Veneziano’s training and development manager, Jade Jennings, shares her tips on how to make sure you’re buying the best coffee for home.
Check the packaging.
Good quality coffee will be packaged in a bag with a heat seal. This heat seal prevents oxidisation and keeps the beans fresh.
Good quality coffee will also have a one-way valve on the bag. This one way valve is essential for keeping the beans fresh as well as it lets carbon dioxide and oxygen to escape from the bag without letting oxygen back in.
Look for a roast date.
Most specialty coffee will display a roast date on the back rather than a use by date. Coffee doesn’t necessarily go off or expire but it will deteriorate and lose sweetness over time and is often at its peak for consumption at around 2 – 5 weeks from the roast date.
How much information is shared?
Specialty coffee roasters are often very keen to tell their customers everything they can about the beans they are buying. You should at a minimum see taste descriptors on that bag and references to the origins that make up the blend. A lot of the time you will receive coffee cards with your beans that gives you more details on the farms the beans have been sourced from. You can check out our coffee cards – The Dawn, The Everyday, The Weekend.