Intoxicating, good body, sweet flavor…are words most commonly used to describe South American coffees — and we have to agree! South American coffees are renowned for their aromatics and stunningly smooth, textured bodies. Grown on soaring mountain ranges, in rich volcanic soil, beneath old growth forests, and graced with stabilizing ocean winds, it’s no wonder… Continue Reading →
Bright, winey, smooth, intense… Africa, largely believed to be the birthplace of coffee, possesses extraordinary coffee growing conditions with its soaring, majestic mountain ranges, consistent equatorial climate, and pristine old growth forests. From crisp and clean to exotic and honey-toned, African coffees have an elegant, assertive complexity bound to bewitch all who love a bright, crisp,… Continue Reading →
Silky, rich, earthy, spicy, savory, and wild are the words most commonly used to describe Southeast Asia’s extraordinary arabica coffees. Spanning multiple bodies of water and countless, soaring volcanic mountain ranges, Asia’s dramatic climate and unadulterated old growth forests provide wonderful growing conditions for coffee. In many Asian coffee growing countries, such as Indonesia, the… Continue Reading →
Balanced, bright, and clean are the words most frequently used to describe some of our most beloved coffees, the “Centrals”. Central America, which spans from Mexico in the west to Panama in the east, sits in the heart of the equatorial zone, often referred to as the Bean Belt for its near perfect growing regions… Continue Reading →
Grown along Central Africa’s eastern coast, south of Kenya and north of Mozambique, in Mount Kilimanjaro’s old growth forests, at elevations between 4,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, Tanzania Peaberry is a remarkably clean, round, complex coffee with the citric brightness of a Kenyan and the smooth, gentle sweetness of an Ethiopian. Tanzania’s climate,… Continue Reading →
Small and mighty, El Salvador is a force in the world of coffee. With perfect growing conditions, increasingly rare varietals, and a modern social history woven around the very vines their beans grow on, the history of modern El Salvador is the history of Salvadoran coffee.
Acidity in coffee is marvelous, wonderful, and often misunderstood. Today, we’re breaking down what acidity in coffee means, how to identify it in a coffee description, and where to find high and / or low acidity coffees based on their growing region.
Coffee and coffee flavor are like two best friends with unclear boundaries. They go together, they need each other, and yet they are still distinct. Coffee, in the broadest sense, has a very identifiable taste but each coffee’s flavor profile is nuanced and developed at each stage of its existence, starting with coffee plant species and ending with brew method. Today, we’re going to deconstruct the coffee flavor profile paradigm and in doing so, (hopefully) equip you with the knowledge needed to identify coffees that strongly exhibit the flavor characteristics you value most in your cup. First up? Bean type and terroir.
Bright, fruity, winey, floral, delicate, and crisp… Today we are going to breakdown what these terms mean, where beans with these lovely qualities are grown, and why we love drinking these coffees in springtime.