Our Coffee Beans

Where to buy coffee beans in New York City, Manhattan?

If you are looking for coffee beans in New York City there are many great suppliers. We get our beans from Counter Culture Coffee, which we think is great both in quality and taste. We grind our beans on the spot, for every cup of coffee that you order, so you always get the full experience and tasting notes of the beans in your desired cup of coffee. Our baristas are always ready to welcome you inside and brew you your favorite cup of coffee regardless if you enjoy an espresso or a decaf.

Find the nearest store below and try our coffee beans of choice, maybe it will become a favorite of yours too.

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Coffee Instore at Ole And Steen

How are coffee beans roasted?

Coffee beans are roasted to bring out the aroma and the flavor of the raw green unroasted coffee beans. When beans are stored, they are stored green, this prevents the beans from losing it's quality and taste, it's basically to keep the beans as fresh as possible for the best taste.

The roasting process starts with drying out the beans in the roastery, this step takes about 4-8 minutes with traditional drum roasters. It's very important here not to burn the beans, the drying stage ensures that the beans are ready for the next step which is the browning stage, where the beans change color from green to the dark brown color you know. After this stage the coffee beans start to develop aromas and the characteristic smell you know from fresh coffee, this is called the development or roasting stage. This typically takes up to 15-25% of the total roasting time depending on the desired flavour profile you wish from the freshly roasted coffee beans.

4 types of coffee beans

There are four types of different coffee beans: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica and Excelsa. In this section we will give you a quick walk-through of each type, to ensure that you know your beans like a real coffee enthusiast.

Arabica: These beans are possibly the most popular type of coffee beans, this may be due to it being the first coffee consumed by humans. The Arabica originated from Ethiopia and is considered to be the highest-quality bean of the fourth. The flavour is smooth, and complex, with tasting notes from earthy to floral.

Robusta: This bean is primarily grown in Africa and Indonesia, and is often mixed into coffee blends because of the harsher and more bitter taste. These beans are often less expensive and can be grown in harsher environments and at lower altitudes. There's a stigma to the Robusta bean being inferior to the other variants, but these beans actually make a great cup of coffee if brewed correctly.

Grinded coffee beans
Coffe being tamped

Liberica: The Liberica bean is a very different kind of coffee bean than the rest, it's known for the aroma and the beans bold and smoky flavor profile, that you either love or hate. It originates from western Africa, more specifically Liberia, where it got it's name from, but is now mainly produced in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Give it a try for a new coffee experience, if you haven’t tried it yet.

Excelsa: The last and fourth major coffee bean you need to know is the Excelsa which is now reclassified as a liberica variant. The Excelsa beans have a unique flavor that combines a light roast and fruity flavors. The beans contain less caffeine than the aforementioned types, and if you look into coffee blends you will typically find these mixed in, because this bean provides complexity in the final coffee.


1. How long do coffee beans last
If you store your coffee properly it can stay relatively fresh up to 1 month, although the quality of the beans will slowly degrade over time.

2. How to store coffee beans?
The best way to store your coffee beans would be in an airtight container in a dark place like a cupboard, where they are secure from sunlight.

3. What coffee beans have the most caffeine?
The Robusta beans have the highest amount of caffeine per serving.

4. Whole Beans vs Ground Coffee: What’s the difference?
When we look at the difference between whole beans and ground coffee, it can be boiled down to the taste. When you buy whole beans and grind them yourself, your coffee will be as fresh as possible, and therefore the taste will be more complex and the notes will be more prominent.

5. How do you grind coffee beans at home?
If you wish to grind your coffee at home a coffee grinder is a must, it has blunted edges to secure an even grind and will therefore secure a better taste. Coffee grinders are basically just a blender made for coffee, and nothing else - please don’t use your normal blender for your quality coffee beans.

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