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Coffee Knowledege

  • There are two types of coffee - robusta and arabica
  • Robusta is used for espresso and instant coffee, it’s bitter and strong
  • Arabica is the smooth goodness we know and love

Coffee(and particularly arabica) is a very picky plant - it grows in a very specific climate. It should be between 18 and 21 degrees celsius. It needs a specific amount of rain, and is best if it has a 3 month dry season so that it can flower. Crucially, it needs hot days and cold nights - that’s why it’s most commonly grown at a specific elevation, 1000-2000 meters above sea level.

Washed vs. Natural

This link. Basically, natural is dried while in the fruit, not removing the seed (coffee bean) from the surrounding fruit before drying. Washed process uses a machine or tank to wash the beans before drying, then the beans are dried without the surrounding fruit.

Basically:

  • natural = fruity-er, wilder, but more imperfections and defects
  • washed = clarity, the intrinsic flavors of the bean

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