We want to share with you why our cold brew coffees are awesome and unique from the rest, and...
We wanted to share some interesting information with you to give you a base of knowledge on coffee, and the work you don’t see! What is coffee? Where does it come from? What am I actually drinking? It’s not just ground up brown beans in a big plastic container? Those are a few questions that I had when I first experienced this drink.
But really, what is coffee? Coffee is a fruit, a cherry that grows on coffee trees. Coffee trees when planted take up to 5 years to produce the cherries! Within that cherry is two green coffee beans which are the seed of the fruit. These are two very dense beans packed full of moisture, so much that you can’t even bite through it without breaking a tooth! You can actually make coffee drinks from green coffee, but, in order to get the beans to become brown as you usually see they must go through a roasting process. Coffee beans can be roasted to various roast profiles going from a lighter roast which brews a tea-like drink, all the way to a very oily dark roast which brews a very bitter drink. We roast our coffee to the roast profile that brings out the most in that bean!
Where does it come from? Coffee beans come from tons of different countries with many different origins, and within those origins are many different communities of farms. The awesome thing about each one of those is that they produce a coffee bean that has unique and different flavors from all of the rest. That’s what’s fun about coffee; the fact that you can try so many different coffees and experience something new with each. Fun fact: Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer!
What we don’t see is what is barely ever mentioned or appreciated among the vast majority of us coffee drinkers. On each of those farms are farmers who hand pick these cherries from rows and rows of coffee trees. Once the cherries are picked they have to be prepared for roasting through a process that removes the outer casing. After the beans are retrieved from inside the fruit, they must be dried naturally by the sun or drying machines, and closely monitored to be sure they are perfect each time. It takes about 4,000 coffee beans to make 1lb of roasted coffee! That’s a lot of work! So next time you take a sip from your mug full of a delicious Peak Roasters Coffee Co. coffee, be sure to thank a farmer.
That’s your lesson in coffee 101. Enjoy!
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