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Choosing the right beans

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Welcome to Coffee Beans 101. Understanding the different types of coffee beans is key to making exceptional, third wave specialty coffee at home. Join specialty coffee roaster Paul Gesho, Founder and Owner of Mecca Coffee, as he walks you through the process of selecting the right beans. Factors include when the beans were roasted, as well as understanding the complex flavor notes found from beans in various parts of the world. He explains that the peak timing of beans is 5-30 days after roasting. If you use them too soon the beans will oxidize, making them challenging to work with and for beans older than 30 days, it begins to lose some of their aroma and complexities, reducing the flavorful character. Paul also breaks down the major differences between South American and African varieties of coffee beans. The nutty and chocolate notes of South American coffee pair beautifully with textured milk for a velvety mouthfeel. African coffees, however, are higher in acidity and can contain delicate floral notes as well as citrus, making them a great choice for Americanos or espressos. Blends can bring out unique complexities specially crafted by roasters. It is always recommended to buy quality beans with a “roasted on” date to explore the intricate notes of coffee, so you can create café-quality coffee drinks at your fingertips with the Breville Bambino®.

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