Restaurants have often viewed coffee as an easily-dismissed side offering, detached from the larger experience of their customers. It isn't uncommon to have an enjoyable meal and dining experience wrapped up with a disappointing cup of coffee. Fortunately, perspectives in the industry are shifting and business owners are becoming more attuned to the value that lies in specialty coffee.
You enjoy your morning coffee, appreciate differences across roasts and origins, and have cultivated a discerning palette - but have you ever wondered what really goes into producing each cup? In this post, we'll be exploring the entire coffee chain in an effort to understand the rich complexity behind the seed to cup journey.
Sumatra is known as one of the world’s top coffee producers, with a unique offering of coffee crafted from the volcanic soil, as well as the harvesting process, that has enthusiasts either absolutely loving the dark taste, or snubbing the bold, earthy flavor profile.
Amongst all the natural scenery, lush rainforests, and volcanic silhouettes, Costa Rica boasts a personality like nowhere else in the world. Spread out over just 0.33% of the earth’s surface, it proudly sits in the top 20 most bio-diverse countries on the planet.
If you're looking to learn how to make french press coffee, look no further. The french press, invented in 1929, produces a cup of dense, heavy-bodied coffee in just about four minutes. While the process is easy to master, coffee that is being prepared in a french press is quite vulnerable to over-extraction, making it imperative that you watch your timer closely.
The pour over brewing method is a straightforward, easily-mastered way to produce a clean cup of coffee (without the difficulty involved in, say, Chemex brewing). If you typically drink drip coffee, you'll find that this method produces something similar, yet distinctly more nuanced.
The AeroPress is famed for its portability and versatility, allowing coffee lovers to produce a full-bodied cup wherever the road takes them. AeroPress brewing is the method of choice for road trips, camping trips, and mountain climbing expeditions, thanks to the brewer's durable (yet lightweight), low-maintenance design.
The Chemex is a timeless part of any barista's arsenal and a tried-and-true method for producing an exceptional cup of coffee. With a design that has remained unchanged since it was invented in 1941, its minimalist and pragmatic design has resulted in the brewer being seen everywhere from the counters of specialty coffee shops to your own kitchen!