How to buy green coffee beans

Our coffee buying guide to understanding and enjoying the freshest coffee.

Buying green coffee for home roasting can seem like a daunting task to many people new to the joys of home roasting. You'll find it incredibly easy and part of the fun once armed with the basic coffee information that follows.

Aroma, flavor, body, acidity and finish are all inherent characteristics of the green (raw) specialty coffee beans you select (see Section 2). Size, processing method, variety and grade can all affect the taste characteristics of the cup (Section 1). Roasting is perhaps the most frightening facet for coffee lovers new to home roasting, but you'll discover in a few tries that roasting coffee beans is easy and rewarding (sections 3 and 6). Where a coffee is grown, known as origin, defines the basis of the unroasted coffee profile based on soil, climate, elevation and unique conditions (section 5). Last but not least, how you store your coffee beans can easily keep them fresh or make them dirty (section 4).

We've assembled this coffee primer for beginners into five basic sections, plus a sixth section on how to roast coffee for beginners, and some extras as follows:

  1. Basics of green coffee beans (Glossary)
  2. Description of coffees and coffee tasting terms
  3. Coffee roasting conditions and descriptions of roasting levels
  4. Coffee storage
  5. Origins of coffee; How the place of growth affects the taste
  6. How to roast coffee for beginners
  7. Free downloads
  8. Go green

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