Best Tips For Picking Coffee Beans

To me, coffee is my most favorite beverage and I, like most people, can’t go a day without drinking several cups of coffee. I’ve drunk coffee since I was a baby and my coffee obsession has only gotten worse the older I get. I don’t know why but my fiance loves how I make coffee, so each morning when we wake up, I ask her, “How about a cup of coffee? And she looks at me with a big smile on her face!

However, she does get pretty mad at me over my coffee at times. She is addicted to shopping like I am my coffee. The other day she got mad at me because we were going out the door to one of her all day shopping adventures and I told her she would have to wait a few minutes because I wanted to make one more cup of coffee. That didn’t go over to well with her because Belks and several other stores had big sales going on and they were calling her name! LOL!

My Purpose

When I first started my website, “The Coffee Bean Shoppe,” it was only to share my interest about coffee with people who share similar interest as I do and give them tips along the way about different types of coffees and coffee makers. I have purchased and drank coffees from around the world and I currently have a subscription for coffee to delivered to me each month.

Coffee Shop

If you’re like many individuals, you aren’t satisfied with the regular big brand coffee. You want something with a little more punch. Something to really get your day going, right? Well let’s get you started in the right direction, shall we?

The Beans On Favored Coffee

The Specie

The type of coffee beans used to make a finished flavored coffee influence, and the impact of how the coffee tastes have a lot to do with the type of coffee bean it is.  Green coffee beans contain different compounds which contribute to their profile, including sugars and other carbohydrates, mineral salts, organic acids, and aromatic oils.  The most common coffee beans used for flavored coffees are Arabica, characteristically milder than the robust Robusta beans.

Coffee Beans

The Roast

When essential oils are added to coffee beans too mildly roasted, the coffee

Coffee Roaster

lacks significant characteristics and represents flat-tasting coffee results. If the roast is too dark, the flavoring becomes overshadowed by the taste of the beans.

Medium to brown is the perfect roast color for these popular coffees.  For example, a French Vanilla essence will be undermined by a French roast bean and overwhelm the sweet creamy tones of the desired French vanilla taste.

The Coffee

Coffee beans are influenced by many factors such as its species, strain,

Coffee Beans

growth area, climatic conditions, latitude and altitude, soil, processing, and the roast level.

A single type of coffee bean can be used like Kenya AA, which has distinctive taste characteristics of high winey acidity that can ignite and empower certain chocolaty taste. For other flavors, using a blend of beans from various regions designed to project a unique base is optimal.

Natural oils used in flavored coffees are extracted from a variety of sources such as vanilla beans, cocoa beans, and various nuts and berries. Cinnamon, clove, and chicory are also used in a variety of coffee.

The Flavoring Science

Flavor chemists blend many oils to achieve specific combinations. While other foods may be composed of nine or 10 ingredients, coffee flavors require up to 80 different compounds. The primary goal is to seek ideal flavored coffee that does not interfere with the coffee’s aromatic and taste characteristics.

Coffee Chemist

Pure compounds are highly concentrated and must be diluted in a solvent to allow the blending of multiple oils and easy application to the roasted coffee beans. The current technology uses stable solvents which leave the beans with a glossy sheen and longer lasting oil. The chemicals and the solvents used in flavors must not only be approved for use in foods, but they must also not adversely react with the packaging material and the processing equipment with which they come into contact.

The drinking experience can be determined by the choices that you make including the selection of the best coffee beans to the choice of the best coffee makers to accommodate all your coffee making needs. Espresso coffee beans are very popular, but you can also find other options to suit your preferences. A few tips can help you in making the right decision when buying the best coffee beans.

How Do You Like Your Coffee

How do you like your coffee? There’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee.

Hot Cup of Coffee

First, you will need to determine your definition of strong. Is it caffeine you want to be strong or the flavor? These are two very different things you should decide which is more important to make your decision on your quest for good strong coffee.

Do you want a bold flavor from your coffee then it will help if the coffee bean is a darker color? This is one reason a French roast is popular. This way, the beans are roasted a bit longer, giving them a much richer and more powerful flavor. However, you have to be more careful because the longer you roast the coffee beans, the less caffeine remains because it gets lost to the heat.

But if you are looking for a lighter cup of coffee with a lot of caffeine, then you need a “breakfast blend” which has a higher amount of caffeine. This can really get you going in the morning! Hence, the name. This type of roast will generally have a much stronger effect on your body but will taste a bit weaker.

Now once you have your taste preference for which type of strength you like, then you can move on to how to actually prepare your coffee at home. It’s really quite simple.

When you get down to it, the only two ingredients when brewing your coffee at home are water and coffee grounds. So, it really is as simple as adjusting your coffee to water ratio. To make a stronger cup, increase the number of coffee grounds in your brew without changing the amount of water used.

Coffee Maker

Most brews utilize a ratio that rests somewhere between 1:18 and 1:16 (1 part coffee to 16-18 parts water). To simply find out your perfect strength, start at 1:16 and slowly increase the number of coffee grounds until you reach your desired coffee recipe. Don’t overdo it though. If you use too much coffee, really anything higher than 1:16, you’re going to get more of a sour taste because solubles weren’t fully dissolved in the water.

So there you have it! First, you need to find what’s more important to you, flavor or strength. Then experiment until you find the perfect balance to create your own “perfect cup of strong coffee.”

Tips On Finding The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Tip 1 – There are many types of coffee beans, but they are essentially all from either two plant species, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is the better choice according to most connoisseurs although Robusta is what is used generally on most branded strains. You can have a taste of both to see which one you like best.

Tip 2 – The place where the plant is grown is also important in getting you the best coffee because the environmental factors influence the quality. In addition, the handling of the beans during shipping or exportation are also instrumental in giving you the best coffee. Brazil is the largest exporter, but Colombian coffee is what is used largely by commercial companies. However, coffee beans from Kenya are termed as high in quality and they are loved across the world.

Tip 3 – To get the best-tasting coffee, opt for roasted beans because they enhance the overall flavor of the drink. It is, however, also very important to ensure that your beans are roasted in the recent past to ensure that the flavor is still locked in. Coffee beans roasted more than two days before are not always a good choice for you. When you buy from a reputable outlet, the salespeople will always be honest when telling you how long ago they were roasted so you can make an informed decision.

Tip 4 – Besides getting roasted coffee beans, you should also remember that the roasting technique or procedure can impact the flavor of the drink. There are usually Italian roasting and French roasting among others. Try to find out the difference so that you can buy the coffee beans that have the potential of giving you the best results.

Tip 5 – Drinking coffee is a personal experience and you should never rely on what other people say when buying coffee beans. What works for others might not work for you. Trust in your taste buds, trust your instincts and know your coffee so that you can make the best choice every time. The truth is that you can find a winy, nutty, floral tasting, full-bodied and even mild coffee beans amongst other beans. Choose what you find most suitable for you. You can indulge more into trying out the different options until you make a conclusion on the coffee beans you love the most then you can stick to them.

When you know the beans that you love, you can find wholesale coffee suppliers where you can buy from. Buying in bulk might be the best thing that you can do and you can buy coffee online for convenience too. I hope that I have given you some information to think about, and hopefully, this will lead you in the right direction for that perfect cup of coffee.

If you find this article helpful, please leave a comment below. Thank you.

Danny

 

About Me

Hey, and welcome to my website, “The Coffee Bean Shoppe.” My name is Ian and I have been interested in coffee all my life. The reason I say, “all my life,” is because I have been drinking coffee all my life, literally.

When I was a baby, my mother would prepare my bottle with coffee, milk, and sugar so that I could drink it. My mother told me many times that when I was little, she would ask me what I was going to do with my coffee bottle when I started school. She said that I would tell her that I would take it with me and hide it in my book satchel.

All through high school and college, I drank coffee. While attending college, I would brew a pot of coffee and stay up at night drinking coffee and studying. To me, coffee was as important as drinking water. When I enlisted in the Army, coffee became even more important to me because it helped me keep warm in the winter months.

I remember when I was an Army Ranger how good it was to come in from the cold to a warm cup of coffee or sitting in a foxhole drinking a cup to stay warm or keep awake.

Over the years, I have been a member of several different gourmet coffee clubs and I have enjoyed drinking coffee from all over the world. There’s nothing better than opening a bag of coffee beans in the morning so that I can smell the rich aromatic blend of my coffee beans. I, myself, blend my own coffee beans so that I can experience different coffee beans from around the world.

Hey, and how you are doing well.  If you enjoy my website and would like to leave a comment below.  I would certainly appreciate it.

Ian

 

 

 

 

Where Did Coffee Originate?

From A Coffee Bean Plant to a Coffee Bean

Those who drink coffee as I do, have any of you ever wondered where did coffee originate from? Maybe, you’ve wondered where do coffee beans grow? Or, simply put, what are the coffee bean types that are available around the world?

Coffee Beans

Before I started my website, “The Coffee Bean Shoppe,” I didn’t have a clue about the history behind coffee, I was amazed when I found out that if someone got caught drinking coffee in the Middle Ages, they would be put to death, or that coffee was considered the drink of “Satan.” In addition, coffee had 5 attempts on it to have it banned in Europe. So now when I sit down with an innocent cup of hot cup of “Joe,” I think about all those people who were put to death over a simple cup of coffee.

Coffee as a Food Staple

But for most of us who love coffee, they haven’t even thought about any of these questions. For most of us, coffee is a food staple that is essential to our daily lives. It gives us a “pick-me-up” and gives up the ability to function. But even if you need a “caffeine fix,” you have plenty of choices when it comes time to fill your best coffee mug. In recent decades, stores and cafes have started stocking coffee beans from all over the world, each specially prepared to achieve a unique taste. Let’s take a look at how this magical plant travels from farm to coffee roaster to your cup.

A Cup of Joe

In the Beginning, There Were Beans

According to legends, in the 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi observed his goats consuming bright red berries from a nearby bush. Kaldi noticed that after eating the red berries, his goats seemed to be very playful and energized. So he tried some himself and experienced a “high.” He was so excited that he took some to a monk who resided in a monastery. But the Monk who saw Kaldi and his reaction to eating these berries disapproved of its use and threw them into the fire. Other monks smelled the rich aroma and came running. They took the roasted coffee beans out of the fire, crushed them, and made a delicious beverage out of them. And this was the first coffee.

The first coffee plant was first cultivated in 15th-century in Yemen, and much

Coffee Plant

of today’s world still imports beans from the Middle East. Many countries in South America grow coffee beans and Brazil grows and exports over 60% of the world’s coffee beans. Coffee beans are also grown in Central America, Southeast Asia, and Africa as well. These countries are major bean exporters because their countries have the right climate to grow coffee plants. They have warm, dry climates that allow the plant to thrive. These countries have the right growing conditions – including soil, climate, and altitude – produce a unique crop with characteristic natural flavors that are unlocked by the roasting process.

The Coffee Bean Process

Coffee beans are grown through a long and tedious process. It not only takes several years to find just the right coffee plant to grow in a coffee plantation, but it also takes a lot of sweat and hard work to grow the right coffee beans that will eventually be sent to coffee roasters. This one process alone takes several years to achieve.

Coffee Roaster

When roasting coffee beans, coffee roasters roast their coffee beans at temperatures ranging between 350 degrees F to 460 degrees F and roasting times run between 8 to 18 minutes. Expert coffee roasters must have an excellent hearing because it is their responsibility to listen very closely while the coffee beans are in the roaster. They must listen for the first crack to determine what color range of light too dark to make their coffees. Some of these expert roasters will not pass beyond a certain amount of caffeol, which is the fragrant oil produced in burnt coffee, to balance the precipice of smoky and bitterness. Other factors for roasters to consider are bean size, density, moisture, and roast color which brings forth a delicious brew. This can only be distinguished by experienced and heartfelt roasters.

While the coffee is being brewed, experts called “baristas” come in and taste the coffee so they can judge it. These “baristas” are much like the wine tasters, who come in and taste the wine so they can judge the wine, except baristas specialize in coffee. Out of all the bags and lots of coffee, they chose the most aromatic, strong, and better-looking coffees.

A coffee roaster imports beans from all over the world and runs them through a process that emphasizes or changes their flavors.

Types of Roasts

Starting with a given bean, a specialty coffee roaster can create many kinds of flavors and drinking experiences. Lower drum temperatures produce light and medium roasts. Light beans are softer shades of brown and are usually dry and non-oily to the touch. They retain much of the flavor unique to their original country and its soil, climate, and altitude. The lightest beans have the most complex flavors, allowing drinkers to detect hints of nut, fruit, and sweetness, depending on the bean’s native character. They are also highest in acidity and caffeine.

In contrast, beans exposed to higher temperatures for longer periods of time produce an entirely different taste. Dark beans emerge from the drum with a shiny, oily texture. Viennese, French, and Italian blends – all dark varieties – can look more black than brown, and they produce a richer, thicker taste when brewed. The characteristic origin flavor is softened and overshadowed by a more robust “coffee” flavor such that the origin often has no bearing on a dark brew’s taste. Longer and hotter roasting extracts more caffeine from the beans. If you are looking for a morning “caffeine fix” than French and Italian options aren’t recommended.

Get On The Wild Side

So the best thing to do if you love coffee as I do is to find a specialty coffee roaster near you or go online and order different coffee types so you can start experimenting with different beans and roasts. If you are adventurous or a little on the wild side like me, you can even mix different beans together, grinding and brewing your creation into the perfect custom cup. The possibilities are endless, and it’s easy for any casual sipper to turn “connoisseur” overnight – especially if you’re too tired to get any sleep.

Coffee, An Aromatic Beverage

Coffee, An Aromatic Beverage

I’ve enjoyed drinking coffee my entire life. I love the aroma of coffee beans as I smell the beans when I first open a new bag of coffee. The smell hits me in my face and it’s such an alluring smell to me. Many people feel the same way about coffee as I do. It is the most popular drink in society today because the smell is so aromatic and addicting.

Coffee is more than just going to the supermarket, choosing the right bag of coffee, brewing a pot, and drinking a cup of it. Although, it has always been a dilemma for me when I try to select the right bag of coffee to buy! It’s because I want to select the best coffee I can. It’s not about buying a popular brand such as Maxwell House or Folgers, taking it home, and brewing it. No , it’s a lot more than just drinking coffee. There’s a lot to know and learn about this popular drink.coffee plantation                                                 Coffee Plantation

The Beginning Process of Coffee

When coffee is grown in a coffee plantation, there are strict guidelines that must be followed. It’s not just picking coffee beans off trees and sending them to market, but actually, the process starts more than a year before the seeds are even planted. When this process starts, coffee growers begin walking through these coffee plantations in exhausting heat, picking small bags full of red ripe fruit from coffee bushes. After each bag is full, the bag is tagged with a certain number that identifies which particular bush the beans came from. Thousands of these fruits are dried and later sent to a roaster to be roasted. After each of these roasted bags come back from the roaster, each bag is ground and the coffee is madecoffee roaster                                         Coffee Roaster

Coffee roasters roast their coffee beans at temperatures ranging between 350 degrees F to 460 degrees F and roasting times run between 8 to 18 minutes. These expert roasters listen very closely for the first crack to determine what color range of light too dark to make their coffees. Some of these expert roasters will not pass beyond a certain amount of caffeol, which is the fragrant oil produced in burnt coffee, to balance the precipice of smoky and bitterness. Other factors for roasters to consider are bean size, density, moisture, and roast color which brings forth a delicious brew. This can only be distinguished by experienced and heartfelt roasters.

While the coffee is being brewed, experts called “baristas” come in and taste the coffee so they can judge it. These “baristas” are much like the wine sommelier, who come in and taste the wine so they can judge the wine, except baristas specialize in coffee. Out of all the bags and lots of coffee, they chose the most aromatic, strong, and better-looking coffees. The bushes, where these seeds come from, are marked and protected with netting so they can keep the birds away.

Special Aromatic Beans

The coffee beans on these special trees are just that, they are very special, and are at the heart of the coffee plantation and its owner’s livelihood. The coffee beans on these plants are not harvested like the coffee beans from the rest of the plantation. These beans are allowed to ripen until they fall from the bushes when they reach full maturity.

These special coffee beans are sent to the nursery where a special mix of soil is made and put into polyethylene bags. Two of these seeds are dropped in each bag and will be given special care. Each of these bags of soil and seeds is put under-regulated shade for the next year and both seeds are allowed to germinate. After this year, only the strongest plant with more leaves and a thicker trunk will be kept and the weaker plant will be discarded. The plants that are kept will be watered and fertilized every two weeks, and they will be inspected closely to see if any disease shows up on them. If any disease does show up, the diseased ones will be destroyed.

During the year and a half that it takes for the plants to grow big enough to be planted to their new permanent home, workers are preparing the permanent site for them to be planted. Huge tracts of land are cleared of debris, fallen trees, and brush. They cut branches from other trees so they can cover the new plants and protect them from the sun. These workers will dig trenches where the plants will live and fill the trenches up with rotten leaves and other organic material. They will dig up the brush, put down plastic hose irrigation pipes in the trenches, plant grass, and connect it to the plantation so that the plants can be watered by one or two men at any time. If anyone looks at the land, he/she can see that it looks like a majestic stairway going up a mountain.

After the permanent site is prepared, the plants are now ready to be moved to their new permanent home. But there is another round of selection and only the best from this selection is transplanted in the ditches where organic fertilizer has been buried. Thousands of these little plants are tenderly transplanted until the first phase is finally complete. For the next three years, these plants will be fed with organic materials, watered from cold, clean mountain spring water, and kept surrounded by a carpet of green, luscious grass. Only personnel authorized by the coffee plantation owners are allowed into the new area and they are only allowed to wear approved clothing which they must change each time before they enter the plantation. These precautions are taken to help prevent disease and dangerous bugs from destroying their coffee crop.

By the end of the second year, the plants flower for the first time. The coffee plants produce beautiful, delicate white flowers, which have a sweet smell. The pollen from the flowers fills the air and the bees start buzzing from plant to plant. These beautiful flowers are removed as soon as possible because they are not ready to produce coffee beans, yet. They need to mature more and grow stronger.

Another year goes by and the cycle of life repeats itself; the flowers bloom, the bees come back, but this time, Nature is allowed to move in and follow its course. Three months after the plants bloom with their white flowers, the bushes are filling up with green coffee beans. After the rainy season passes and dry season starts, the green mountains filled with coffee plants start to change into shades of yellow, orange and red. Collecting coffee beans start and for almost a month; men, women, and children are hired to walk around the bushes and hand-pick only the red beans. After another month, the remaining green and yellow beans are picked and thrown out.

Ripe Coffee Beans                                            Ripe Coffee Beans

These red beans that have been closely hand-picked and scrutinized are now taken to coffee mills. These coffee mills clean the beans and use water to remove the skin leaving behind only brown seeds. The wet brown seeds that are left are put on huge cement floors and dried under the sun while being raked around by wooden rakes. This process allows the seeds to be evenly dried. These drying areas that the seeds are put on can be as big as two or three football fields.

Coffee Plantation Rake

After the coffee beans have dried evenly, they are put out in the sand early in the morning and bagged while the sun is setting. When the majority of them have reached 40% humidity, they are taken to selection rooms where they are again scrutinized and classified for color and size. The coffee that is selected and classified is then roasted and ground to perfection. This is the coffee that is bagged and sent all over the world so you can have that special pick-me-up every morning.

Along with this long and tedious process that the coffee plantations and roasters do, coffee is further scrutinized. Every coffee considered for purchase and actually purchased is scrutinized by visual, olfactory, tactile taste, and taste analysis. The SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association) Cupping Standards establish how cuppings are executed so that measures are consistent from the roaster to the roaster. The evaluation by common standards acts as a benchmark to enable roasters to verify, select, and match up what coffee bean will be right for certain roasts as well as provide a scientific application to analyzing coffee.

The Best Coffee

Not only do we love drinking coffee, but we also want the best coffee as well. When we think of the best coffee, we primarily think of Brazilian coffee. We think that Brazilian coffee is the best because Brazil produces some of the world’s best coffee and has done so for the past 150 years! It all started in 1727, in Pará, Brazil, when Francisco de Melo Palheta planted the first tree. With coffee production starting in Pará, it arrived in Rio de Janeiro gradually by 1770.

Initially, Brazilian coffee was planted just for the sole consumption of Brazil. All things changed in the 19th century when Europe and America started demanding more of this Brazilian coffee. So by 1820, plantations started to take root in the Brazilian regions of Mina Gerais, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro—by then, the country was producing 20% of the world’s coffee. When 1830 came, coffee was the largest export of Brazil, which was already 30% of the world’s production!

From the span of 1880 to 1930, Brazil had a substantial increase in coffee production. By 1920, Brazil supplied 80% of the world’s coffee. In more recent times, Brazil supplies almost 60% of the world’s total production.

What Are You Looking For In A Coffee

Coffee is a favorite beverage of many people today and some can’t go a day without having a few cups of this delicious drink. The drinking experience can be determined by the choices that you make including the selection of the best coffee beans to the choice of the best coffee makers to accommodate all your coffee making needs. Espresso coffee beans are very popular, but you can also find other options to suit your preferences. A few tips can help you in making the right decision when buying the best coffee beans.

What are you looking for when you purchase your coffee? Looking to buy the best coffee really depends on what you are searching for when you consider what is “the best.” There is coffee that is strong and bitter with a kick. There is some that is smooth and bold. Instant coffee is good enough for some while others have to have it brewed. Some coffees only come in ground form while others are available in the bean form and ground at the time of brewing. Paying a lot of money for coffee does not mean that every person who drinks it will like it. There is no way to say that there is one kind of coffee that is best when compared to everything that is available on the market. When looking for the best coffee, make sure it is in line with your personal preferences because you are the one who will be buying it and ultimately drinking it.

Many people consume several cups of coffee a day. There are many benefits to drinking coffee. When you are looking to finding the best coffee, do not be swayed by someone else’s opinion. Take the time to think about what you need from your coffee and begin your search for that perfect cup. As for me, I purchase coffee from various parts of the world. I enjoy coffee from Costa Rica, French Guyana, Brazil, and Guatemala. In addition, I own two different coffee grinders and I prefer buying coffee beans so I can grind my coffee when I decide to make a pot of coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History of Coffee: An Amazing Elixir

Do you enjoy drinking a good cup of coffee? Have you ever wondered where coffee first came from? Ever wondered about the history of coffee? I love coffee and I have always enjoyed drinking a fresh cup of coffee, but I guess I’ve always taken it for granted. Coffee is an amazing elixir.

The Human race has an addiction to dripping, dark liquids. Two liquids, in particular, are the most traded commodities in the world. The first one is oil and countries have waged wage over it for years. The other commodity is a widely consumed drink known as coffee and it has had a very interesting and controversial history.

The History of Coffee

In ancient times, people who were caught drinking coffee were punished by death. In fact, coffee has had five (5) attempts to have it banned throughout history. The first attempt came in 1511 when the Governor of Mecca tried to have coffee banned. The Governor thought that coffee could stimulate radical thinking in his people and he also thought that it might unite his opponents and overthrow the government.

The second attempt came in the 16th century when Catholic priests tried to have it banned because they thought it was a drink concocted by Satan and thought that people who drank it were possessed by Satan. Another attempt to have it banned was in a region of Sweden. The Swedes believed in capital punishment and preferred punishing their murderers by slow and agonizing deaths. Their capital punishment involved giving them cups of this supposedly ‘Satanic’ drink until they basically drowned and kicked the bucket.

Finally, in 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia tried to have it banned as well. Coffee was so popular in Prussia, that it exceeded beer consumption in his country. So Frederick the Great issued a statement claiming beer’s superiority over coffee.

Coffee has had to deal with a lot of attempted bans and prohibition, and yet it has survived over the centuries.

The Legends Of Coffee

According to legends, coffee all started with dancing goats. According to a story in the 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi observed his goats being unusually energized after they had consumed the bright red berries from a nearby bush. Being curious, Kaldi tried some of these berries and experienced a “high” and being energized himself. Kaldi was so excited that he brought some of these berries to a monk residing in the nearby monastery. But the Monk, who saw Kaldi and his reaction to eating these berries, disapproved of its use and threw them into the fire. After the coffee beans were thrown in the fire, they began to roast and they released an alluring scent, causing the other monks to come and investigate. The monks picked up the roasted beans from the fire, grounded them, and then dissolved the beans into the water. Thus, the world’s first cup of coffee was born as we know it.

Another story attributes the discovery of coffee to a man from Mocha, Yemen, named Sheikh Omar. Sheikh was known for his ability to cure the sick through prayer. Omar was once exiled to the desert and while wandering through the desert he found some berries. Being hungry and starving, Omar initially chewed on some of these berries but found them to be bitter. He roasted the seeds (beans) to improve their flavor but found them to be hard. After many attempts to make them edible, he finally tried boiling them to soften the hard beans and this resulted in what we now know as coffee. Omar found that he could sustain himself for days on drinking this miracle drink.

Even though Kaldi, the monks, and Sheikh Omar are credited with brewing the first coffee drink, the Ethiopians introduced the coffee plant to the Arab World. The current methods of brewing coffee evolved from the Arabs who first roasted the beans and then brewed coffee.

Coffee was treated as a National secret and the Arabs guarded this secret closely. All exported coffee beans were either roasted or sterilized. Baba Budan, a Sufi saint, was revered by both the Hindus and Muslims in India, and he was the one who smuggled the first coffee beans to India by strapping the beans to his chest. The smuggled beans were then planted in Mysore. Soon after the first coffee beans were smuggled outside of Arabia; coffee spread to Europe, Indonesia, and the Americas.

Coffee is now a labor-intensive cash crop and now has become a very important source of income for many countries with over 10 Croce groups of people depending on it for their livelihoods. Now, there are several species of Coffee plants grown throughout the world and among those; Arabia and Robusta are the most common. Since Arabia coffee beans tend to have more flavor, it is the most widely cultivated. Meanwhile, Robusta has a more bitter taste because it has 50% higher caffeine present in it. Robusta is also less expensive when compared to Arabia beans. Because of this, it is often used as a substitute for Arabia in coffee blends as well as in Espresso coffee.

Espresso

The increasing consumption of coffee has also resulted in the demand for cafes and espresso bars which serve coffee and tea beverages as well as hot snacks. Contrary to popular belief, Espresso is not a flavor of coffee. It is a coffee preparation method which was devised by the Italians.  This method mainly focuses on the concentration and intensity of the coffee preparation method.  For this method, finely ground coffee is packed into a filter. Highly pressurized water is then forced through this filter and is then extracted in small amounts. The resulting coffee would have a higher concentration of caffeine and is darker. The Espresso, when served solo, is referred to as a shot and are served in small cups. Based on the amount of espresso in a serving, they are referred to as Ristretto (3/4th of an ounce), Single Shot, Lungo (1.5-ounce shot) and Double Shot.

Different Types of Espresso.

Espresso Macchiato: This brand of espresso is basically espresso with an added layer of Milk foam on top of it.

Espresso Con Panna: This brand of espresso has espresso and whipped cream on top of it.

Cafe Breve: This brand of espresso has espresso and light cream on top of it.

Cappuccino: This brand of espresso has espresso and steamed milk on top of it. This espresso is so named because its color resembles that of a Capuchin monk’s cloak.

Cafe Latte: This is one of the most popular espressos in the US because of its sweet flavor. This espresso is made by adding 6-8 ounces of milk to a double shot espresso. This is followed by a foam topping.

Cafe Americano: this is a diluted version of espresso and it is similar to normal coffee. To make Cafe Americano one simply needs to add 6-8 ounces of water to an espresso shot. This espresso owes its origin to the American soldiers who preferred their espresso diluted with water in order to reduce the strong flavor; and hence the name Americano. The term “cup of joe” also owes its origin to the American GIs.

The Benefits of Coffee

Coffee presents many health benefits that cannot be ignored. It is an antioxidant which helps promote health and slows down the aging process. It helps in the prevention of some more common diseases that assault you as you age.

Coffee has caffeine, one of the stronger stimulants there is. It aids in increasing energy levels and in, increasing and enhancing brain activity.

Coffee helps to burn fat. It can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 11%, helping you burn fat faster. It also boosts physical performance because it increases the adrenaline levels in your body.

Studies indicate that coffee has certain nutrients that help the body stay healthy. It contains niacin, magnesium, manganese, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. It is said to help in the prevention of medical conditions the likes of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, liver difficulties, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Coffee helps by improving a person’s mood and it tends to make you feel better about life in general. It is said to help individuals fight depression.

An increasing number of people are discovering that coffee is good for health and overall well-being.

Interesting Facts About Coffee

Second only to crude oil, coffee is the commodity that the world seeks most. More than 25 million people across the world rely on farming coffee as their means for securing the necessities of life. Coffee is produced by developing countries but people from developed nations are its heaviest consumers.

Today, more than 500 billion cups of this brew are taken every day. In the United States alone, people rely on coffee for their “caffeine fix,” with more than fifty percent of people above 18 years of age taking it on a daily basis. It is not surprising to find out that in the food industry, the coffee cart business is considered one of the fastest-growing and most profitable niches in the entire world.

From being considered Satanic, to being a carefully guarded national secret, and a widely consumed everyday beverage, this drink has seen it all. So the next time you feel like visiting a cafe for a “cup of joe,” do remember to the exuberance of those Ethiopian goats.

This wonder drink can do it all. So a case can rightly be made to call coffee the new elixir of life.