There are two forms that you can buy coffee in and that is beans or grounds. There are so many different flavors that can be tasted in coffee. Have you ever wondered which one will bring you those rich and bold flavors you like so much? Here are a few tips to help you buy the best tasting coffee on the shelf.

When was it roasted?

Coffee beans are at the peak of freshness within the first two weeks of roasting. The flavors and aromas that come from freshly roasted coffee beans are unbeatable by comparison. If you want to have the freshest coffee available, you should look at the packaging to check for the “roasted on” date.

What is the roast of the coffee?

The roasting process of the coffee beans is what gives it clarity, and makes it full of rich flavors. Dark or french roasted coffee will be burnt tasting or muddy with flavors. It mostly tastes of carbon and ash. The medium and lighter blend coffees will give you the flavor levels you are looking for. It is important to remember that coffee is supposed to be enjoyed with very little additives if any. The lighter the roast is of the coffee will determine the harshness of the flavor.

Do I have to buy coffee beans?

There is no right or wrong way to enjoy coffee. Coffee beans hold in the flavors and oils longer than grounds. Once you grind up coffee beans, they start losing freshness within thirty minutes. You could separate your grounds into a small airtight container to preserve the freshness. Purchasing smaller quantities is the best way to keep your coffee tasting its best at all times.