Whether you’ve just begun home roasting, or have been doing it for a while, choosing which coffee beans to buy can be difficult. There are so many factors to consider. And there’s nothing worse that buying beans you’re really excited about, only to be disappointed by the final cup.
So we scoured the web to find this video from Home Roast Coffee. It gives a beginner’s guide to choosing green beans to roast at home. From processing methods to coffee regions, it explains the basic flavours you can expect.
How to Choose Green Coffee for Roasting
A couple of points: although this is a basic guide, there are many factors that affect a coffee’s flavour: micro climate, variety, production practices… and, of course, how you roast it! Never forget that, as a roaster, you get to choose the characteristics you want to emphasise. From deciding between light and dark roasts to controlling your rate of rise, there are many ways to affect the final flavour profile.
Also, while Home Roast Coffee recommends starting with certain origins, this is all subjective. Many people are familiar with Latin American coffee profiles, which can make them a “comfortable” beginner coffee… but really, it’s down to your personal preferences!
Oh, and once you’ve selected and bought your new beans, check out our guide to density to help you roast them.
Please note: Perfect Daily Grind does not own the rights to these videos and cannot be held accountable for their content.
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