How to find the best selling coffee beans in 2019?
As you know Google search engine is the biggest and most popular on the planet. There are other browsers, such as Bing, that are also quite popular, but more people seem to prefer Google.
If you type ‘best selling roasted coffee beans’ into the Google search bar, you will receive about 37,200,000 search results.
You could also try to restrict the search to a particular country, state, city, or town and use other keywords to limit the search.
For example, if you type – best selling coffee beans in Minnesota – into the Google search bar, you would receive 2,610,000 search results. This is only 7% of the previous result, but it is still a lot of sites.
What you quickly notice is that everyone has their opinion on the best selling roasted coffee beans. This is why this sort of search is not clear cut.
Thousands of websites review coffee beans (including our own) if you find these reviews useful, then great!
However, just remember that these reviews are still personal opinions no matter what criteria they use.
You also have thousands of coffee roasters worldwide who may claim that they have the best roasted, best tasting, best sourced, and best selling roasted coffee beans.
This is understandable; they have to promote their business to compete and survive!
And it is difficult to contradict them because
- There is no central source that records the sales of all roasted coffee beans in the US, Europe, or the World.
- Each coffee roaster will have their method of roasting that will undoubtedly be different from other roasters.
- No one roast coffee is ever the same, even if two roasters used the same coffee beans.
- People have their tastes.
You may think that coffee roasting competitions in the US, or anywhere else in the World, would be an excellent way to find the best tasting (not necessarily the best selling) coffee.
Competitions such as the US Roaster Championship may be a way to discover some great tasting coffee. We will have more to say about this in a later post.
However, just because an expert taster judges a coffee to be excellent doesn’t mean that you will like it.
Competitions are also limited to those coffee roasters who enter and participate in the contest.
These roasters represent only a tiny sample of the total number of coffee roasters in the US or the World.
Is there a reasonable alternative to find best-selling coffee beans in 2019?
Yes, there is, and it is Amazon.com.
Amazon is one of the biggest online marketplaces in the World. It has hundreds of millions of customers, over 90,000+ employees, and billions of dollars in sales each year. And it all started from the garage of a guy called Jeff Bezos.
Amazon is an inspiration for many large or aspiring companies (we are not one of them we have more modest plans just in case that question popped up in your mind) 🙂
Now, of course, you will be guided by your tastes, but if you want to know what products other people are buying, then the best sellers on Amazon is a great place to start.
On Amazon, you can let thousands of people help guide your choice of the best-selling coffee beans in 2019!
However, I am not saying that you should be entirely persuaded by the choice of thousands of people, or that hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales always indicates a ‘great product.’
I’m also not saying that best-selling products on Amazon are the best sellers in the US, Europe, or anywhere else in the World.
However, the best sellers on Amazon are at least a potential indication that the product has something going for it that many other people like.
The best selling products are also updated every hour by Amazon! So maybe it is worth investigating?
How do you find Amazon’s best sellers for a particular product?
Well, we have detailed three different methods you can use to find Amazon’s best sellers.
Some will be obvious, and some not so obvious. We also mention some of the issues in using each method.
The scenario is that you will be searching for the best-selling coffee beans on Amazon using each method.
Amazon Search Tools
The two main ways to find Amazon Best Selling Coffee Beans on Amazon are:
- Amazon Home Page and Best Sellers Page
- Amazon Search Bar
You may already use some of these methods, but it is useful to know how the methods compare with each other, as you will see soon!
AMAZON HOME PAGE & BEST SELLERS PAGE
You can use the Amazon home page as your starting point because it lists the best selling products for some departments (category of products) on Amazon.
Amazon also has a bestseller page of all products on Amazon that you can use for your search.
Quick Fact: Amazon lists all best sellers with the term zgbs. For example, the best sellers page on Amazon has the following URL, https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers/zgbs.
You may be lucky and find the products you want right there on the home page or the best sellers page. More than likely, you will not because this is a general and non-specific method that takes time.
Watch the video below to see the steps you can take.
Steps to Take
The steps to take are similar in both the home page and the best sellers page. That is, you follow the links from general departments to more specific (sub) departments. We will take the home page route for this exercise.
Use your browser to Go to the Amazon.com home page.
Scroll down the page to see the best selling products for some departments
There are no specific listings for best-selling coffee beans on the home page, so pick the department most likely to have coffee beans and follow the links.
Select the ‘Best Sellers in Home & Kitchen’ and then click on the ‘See more’ link.
Amazon ranks the Best Sellers in Kitchen & Dining from 1 to 100 over two pages. Where #1 has the most sales, and #100 has the least sales in the best selling list.
Unfortunately, there are no coffee beans on the list, but there are some coffee machines and a coffee thermos.
You will see on the left-hand side of your browser a list of ‘departments.’ These may also be considered categories and lead to more specific departments (categories).
You now need to keep clicking on departments that you think will lead to what you want. That is, coffee beans! Click on ‘Kitchen & Dining’ as this seems to be the most relevant department to find coffee beans.
You are getting warmer! There are coffee machines, coffee pods (Nespresso and Keurig), coffee thermos, and a pack of coffee beans, as shown below! Yay!
There is still no list of best-selling coffee beans. Continue to follow the links and click on ‘Coffee, Tea, and Espresso,’ then ‘Coffee and Tea’ and then ‘Coffee.’
After the last click, you see a list of the ‘Best Sellers in Coffee Beverages’ but still no specific list of best-selling coffee beans.
Again follow the departments (categories) and their links. Now with much anticipation, click on ‘Roasted Coffee Beans’ listed in the left-hand category.
You find what we are looking for – the 100 ‘Best Sellers in Roasted Coffee Beans.’
The table below shows the top 10 best-selling coffee beans on Amazon at the time and date the search was conducted.
Last update on 2020-10-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
The Best Selling List is updated every hour, so the list you see above will almost certainly change the next time you visit Amazon.
One benefit of the Amazon Best Sellers List is that it keeps you up to date!
Starting from the home page or the best sellers page on Amazon and then following the department links from general to specific topics is not very efficient. It is a long process but it can be useful.
- You get to know how to navigate through Amazon’s various departments
- You don’t have to think of any keywords (which you need for the search methods)
- You can browse other products along the way and see what each department offers (sometimes you come across some interesting products you didn’t even think about).
- You can find the department and sub-department (or category) that has your specific product and then remember that for the next time you visit.
- You can copy and record the web address (URL) of the ‘Best Sellers’ list and use it for the next time you visit Amazon (provided Amazon doesn’t change the URL)
Simply click ‘Best Sellers in Roasted Coffee Beans‘ to go to the best sellers page. Here is the link that you can use any time you like (provided the URL doesn’t change):
Amazon Search Bar
The Amazon search bar is what is usually known as a ‘search engine’. It’s useful but it’s not very specific when using a basic search.
With any search engine, you first need to select keywords for the search. The keyword, or keywords, should be related to the product you want to find.
If you don’t use the ‘right’ keywords, then your search results will not be the ones you were hoping you would get.
The problem is that you often don’t know what keywords to use and it is a matter of trial and error. And that can waste time and be frustrating.
To prepare for your search you guess the keywords. Considering that you are searching for the best selling coffee beans, it is logical to use these exact words as your keywords.
The more general your keyword the more results you can expect.
For example, if you just used the keywords – coffee beans – then you would expect to receive a lot of results including coffee products, books, and green unroasted coffee beans.
Steps to Take
You have two options to begin your search
Option 1 is to first select a department from the dropdown list on the left-hand side of the search bar which you think is likely to contain what you want. That is, best selling coffee beans.
So you could choose ‘Home and Kitchen’ as a first guess.
Then you type your keywords – best-selling coffee beans – into the search bar and click on the yellow magnifying glass on the right-hand side of the search bar or press enter on your keyboard.
Option 2 is to search Amazon using the default department which is ‘All Departments’. You type your keywords into the search bar as for Option 1.
You can also refine your search with both options by selecting the appropriate term in the left-hand side Department menu.
For example, you could select ‘Grocery and Gourmet Food’ and continue to follow links or use different keywords.
We will assume for now that you have no idea what department will have the best selling coffee beans, so we will use Option 2 for the rest of this section.
The image below shows the results of the search.
As you can see the results contain coffee beans and coffee products but nothing like the list of best-selling coffee beans we were hoping to get (you may get different results depending upon your location).
“Quotation marks” Can be Useful (sometimes)
When you type a phrase into the Amazon search bar it automatically inserts double quotes (” “) around your search phrase.
As you can see from the image below, if you typed – best selling coffee beans – then Amazon will use “best selling coffee beans” in the search. This is supposed to restrict your search to match your phrase
You can also use your own quotation marks to bracket your keywords such as ‘best selling coffee beans’.
Amazon will automatically insert double quotation marks to give “‘best selling coffee beans'”. This further restricts the search and leads to fewer results.
If you used double quotes then Amazon will again automatically insert double quotation marks to give “”best selling coffee beans””.
This restricts the search even further than using single quotation marks.
You would get a different number, and type, of products when you search without quotes or with quotes.
The double quotes are more restrictive and produce fewer results than the single-quoted phrase.
If you used the double quotes to bracket your keywords your search results would return espresso sea salt and a coffee mug.
Amazon also suggests that you ‘Use fewer keywords or try these instead’ and lists a couple of packs of coffee beans – none of which are best sellers.
If you used the unquoted keyword and then clicked on ‘roasted coffee beans’ you would get a list of 1000+ coffee products, including coffee beans, but no list of best-selling coffee beans (at least in the first few pages of 39 pages).
Even if you used the exact same phrase that Amazon uses for the best selling coffee beans (i.e. Best Sellers in Roasted Coffee Beans), unquoted or quoted you would still not get the list of best sellers.
At this point, you need to change your keywords. You can change the order of the keywords, use a different keyword, or both.
One thing you may have noticed is that Amazon uses the phrase – best sellers – rather than ‘best selling’. Consequently, it may be better using this phrase, or its singular form – best seller-, in the Amazon search bar.
Here is what I found using various phrases with or without single quotes typed into the Amazon search bar with ‘All Departments’ selected in the left-hand side of the search bar.
|Search Phrase||# Results||Best Sellers Found|
|best seller coffee beans||2000+||No|
|‘best seller coffee beans’||1000+||No|
|“best seller coffee beans”||0||No|
|best seller roasted coffee bean||161||No|
|‘best seller roasted coffee bean’||1000+||No|
|‘best seller’ roasted coffee bean||87||No|
|roasted coffee beans||1000+||No|
|best sellers in roasted coffee beans||109||No|
Note 1. On the first page of the search results, the number of results is not as high as shown in the table. However, if you click through to about page three, of a multi-page search result, then the real total number of results is shown.
Note 2. I didn’t view every page of a large number of search results. So, it is possible that at least one best seller was listed. But it still isn’t a list of all best seller roasted coffee beans on Amazon.
Now you can understand how frustrating it can be to search Amazon using the search bar even though you know exactly what you want.
You could try using a combination of search bar terms and the department menu but you wouldn’t get anywhere fast.
Amazon Search Bar (Advanced)
Amazon has search operators such as ‘and’, ‘not’, and ‘or’. Amazon calls these Power Search Operators as you can see below. They are normally used within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and not the Amazon Search Bar.
We have already discussed the quotation mark operators as special search operators.
It doesn’t take much time to learn to use the operators but it still does take time to perform a search with the operators. And again you may not always find what you want.
As far as I know, the only department that has an advanced search option is Books, and this is nicely laid out for you, as you can see in the image below
The Amazon Search Bar is not very efficient, frustrating, and takes time to search for something specific such as best selling coffee beans. The advanced Amazon Power Operators are usually not applicable.
Consequently, let us look at better, and easier, options for searching for the best selling coffee beans on Amazon.
Google Search of Amazon
You may be surprised to know that the Google search engine is usually better at finding what you want on Amazon compared with the Amazon search engine.
You could say that the Google search engine has a more advanced algorithm compared with the Amazon search engine.
Steps To Take
Open any browser and go to Google Search. If you already have Google search as your default web search engine then all you need to do is type your query into the address bar.
For example, type – ‘best selling roasted coffee beans on Amazon’ – into the search bar and you get the results below. Even if you were less specific and typed ‘best selling coffee beans on Amazon’ you would get the same result.
There you have it! Exactly what you want!
I could go on to discuss using advanced search operators with Google search but it isn’t necessary for this exercise.
Let us move on to Specialized Software…
There is specialized software available on the Internet that is usually offered as ‘software as a service’ (SaaS).
There are tons of software for Amazon sellers. For example, sellerapp and Jungle scout have features that allow you to search for the best selling products on Amazon. This is a technique that Amazon sellers use to find the best sellers and ‘tap into’ that product line.
However, after a free trial period (which you can try) you eventually will need to pay for these tools. Unless you sell on Amazon these tools are not what you need to search for best sellers on Amazon.
You want something free and easy don’t you?
Well, the good news is that I know one site that is both free and easy. So easy that even a 5-year old can do it (provided they can spell and write!).
This site is ‘Search Best Sellers’ site. An appropriate name don’t you think? Watch the video below to see how easy it is.
You type best selling roasted coffee beans into the search bar, press enter, and you have a list of best sellers.
Then just click on the Best Roasted Coffee Beans and there you have what you are looking for!
The site works as an affiliate, so if you progress to Amazon they will get a commission on what you buy with absolutely no cost to you (like GoodCoffeePlace).
We started out with a scenario that you wanted to know the best selling coffee beans for 2019.
You saw that Amazon.com was the most likely place to go to find the ‘best selling’ because they are one of the biggest online marketplaces in the world and they keep track of all of their sales.
However, you may want to use specialized software to make your search easier.
If you had started out with the question ‘what is the best tasting coffee beans’ then the search may have been a bit easier because the answer is whatever suits you!