How to use Bean Base

Hello Aficionado!  This is a quick guide on how to use Bean Base.  As a reminder, please review our Disclaimers before using Bean Base.

Topic #1 - What is Bean Base

Bean Base is a consistently updated and ever improving coffee bean database.

The database allows you to sort, filter, and discover thousands of coffee bean offerings from a few of the best specialty Coffee Roasters from around the world.  Once filtered, you will have side by side comparisons of coffee beans with similar origins, varietals, processes, tasting notes, and much more.  One of the best ways to experience better coffee is to get the best beans possible.  We are here to make that process easier.

To see all current coffee roasters in Bean Base, click here.   

As an ever improving database, we always welcome new coffee roaster suggestions. 

To make suggestions or report any errors, click here or join our Discord channel.

Topic #2 - Region Tabs

At the top of each database table, there are regions tabs you can click through.  Each region (“NA”, “EU”, etc) will show only coffee roasters in those regions.  There is also a separate “Transparent” tab which will show only Coffee Beans from roasters worldwide who list cost and purchase transparency information.  For more information about Coffee Transparency see the pledge at transparency.coffee.

Note: Bean Base is still in it’s infancy therefore we only have only covered roasters in the NA region.  We are planning to expand Bean Base to EU and Asia regions as soon as possible!

Topic #3 - Column Headings

Column HeadingsDefinition
Bean ID #The unique ID of the coffee bean in Bean Base.
Date AddedThe date the coffee bean was added to Bean Base.
RoasterCoffee roaster the coffee bean was roasted by.
Roast NameName of the coffee bean on the coffee roaster’s website.
TypeSingle Origin or Blend
Roast TypeStates the roast degree (Ultra Light / Light / Medium Light / Medium / Medium Dark / Dark) and/or type of brew (Filter / Espresso / Omni) as provided by the coffee roaster.
OriginsCountry of origin(s) of the coffee bean.
RegionsThe localit(ies) within each Country the coffee bean originated from.
VarietalsThe variet(ies) of coffee plant the coffee beans consist of.
ProcessThe coffee cherry to green bean processing method.
MIN MASLThe minimum elevation in MASL.
MAX MASLThe maximum elevation in MASL.
Traceability NotesGeneral information about the farmers, producers, and/or sources of the coffee bean.
Tasting NotesTasting notes listed on the coffee roaster’s website.
Retail Price/Bag (USD)The price (USD) of a bag of coffee with the lowest volume choice listed on the roaster’s website.
Oz/BagOz in each bag with the lowest volume choice listed on the roaster’s website.
Gram/BagGrams in each bag with the lowest volume choice listed on the roaster’s website.
Retail Price/Cup (20g)The estimated price (USD) per cup of coffee. Calculation uses 20g of coffee as a cup of coffee.
Retail Bulk Price/Cup (20g)The estimated price (USD) per cup of coffee using the price of a bag of coffee with the highest volume choice listed on the roaster’s website. For example, a roaster may offer 5lb (80oz) bag of coffee for an overall discount. Calculation uses 20g of coffee as a cup of coffee.
Available?States whether the coffee bean is available on the coffee roaster’s website. This information may be inaccurate so always check the link.
Additional NotesAny additional notes not covered by other headings. May also include a detailed description of the coffee beans processing method when available.

Topic #4 - How to filter, sort, and expand

Filtering can be done by clicking on any of the Dropdown boxes and clicking any number of options.

You can also check or uncheck any of the checkmark boxes.

Use multiple filters to narrow down your scope of search or type any values into the Search box.

You can sort the data alphabetically by pressing on the column heading of your choice.

Lastly, you can see more information about the coffee bean by pressing on the + above or below the “Date Added” to expand.

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