Are you a coffee lover that's been wanting to step into the world of organic coffee, but for whatever reason haven't made the jump? Fret not for you are not alone. You'd be surprised how many life long coffee drinkers have never even tried organic coffee. If this is you, check out this article for some really simple tips to help you choose the best organic coffee as well tips for improving your overall coffee experience.
So first off, what exactly is organic? Coffee that is labeled “organic” means that it was produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers and most pesticides. More and more, people are looking into organic options as they learn about the harmful chemicals used to treat non-organic products. The fact that coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world only makes the thought of going organic even more appealing.
Tip 1: What do you drink now?
Consider what you're currently drinking. What do you like? Light roast, medium, dark? Keep this in mind when selecting your first organic brew. Going organic doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. Take some some time to think of your current favorite blends before making your first purchase. As common sense as it sounds, the roast scales are the same whether the coffee is organic or not. If you drink a medium roast, select a medium roast in organic.
Tip 2: How do you prepare your coffee?
If one of your goals in going organic is improving the taste of your coffee, you'll want to invest in the areas that give you the biggest bang for your buck. For many, this starts with your coffee machine. If you have an old and dilapidated coffee maker you may want to consider replacing it first as this may be an important step into better tasting coffee. A french press or electric kettle are simple and very effective ways of making that perfect cup of coffee. Although it may take a little getting used to, this method can really bring out the flavor profiles of your blend.
Tip 3: Grind your own coffee
As you already know, organic coffee carries a premium price tag. The extra cost of going organic adds up quick so finding ways to save money becomes even more important. One way to do so, is to buy whole bean coffee instead of ground. One easy way to ensure the freshest coffee is by buying whole bean coffee and grinding it yourself. A simple coffee grinder is often only $10 – $15 and can save you money in the long run as whole bean coffee is generally a little more affordable than ground coffee per ounce. If you're looking to take your coffee experience beyond just choosing the best organic coffee, check out this article that discusses the importance of a solid coffee grinder. When making the switch to organic, these savings can really add up! Grinding your own coffee saves you money and earns you a fresher cup of coffee at the same time.
Tip 4: Get some Coffee Lover references
Before trying out a full bag of organic beans, try asking your friends for recommendations (check that they have similar taste profiles, of course!) Alternatively, you could test out the knowledge of your favorite coffee shop barista. Many local coffee houses offer organic options and often the staff is more then willing to talk about their favorite blends. If you're feeling a little apprehensive about doing this, you can always visit the coffeehouse during non-peak hours when staff is likely to have more time to chat. I've found many baristas have a real passion for coffee as an art form and welcome the opportunity to share their recommendations.
Tip 5: Buy Organic Coffee Samples
As far as tips go, we saved one of the best for last. Coffee samples (even organic ones) are a huge part of the coffee economy. Coffee companies offer sample packs or free trials that can help you narrow down your preferences with low risk. Typically sample organic coffee packs will offer varieties of 3 or more different blends. If you don't like the flavor of a particular organic coffee blend, no worries. You're only out a couple of bucks. One of the best ways to try different organic coffees is to sign up for a coffee subscription box service. Most of these coffee subscriptions focus on exposing their customers to a huge selection of rare and unique coffees, many of which are organic. One of the most impressive coffee subscription boxes out there is Atlas Coffee (Check out our review for more details). Both are excellent options for testing out some of the best organic coffee on the market. Keep an eye out for specials or options for a free trial month.
If you're a K Cup or coffee pod fan, consider Maud's Coffee as you search for the best organic coffee on the market. Maud's coffee from Intelligent Blends offers their trademark smooth and rich coffee in an organic coffee sampler pack for just $5.99.
While there are differing opinions out there, most will agree that organic coffees have a cleaner and more refreshing flavor than their non-organic counterparts. However, when it comes to the health benefits of organic, all will agree that it's healthier. Check out one of our previous articles to learn more about the benefits of organic coffee.
In conclusion, going organic is an excellent way to get the most out of your coffee experience. Choosing the best organic coffee for your particular taste profile should be viewed as a fun and exploratory process. While we can all relate to being creatures of habit, remember to stay open to new possibilities and embrace the art of discovery.