If you are like us, you are constantly searching for that perfect cup of coffee to give you that extra jolt, and start your day off right. We are constantly trying to find new ways to brew coffee, get a cup of coffee with high caffeine, and experimenting with different beans and grounds to find the perfect cup.
The search continues, but we are narrowing it down
We are still looking for that perfect cup, but one thing is for certain: you need to know the kind of coffee beans you like in order to brew the cup of java that is just right for you. Only you know just what makes your taste buds sing, but to help you out, we have compiled a list of the various beans out there, as well as a few helpful hints and tricks to get just the right bean for you.
A few notes before we get started
First, if you are the kind of person that wants a flavorful, bright cup of java and are willing to search for it, you should also be willing to grind your own beans. A solid cup of coffee starts with the grounds, and you shouldn’t shirk on quality if you are looking for the perfect kind of coffee drink for you.
Avoid stale grounds!
Essentially, once coffee beans have been ground, they begin a process called oxidation, where certain chemical properties in the bean begin to breakdown. The result; a staler, less flavorful cup of coffee. Even the most tightly sealed bags of ground coffee can’t escape this process completely, so before you start looking for the kind of bean that works for you, get yourself a burr grinder and get ready to purchase whole beans.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for the most caffeinated coffee in the world, or if high caffeine isn’t on the top of your list when selecting a perfect cup of coffee (but if it is, check out Biohazard Coffee. All we can say is you won’t be disappointed), freshly ground beans will always produce the best cup.
We are off our soapbox
Alright, we are done with our tirade about coffee beans and oxidation. Let’s dig right into the kind of beans that you should purchase in order to produce the best cup of coffee for you.
We’re going to break down the two most popular kinds of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. We’ve broken each down into the following categories: taste, texture, and amount of caffeine. These are the things we look for in a cup of java and figured you would like to know as well.
Another quick note
There are over 100 different kinds of bean varieties out in the world, so if you want to be a true coffee connoisseur, then feel free to start exploring the dark niches of the coffee world with some exotic beans. However, we need to start somewhere, so we are only going to dig into the two kinds of beans that are the most widely used and the most popular by far.
Robusta beans: big flavor in a little package
Taste: The Robusta bean produces a coffee that is bold in flavor, with a slightly burnt aftertaste. For those who enjoy the more bitter side of the palate, this is the bean for them. If you enjoy smokier, rich flavors with a hint of sharpness at the finish, then this is the bean for you.
Texture: The coffee the Robusta produces is generally a little thicker than the Arabica bean, and the mouthfeel is generally on the silkier side.
Caffeine: Traditionally, the Robusta coffee bean is stronger than the Arabica bean, so if you are looking for highly caffeinated coffee, this bean is for you. In fact, there are many coffee drinkers out there who love the sharper flavors of the Robusta bean and enjoy the strong coffee it produces.
Arabica beans: Smooth and clean flavors with a little less kick
Taste: the Arabica bean produces a smoother, more approachable cup of coffee than its Robusta cousin. The flavors are generally reminiscent of caramel and cinnamon, with a little bit of a bitter kick at the finish (it is coffee, after all). For those who like a bit more balanced flavor profile in their morning Joe, this is the bean for them
Texture: the texture and mouthfeel this coffee produces in large part are light and fresh. Since the bean produces a milder cup, it makes sense that the texture is lighter as well. In addition, the flavor does not linger as long as the Robusta.
Caffeine: There is traditionally less caffeine in the Arabica bean than the Robusta, but there are ways around that issue. If you want a lighter flavored coffee but still need that jolt, simply change the ratios of coffee beans to water when you brew your morning cup and you are good to go. You just need to use a bit more coffee grounds to get the desired caffeine effect.
We hope this narrows it down!
Thank you for reading our little review of the Robusta and Arabica beans, and we hope it helps you narrow your focus in your search for the perfect cup of coffee or coffee drink of choice.
Again, there are over 100 different kinds of beans out in the world, and this in no way takes away from the wilder varieties out there, but we just wanted to give you a launch pad as you search for the coffee that is perfect for you.
That’s all folks! Enjoy trying the different coffees out there, and if you have any comments or questions, as always don’t hesitate to drop a line in the comment section below. Happy hunting!
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