Coffee trees thrive in moderate climates with steady rainfall and temperatures averaging 20°C.Coffee is usually grown between 1000m and 3000m above sea level.
The two main varieties of coffee are Arabica and Robusta. Coffee Arabica produces a larger better quality bean, and accounts for almost three-quarters of the total harvest.Coffee is the second most traded commodity after oil.
Ripe coffee cherries are spread out on drying racks and routinely raked to promote drying. This method prevails in countries where water is scarce and labour is plentiful.It may take several weeks for the cherry to fully dry.
The Agtron system is used to determine how dark a roast is, and into which roast category the bean belongs.A lighter roast retains more of the beans original characteristics and flavour.
Where a baristas knowledge and experience counts most! Under extracted and the espresso shot is acidic, over extracted and the shot is bitter.The grind, dose, tamp, temperature and humidity all affect the extraction.
Add textured milk for that perfect cappuccino or latte.Over 300 million people enjoy a cup of coffee each day.