensively to source the best coffees from around the world and may change the coffees on offer on a yearly basis.

That’s because the crop from one plantation in one year may not be as good as the crop from the same plantation the year after.Many other factors influence the quality of the coffee.

The roasting process, the packaging and the delay from the roasting and grinding to serving, for example.  The last factor is very important.  Coffee reacts to air, and ground coffee will go off very quickly.  Again, this can be tested at home.

Try grinding some coffee (if you have a grinder), or just taking some out of the packet you’ve bought, and leave it in an uncovered dish overnight.

The next day, compare the smells and tastes of the coffee left overnight with the coffee that is freshly ground.

The difference will be more accurate with better coffees, particularly those which you grind yourselves.So why should I grind coffee myself?For the reasons mentioned in the previous paragraph.

A home grinder can be very inexpensive (perhaps around £30).  Make sure it’s a “burr” grinder.  It’s a wonderful idea – it means you can buy beans (which keep for longer than ground coffee) and have fresh coffee every day!  For trade, a grinder is essential in any decent café.

And where do I buy the coffee?

 

A good rule of thumb is not to buy from a supermarket if you want a decent cuppa.  That’s not to say all supermarket coffee is bad – far from it.  But if you’re interested in some really good stuff, head online and look for an artisan roastery, like many of those listed on this website.

You’ll likely pay a bit more than buying a pack from a supermarket, but, if you enjoy coffee, it should be well worth it.Some supermarkets and local shops sell whole

You’ll likely pay a bit more than buying a pack from a supermarket, but, if you enjoy coffee, it should be well worth it.Some supermarkets and local shops sell whole beans and will grind them for you or let you buy the beans for grinding at home.  This is not a bad thing, but be aware that just because you buy freshly ground does not in itself suggest the coffee will be of high quality.If you want to give some decent coffee a try, pick one of the roasteries listed on this site and give it a go!

This is not a bad thing, but be aware that just because you buy freshly ground does not in itself suggest the coffee will be of high quality.If you want to give some decent coffee a try, pick one of the roasteries listed on this site and give it a go!

 How To Buy Coffee

So you’re interested in buying some say all coffee in supermarkets is bad.  In fact, you can pick up some very decent stuff in many places, such as coffee from Union HandRoasted in Sainsbury’s.

But most supermarket coffee will come ready-ground, which means it’s not as fresh as it can be.  And most coffee will not state the date the coffee was roasted, it will just have a “best before”.  So when you buy coffee from a supermarket, it may have been roasted and ground many months previously.

And most coffee will not state the date the coffee was roasted, it will just have a “best before”.  So when you buy coffee from a supermarket, it may have been roasted and ground many months previously.

Even it is has been well packaged it will have lost some of its flavors and will degrade very quickly once opened. Most supermarket coffee will have been produced in bulk.  Consequently, less care and attention goes into sourcing high-quality beans.

Most supermarket coffee will have been produced in bulk.  Consequently, less care and attention goes into sourcing high-quality beans.

That’s what most coffee is about – producing as many cups as possible at the lowest cost.

Most people are happy with instant coffee or with coffee from a supermarket, and that’s absolutely fine, but if you’re reading this article you might be interested in something more.

Artisan roasteries

 

An “artisan” roastery is a company which focuses on sourcing and selling top quality coffee.

It will typically be a small outfit, almost certainly run by people who are passionate about coffee (with highly developed taste buds!). An artisan roastery will carefully select the beans it buys.

The owners may travel extensively, trying beans at the source.

They may buy beans from one plantation one year but not the next, as coffee crops vary in quality from year to year.

If you buy from an artisan roastery, very probably the beans will have been roasted very soon before posting. perhaps even that same day.

Perhaps even that same day.

So whether you buy whole beans or ground, the coffee is as fresh as can be.Most roasteries on this blog could be described as an artisan.

The internet’s very easy to buy coffee over the internet, particularly in small quantities for use at home or in your office.

The vast majority of artisan roasteries will have their own online shop.  In my experience, delivery from these places is very swift and efficient.Buying beans or ground would highly recommend buying a grinder and buying beans.

That way, your coffee will keep for longer, and it will taste fresher.  A decent grinder for home or work may only cost £30 or so (make sure it’s a “burr” grinder).

But if you’re just getting started and don’t want to stretch to a grinder just yet, almost all roasteries online will supply ground coffee.

When ordering ground coffee, try to select a grind which suits its use (if buying for a caffetiere, the grind should be more coarse than the grind for an espresso machine, for example).

 

 Roasteries, Suppliers and Buying Coffee Online

If you’re new to buying good quality coffee, whether for home or in your café, these introductory notes will hopefully be of interest.

Isn’t all coffee the same?I used to think all coffee tasted the same.  In fact, that most certainly is not the case.

And I’m convinced that almost anyone would be able to taste differences between various cups of coffee, even if they couldn’t express exactly what those differences might be.

You could try it yourself.

Buy some ground Lavazza coffee from a supermarket and some coffee from one of the roasteries found on this website.

Make a couple of caffetieres, with roughly the same amount of coffee in each, and brewed for roughly the same amount of time.

Then try the Lavazza, then the other.  Notice a difference?  Possibly not.  Then try them again. Almost certainly yes, I would have thought!

What makes coffee different?

 

There are many things.

First, the beans.  A company like Lavazza will – as you would imagine – buy in bulk, and it will buy as cheaply as possible.

It will also put a significant amount of “robusta” beans in its coffees.  Robusta is one of two key strains of coffee, and its the more hardy of the two (so it’s easier and cheaper to grow).

But robusta just doesn’t have the same quality of flavor as the coveted “arabica” variety.

All quality coffees will comprise 100% Arabica beans. An artisan roastery will take great care in the sourcing of its beans.

The owners may travel extensively to source the best coffees from around the world and may change the coffees on offer on a yearly basis.

That’s because the crop from one plantation in one year may not be as good as the crop from the same plantation the year after.

Many other factors influence the quality of the coffee.  The roasting process, the packaging and the delay from the roasting and grinding to serving, for example.

The last factor is very important.

Coffee reacts to air, and ground coffee will go off very quickly.  Again, this can be tested at home.

Try grinding some coffee (if you have a grinder), or just taking some out of the packet you’ve bought, and leave it in an uncovered dish overnight.

The next day, compare the smells and tastes of the coffee left overnight with the coffee that is freshly ground.

The difference will be more accute with better coffees, particularly those which you grind yourselves.So why should I grind coffee myself?

So why should I grind coffee myself?

For the reasons mentioned in the previous paragraph.

A home grinder can be very inexpensive (perhaps around £30).

Make sure it’s a “burr” grinder.

It’s a wonderful idea – it means you can buy beans and have fresh coffee every day!  For trade, a grinder is essential in any decent café.

And where do I buy the coffee?A good rule of thumb is not to buy from a supermarket if you want a decent cuppa.

That’s not to say all supermarket coffee is bad – far from it.

But if you’re interested in some really good stuff, head online and look for an artisan roastery, like many of those listed on this website.

You’ll likely pay a bit more than buying a pack from a supermarket, but, if you enjoy coffee, it should be well worth it.

Some supermarkets and local shops sell whole beans and will grind them for you or let you buy the beans for grinding at home.

This is not a bad thing, but be aware that just because you buy freshly ground does not in itself suggest the coffee will be of high quality.

If you want to give some decent coffee a try, pick one of the roasteries listed on this site and give it a go!

After you get your coffee, Its time to make it with the help of coffee maker. Now where the main problem comes. Many people get confused what type of coffee maker they have to buy.

To solve this problem I’m going to provide you brief information about what type of coffee maker you have to buy. Again another problem comes many people don’t read about the coffee makers.

And at the end, they end up buying cheap coffee makers from cheap brands and boom!!! they would not able to produce quality coffee and you end up wasting your money.

 

SO What Kind Of Coffee Maker Should I Get?

Have you ever been in a restaurant with friends and heard them rave about the coffee only to find yourself unimpressed?

Most of us have. Everyone has individual tastes. What makes for a good cup of coffee for one, makes a poor cup of coffee for someone else.

The same is true for coffee makers.Choosing a coffee maker is a matter of taste.

Some people will choose a coffee maker because it is inexpensive, others because it makes a fast coffee of coffee, others, because they like the way coffee, tastes when made in a particular way on a particular machine.

No one can tell you which coffee maker is right for you and your individual taste, however, if you are having difficulty choosing a coffee maker you like, here are four machines.

One might be right for you. Bunn BTX Coffee Makerere is many coffee drinkers who swear by any machine Bunn makes.

One of the reasons is that company has been in business quite a few years and has accumulated many satisfied customers.

While there are many Bunn machines to choose from you may like some of this particular machine’s special features.

It brews 10 cups of coffee in just three minutes.

This machine also has a vacuum sealed insulated pot which will keep your coffee hot without reheating.

Which means your last cup of coffee will taste as good as the first as there is no bitter taste from sitting on a burner too long.

This machine is reasonably priced at around $124.00.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew

If you like fresh ground coffee that you grind yourself this machine may be just the one you are looking for.

The grinder is built right into the machine.

There is no need for two outlets nor will there be two separate machines taking up space on your counter.

Like the Bunn BTX, this grind and brew have a ten cup thermal carafe that keeps the coffee warm for hours without needing to keep reheating the coffee on a built in the burner which can burn the coffee over time.

You can also program this coffee maker 24 hours in advance and wake up to a hot cup of coffee.

It is more than reasonably priced at $102.00.

Delonghi DCF12

The Delonghi DCF12 is a 12 cup drip coffee maker with a 24-hour digital timer for setting the time you want your coffee to start brewing.

Delonghi has a pause and serves button allowing you to pause the machine, pour a cup of coffee and then unpause it for the pot to finish filling.

It is an expensive coffee maker starting at around $57.00.Mr. Coffee FTTX 95

This Mr. Coffee is a high-quality machine with a programmable thermal pot.

Pause and serve button

A 24-hour delay brew

Removal filter baskets for easy cleaning so  you can set the strength you want your coffee brewed at.

It also has a cord storage and is priced at approximately $60.00

All four of these coffee makers are wonderful choices, which one is right for you is a matter of personal taste.

What Is A Good Coffee Grinder?

Once upon a time, people were content to buy big cans of coffee in supermarkets.

These weren’t shade-grown varietals labeled with their country of origin. Instead, they were branded.

People drank Maxwell House or Folger’s, and most of them had never heard the words Yergacheffe or Peaberry.

If they were lucky, they made their coffee in an automatic drip coffeemaker rather than a percolator.

If they were unlucky, they drank instant coffee on a daily basis. Eventually, though, the human race evolved.

We learned that there are different types of coffee.

And that not all coffee was brought to us from Columbia on the back of a donkey.

We also realized that roasted coffee loses flavor over time.

And that it does so more quickly when it is ground.

Being good at solving problems, we invented the home coffee grinder. Now we can purchase our coffee beans whole and grind them shortly before we use them.

Coffee grinders, or coffee mills, come in two broad types.

The type of coffee grinder that most people are familiar with uses high-speed rotating blades to chop coffee beans into a fine grind.

The other type of coffee mill is a burr grinder that grinds the beans between wheel or cone-shaped burrs.

The primary advantage of a blade coffee grinder is economical. It is possible to find a long-lasting rotating-blade coffee grinder for a low price.

Burr coffee mills, on the other hand, are precision machines.

This means that a coffee mill that uses burrs will tend to cost more and last a shorter time when compared to the bladed coffee grinder.

Why, then, would someone prefer a burr coffee mill?

 

The conventional wisdom is that it makes a better cup of coffee. Blade coffee grinders create coffee bean particles of random sizes.

Some of these may be so small that they will clog coffee filters. Coffee mills that grind beans between burrs produce evenly-sized coffee grinds.

The coffee that is extracted from a uniform grind is often said to be more even in taste.

Moreover, coffee mills that use cone-shaped burrs can function slowly, without much friction.

Other coffee grinders will heat up the coffee beans prior to brewing, which reduces some of the coffee’s aromatic properties.

In choosing a good coffee grinder, its important to consider not just how it impacts the taste of your coffee.

But its usability as well.

You have probably dealt with coffee grounds. If so, you know that they can be messy.

It would not be a bad idea to choose a coffee mill that is easy to clean.

Also, remember that you will probably be using your coffee grinder in the morning before you have had coffee

While other members of your household might still be asleep.

Pick something that you will be happy to use while you are still waking up. Consider the noise it makes.

You probably don’t want a coffee mill that is likely to wake up your entire neighborhood.

 

Super Automatic Commercial Coffee Machines

There are so many models of the commercial coffee machines on the market these days. That it’s difficult to determine which one best suits the requirements of your business.

This article looks at super automatic coffee machines.

A super automatic machine is typically bean to cup with fresh milk. The reason for its name is that the machine completes all of the processes of a Barista, by full automation.

The machine grinds the coffee beans, doses and tamps the grounds, extracts the espresso and expertly froths the milk. Producing high-quality specialty drinks with the greatest of ease.

There are two variations of super automatic machine available, a Cappuccino model and an Auto Steam model. Cappuccino models feature separate milk refrigeration units.

A pipe runs from the machine to the fridge, drawing chilled milk into the machine for each drink. The machine steams and froths the milk and combines with espresso to make the resulting cappuccino, caffe latte, macchiato or such like.

Drinks are prepared with the simple touch of a button.

Auto Steam models feature a temperature sensing automatic steam wand. With these models, the auto wand is submerged into a jug of cold fresh milk and a button is pressed to produce perfectly micro-foamed milk.

The auto wand produces expertly frothed milk by introducing the correct amount of air into the milk during steaming. And heats to a pre-programmed temperature, assuring consistent results every time.

The wand also has different settings for latte and cappuccino. Producing hot steamed milk with little foam for lattes and creamy foamed milk for cappuccinos.

An Auto Steam model produces espresso at the touch of a button; all that is left for the operator to do is mix with the milk.

As with all fresh milk machines. Cleaning is incredibly important and must be completed at the end of service every day. Any machine parts that come into contact with milk must be fully sterilized to eliminate bacteria and keep the machine in the best possible condition.

Typically the daily cleaning process takes between 15-30 minutes. However, the majority of commercial coffee machines have automatic cleaning cycles, to make the cleaning process as simple as possible for the operator.

Super automatic machines are superb for busy environments that want to offer high-quality fresh coffee, without going down the route of a traditional espresso machine and resident barista.

The simple user interface means any member of staff can operate, regardless of their skill level. As the drink preparation process is fully automatic it also frees staff up to attend to other tasks such as food preparation, serving other customers and cash handling.