How to Choose the Perfect Coffee?
Woman Smelling Coffee Coffee is one of the most popular drinks of our time. Its origins date back to many centuries in the past in Ethiopia, and over time, it spread throughout the world. Since coffee intertwined with the...
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks of our time. Its origins date back to many centuries in the past in Ethiopia, and over time, it spread throughout the world. Since coffee intertwined with the existing traditions wherever it appeared, many of those cultures developed a different and individual way of preparing and consuming coffee. Today, it would be really difficult to find a place where there’s no coffee. The “magic” drink has become an inseparable part of our modern-day lifestyle, and a whole new “coffee shop” culture sprang from enjoying it.
The more coffee gained popularity, the more its production expanded. So, the market today offers thousands and thousands of different types and blends of coffee. The question is, how to choose the perfect one?
There are several factors that determine the taste of coffee, such as the location where the plant is grown and, of course, the way of processing it. Coffee undergoes several processes before it reaches the stage where it’s ready for brewing. After the ripe cherries are picked from coffee plants, dried and sorted, they are ready for roasting. The roasting procedure is actually one of the most important factors that influence the coffee essence. This process can completely change the coffee bean, both physically and chemically, and consequently the way coffee tastes.
Depending on the color, the amount of oil and acidity of the beans, there are four categories of coffee: light roast, medium, medium-dark, and dark. Light coffee has a milder flavor, while dark roasts are stronger and bitter, sometimes even tasting as if burnt. What’s interesting and surprising about different roasting levels of coffee is the fact that lighter roasts retain the highest levels of caffeine.
There are plenty of other factors that determine the quality of coffee. As consumers, we often decide which brand to purchase based on the information on labels on coffee packaging. However, coffee labels can often appear confusing and maybe even incomplete. To clear the confusion, this nice and clear graphic shows which elements a coffee label should contain, and which are optional but very informative, such as the origin of the coffee, its species, the level of roasting etc.
The visual also explains different sustainability certifications a coffee brand can get from inspection and sustainability authorities, as well as plenty of more useful information. It will certainly help you begin your day with the perfect cup of coffee for your particular taste.