Best Coffee Beans – Which should I buy? Which is Stronger?

The best coffee beans are usually defined by your taste preferences and there are different ways of deciding which ones are better for you, here’s a short list of 5 of the best coffee beans depending on your taste:

Keep reading to find out more about these options of coffee…

If you’re still wondering which coffee is best for you then look no further.

Today we’re giving you a clear explanation on some of the most prevalent questions about fresh coffee, to help you decide what will give you your morning fix for the next few days or even weeks.

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Which Coffee Should I Buy?

Of course we’re going to say that specialty coffee is the ONLY coffee you should be buying. And you only need to read this article “Speciality Coffee – What is it & Why Should You Care?” To see how important it is

The first question you should probably answer is Do I need BEANS or GROUND?

And the answer is simple – if you don’t have a grinder then you definitely need ground coffee. But beans will stay fresher for longer once you open the packaging.

The great news is A+R’s Coffee Roasting experts will grind them for you when you choose any type of bean from our largest selection. Just select ‘Ground’ option when choosing your coffee – it’s that easy.

Anyway, back to business, let’s look at the first question that might be on your mind

Which coffee is strongest?

So you want to know the real truth about strong coffee.

Put it this way, there’s a lot of theories out there and lots of coffee beans ‘claiming’ to be the strongest EVER coffee.

And it may not come as a surprise to hear that the strength of coffee is very much dependent on your taste buds.

Some people think the darker the roast, the stronger the bean. Yes, it’s also true that there’s a more intense flavour when you roast the bean for longer, which is what makes it darker. However, this doesn’t always relate to a perceived strength for everyone

For example, coffee beans can have a number of strength measurements that you might value (or devalue) in your every day coffee.

Here are 3 of the perceived strength elements that can be released during the roasting process:

 

Strong Earthy tonesIndonesian Coffee from Java is renowned for having rich earthy undertones and is a good choice. The cherry is wet hulled, which is where it gets the earthiness characteristic from.

 

Strong Acidity/Bitterness – To a lot of non-coffee geeks ‘strongest’ means a bean that is most bitter. The cheaper Robusta beans certainly fall into this category.

Robusta beans are so bitter, it’s difficult to find a blend that is 100% Robusta. So they are usually 20% Robusta blended with 80% Arabica beans.

Not only that, some companies will sell what they call a STRONG coffee but really it may be  ‘packed full of cheap robusta’.

 

Strong Tobacco flavour – Some of the darkest roasts usually contain tobacco undertones. Often the darker roasts are also known to have that ‘extra bite’.

 

Strong Savoury notes – Some of the more exclusive coffee beans are likely to have a savoury note to them. The savoury tones of a coffee bean may be best tasted at a medium roast, which means the flavour doesn’t intensify too much.

 

Strong Caffeine Levels – Who doesn’t love a Caffeine boost in the morning. And funnily enough, caffeine doesn’t actually have much (if any) taste. Again, Robusta beans are the choice for high caffeine, they also have a superb crema. A+R Classico blend fits right into this category

BUT if you’re simply looking for a ultra strong caffeine hit then you may be better taking a simple pro plus (just kidding, don’t do that).

 

Which coffee is stronger when brewed?

But even after all this, generally the strength of a coffee is directly related to how much/little water you use to make coffee from a given weight of grinds.

Here’s a couple of simple tips to making your coffee stronger:

If you want it stronger, use more coffee.

And if you want weaker, use more water brew your coffee weak.

A average brew measurement is aproximately 18g of ground coffee per cup of coffee poured.

Another trick to enhancing the strength of your coffee is to use a metal filter as opposed to paper filters. Particularly when using an Aeropress, if you haven’t heard of an Aeropress, it’s the fastest way EVER to make a real morning coffee.

Wikihow has a number of tips on how to make stronger coffee

 

Which coffee is best for me?

I want to start by telling you Supermarkets coffee isn’t good! You only need to read this Coffee Forums thread to realise that

Knowing this will help you out a lot when choosing a coffee.

Everyone is different and it really does depend on your taste. But coffee experience can also have an impact when asking yourself “which coffee is best for me”.

So here we’ve put together some experience levels and matched them to a coffee which may work best for you.

 

Green Bean:

If you’re brand new to coffee. Try these Brazillian Coffee beans (Santos), They are lightly roasted beans with smooth flavour and a medium body. Use just under 17g per cup of coffee to get used to the taste.

 

Lightly Roasted:

The Yirgacheffe bean is great for anyone growing their coffee buds (taste buds that is). It has a bright acidity and floral/citrus flavour. It’s tehrefore less intense than some of the full bodied beans. Look out for a smooth medium roast

 

Moderately Roasted:

So you’re fairly experience but still trying to get used to the intensity. Keep a look out for medium roasts with sweet tones

 

2nd Crack:

You’ve been drinking coffee for years and don’t really need me to advise you. You probably love to try the different flavours and are enjoying making your own mind up about which is best for you.

No matter how experience you are, anyone can have a look at our Single Origin Coffee comparison chart to determine which flavours sound the best.

What’s your experience in choosing the best coffee for YOU? Share your knowledge in the comments below readers in the comments below

16 thoughts on “Best Coffee Beans – Which should I buy? Which is Stronger?

  1. I bought from your stand at a village festival about four years ago. Great website. I’ve down loaded your guide. Now I’ve found out where you are I’ll be down next week!

    • Hello Caterina
      My favourite chocolaty blend is continental, especially when you add a little milk. Also check out the Timor single origin coffee which is superb, A classic African coffee with a little more acidity would be the Tanzanian Kilimanjaro. These are available on the 3 for £12.00 offer.

  2. Hi.im a real coffee lover.i discovered a while back the quality of coffee in Portugal. Delta coffee was everywhere and never was it poor.i need a filter coffee. Can you recommend any.i don’t seem to get a caffeine rush so this isn’t a concern.

  3. Back in 1971 I went to Switzerland and the coffee served at breakfast was gorgeous. I used to be able to fnd a swiss blend here in the UK,which was the same, but now i’m trying to find it again I can’t. Do you have any idea of what sort of coffee it would have been. I know it wasn’t a bitter coffee.

    • Hi Gillian. Thanks for your enquiry. It may be best to go for a lighter or medium roast if bitterness is a problem. Have a look at our single origin guide to see which one might work best for you click on the flavours to go directly to that coffee too – https://www.adamsandrussell.co.uk/single-origin-coffee-chart. I can personally recommend the Malawi, which is a light-medium roast. Another impact of bitterness is how long you brew it. If you brew it for a shorter amount of time, it won’t be as bitter. Hope that helps, it would be great to hear how you get on.

      Thanks,
      Matt

  4. Have you started labelling your coffee with a roasted on date yet? If not can you give an indication of the likely age of the coffee beans you have for sale?

    • Hello Peter, We aim to send out the coffee within 5 to 7 days from the roast date. We do not place a roast date on the bag, perhaps we might look to do so in the future.

      We roast in small batches of 5/10/15 kilo volumes. This means we never store coffee. Coffee is at it optimum up to 3 months from being roasted.

      Should you want to come and check out how we roast the coffee you are welcome to come and take a look. If you come to see us at our Birkenhead shop and factory we will show you around and even make you a cup to sample.

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