Category Archive: Coffee Beans

Roasting Coffee Beans

To achieve a good roast you have to start with beans that have been skillfully selected and dried. Some bean processors use a wash to remove the fleshy fruit from the bean and to separate different kinds of beans. Density differences in the bean will cause some to float higher, making for easier removal or …

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Coffee – From Beans to Shelf

From its origins over two thousand years ago, coffee bean processing has grown to a worldwide market whose output as a commodity has a dollar value second only to petroleum. Though there are dozens of bean varieties, the plants fall into two main classes: the arabica, first cultivated on the Arabian Peninsula, and the robusta …

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Coffee Freshness Tips

For the freshest possible coffee the ideal is to obtain unroasted beans, then roast and grind on the same day you plan to brew. Roasting beans is, however, something of a ‘cooking’ specialty. Unless you’re willing to invest in a fairly expensive piece of equipment, the results are often less than satisfactory. Not to mention …

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Coffee Bean Producers Around The World

From its origins in Ethiopia, where the main coffee production is still from wild coffee tree forests, coffee consumption has spread throughout the world. But because of its requirement for ample sunshine and rain, the plants from which beans are produced grow only in tropical or sub-tropical regions. From a narrow band centered on the …

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Coffee Bean Growing

For a tree grown in over 70 countries, from Indonesia to Brazil, it’s curious how narrow a range of conditions is required to produce quality ‘beans’ and how relatively small the total output is. The word ‘beans’ is deliberately in single-quote marks, since the thing that gets roasted and ground to make the drink isn’t …

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The Coffee Bean Grader’s Art

Ever wonder why one bean makes it to your local specialty shop and another doesn’t? Long before you sip a delicious cup of dark ambrosia, coffee graders make hot and tiring journeys, face insects and hostile governments and endure weeks of frustration and danger to bring you that favorite brew. Ok, maybe it’s not quite …

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Judging Beans The Barista Way

A ‘barista’ is someone who makes coffee drinks as a profession. Naturally, that experience will shape how beans are judged. ‘Cuppers’ (coffee contest judges or professional tasters) and company buyers share the barista’s goal of finding beans which produce a great drink. But it’s the barista who stands in front of the final consumer every …

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A Day in the Life of a Coffee Bean

Coffee is an integral part of my family. We’ve had disputes, and discussions settled over coffee. Sometimes we have bargains and agreements done over coffee. In fact coffee has given our family time to slow down and simply catch up. With coffee so ever famous, it’s no wonder that it’s become a business life blood. …

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Arabica Coffee Beans

The Father of All Beans: Arabica Coffee Beans Arabica coffee beans originated from Yemen and Ethiopia. It is the first genus of coffee that was cultivated; it has been growing in southwest Arabia for about a thousand years now. Arabica coffee beans are considered the best in the world; better than any other coffee bean …

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Tips for Creating the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Here I would love to offer you a trip to Guatemala, where you can pick your own beans by hand from the rich volcanic ash, but I just don’t have that kind of budget. Instead, I will to offer a few tips on how to create the best pot of coffee to kick off my …

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