Behind the Beans

I went this afternoon to a “Behind the (coffee) Beans” class at a regional coffee roster, and we did learn about different coffees, brew methods, and how to grind and store the coffee. Loved it!

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Once roasted, pretty much all coffee beans look the same. But did you know that there are actually dozens of different varieties of coffee beans? When it comes to your daily cup, though, there are really only two that matter: Arabica and Robusta. These are the two primary types of coffee cultivated for drinking.

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What’s the difference between the two? It’s significant, and it’s helpful to understand when choosing coffee.

The two varieties differ in taste, growing conditions, price. Arabica beans tend to have a sweeter, softer taste, with tones of sugar, fruit, and berries. Their acidity is higher, with that winey taste that characterizes coffee with excellent acidity.

Robusta, however, has a stronger, harsher taste, with a grain-like overtone and peanutty aftertaste. They contain twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans, and they are generally considered to be of inferior quality compared to Arabica.  Read more …

How to store the whole coffee beans to enjoy freshness?

1-3 days … at room temperature in an air tight container (or freezer ziploc, glass jar, sealed plastic container)4-14 days … refrigerate in an air tight container
2 weeks and more … freeze in an air tight container

Today’s meals

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And I am still wired from all that coffee.

 

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