Choosing a Wholesale Coffee for a Coffee Shop

Choosing a wholesale coffee for a coffee shop can be a difficult task. Lots of coffee shop owners may a local coffee roaster in mind. They might even have a friend who just started a roastery whose coffee they want to use at their coffee shop.

There are other coffee shop owners who may be struggling to figure out what coffee they want to use for their shop or have a lot of questions about what kind of coffee they should use.

Wholesale Coffee for a Coffee Shop

Fresh-Roasted Coffee

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a coffee shop is that it should be roasted fresh. Coffee is freshest between 3 days and 2 weeks. The good news is that there are coffee roasters who roast coffee in small batches so that it is at peak freshness for coffee shops to serve to their guests.

It is important to know the roast date for the coffee that is being used. When choosing a wholesale coffee provider, make sure that the roastery roasts their coffee to order or within a week or so of it being shipped or sent out to a coffee shop.  

Espresso Coffee

One of the most important things about fresh-roasted coffee is that it is essential to producing a quality espresso shot. One of the most important things for a coffee shop to consider when choosing a coffee is that it makes a great espresso, so it is important to try a coffee as an espresso before deciding on one.

There are no “espresso” coffee beans. Some single-origin coffees produce great espresso, while other beans used for espresso are a blend of several different beans. The blended option for espresso is popular because a balanced, smooth flavor can be achieved by putting a few single-origin coffees together with similar flavor profiles.

Drip Coffee 

Some single-origin coffees are also great as a drip coffee. In many cases, a coffee shop will have a different coffee on espresso than on drip.

Many coffee shops choose to serve a particular kind of coffee. Whether their customers prefer a light, medium, or dark roast is the important thing. A coffee shop owner may also have a particular roast or coffee in mind that they would like to use for drip.

Slow Bar

Not every coffee shop has the time or manpower to have a slow bar. A slow bar refers to pour-overs, French presses, and other manual-brew options that coffee shops can use to serve more premium coffees at a higher fee. There are a lot of great single-origin coffees that coffee shops can use for these brew methods, usually in light or medium roasts.

Cold Brew

Cold brew coffee is another coffee that is important in a coffee shop is the cold brew coffee. Like drip and espresso, cold brew is available in a single-origin or in a blend. Cold brew is less acidic, so it is a great option for those who want to cut out the acidity from their coffee intake. During the summer months, cold brew is a big seller, so it is important that a coffee shop chooses a quality cold brew.

Cold brew that is made from coffee that is not roasted fresh can unfortunately have an unpleasant astringent taste. Just like with the other coffee brewing methods, it is important that a coffees shop uses fresh-roasted coffee when they are brewing their cold brew.  

Further Questions

For those who are struggling to choose a wholesale coffee for their coffee shop, US Roast would love to help. We have blends for espresso or drip and single-origin coffees from all over the world that are roasted fresh every week. Contact us for wholesale pricing on coffee, samples, or questions about what coffee would be best to use.  

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