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Steamy BeanPart 1: Choosing Your Flavor or Origin
This will be a 3-part blog
Part 1: Flavor and Origin
Part 2: Roast Type
Part 3: Grind Type
Coffee is perhaps the most popular drink in the world and is literally shared by millions. A single cup of coffee can shape a cozy and intimate environment perfect for brewing close connections.
With so many of us bonding over coffee, it’s no wonder there are so many different brands, flavors, blends and choices. If you’re a devoted coffee-drinker, you probably already have an idea of what you love; but even coffee connoisseurs find new favorites. That’s why, in this article, we’re going to talk about the significance of origin and what flavor you can expect from different regions.
Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda
African coffee beans are loaded with taste
Undertones are similar to that of sweet wine
Ethiopia: wild, winey, fruity profile
Sidamo & Yrgacheffe
In Ethiopia, note that coffee is processed using one of two methods - natural and wet. The use of these methods – either together or separately - can significantly change the taste from one batch of beans to the next.
Wet coffees are lighter with more flowery undertones.
Natural, or dry processed, are heavier, fruity and more syrupy - sometimes tasting like blueberries.
Rwandan: complex sweet, acidic, floral
Think caramel and butterscotch
Kenyan: complex, spicy, citrusy, bright, clean
Think dried fruit and berries
Ugandan: full, fruity taste that’s as smooth as silk
The aroma is unforgettable
Some of the best coffee in the world comes from Uganda
*If you’re unsure where to start, I always recommend African coffee first - the tasting profile is remarkable. Coffee from Kenya and Rwanda are a few of my personal favorites. Yrgacheffe is also a very popular choice amongst people who also favor the African Origins.
Earthy, Spicy and Very Flavorful
Heavy body, sweet cedar, bell pepper, and distinct notes of chocolate, earthy, and balsamic vinegar
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Offers a rich, mild body with low acidity
Slightly sweet with a shy and gentle flavor
Genuine & traditional taste
Colombia, Peru, Brazil
Light, Floral Undertones
Due to their light and gentle profiles, coffee from Latin America usually tastes best in mixtures or specialty blends.
We hope this article brews some understanding and leads you on the path of coffee discovery! Stay tuned for our next article that will reveal valuable information about roasting raw coffee beans, and how this important process stimulates and can significantly change the taste of your coffee, from one roast type to the next.
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