The simple norm of buying coffee used to be very simple. You walk into a supermarket grab your bag of beans and that would be it. According to E-imports coffee statistics 2017, shopping for specialty coffee sales are increasing by 20% every year.This is evidence of growing demand and awareness for specialty coffee.
The following checklist has become a necessity that will make your specialty coffee shopping an adventure.
- Roasting date:
Coffee beans are only fresh between 2-3 weeks from the roasting date. However, it is recommended 14days from the roasting date. Studies show, coffee loses aroma at a rate of 30% every 8 days.
Reconsider “Best Before Dates (BBD)” on your coffee bags and be on the lookout for “Roasted on” dates as these are marks of a transparent and quality roasting.
The flavour of coffee is an attribute of region it is cultivated. Ensure to purchase specialty coffee sourced from high altitude areas. (Recommended altitude areas should be above 1700masl (5577ft).)
Ensure your coffee beans are packaged carefully and properly in air tight bags.This is to protect against humidity, sunlight and heat. Coffee packages should also be fitted with an aroma valve; a one-way degassing valve that allows release of built up pressure in the package, while maintaining the roasted beans flavour and aroma.
WHERE TO PURCHASE SPECIALTY COFFEE BEANS.
We’ve shared the basic essentials to consider when purchasing specialty coffee. It’s time to share the most recommended places to purchase them.
- Micro-roastery cafés: Specialty coffee shops usually serve high quality beans. It is ideal to purchase from specialty coffee shops that operates onsite micro-roastery, that guarantees transparency and freshness of your pick of coffee.
- Online: Roasters and specialty coffee shops have online platforms for retailing their coffee beans. It is ideal because it is convenient, reliable and accessible.
- Subscription program: Home delivery systems guarantee freshness, discounted prices and free delivery every week for a period of your choosing.
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