Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Coffee Beans

Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Coffee Beans

Selecting the perfect coffee beans can sometimes feel like a puzzle. With so many options available, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Everything from the origin of the beans to their roasting profile plays a pivotal role in crafting the flavour of your brew. That is why it is crucial to consider these few key factors when choosing the right coffee beans. 

Here at Terminal 3, we are committed to offering a wide selection of choices to accommodate the diverse palates of our community. In this latest release of our Gateway series, we are breaking down these essential factors to assist you in finding the ideal beans tailored to your taste preferences.


The origin of coffee beans refers to the region or country where they are grown and harvested. Each origin boasts its unique flavour profile influenced by distinct climates, soils, and farming methods. From the rugged highlands of Ethiopia to the lush plantations of Colombia, the origin sets the stage for a coffee’s distinctive taste profile.

Roasting Profile

The roasting process determines flavour intensity. It involves the temperature, duration, and technique employed during the roasting process. Light, medium, or dark roast – each offers distinct flavour profiles.


Variety in coffee simply means the different species of coffee trees that produce coffee beans. Each variety of coffee bean brings its own unique character to the table, providing a one-of-a-kind sensory experience for coffee enthusiasts. ​​Whether you like the delicate flavours of Arabica, the boldness of Robusta, the complexity of Bourbon, or the balance of Typica, there's a type of coffee for you to enjoy.

Roasting Date

Roasting date serves as a marker of the beans' freshness, indicating how recently they underwent the roasting process. Coffee beans are at their peak flavour shortly after roasting, as they release aromatic oils and gases during this time. As beans age, they gradually lose some of their freshness and flavour, resulting in a less satisfying brew. Therefore, it's generally recommended to choose coffee beans with a more recent roasting date to ensure optimal flavour.

Tasting Notes

Tasting notes provide detailed descriptions of the various flavours you might experience when enjoying a cup of coffee. These descriptions involve both the aroma and taste characteristics present in the brew. For example, tasting notes may reference fruity hints such as berries or citrus, floral undertones such as rose or lavender, nutty notes such as hazelnuts or almonds, and even spicy accents such as cinnamon or clove. These descriptions help customers understand what the coffee will taste like before buying it.

Taking these essential factors into consideration will help you make informed decisions based on your flavour preferences and appreciate the diverse range of flavours that coffee has to offer.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unsure about which coffee to choose, please don't hesitate to give us a visit. Our expert baristas will gladly provide you with personalized suggestions and offer coffee samples to ensure you find your ideal beans.