Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Coffee Beans (But Are Too Afraid to Ask)

The search is over. You’ve found the perfect machine to match your love affair with coffee: a super-automatic that grinds, brews, and even makes a mean cappuccino at the push of a button. (And, no, it won’t give you side-eye for using soy milk.) Now, the thing is, you had something going on before with some oilier coffee that made frenemies with your machine, and you’re not quite sure how to call it quits. Were you really on cloud nine, or was it just your head that was in the clouds?

If you feel like you don’t know beans about oily coffee, it’s no biggie. Our experts have been around the block more than a few times, and we know how to save your machine (and your wallet) from oily and expensive franchise coffees. We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular varieties and roasts out there and come up with our own expert guide to help you make a smooth transition into super-automatic brewing. We’ve even provided several options for bold dark roasts that should marry well with any grinder.

What does it all mean? For starters, check out our infographic below. Think of it as a roadmap to a new era of coffee bliss.