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Coffee roasting is a pretty straightforward process - and using both audible and visual cues, you will be able to easily and consistently product great roast results. Step 1: Weighing out the beans Depending on the roaster you are using, it is important to use the proper quantity of...
09/28/2018
Innovative and new products are always fun There's no doubt about it, the AeroPress is unique. It uses cooler water, a shorter extraction time, and manually applied pressure to make coffee. And very strong coffee at that. It's not quite as strong as espresso, but yields a similar...
09/25/2018
  You don't need to buy a fancy electrical coffee roaster to roast your own coffee. You can do it old school with a Whirley Pop style popcorn maker/coffee roaster. We've outlined the basic steps below:   Step 1...
09/25/2018
  Flores is a small island in the Indonesian archipelago - and produces some remarkable coffee. Indeed, Indonesia is well known for its diverse and incredible coffees. Java and Sumatra are islands which also produce some very well known beans, too. Flores is starting to become a...
09/21/2018
Ethiopia offers an intoxicating range of coffees, quite distinct from each other. In the north, you have the Harrars - famous for blueberry and fruity notes, smoothness and richness, full body; elegant and classy. In the south, you get the tangy and vibrant Sidamos and...
09/20/2018
The world's largest democracy, India is home to many different groups of people - there are over 700 languages spoken in the country! The coffee is produced in the warmer and more tropical South of the country. The legend goes that a coffee plant was smuggled out of out of Arab...
09/20/2018
Sumatra is a large coffee producing region/island in the country of Indonesia - a country known for having some of the world's most exotic coffees. As you probably know, Sumatra was hit by the earthquake / tsunami in 2004 and it did take quite a bit out of Sumatra's...
09/20/2018
There are two main methods of processing coffee, "Wet" and "Dry". Wet processing is the most common and widespread in coffee producing countries, and the purpose of this document is to give you a brief explanation of the steps involved from seed to brew. Wet processing...
09/20/2018
The beneficio is a processing plant that turns ripe coffee fruit into green coffee beans. It's quite a labor intensive process and only a fraction of the stuff is deemed suitable for export. This particular plant uses the Wet Processing method, which is said to emphasize fruity and acidy...
09/20/2018
When the coffee has been dried, it is sent through a variety of machines which determine its grade and quality. Defect and foreign objects (stones, sticks, string, etc...) are removed during this time as well.   Milling:...
09/20/2018
After the coffee has been processed, it is sent to the catador for a proper taste and defect analysis. The catador may taste up to 80 lots of coffee a day and he has the final say as to what coffees the beneficio buys and exports, as well as which it rejects. Some coffees may even be sent back...
09/20/2018
The Advantages: Superior flavor, complete control You don't need to buy an expensive coffee machine to brew like a pro. The humble French Press allows for precise control over every aspect of the process. Many high-tech coffee brewers over-extract the coffee with prolonged brew times...
09/20/2018
Coffee starts out as a seedling. A coffee cherry is smooshed open and the seed planted in sand where it stays until it sprouts and becomes large enough to transplant to the nursery. There it grows for up to two years before it is planted with the rest of the coffee plants. From there it is...
09/10/2018
Editor's note:  The following is Casey's Travelogue from MoreCoffee's trip to coffee regions in Guatemala. Casey was new to MoreCoffee! and fresh off a two year trip around the World. Part of our deal was that we would allow...
08/20/2018
Cupping Coffee is the way professional coffee tasters preapre and taste coffee.  But cupping doesn't have to be limited to the professionals... it's an awesome way to bring your coffee tasting, selection, and knowledge to a whole new level. Try it out on your latest favorite!...
06/01/2018
  Sumatra, the largest island in the Indonesian archepelago, has 10 active volcanoes and produces some of the worlds most popular coffee. Anyone who has ever had a cup of Sumatra knows this flat out. What makes Sumatra such a great coffee?  Lots of coffees are famous for...
02/12/2018
  There's no doubt about it - Kenya coffee is some incredible stuff. Lively, tangy, yet with smooth acidity, full bodied and dynamic lemony/citrusy notes in the aroma, sometimes with a splash of apricot or blueberries... Kenyan coffees are generally better on the darker...
02/12/2018
Tanzania, home of Africa's highest mountain (Kilimanjaro), is well known for it's peaberry offerings. A peaberry is produced from a normal coffee plant in much lower proportions than a regular coffee seed and is unique in that only one smaller, roundish seed is produced in a...
02/12/2018
Brazil happens to be the largest coffee producer in the world, in addition to being the largest country in South America (and the 5th largest in the world, as a matter of fact). Not just any Brazilian bean will do The vast majority of the coffee coming out of Brazil isn't...
02/12/2018
Colombian coffee's reputation precedes itself. Colombia has spent tons of money marketing and advertising its coffee with the famous Juan Valdez and his faithful donkey - which has actually become the most widely recognized logo in the world as of last year (according the The...
02/12/2018
Costa Rica got its start as a coffee producing nation in 1854 when some English businessmen decided to take on the task of developing the coffee infrastructure with the goal of exporting coffee directly to England. It's since grown to something much more significant and is now...
02/12/2018
Guatemala has quite a few major green coffee bean producing regions - it's a country ideally suited for coffee production. Although unroasted coffee is produced throughout, the best coffees come from the famous Antigua, Atitlan, Hueheutenango, and Coban regions. Much of the coffee...
02/12/2018
The challenge of geography Over 75% of Honduras is mountainous, making it difficult to develop sophisticated coffee infrastructure. The majority of the coffee produced here comes from small shareholders who often have no other choice than to perform the milling of their coffees...
02/12/2018
Mexican coffees are delicate creatures - with interesting flavor nuances and flavors shining through in the best lots (think berries, spices, chocolate, and vanilla). For the most part, the best coffees are going to come from the southern-most region of the country, borderline Guatemala....
02/12/2018
A deep and rich cup As the coffee industry in Nicaragua starts to take off, we see more and more quality coffees coming from the various coffee producing regions of the country - specifically Segovia. In general, you can expect a deep, full flavor from the Nicaraguan cup - with nice...
02/12/2018
Panama lies on a skinny land mass smack in the middle of Colombia and Costa Rica. Actually, Panama was part of Colombia until 1903. Most of the country lies below 2,300 feet and swelters in tropical heat, but the coffee is grown well above the hot parts of the country, high up in the...
02/12/2018
Peruvian coffees have become better and better over the years. Peru has for quite some time been exporting mostly organic coffees - but keep in mind that organic doesn't necessarily mean high quality. As the infrastructure has developed in the country, we've been seeing higher...
02/12/2018
Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island New Guinea, which it shares with Indonesia. The island itself is home to several hundred tribal groups - each with its own distinct language and customs. Coffee is produced by either large estates, or small farmers who group...
01/12/2018
Yemen is home to two distinct kinds of specialty coffee, that of Sannai and Matari. Yemen coffee will usually have the name Mocca in it somewhere, which is reference to the original port through which all coffee was shipped in the early coffee days. These days, however, Mocca is more...
01/12/2018
Hawaii is famous for Kona but has quite a bit more to offer, as well - oten at much lower prices. The Kaui island is starting to become a big name in the specialty coffee industry, producing more and more quality lots as time goes by. Hawaii also has some interesting scientific developments:...
01/12/2018
Jamaican coffee is among the most prized of all coffees in the world. It's expensive and it's hard to get and produced in very low quantities when compared to other coffees around the world. The coffee was brought to Jamaica in 1728 by the then governor, Sir Nicholas Lawes....
01/12/2018
Our original review of the Behmor 1600 coffee roaster     The *New* Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster is here! Check out the latest and the greatest in home roasters - the Behmor 1600 Drum Roaster does a pound at a time and has smoke reduction technology!...
01/01/2018