Coffee Review - The World's Leading Coffee Guide
Coffee Reference Section Espresso>Buying Espresso>

Buying Espresso: Introduction

Choosing a coffee is one of the delightful challenges of home espresso brewing. Although the subtlest of distinctions among single-origin coffees are lost in dark-roasting, the rich diversity of espresso-suitable coffees now available presents the espresso drinker with a fascinating arena for experiment and connoisseurship.

Coffee suitable for espresso brewing can be purchased in four forms: pre-ground in cans; as pre-ground, pre-packed single servings called "pods"; whole bean in cans and bags; and whole bean in bulk.

Buying whole beans in bags or bulk offers the espresso drinker by far the greatest number of blends and single-origin coffees from which to choose. For the true aficionado, there also is the alternative of buying coffee green and roasting it at home. Home roasters can assemble a veritable cellar of fine coffees, since in its green state coffee keeps rater well.

Related Link: | Introduction |

<< Previous Next >>

Buying Espresso:   | Pre-Ground, Canned Blends  | Espresso Pods  | Whole Beans for Espresso  | Around the World in a Demitasse

Coffee Glossary

Click any letter below to view a pop-up list of useful coffee terms and definitions.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Adapted from Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing & Enjoying; Espresso: Ultimate Coffee; and Home Coffee Roasting: Romance & Revival. St. Martin's Press.
Copyright © 1996, 2001 by Kenneth Davids. All Rights Reserved.