How To Buy Gourmet Coffee Beans

Does it matter if they're from Sumatra or Guatemala? While certain regions cultivate distinctive flavors, geography isn't everything. Growing at higher altitudes is what produces the better bean, says Katie Carguilo of gourmet roaster Counter Culture Coffee, in New York City, and the winner of the 2012 U.S. Barista Championship. Before you buy, scan the package for these other clues of quality.