A custom blend is every coffee lover’s dream. Although not many people know how to mix coffee beans, it isn’t as hard as it sounds, as long as you know a thing or two about the beans themselves.
In order to create your own brew, you’ll need to know which types of roasts you like, as well as how their different flavors work together. This is will turn you into a true coffee connoisseur.
Choosing What Type of Coffee You Want to Make
Everyone has a favorite type of coffee. Before you start mixing your own coffee beans, you first need to figure out if you’re an espresso person or a standard drip coffee person – or something else altogether, if you prefer cappuccinos or lattes.
The type of coffee maker that you plan to use matters as well, since you need to use a blend of beans that it can brew.
Picking the Right Beans for General Use
The next step involves picking the right mix of coffee beans. You generally want a good array of them from different places around the world. Columbian beans tend to be dark, while Kenyan ones are light.
A solid mix consists of 45% Columbian beans, 25% Mexican ones (which fall into the French roast category) and 30% Kenyan. This produces a nice flavorful mix that falls into the “dark roast” category, but has a more well-rounded profile.
Of course, you don’t need to just mix dark, light, and French roasts together. You can use any combination of them that you please.
How To Make an Espresso Blend
Since espresso is a concentrated dark roast with plenty of caffeine, you’ll need to use a different blend than you would for a traditional cup of coffee.
One suggested blend consists of 65% Brazilian beans, 20% Central American ones (look for some from Guatemala or El Salvador), and 15% Robusta beans, which produce a clean flavor that balances out the others.
Of course, you’ll need to experiment a bit before you determine your ideal espresso blend.
Mixing Coffee Beans After Roasting Them
Once you’ve chosen your mix, you next need to roast and grind your beans before they can be turned into your perfect cup of coffee. There are two different ways to roast your coffee beans – you can roast each blend separately, then merge them together before grinding them, or combine them into one batch and then roast and grind them.
For the most part, you want to do the latter, since this ensures that they are all evenly roasted. However, if you roast each type of beans separately, you can simply mix them all together in a bowl before grinding them.
As you can see, learning how to create your own coffee bean blend includes some trial and error, as well as some basic knowledge of the beans themselves. The beans chosen and how you roast them depends largely on your personal coffee preferences.