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Knowing about the origins of coffee beans, the different coffee roasts, and how coffee is named can help you choose the coffee beans that are right for your perfect cup of coffee. For the coffee aficionado, understanding all the subtleties that make a great cup can be as captivating as knowledge of good wines is to the wine lover. Fortunately for all of us, however, achieving the perfect cup is easy once you're familiar with a few basic coffee-making concepts.  Knowing a little bit about the origins of coffee beans and how they're harvested, roasted and named can help you choose the roast that's right for your cup.


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Choosing The Right Coffee Beans
And Coffee Roast

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Choosing the Right Bean... What's in a Name?
The names of the beans normally do not refer to the kind of coffee plant they come from; instead, the name
can refer to any of the following:
  • Origin:
    Quite simply, a name may designate where the bean was grown (Ethiopia, Colombia, Kenya, Yemen).
    Sometimes the name of the plantation is included in the coffee's name as well. Coffees can be
    designated as "single-origin" coffees—that is, originating from one country only—or "blends," a combination of beans from a variety of geographical areas. Generally, blended coffees produce more complex brews than single-origin coffees.
  • Roasting style:
    Once at their destination, the green coffee beans are roasted (that is, heated in a large roasting drum to
    develop a desired flavor and color). Generally, the longer the beans roast, the darker their color—and the
    stronger their flavor. Knowing how strong you prefer your brew will help you decide which roasting style
    you prefer.
  • Coffee Roaster's preferences:
    Often, coffee roasters will put their own mark on a batch of beans, blending and roasting the beans
    according to the roaster's preferences. Often, names such as "House Blend" will tell you little; but the names sometimes give clues as to how the coffee roaster envisioned the coffee to be enjoyed, such as
    "Eye-Opener Roast" or "Dessert Blend."
Styles of Coffee Roasts
  • French and Italian roasts:
    Dark, heavy-roasted coffee beans that are almost black in color and produce a strongly flavored coffee.
  • American roast:
    A medium-roasted coffee, which produces a coffee that's neither characteristically light nor heavy.
  • European roast:
    Two-thirds heavy-roasted coffee beans combined with one-third medium-roasted beans.
  • Viennese roast:
    One-third heavy-roasted coffee beans combined with two-thirds medium-roasted beans.

 

 

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Choosing the Right Coffee Bean

So, how does all this translate into what's best for your cup? Because coffees grown in the same parts of the world can have similar characteristics, knowing your coffee's origins can help you decide if it will be one you like.

Coffees from Africa are often imbued with the aromas and flavors of berries, citrus fruits, cocoa and spices, while coffees from Latin America are known for their lighter body and cleaner flavors. Coffee beans from Southeast Asia are often full-bodied and smooth.

Once you've got this overall picture of origins and roasting styles in your mind, honing your personal likes and dislikes involves the enjoyable task of trying a little of this and a little of that when you have a chance.

 

Now you can select the roast that is perfect for you.

 
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