Coffee roasting

Roasting is one of the most fascinating aspects of the coffee industry. It takes the green coffee seed, which has almost no flavour beyond a quite unpleasant vegetal taste, and transforms it into and incredibly aromatic, astonishingly complex coffee bean. The smell of freshly roasted coffee is evocative, intoxicating and all-round delicious. Specialty roasters around…

Processing methods

How a coffee is processed after harvest can have a dramatic effect on the resulting cup, so it has become increasingly important part of how it is described and sold. After harvest the coffee cherries are taken to a wet mill to separate the beans from the flesh and dry the beans so that they…

Coffee varieties

The first coffee trees to be cultivated originated in Ethiopia, and this same variety, Typica, is still widely grown today. Many other varieties now exist, some natural mutations and others the result of cross breeding. Some varieties have explicit taste characteristics of their own, while others take on their characteristics from the terroir in which…