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Part three’s here if you’ve not read it. The final morning dawned early, as we had plenty to do before catching the plane back to Bogota. A quick look round Banexport’s new dry mill (where they process, sort and pack coffee ready for export, as well as load containers), followed
It’s surely one of life’s greatest joys – coffee and
What is cold brew coffee? It’s only one of the
There’s something rather satisfying about doing it yourself, isn’t there?
ALL ABOUT BEANS
The massive range of flavours you see on a bag of coffee can be a bit overwhelming. Notes of caramel?
Yes! It’s been proven to help lower blood pressure and is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, which fight free radicals and help protect against all sorts of diseases.
The caffeine in coffee is a mild psychoactive stimulant - the most widely consumed in the world. It provides temporary wakefulness and alertness. Some people reckon they have their most creative and insightful ideas after a cup or two. It’s also proven to increase athletic performance and fat burning.
No. Just don’t. It can take on aromas from anything smelly nearby, so it’s way better to keep it in a cool dark place, away from moisture or smelly things.
If you do though it won’t do it any good. Coffee goes stale as it slowly releases gases containing the compounds that give it flavour, regardless of temperature. The sudden temperature change when putting it in a fridge can cause condensation to form inside the bag, spoiling the goodness that needs to be kept dry.
Wondering how long coffee will last after it’s been roasted? There are differing opinions out there on this one, so it’s up to you, but use it too soon after roasting and it’ll taste bitter as it needs some time to degas (release carbon dioxide), so leave it a couple of days first.
We recommend using your coffee from 3-5 days days after roasting - from then on it’ll be at its best. But not forever. Your coffee will last, of course it will, but we think it’s at its best from around 3-5 days to a couple of months after roasting.
If you’ve let it sit for too long, don’t put yourself through the ordeal of drinking bad coffee - put the old stuff in the garden to help fertilise your compost heap. (Blueberries love coffee, tomatoes don’t!)
You might think of coffee beans as dark brown things that grow from the ground. Nope! They actually come from plants between 5-7 feet off the ground, although they can grow much higher. The beans are the bit inside the red fruit (known as the cherry) of the coffee plant. They’re not really beans - they’re seeds.