Category Archives: Step 1: Discover What Different Types of Coffee Beans

Why are there are so many different types of coffee beans? There are many regions that grow coffee, many roasts types, so choosing can be quite confusing! Let me help you sort the berries from the chaff by teaching you about the dozens of countries that grow coffee beans these days, and hundreds of ‘terroirs’, not to mention countless varietals!

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This article looks at the different types of coffee beans you are likely to come across, including peaberries, types of beans, a country by country analysis. We aim to answer the three questions every coffee drinker has…

Q1. What type of coffee beans am I buying?

We don’t ask for a lot of information, but we sure would like to know which part of the world our coffee comes from. Knowing the country, region or terroir gives us insight into what to expect from the coffee we’re about to enjoy.

Q2. What kind of roast are they?

From light roast or city roast to full city to Java to Charbucks… what are the different roasts of coffee that you can buy? Why do beans get roasted like that? What is the difference?

Q3. What makes them special or better tasting?

We don’t ask for a lot of information, but we sure would like to know which part of the world our coffee comes from. Knowing the country, region or terroir gives us insight into what to expect from the coffee we’re about to enjoy. Simply printing a list of origins in small type on the back of the bag hardly qualifies as empowering your customers, does it?

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