So next Saturday I will be leaving for a two week Guatemalan adventure. Of course I will be returning with gifts for friends/family. I know that Guate is supposed to produce good quality coffee, and I thought that bringing back some primo java would be appreciated by my coffee swilling associates.
The problem, however, is that I am not a coffee drinker, although I do like the smell it (but I digress). I understand that the quality of the beans can vary quite dramatically. So, my question for all the coffeephiles out there is this:
How does one distinguish quality beans from lower grade ones?
Is it easy to do, especially for one who does not like coffee?
Are there any other hints or tricks to buying good coffee beans?
Thanks, and I look forward to being educated by your responses.