So you’re looking to buy coffee beans in bulk? That means you either drink a lot of coffee (no judgment!) or you manage a hotel, plan events, own a coffee shop, or run an office. You probably have questions in any of these situations, and that’s where we can help!
At Pearl Lemon Cafe not only do we make use of a wide variety of the best coffee beans to create coffee drinks our Fulham cafe patrons love, but we also allow customers to buy coffee beans in bulk, either in person or online. But, if you are new to the idea, just what should you keep in mind when you buy coffee beans in bulk?
Although you can buy pre-ground coffee, the best (and freshest) way is to buy whole beans and grind them just before brewing. Because pre-ground coffee has a larger surface area, it loses flavor more quickly in the bag. Only the freshest coffee is available at Pearl Lemon Cafe and we believe that truly fresh coffee is something everyone should be able to enjoy.
While whole bean coffee is ideal and buying coffee beans in bulk is the very best way to ensure coffee freshness, if you don’t have access to a grinder, don’t worry—we can grind it for you shortly before delivery, ensuring that it is still super fresh when you receive it. A coffee grinder is not a huge investment to make though, and it really will be worth it.
We believe that great coffee is always worth it! Customers are unlikely to queue out the door for coffee that is bland or something that can be found on any supermarket shelf. Better coffee implies happier customers, and happy customers means more revenue for your company.
Coffee quality makes a difference no matter how you prepare it, but it is especially important if you are planning to offer more complex coffee creations. To make the kinds of gourmet coffee drinks a growing number of people are looking for you have to start with the best coffee, no matter how clever your baristas are. And the best coffee comes from fresh ground coffee.
If you manage an office, the question may be slightly different, but the goal stays the same. Even if you aren’t selling coffee to your staff, you should have excellent coffee! Employees are happier and more productive when you serve decent coffee in the office, which will benefit you in the long run. Clients and potential customers will be even more impressed with your business if you serve excellent coffee.
If you have been starting to weigh up your options for buying coffee beans in bulk you have almost certainly noticed that the means are often divided by roast type. But is that really important, and if so why?
The fact is that the roasting of coffee beans has a significant impact on the flavor of a cup of coffee. Light, medium, and dark roasts are the three options you’ll usually have to choose from when you buy coffee beans in bulk.
For a milder cup of coffee, that light but bright breakfast coffee, for example, many go for a light roast. The bean is significantly lighter in appearance and hasn’t been roasted for as long. Because these beans aren’t roasted as long as dark roasts, they’re slightly more caffeinated.
Medium roasts are often more flavorful than light roasts, and they’re closer to what you’d get in regular grocery store coffee.
Dark roast coffee beans even look different. On the outside, dark roast coffee is shiny and oily to the touch. It makes a strong cup of coffee with a lot of flavour and makes excellent espresso.
Something else you’ll find you need to consider when you buy coffee beans in bulk is just where those beans originated from.
Coffee beans are the seeds of a cherry-like fruit produced by a flowering shrub known as a coffee tree. Arabica and Robusta are the two primary types of coffee trees that supply the world’s demand for coffee beans.
Arabica beans have a sweeter, gentler flavor than other beans, with notes of honey, fruit, and berries. Their acidity is stronger, giving them that winey flavor that coffee with high acidity is known for.
The sharpness of a cup of coffee is known as acidity. Take a small sip of coffee the next time you have some and note how the flavor strikes the edges of your tongue. That’s the acidity, and it’s what gives your cup its brightness.
Robusta, on the other hand, has a harsher, grainier flavor with a peanutty aftertaste. They have double the amount of caffeine over Arabica beans and are prized by coffee connoisseurs for their deep flavor and superb crema when making espresso.
The Arabica family of trees produces the majority of speciality coffees offered today. Coffee plants flourish across the equatorial zone, with the best coffees coming from countries with rich volcanic soil and higher elevations.
Within that very broad grouping of coffee beans between Arabica and Robusta lie hundreds of different roasts, offering very different flavours. This is where those choosing to buy coffee beans in bulk for the very first time can begin to get confused very quickly.
At Pearl Lemon Cafe we differ from many other bulk coffee bean suppliers in that we will be very happy to take the time to explain to you just what those differences are, rather than leaving you to guess.
If you have certain drinks in mind – lattes perhaps, or a really good breakfast coffee to help your staff start the day off right-we’ll help you determine which are the right coffee beans for doing so.
Some people believe that as long as coffee remains in its whole bean roast form it will be first day fresh whenever you grind it. That, however, is not quite the case. Coffee does not have an infinite shelf life, and the flavor of the coffee diminishes with each passing day on the shelves.
Because the coffee bean begins to oxidize as soon as it is finished roasting, you must use it as soon as possible to achieve the most flavourful cup. The coffee sold in supermarkets was often roasted weeks and weeks, if not months, earlier, so will never have as much fresh flavour as the freshly roasted coffee beans we sell!
Interested in buying coffee beans in bulk? Contact us today to discuss your needs.