Coffee 101

Black as the devil,hot as hell,pure as an angel,sweet as love." That's the recipe for coffee,according to the utterly Freanch statesman Talleyrand. Freshness and good quality is the key to great coffee.

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries. Green un roasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide. Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seed, or "bean", are produced by several species of small evergreen bushes of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the 'robusta' form of the hardier Coffea canephora All specialty coffees are Arabica. These coffees are grown best at 2,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level and require a great amount of care in cultivation.The beans mature slowly, are denser and develop more concentrated flavor oils than lower grown coffees.Robusta is of the less expensive commercial coffees.  It grows at altitudes from sea level to 2,000 feet. Robusta grows wild and is more "robust" which can withstand harsher temperatures and conditions.  Robusta coffees have twice the caffeine content that of Arabica coffees.All coffee trees are picked by hand, berry by berry.

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