Why is good coffee so expensive?

Quantity, quality, harvesting, certification, roasting, packaging, and... expertise. Coffee, like any fine commodity, can be found in a range of price brackets (some staggering, we know!) and with very little information explaining the cost variation. Today, we hope to shed some light on why your favorite beans and brews can cost a pretty penny.

Understanding coffee flavor

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.

Coffee mouthfeel, body, and texture — what it all means

Body, mouthfeel, texture...we know the words and what they mean but how they relate to coffee can be obscure and muddled. Today we're going to break down these vague terms. At the most basic level, mouthfeel, also referred to as body, describes how a coffee physically feels in your mouth and on your tongue. Texture, while related, essentially describes the texture of the mouthfeel (e.g., smooth, grainy, creamy, etc.).

The Boston Tea Party, representation, and how coffee become a symbol of American patriotism

December 16th, 1773 was a cold, blistery Boston evening. By 7 pm, the sky would have been pitch black with the only light coming from the stars, candles, and the occasional lantern. The air rolling in off the Atlantic was crisp and biting as it wrapped around the Boston Harbor. On this night, sixty men dressed in Mohawk costumes boarded three ships carrying British tea and tipped, dumped, and stomped into being one history's greatest, most impactful political protests. It was also the night coffee became America's drink.

Why brokers are so important to coffee roasters

Want to know a great secret in the coffee roasting world? Coffee brokers. Coffee brokers are vital to a thriving coffee industry -- they ensure quality control, offer a lifeline to farms, assume the purchasing risk for roasters, and share information between growers and roasters.

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