The word Specialty is used to refer to the fancier grade, cut, or quality of many of the foods and beverages we consume. Coffee is a beverage that has been available in cheap, regular and Specialty versions for a long time and the consumption rate of coffee among people from around the world continues to increase every year. Specialty coffee may have once only been served in the finest dining establishments, but today it is widely available and affordable to a variety of people and is found in a variety of settings.
Coffee is made from coffee beans which are found within the berries that develop and ripen on a number of smaller evergreen bush plant species known as the Coffea plant. After ripening, coffee berries are harvested, and then undergo a processing which also includes drying them. It is the coffee beans that remain after the processing and drying of the coffee berries. The beans are then roasted to various degrees which cause them to change physically and in the tastes they produce. Finally, the coffee beans are grinded down into a fine consistency that is commonly known as coffee grounds.
Coffee bean grounds and coffee beans that have not been grinded down need to be stored in air-tight containers and kept cool in order to protect them from losing their flavor. The containers that coffee is typically sold in are not the most ideal for storing coffee for a long period of time. When you arrive home after purchasing coffee grounds at the store, consider transferring the fresh coffee grounds to appropriate storage containers to extend its shelf life and full flavor.
Of course, Specialty coffee beans are only the beginning to creating a truly Specialty coffee experience for many Specialty coffee drinkers. Some people are quite content with drinking their Specialty coffee black, without adding anything like milk, creamer, sugar or other sweeteners or flavorings, to their coffee. While many others want to enhance their Specialty coffee and drinking experience with tasty additions like milk that is whipped into a froth, sweeteners, and mixing in other flavors.
The two most commercially grown species of the coffea plant that produce the coffee beans used to make the coffee that the world’s population consumes, are Arabica and Robusta. Specialty coffee is made from the top tier coffee beans from the arabica coffea plant. These top tier arabica coffea plants are typically grown at very high altitudes (above 3000ft) with ideal soil and climate conditions. The coffee beans produced have fuller flavors, are more aromatic, and have less caffeine in them than other varieties of coffee beans such as Robustas. The coffee beans of arabica coffea plants grown at lower altitudes are still noted among consumers as having richer flavors than the flavors produced by Robusta coffee beans, but it is only the top tier arabica coffee beans that are considered to be Specialty, and thereby from which Specialty coffee is derived.
At “COFFEE JUNKIE” we serve you the finest specialty coffee from all over the world. Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia… to name a few. Perfectly roasted and freshly delivered from the roastery in Berlin, Germany, our coffee beans are treated with a lot of love and respect, just the way they deserve it! Our love is not one-sided, in return for our it we get the perfect crema and aroma from our beans.