コーヒー豆の選び方(第一弾:前提編)

How to Choose Coffee Beans (Part 1: Basics)

Ni hao hello.
Here we will introduce the confusing and complicated process of choosing coffee beans.

Roughly speaking, there are four main points:

-size-

We recommend buying an amount that can be consumed within 1-2 weeks.
⇨More details here (Part 2: Size)

-Roast level-

Light roasts have a sour taste and rich flavor, while dark roasts have a bitter taste and a rich mouthfeel.
⇨For more details, click here (Part 3: Roast Level)

-Refining method-

There is the washed variety, which stands out for its crisp acidity, and the natural variety, which is full-bodied and fruity. In between them is the variety called honey.
⇨For more details, click here (Part 4: Refining Process)

-Production area-

There are rough trends for each region, but ultimately it's best to ask the store clerk for advice.
⇨For more details, click here (Part 5: Production Areas)

But before you make a serious choice,
First of all, let's start by explaining the basics of how to choose !

<Prerequisite 1: Choose fresh produce>

It's best to choose fresh beans (beans that have been roasted recently)!

The flavor of beans gradually declines after roasting,
In my experience, it's best to drink it within 3 weeks to 1 month after roasting !
(The temperature in Japan is lower than in Taiwan, so it might be possible to go a little further.)

I think the biggest advantage of buying coffee beans from a shop that roasts its own beans is the freshness.
First of all, try to focus on that.
Even after that, it still tastes delicious, but the aroma seems to deteriorate drastically.

So, on the other hand, no matter how famous a coffee is, if it has been roasted for a long time,
There's no need to go out of your way to buy it at a high price .

Use that money to buy something delicious.

<Premise 2: Know the difference in coffee taste>

There are so many different kinds of coffee out there.
The beans themselves vary from country to country, farm to farm, variety to variety, and even from season to season.
There are good years for wine, and the same is true for coffee.

To make things even more complicated, coffee goes through a roasting process.
Even if the botanical ingredients are the same, the roaster can add different flavors.

To make things even more complicated, coffee is all about extraction.
The taste also changes depending on who brews it.

It's chaos.

When you buy coffee, there is usually some information about the flavor of each type of bean written on it.
``Dark roast,'' ``rich,'' ``sour,'' ``fruity,'' etc.

However, if you don't drink coffee regularly,
To be honest, it's hard to tell what level of bitterness or richness a coffee has after just one sip.
I think it's hard to judge (at least that's how I felt).

So, my first recommendation is to make a conscious effort to try it !

For example, try choosing "dark roast," "chocolatey," or "rich."
I wonder what it tastes like and compare it to my own senses.

If you usually drink Seven-Eleven coffee, how does it compare to that?
How does it compare to Starbucks coffee?
Ah, it says this one has a rich flavor, but I thought the Seven-Eleven coffee was heavier.
You'll realize, "Oh, Seven-Eleven's coffee has a rich flavor."
(I don't know if it really has any flavor.)

This will give you an idea of ​​what type of coffee you normally drink, and make it easier to match the advice of the coffee shop with the taste .

After that, just make adjustments based on the taste you get each time, such as making it more sour or more fruity, and I think you'll soon find a taste that you like!

By the way!

BOKETTO's trial sets include a selection of beans that may provide some insight, so it's highly recommended for those who want to try out a variety of options!

<<More details here>>

so, that's it for today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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For those who don't know how much to buy each time
⇨More details here (Part 2: Size)

Light roast or dark roast? For those who don't know the difference or what their preferences are
⇨For more details, click here (Part 3: Roast Level)

What are washed and natural? For those who want to know the difference in taste depending on the refining method
⇨For more details, click here (Part 4: Refining Process)

Is it Brazil? Or Ethiopia? For those who want to know the differences in taste from region to region
⇨For more details, click here (Part 5: Production Areas)

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