Ten Interesting Little-Known Coffee Facts
Why are there lighter or darker coffee varieties?
Coffee beans prior to the roasting process are normally colored green. It’s roasting that gives the coffee beans its light or dark color. Different roasting periods and roasting temperatures yield different shades of beans but more importantly these variations in the roasting process produce varied coffee flavors.
Is it a fact that darker coffee varieties offer more taste and flavor than lighter ones?
Dark coffee varieties are often misrepresented to get the upper-hand in terms of overall taste. Although it is possible to get a nice cup of coffee with dark roast coffee varieties do keep in my mind that light roasts actually maintain the inherent flavor of any coffee bean variety which could be diminished or lost during longer roasting periods.
What does the term “Arabica” mean?
Arabica refers a coffee plant variety (Coffea Arabica) that is the most widely cultivated and used for making coffee products. The Arabica variety has a light to medium body and is generally characterized by sweet flavors together with some tangy acidity. It has the presence of fruity taste elements and has a very powerful aroma. It is also of note that it has 50% lesser caffeine content than the other widely-used variety, Robusta.
What is the proper way in storing my coffee?
There is a common misconception that refrigerating your coffee is the correct way to make it last longer. That is hardly the case since your refrigerator is a very moist environment with much moisture which will surely spoil your coffee. The recommended way is to use airtight containers and store them in a dry and dark location. It is also of note that whole coffee beans last longer and retain their freshness more than coffee grounds.
There are a lot of different coffee varieties with exotic-sounding names. What has this all got to do with coffee?
In many reputable coffee shops or coffee bean roasters you will see a rather extensive list of weird coffee names and wonder why. The varied coffee varieties that we consume all come from different parts of the world. Each location has a unique set of environment which contributes to the coffee’s character thus the necessity for many different names. Java is a common example and this variety comes from Indonesia. Despite this wide variety most people have probably drank these different varieties without knowing about them.
What is the buzz about the Colombian Roast?
A lot of people are hot on the trail of getting their hands on whatever Columbian roast coffee they can put their hands on. This craze is quite a big misnomer as the term “Columbian” actually denotes, not the roast style, but the coffee beans’ region of origin. This sort of misinformation might have stemmed from the vague use of the term “Columbian” on the marketing tactics of big coffee companies. Indeed Columbia produces some really good coffee but there are lots and lots of other coffee-producing regions as well, each serving their own unique flavor of our favorite brew.
Where does the shiny waxed-look of coffee beans come from?
Marketing any product relies in part to the presentation and it’s a commonly asked question if the beans are made to look shiny as sort of eye candy. This polished manifestation actually stems from the inherent existence of natural oils in the coffee beans. These oils are released and cover the external part of the beans during the roasting process.
Are different beans used for ordinary coffee and espresso?
There are no specific types used for both. However it is common to find blends amongst espresso coffee beans to achieve certain flavors.
What’s the most ideal brew method?
Preference plays a big factor as well as convenience. Coffee fanatics would surely jump at an espresso machine while common coffee drinkers will get their fix even with just an ordinary drip coffee maker. There are quite a few other methods so it’s best to experiment and find out what fits your fancy.
Are coffee varieties from animal waste good?
It is really a matter of preference taste-wise. It’s a big “NO” however with the whooping price tag and issues regarding to animal cruelty violations involved in the manufacturing of this coffee.