Making Coffee Isn’t A Simple Process
If you think all there is to making a great cup of coffee is adding a few scoops of instant to a cup of hot water, think again. The process of getting that coffee to the store is long and involved – one that requires precision each step of the way to ensure a good blend in the end.
Coffee itself comes from about 50 different tropical countries around the world. Grown primarily in the tropics, coffee comes from a tree. The beans are found within the cherries that grow on coffee trees.
The cherries must reach maturity and be processed to produce beans. The processing of the cherries involves the removal of the outer husk and pulp to reveal beans within. This is generally done through drying and then husking. The beans that are removed from the cherries are generally shipped to coffee making companies in the form of “green coffee.” This simply means the beans have not yet been roasted.
The roasting process is where the rich flavors most coffee drinkers are familiar with come from. This step in making coffee is perhaps the most important, if not the most tedious. Roasting involves precise temperatures and times to bring out the coffee bean’s natural oils and sugars to roast in the flavor most coffee lovers seek. If the roasting process takes too long or is cut short, the flavor produced is substandard and an entire batch of beans can be ruined.
The delicate balance that is the roasting process is the beginning of the end for the bean’s full flavor. Once a bean is roasted and its flavor and aroma released, the bean will slowly begin to lose its fullness fairly soon. This doesn’t mean the coffee produced won’t taste good; it simply means the strength of the flavor will begin to degrade.
After roasting, each step of the way begins to lessen the fullness of the coffee’s flavor. Grinding further breaks it down and brewing even more so. This is why many coffee connoisseurs insist on fresh-grinding their own coffee by the pot so maximum freshness and flavor is retained.
Coffee is a worldwide favorite that tops the commodity charts at number two, just behind oil. Much in demand, the coffee produced in the world comes in a variety of flavors, but each one is highly dependant on the expertise of those who oversee each step in the process of delivering coffee from bean to cup.