Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee every day. However, how many of these Americans care about the quality of the cup of coffee, and how that cup of coffee tastes? While it seems like everyone in the U.S. loves coffee, which of them are just grabbing coffee from the gas station to get them through the day?
If you’re a lover of gourmet coffee you’re not alone. You’re someone who cares about coffee beans, which coffee regions your coffee comes from, and coffee cultivation. This article seeks to expand your knowledge, by letting you know how high-quality coffee is cultivated and brewed.
The Difference is In the Beans
When you get right down to it, the difference between gourmet coffee and the coffee that people buy in a gas station for 99 cents is the quality of the beans.
Quality coffee is grown in quality locations. The best coffee regions, such as Columbia and Ethiopia, have extremely rich soil, and the correct type of climate for coffee to grow.
Coffee is like wine in that it soaks in the quality of soil while it’s growing. Though it goes through many processes to get to your cup, you can taste the quality of the soil.
While certain countries, such as Brazil, can grow vast amounts of coffee due to space, this doesn’t mean that their coffee is of the highest quality. If fertilizer is used on the soil, the coffee won’t come out with as much flavor.
Coffee Picking is a Craft
Mass-produced coffee uses machines to speed along the process of picking and sorting. However, gourmet coffee is handpicked. The coffee that’s handpicked comes out as gourmet because the pickers are able to tell the difference between the raw berries from the right berries.
This extends into the sorting process. Whereas machines will speed up the time in which one can sort the batches, only a human can pick the bad berries from the good ones.
The result of this is that mass-produced coffee grounds wind up with a mixture of good and bad—ripe and raw—berries all ground up together. The resulting product usually doesn’t taste terrible, however it does lack the nuance of flavor that gourmet coffee has.
How Do You Acquire Gourmet Coffee
If you live in a city, there’s probably a gourmet coffee shop near you. Your favorite coffee shop might just let you buy their grounds from them. They often have connections to some of the best manufacturers.
However, this isn’t an option for everyone. If you’re not in a city, you can get yourself a gourmet coffee subscription, and enjoy wonderful coffee no matter where you are.
Become a Coffee Connoisseur
American’s are often stereotyped for being coffee-lovers. However, how many of them understand the difference between cheap coffee and quality gourmet coffee?
If you consider yourself someone who cares about taste and aesthetics, make sure you get yourself a good coffee subscription.
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