What to Look for in Quality Coffee Beans

March 09, 2021


One question we get a lot is “How can you tell if coffee beans are high quality?” Our response is usually, “How much time do you have?” There are a myriad of factors that affect the flavor of a coffee and it all starts with the bean.  And while we all have different preferences, here are some of the basics for what we consider quality coffee beans.

Arabica Beans

There are four main types of coffee beans, with the two most prominent being Arabica and Robusta. Generally speaking, Arabica beans produce a sweet, smooth coffee that is less acidic than its counterparts. Robusta beans display a harsher flavor, and is generally used in lower quality blends or instant coffees. So, to start, choose 100% Arabica beans.

Established Growing Region

Where a bean is born matters. Different regionshave different flavor profiles, but it's best to stick to the most established growing regions to ensure the best tasting coffee. After all, coffee plants can be pretty delicate, so the climate is important. You’ll want to drink coffees from Central & South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.


As they say, fresh is best. A coffee bean is best brewed 7-21 days after it is roasted. That is when the flavor will be best. Of course, the coffee will still be good to drink for weeks after, but if you’re trying to catch it at its best, stick to the 7-21 day window for brewing.

Roast Method

How coffee beans are roasted can be as varied as how they’re brewed. But, each method results in its own unique qualities. Though there’s no one method to rule them all, at Grounds & Hounds, we roast ours in a Probat Drum Roaster in small batches using a traditional European roasting method.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Blog

4 Benefits of Joining Our Coffee Club
4 Benefits of Joining Our Coffee Club

May 04, 2021

Are you taking advantage of the Grounds & Hounds Subscription Coffee Club? If you’re a fan of our delicious, organic roasts, and supporting rescue pups with every cup,  it might be time to sign up. Want to know more? Here are 4 great benefits of being a member of the Coffee Club.
Read More
Rescue Roast Feature: National Mill Dog Rescue
Rescue Roast Feature: National Mill Dog Rescue

April 28, 2021

We're proud to announce our latest Rescue Roast partner,National Mill Dog Rescue! This incredible group works to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home former commercial  breeding dogs, while ensuring they experience the love of a forever family. 
Read More
Adoptable Pup Feature: Sean Connery
Adoptable Pup Feature: Sean Connery

April 13, 2021

This sweet pibble mix found himself in kennel 007 around the time Sean Connery passed away, so the shelter decided the name "Sean Connery" would be a good fit. He's certainly handsome enough for the role.
Read More