If you thought all coffee beans in Queensland were the same, think again! There are rules!
Well, sort of! The thing is, when buying coffee beans, it’s important to care for them properly to ensure you get the best taste possible.
It’s a bit like buying good wine. Some wines are made to be drunk immediately; some need to be cellared. And if they are being cellared, they require the right conditions and temperature.
It’s the same with buying fresh roasted coffee beans online – it’s a bit of a science!
Let the beans rest
A good coffee supplier will have roasted your beans just before sending to ensure you receive the very best product. So, just like a good wine, you need to let those beans rest for a few days, to allow the full aroma and taste to develop.
The same applies if you are buying flavoured coffee beans in Australia. Here’s a few tips you might find helpful.
Just like wine, coffee oxidizes. What this actually means is that the more it is exposed to air and oxygen, the more the coffee flavour may be degraded. This is because coffee beans contain several volatile aromatics and oils which can be lost when they come into contact with air. So always keep your coffee beans or ground coffee in an airtight container.
Moisture is another no-no when storing your coffee beans – especially In Queensland, with its humidity. Coffee will very quickly absorb moisture, and this will affect both the aroma and the taste.
Moisture will ruin your beans
Many people swear by storing their ground coffee or coffee beans in the fridge or freezer, but that is still a moist environment. What’s more, because of that absorption rate, your coffee may even soak up the other smells and flavours in your fridge.
This is probably why so many coffee drinkers are choosing to buy their fresh roasted coffee beans online via a subscription, to ensure the beans really are freshly roasted, and to have batches delivered regularly to help avoid those air and moisture problems.
Heat is another killer – not only in the storage of your beans, but also the preparation. Had you ever had a coffee that tasted almost burnt? That would be because it was made with boiling water, completely destroying the subtle flavours.
Your coffee beans in Queensland should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight and hot lights. The optimum storage conditions are 20-25 degrees Celsius.
There’s no point stockpiling your coffee if you want to enjoy it at its best. It’s far better to buy it in small batches.
Perfect your coffee-making skills
Having successfully bought and stored your fresh roasted coffee beans online, and your flavoured coffee beans Australia, how about perfecting your coffee-making skills!
We’ve already discussed how heat can ruin it, but so can the wrong use of the equipment, the milk, the steamer, everything!
Always start with freshly roasted coffee beans that have been allowed to rest for a few days. And choose the correct grind for your purposes, for example espresso.
Now comes the technical bit: an espresso is made by forcing hot – not boiling – water through the finely ground coffee under approximately 9 atmospheres of pressure! Around 8 grams of coffee is used per cup, making approximately 40ml.
The science of this is that the water has to be evenly forced through the coffee. Otherwise it will taste ‘thin’ and wishy-washy.
Next comes steaming the milk – note steaming, NOT boiling! Nothing will ruin your coffee beans in Queensland more than scalding the brew.
Who would have thought that so much was involved in a cup of coffee!
The coffee plant itself is a fragile plant, and it takes a lot of manpower and resources to grow. Some beans, like the Arabica, only grow at high altitudes, so imagine the work involved just picking the beans, never mind transporting them to Australia!
The coffee beans you buy in Queensland have had a very interesting journey before making it into your kitchen!
But with the variety of fresh roasted coffee beans online, you may worry about making the wrong choice and being stuck with a brew you don’t particularly like. There is a solution to this. When choosing your supplier, as well as sourcing one that doesn’t charge extra for freight or grinding, also choose one that offers sample packs.
And by the way, sample packs make a great gift, too, for the coffee lovers in your family!
A sample pack can give you the chance to try up to 6 different blends, including flavoured coffee beans in Australia. As they say, variety is the spice of life and you’ll quickly discover your favourites.
In choosing your supplier, it’s also worth checking how often they will deliver. Ideally you want one that delivers up to 4 times a month, to ensure you are always drinking the very best quality bean.
Author Bio: Isobel Coleman is an experienced writer living on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a mecca for gourmet food lovers. A self-confessed coffee snob Isobel shares some tips on choosing – and storing – coffee beans in Queensland.