The Espresso Coffee Guide groups all of the world’s single origin coffees into three general regions:
Coffee Tasting and Coffee Reviews
Read about the exotic Arabica coffee’s flavors, aromas, acidity, tastes, body and other distinguishing characteristics particular to each coffee from all of the world’s coffee-producing countries. While each country will have it’s distinctive characteristics, some regions do share common characteristics.
South American origins like Colombia coffees and Brazil coffees have milder flavours and are best suited for those who like a smooth drinking coffee, while Central American like Costa Rica coffees and Guatemalan coffees are more bright and acidic.
Coffee Farming and Processing
While learning the nuances of the farming and processing is always interesting, coffee beans are best chosen based on flavor and natural preferences rather than processing methods. The farmers and local co-ops in each country use whatever method is most prevalent in the region and culturally accepted – often passed down for generations through families. Each method of farming, harvesting and processing can produce great quality coffees and the diversity is what makes it so interesting.
Prices for coffee beans vary between origins, within a single country and even year-to-year. These fluctuations mean that coffee prices are always changing , and while generally tied to quality, can sometimes be the result of shortages. Keep on top of both roasted and green coffee prices.
More great coffee information can be found in All About Coffee which covers all aspects of coffee from soil to sip. This includes coffee plants and green coffee beans from the coffee cherry, and full descriptions of all of the world’s top gourmet coffee beans including Organic Coffee, Fair Trade Coffee, Bird Friendly Coffee and Shade-Grown Coffee.
Espresso Drinks and Recipes
Learn about perfect espresso brewing along with tips on Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot and Steaming and Frothing Milk as well as Espresso Drink Recipes, Alcoholic Coffee Drink Recipes and calories in coffee drinks. Learn the most popular drinks from cafes like Starbucks, such as:
- What is a Latte
- How to Make a Latte
- How to Make an Irish Coffee
- What is a Cappuccino
- What is a Macchiato
As always, the key to a great espresso that is compatible with your espresso maker is to buy coffee fresh roasted – never one that’s been sitting on a store shelf for months. The longer a coffee sits after roasting, the more off-gassing (CO2 escaping) occurs, which will reduce the overall volume of crema.
Coffee Terminology and A History of the Coffee Bean!
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