Post By Lovey
Post By arcachon
Post By Plexer13
I need some advice on what strain of beans to buy, I've had a look on Beanbay and was quickly overwhelmed with the number of options available. Normally I'd go to my local cafè and purchase Campos Superior blend beans, however, that's becoming a bit costly.
I don't mind buying slightly bulkier bags (2.5kg bags) as they are more cost-effective, although, are there any beans you would recommend that have a similar taste to Campos beans on Beanbay?
G'day Plexer and welcome to Coffeesnobs.
Sorry to answer a question with a question, but it will help everyone to help you.
What sort of coffee do you like and how do you prepare it?
Have you tried single origin coffee (ie one type of bean, not the brand), or only blends?
Are you looking at buying roasted or green beans from beanbay?
If you're buying green beans, what do you have or intend to use to roast your beans?
If you're buying roasted coffee, there's a few blends available which Andy has crafted for our enjoyment.
In relation to the coffees on offer in beanbay, check these 2 links out.
This will give you some tasting notes in relation to the coffees.
This will give you some ideas about how to blend different beans.
All the best,
Sorry, impossible question to answer. Firstly the regular Campos blend is 4 different beans. Secondly the exact same bean can have a dramatically different taste depending on roasting method and profile. You can even create a 'blend' using a single origin with a mix of different roasts.
Your best option is to read the Beanbay descriptions cross reference to comments in the Cup Tasting thread. Find a couple to start with then begin your experiments.
I think once you start roasting and playing around with different bean types and roast depths you'll find a lot more coffee that you enjoy than just Campos blend.
Thank you for the information Steve, as you can already tell I'm kind of new to coffee, but I will definitely look into the links you provided.
Apologies for being vague as I was unaware that the Campos blend consisted of 4 different beans. I'll look into the Cup tasting thread to find out more about it, cheers.