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Coffee Production: Sustainability Eco-Friendly Practices Social Impacts * info. taken from www.starbucks.com The History of Coffee Dates back more than a thousand years The first coffee plants are said to have come from the Horn of Africa on the shores of the Red Sea
* info. taken from www.starbucks.com
From the mountainous eastern half of the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula come some of the world's greatest coffees. The coffees from this region are alluring and complex, sometimes causing even seasoned specialty coffee drinkers to wonder who dropped the blueberries and spices into their cup. Some of our favorites come from Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. They have intense berry or floral aromas and flavors of berries, citrus fruits, cocoa, and spice.Growing Regions
Central and South America produce more coffee, by far, than any other growing region. The beans grown here are generally light- to medium-bodied with clean, lively flavors. They are prized for their tangy brightness and consistent quality. Both these features make them ideal foundations for blending. Single-origin coffees from this region typically include coffees from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.
Often called Indonesian coffees because most of the beans from this region are grown in that country. These coffees are on the opposite end of the taste spectrum from the Latin American coffees. They are typically full-bodied, smooth, earthy, and occasionally feature herbal flavor notes. These are the 'heavyweights' of the coffee world, providing deep, sturdy 'low notes' when used in blends. As single-origin coffees, they are perennial favorites.
“ Our connection with coffee farmers Purveying quality coffees means much more than selecting the finest beans on the market. It means protecting a way of life for our farmers by supporting social, economic and environmental issues that are crucial to their livelihood. Commitment to Origins is dedicated to creating a sustainable growing environment in coffee origin countries.”
A fair price
The Fair Trade Certified™ label certifies that the farmers who grew the coffee received a premium price above the prevailing market prices. Internationally, independent organizations provide supervision of the Fair Trade system by working closely with small-scale farmers to certify their product. By joining cooperatives, the farmers can then sell their beans directly to importers, roasters and retailers at favorable guaranteed prices. The cooperatives, which are democratically run by the participating farmers, help contribute to the social and economic stability of their communities.
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Ultimately, tasting is comparing and contrasting. Tasting only one coffee at a time does not create any context. But if you taste two or three coffees, you can compare them in terms of your personal preference, but also in terms of aroma, acidity, body, and flavor. (A tip: When tasting more than one coffee, always taste lighter bodied coffees first and work up to fuller bodied coffees.)Aroma is the first hint of how your coffee will taste. In fact, most of your sense of taste actually comes from your sense of smell - which is why coffee can taste so satisfying and sublime.Acidity, in tasting terms, doesn't mean sour or bitter; it's a lively, tangy, palate-cleansing property, ranging from low to high. Think of the range from still water to sparkling water, and you'll get the idea.Body is the weight or thickness of the beverage on your tongue. Body ranges from light to full.Flavor is the all important melding of aroma, acidity, and body that creates an overall impression.