How can you make the difference between coffee originating in Africa, with exotic flavors, and Brazilian organic coffee? Or between strong and slightly acidic coffee, able to keep you energetic all day, and a rather mild assortment? The answer is simple: consult the labels.
A label is not necessarily a guarantee of quality, but the more a producer can tell you about the coffee type you are going to buy, the better, because you can make an informed choice, if you pay enough attention.
The absence of information on coffee labels is worse than its abundance. Information should include:
- The type of coffee (ground, beans, instant etc.)
- The roasting date
Pay attention to the date when the coffee was roasted! It should be marked on the package and, ideally, you should choose the closest date to the purchasing moment, because the flavor disappears quite soon after you open the package. A thorough Colorado label company will include all these details in the packaging.
- The roast level (how intensely and at what temperature was performed the roasting process).
- Country of origin (there are dozens of coffee varieties around the world and they all have a different flavor).
- The type of coffee
There are two main types: Arabic and Robusta. Arabica is of superior quality.
- Other information (for example, “single origin” means that the coffee comes from one place; larger berries are most likely to be from Ethiopia, but it is even more credible if the home farm is listed on the label).