Buying the Best Coffee to Brew at Home
We happen to feel strongly about coffee selection. You can have a great brewer, and follow top techniques, but if the coffee is not high quality…
There are five grades of coffee beans:
Grades 4 & 5 are the lowest quality beans with 24-86 allowed secondary defects such as sour, underripe, fungus, mold, and insect damaged beans. Hopefully you will never see this type of coffee.
Grade 3 “Exchange Grade” has 9-23 secondary defects in a sample. Most supermarket & restaurants and gas stations use this grade of coffee.
Grade 2 or Premium Grade Coffee is high quality coffee, with up to 8 secondary defects, used in a lot of cafes and coffee shops.
Grade 1 Specialty Grade has 0-3 secondary defects - no unripe beans. This accounts for about 37% of coffee grown.
We bring this all up so you can understand and appreciate the variety of coffee available to you to brew at home.
All of these grades of coffee will have different roast levels and based on the region they come from will have nuanced flavors. The higher the quality the better the taste, and the better for your health.