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All About Coffee
All About Coffee
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LEARN ABOUT THE BEANS
BEANS FROM AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
In general, African coffee beans and those from the Middle East
have well-rounded flavor, medium to full body, and a bright spark of
acidity. They are often described as floral or winy.
- Burundi. Full-bodied, acidic coffee beans of good to excellent quality.
- Cameroon. Sweet, mellow Arabica coffee beans, good to excellent quality.
- Ethiopia. Beans from the Djimmah region are big-bodied,
with spicy, earthy flavor and pungent aftertaste. Beans from Harrar are
intense and winy.
- Kenya. Smooth, full-bodied, fragrant, and acidic. Look
for Kenyan coffee beans designated with the highest "AA" rating, and
those from the Chagga tribe.
- Rwanda. Rich, acidic beans of very high quality.
- Tanzania. Complex, mellow-tasting, winy coffee beans with good body and acidity. Look for those from Kilimanjaro and Bukoba.
- Yemen. Outstanding Arabica coffee, often designated
"Mocha" coffee beans after the now-closed Middle Eastern port of origin,
with a signature chocolaty flavor.
BEANS FROM THE AMERICAS
Coffees from South America, the Caribbean, and Hawaii are known
for good balance, medium body, bright acidity, and floral hints.
- Brazil. Brazilian coffee in general has a consistent but
unexceptional character that makes it a good backbone of blends.
Brazilian Bourbon Santos coffee, however, is noteworthy on its own for
its fine, smooth, mild flavor.
- Colombia. Look for the two highest grades of Colombian coffee beans, Supremo and
- Excelso. Colombian Medellin coffee is rich, full-bodied,
and slightly acidic. Aged Vintage Colombian coffee is remarkably sweet,
syrupy, and rich, with little acidity.
- Costa Rica. Costa Rican coffee beans are strong, heavy-bodied, rich in flavor, and bracingly acidic.
- Dominican Republic. Coffee marked by rich flavor and moderate acidity. Look for those from Barahona and Santo Domingo.
- El Salvador. Look for high grown coffee beans, which have mild flavor, good body, and medium acidity.
- Guatemala. The best beans are the high mountain varieties
from Amatitlan, Antigua, and Coban, with heavy body, high acidity, and a
touch of smoke or spice.
- Haiti. Haitian coffee beans have rich, slightly sweet flavor, heavy body, and moderate acidity.
- Hawaii. Noted for Kona coffee beans, which have excellent body, rich aroma and flavor, and hints of sweetness and spice.
- Jamaica. Famed for Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which is full-bodied, lightly acidic, and mellow.
- Mexico. Look for good-quality Mexican coffee beans, noted for fragrant aroma, full body, rich flavor, and slight acidity.
- Nicaragua. Quality high-grown coffee will be mild and moderately acidic.
- Panama. The best Panamanian coffee is mild-flavored, full-bodied, and brightly acidic.
- Peru. Good-flavored, with a hint of acidity.
- Venezuela. Look for coffee beans from Cucutas and
Tachiras, which are rich and slightly acidic; and coffee from Merida,
with excellent flavor and light body.
BEANS FROM ASIA AND INDONESIA
- Celebes. This Indonesian island produces Celebes Kalosi coffee beans, which are almost syrupy, full-bodied, and sharply acidic.
- China. Coffee beans from Yunnan are full-bodied, richly flavored, and slightly sweet and acidic.
- India. Look for full-bodied, slightly acidic Mysore coffee beans and rich yet delicate Malabar coffee.
- Java. The best Arabica beans from this island whose name is synonymous with coffee are heavy-bodied, spicy, and mildly acidic.
- New Guinea. Coffee beans from New Guinea have rich flavor and light body and aroma.
- Sumatra. The best-quality Arabica coffee beans from
Sumatra are full-bodied, rich, and mellow, with low acidity. Look for
Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which is wonderfully syrupy.
- Timor. Heavy-bodied coffee beans with good flavor and aroma.
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