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How to find better coffee

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

Finding better coffee can be a delightful journey, as there are many factors that contribute to the quality of your coffee experience. Here are some steps you can take to discover and enjoy better coffee:

  1. Explore Specialty Coffee Shops: Look for specialty coffee shops in your area. These establishments often focus on sourcing high-quality beans, carefully roasting them, and brewing them using various methods to bring out the best Flavours. Don't be afraid to ask the baristas for recommendations based on your taste preferences.

  2. Learn About Coffee Varieties: Coffee beans come from different regions around the world, and each region has its unique flavour profiles. Learning about the different coffee varieties, such as Arabica and Robusta, and their origins can help you understand the flavors you might enjoy.

  3. Understand Roasting Profiles: Coffee beans are roasted to different levels, which greatly affects their flavor. Lighter roasts tend to preserve the unique flavours of the beans, while darker roasts might have more intense and roasted Flavors. Experiment with different roast levels to find your preference.

  4. Try Different Brewing Methods: There are various brewing methods like pour-over, French press, AeroPress, espresso, and more. Each method can bring out different Flavors in the same coffee beans. Experimenting with different brewing techniques can lead you to discover new and exciting flavors.

  5. Freshness Matters: Coffee is best when it's freshly roasted and freshly ground just before brewing. Look for coffee shops that roast their beans in-house or buy beans from reputable roasters. Also, invest in a good quality burr grinder to grind your beans before brewing.

  6. Read Reviews and Recommendations: Websites, forums, and apps dedicated to coffee enthusiasts often provide reviews and recommendations for various coffee beans and products. Reading about others' experiences can help you narrow down your choices.

  7. Attend Coffee Tastings: Some coffee shops or roasteries host coffee tasting events where you can sample different types of coffee and learn more about their flavours, aromas, and origins. These events can be both educational and enjoyable.

  8. Experiment with Flavors: Some coffee shops offer flavoured coffee beans that are infused with various natural flavours. While these may not be considered "traditional" coffee, they can be a fun and tasty way to experience coffee differently.

  9. Consider Direct Trade or Single-Origin Coffee: Direct trade and single-origin coffees often come from specific farms or regions, allowing you to experience the unique flavours of a particular place. Look for these options when exploring new coffee choices.

  10. Keep a Coffee Journal: As you try different coffees, keep a journal where you note down the beans' origin, roast level, brewing method, and your impressions. Over time, you'll start to identify patterns in the flavours you enjoy most.

Remember, taste is subjective, so what's considered "better" coffee varies from person to person. Take your time to explore and experiment until you find the types of coffee that resonate with your taste buds

SOUL Twickenham has one of carefully roasted best coffees, also single origin coffees with organic certification.

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