Which coffee beans for the coffee machine?

A good automatic coffee maker needs to be filled with delicious coffee beans to perform well. We explain what the difference is between coffee beans and espresso beans, where the price differences are for coffee beans and what else you should look out for when buying.

What is the difference between coffee beans and espresso beans?

You may have noticed that coffee beans sold for making coffee are slightly lighter in colour than espresso beans? This is because they are roasted longer: It is often reported that espresso beans are roasted for about 20 minutes and coffee beans for about 13 minutes. However, this can vary depending on the bean. Furthermore, even within the category of “coffee bean” or “espresso bean”, there are light and dark roasts that have been roasted for different lengths of time. In general, however, it can be said that the coffee bean is roasted for less time than the espresso bean and only this creates a difference, because before roasting it is the same coffee bean.

This also results in a difference in taste: due to the longer roasting, the espresso bean loses acidity and is thus somewhat softer in taste and more digestible for the stomach.

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Coffee bean prices

Coffee bean prices

The price of coffee beans varies between £16 and £25 per kilo, depending on the size and the supplier. If you buy several kilos at once, you sometimes come out cheaper. But this only makes sense if you really drink a lot of coffee and use up the beans within a month. Otherwise, the coffee beans you have lying around lose their aroma.

Of course, you will get a better deal if you buy your coffee beans in the supermarket or on the internet. But nothing beats a freshly roasted coffee bean at the roastery. Here, too, you pay around 20£ for a kilo.

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Buying tips for coffee beans

Buying tips for coffee beans
  • The fresher roasted, the better: buy your coffee beans at a roastery. Here, the coffee has not been roasted for more than a few days, so the aroma is still very fresh. You can taste the difference.
  • Get advice on the blend. Coffee beans come from many different countries and in many different blends. Let us advise you! Do you prefer a tart, earthy coffee flavour or a fruity, smooth one? Coffee roasters know which blend best suits your taste.
  • When you try a new coffee bean, don’t buy too much at once. What if you don’t like it? It’s best to buy 100gr packets of different coffee beans to have the opportunity to try several varieties to find the perfect flavour for you.
For a perfect espresso, not only the coffee bean is crucial, but also the optimal grind. Find out here which grind is recommended for fully automatic coffee machines and how to set it correctly.

Another important point that guarantees an optimal taste of your coffee is cleaning. Find out how to clean your coffee machine thoroughly in our next article in this series.

William C Arpin

William C Arpin

I like to test products and recommend the best ones, write reviews, travel and spend time with my family.

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