You spent your hard-earned money on a great Breville home espresso machine, and you want to know what the best espresso beans or Breville are.
At Latte Love Brew, we love to help. It’s our job and pleasure to do so. Below you will find our top choice, what we consider the best of the best and a selection of what we consider to be the top 10 beans for making an exceptional espresso.
Did you know that 2 out of 3 coffees brewed worldwide are an espresso shot?
You do now, and this is why it is important to make a great espresso. A key part of that is having the best ingredients, the best beans.
Keep reading as we dig down and detail espresso beans and help you to select the best for your espresso machine.
The Best Of The Best Espresso Beans For Breville My Top Choice!
The following is my top pick for making an espresso with a Breville. They are the best espresso beans for Breville.
I use them and I love them. They are…
Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans
Koffee Kult’s dark roast tastes spicy, rich, nutty. You will know just how good these coffee beans are just from their aroma. These guys and gals take real good care when they are roasting their coffee beans.
As soon as you open your bag of Koffee Kult Dark Roast you will notice the glossy, dark shine from the beans. This is a great sign as it is precisely what you want to see in high-quality fresh espresso beans.
I highly encourage you to use a professional coffee canister to store your beans. No excuses! Look for one that blocks all light from getting in and has a one way valve and an airtight lid.
Then store your coffee beans in it and keep your coffee canister in your fridge. You’ll keep them fresher for a touch longer. The extra expense up front is worth it.
Koffee Kult Coffee Beans are 100% Arabica, organic and fair trade. It’s a blend of Colombian, Guatemalan and Sumatran coffee beans.
You are going to have some volcanic coffee beans in there alongside wash processed and regular processed. This is an excellent blend.
In the coffee world and the third wave movement, there is a massive trend for single origin coffee, which is fine. As a coffee aficionado and coffee lover, I can tell you that you won’t get the same level of complexity of flavor in single origin beans as you would in a well-thought-out and well roasted blend.
Trust me, I’m one of those creative coffee enthusiasts that loves making their own blends and roasts. I have been known to roast my own beans and make an omni-roast – but that is another story!
Koffee Kult is an artisan company and every single one of their 30+ years of experience shows. The sheer number of positive reviews and the number rating them as 4 stars or more should tell you how good their dark roast is.
Let’s now talk about coffee beans for a few minutes before we dive in and talk about our top 10 best espresso beans for Breville.
What Are The Main Types Of Espresso Coffee Varieties?
Knowing about coffee and improving my own knowledge is a hobby, a passion that I and many coffee enthusiasts have. One of the first things to learn about are coffee beans.
Leaning about the beans means you will just “know” what makes a good coffee based on the type of bean, where it was grown, how it was processed, who roasted it and how it was roasted.
Sure, it can take a few cups of coffee and a good memory to recall how a particular bean tasted. I like to test beans by brewing different coffee drinks and using different brewing methods at least 3 times.
Starting with the very basics, there are only 4 types, 4 varieties of coffee beans that are available commercially, but there are 25 known species which all originate from the Coffea shrub, which belongs to the Rubiaceae family.
Coffee trees thrive and live in the tropics, affectionately known as the coffee belt. It takes them 4 to 5 years to grow the fruit, and they will live for 20 to 40 years. Plant once, lasts up to 40 years.
The coffee bean, often referred to as coffee berries, takes anything from 9 to 11 months to mature once they grow. The bean is deep inside the cherry, hidden beneath many layers.
Arabica and Robusta coffee beans make up 90% of all global sales, with Liberica and Excelsa making up the remaining 10%.
Espresso Beans Variety – Coffea Robusta
Coffea Robusta, or Robusta coffee beans are a very common coffee variety that represents 30% of all coffee beans sold worldwide.
In the world of coffee production and coffee farming, these are the ones that require the least maintenance as they are very robust against disease. The name means strong, which is appropriate as the tree is strong and able to resist disease. It is also strong and high in caffeine, producing on average 2.2x more than an Arabica bean.
Robusta coffee beans have a higher intensity, more antioxidants and produce a coffee that has a richer cream.
But the coffee beans flavor is much lower than an Arabica bean.
Espresso Beans Variety Coffea Arabica
This is the most popular and most commonly sold coffee variety and accounts for 60% of all coffee production globally. Arabica coffee beans out sell Robusta 2 to 1.
They have a soft, smooth, fruity flavor and have a mild caffeine content. Although they have less than half the caffeine content of a Robusta bean, they still have an ample caffeine content.
This variety originated in the Southwest of Ethiopia, in the highlands of the Yirgacheffe region and is considered as a high quality coffee and tastes slightly sweet, with hints of chocolate, caramel and nuts. They have hints of fruits and berries.
They are also slightly acidic and bitter.
Espresso Beans Variety Coffea Liberica
This third type of coffee variety is the Liberica which represents 7% of all coffee sold in the world. Due to the name, you can accurately guess and assume that it is grown mainly in the Western African nation of Liberia.
This variety has a nutty, dark chocolate flavors and smoky tones.
Espresso Beans Variety – Coffea Excelsa AKA Coffea Liberica Var
The excelsa coffee bean is related to the Liberica coffee bean, a close cousin and accounts for the remaining 3% of all coffee beans sold.
Excelsa are very rare and have the lowest caffeine content of all coffee beans. They are used in blends to enhance the flavor and complexity. They provide a unique flavor profile that is fruity, tart and is a mix of dark and light roast flavor profiles.
Coffee enthusiasts often seek out these beans for their uniqueness and different flavors.
The Top 10 Best Espresso Beans for Breville
Okay, let’s get down to talking about the rest of the Top 10 best espresso beans for Breville espresso machines.
#1 Koffee Kult Dark Roast
With a very notable rich aroma and shiny oily beans and a brilliantly thought out blend of volcanic coffee beans from Sumatra, washed (wet) processed Colombian beans and Guatemalan coffee beans.
Perfectly roasted, and you can expect a great coffee, be it an espresso shot or as the base for many of the milk-based espresso drinks.
#2 Lifeboost Organic Espresso
I tried these beans and was surprised at how delicious they were. Expect a smooth, rich coffee and perfect for shots of espresso and are mycotoxin free, fair trade and certified organic.
These beans are spring water washed and hand roasted after being grown in the mountain shade. These are top quality gourmet coffee beans.
#3 Sightglass Organic Crown Point
This coffee is perfect for you if you are a coffee aficionado that loves sweet coffee that is full-bodied.
This is a blend of two Latin American coffee beans that rotate seasonally and Ethiopian coffee beans. They are medium roasted, which brings out the flavors of the origins and is perfect if you are not a fan of dark roast coffees.
#4 Kicking Horse Cliff Hanger Espresso
This popular Canadian brand has a huge reputation for being the finest producer of fair trade and certified organic coffee.
Their Cliff Hanger Espresso has tones of wild berries and cocoa with a silky texture and fruity aroma.
Like Sightglass Organic Crown Point, it is a medium roast and perfect for those that like lighter roasts.
#5 Blueprint Coffee Penrose Blend
This is a great coffee that tastes amazing all year round, winter, summer, Spring…you name it!
(Yes, even pumpkin spice season!).
It has a sweet nuttiness and a gentle, light body that you will enjoy.
#6 Red Bay Coffee Brazilian Cake Lady
I think the name of these coffee beans give away the fact that they are Brazilian coffee beans. They hail from Bahia. This is worthy of noting as these particular beans are a delight for your taste buds due to the very unique range of flavors that you will only get from Bahia coffee beans.
The flavor profile can only be described as a mix of chocolate and peanut butter. Think Nutella and Sun Pat meets coffee. It is quite a fantastic combination.
#7 Cuvee Coffee Karmadillo Dark Blend
This is a great, strong coffee that is perfect in the morning to bring you to life and wake you up. Cuvee Coffee uses a blend of Latin American beans and partners them with Ethiopian coffee and Indonesian beans for this espresso roast.
The flavor is complex, strong, with notes of caramelized sugar, milk chocolate and goes great as a single shot on its own or brilliantly with milk. You will love the chocolaty sweetness.
#8 Café De Loja Dark Roast Single Origin
This is an Ecuadorian coffee, grown at 6,000 feet (1,800M) elevation and famous for being hand-picked. The elevation is relevant as Arabica coffee beans really thrive at high elevations and grow slower, and results in a richer tasting coffee.
Expect a full-bodied, complex, fruity coffee that does not have that acidic or bitter aftertaste and is very smooth. This is obviously down to the careful roasting.
#9 Kicking Horse 454
These strong, highly caffeinated coffee beans are fair trade coffee, organic and Kosher. It is a blend of South American, Central American and Indonesian coffee beans and produces a flavor profile that has hints of nutmeg, notes of chocolate and an earthy flavor while being very well-balanced and is available at a very affordable price.
The texture is very velvet like with a touch of smokiness and a sweeter taste.
#10 Sumptown Hair Bender
This is a unique option and a deserved place on the list as it is an excellent tasting coffee and is one of the favorites amongst coffee enthusiasts. The beans are sourced from Africa, Indonesia and Latin America.
Expect complex fudge and toffee flavors with notes of cherry. It’s a medium roast and thus not too oily and perfect for coffee machines with built-in grinders.
Best Espresso Beans For Lattes – Volcanica Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
From the very place where coffee originated.
A single-origin volcanic coffee that has notes of chocolate, spice and berries with a crisp, clean finish. Expect a rich aroma. It is a great coffee grown at high altitude and in an environment with clean air.
When you pull an espresso with these and make a latte, you will love it!
Best Italian Espresso Beans (Italian Roast) – Coffee Beans Direct Italian Roast
This is a thick, creamy, full-bodied gourmet coffee with a strong taste. It’s vibrant, aromatic, with notes of smokey molasses and cocoa. They work great in a mocha, latte, drip and as a straight-up espresso.
Expect a very robust espresso. An excellent choice if you are looking for an Italian roast.
Best Italian Espresso Beans (Italian Brand) – Lavazza Super Crema Espresso
This is by far the best Italian espresso bean when considering an Italian brand and not an Italian roast. The Arabica beans are sourced from India, Brazil and Colombia with a blend of Robusta beans from Indonesia and Vietnam.
Notes of dried fruit and hints of honey and almonds will be experienced. It’s very creamy and rich. It is one of the best espresso coffee brands, period!
Frequently Asked Questions About Best Espresso Beans For Breville
What Beans To Use In Breville?
It is not a question of what beans to use in a Breville coffee machine, it is more what kind of beans to use in an espresso machine. The best answer I can give is to use the best high – quality whole coffee beans that you can find that have been roasted no more than 7 days ago.
Check the roasted on date to ensure they are fresh.
Can You Use Regular Coffee Beans In A Breville Espresso Machine?
Ultimately and technically, you can use any coffee beans that you want in your Breville Espresso machine, even regular coffee beans. But you may end up with a coffee drink that is tart, sour and a little funky! You will get better results if you use a dark roast and a better quality, thick rich crema.
Can You Use Ground Coffee In A Breville Coffee Maker?
There is no need or reason for you to use ground coffee with a Breville coffee maker, or any coffee maker for that matter.
Whole bean coffee and ground coffee cost the same, and you will get a better, fresher cup of coffee if you grind your coffee beans immediately before you start brewing. The Breville Barista Express has its own built-in coffee grinder and, thus, there is no point in putting ground coffee in a coffee grinder if this is the model that you own.
Is A Breville Espresso Maker Worth It?
In my opinion, yes,
Breville makes good quality espresso machines that have a convenient and modern design, and fully customizable settings and, most importantly, makes a high quality espresso that you can enjoy as it is or as the base for one of the many milk-based espresso drinks.
They have a number of models to choose from, which are competitively priced. Given that it will last you for at least 10 years – maybe even more, if you take good care of it, you can think of it as a long term investment.
Can You Use Regular Coffee Beans In Breville Espresso Machine?
Yes, you can used regular coffee beans in a breville espresso machine. For the best results you must choose a medium-dark or dark roast coffee that is freshly roasted to get that thick rich crema on top that coffee drinkers love.
What Is The Perfect Espresso Grind?
The perfect espresso grind is very finely ground, slightly coarser than sand. 200 microns is the ideal size.
What Espresso Does Starbucks Use?
Starbucks use their own signature espresso roast. You can buy it online or from their outlets.
Do I Need Specific Espresso Beans?
No, using coffee beans that are marked as an espresso roast or espresso beans are not absolutely essential for using in your espresso machine. What is essential is that you use freshly roasted coffee beans that are medium-dark or dark roasted.
Frappé-Ing It All Up – Best Espresso Beans For Breville
Without a doubt, the best espresso beans for Breville coffee machine is Koffee Kult Dark roast. I simply cannot emphasize enough just how well-thought-out and well blended the beans are, managing to combine all the great unique flavors for each of the origins and in the right proportions.
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