Archive for October, 2009

CQI Takes on the Robusta Taboo

CQI Takes on the Robusta Taboo

Recently arrived in the mail is a certificate (suitable for framing) from the Coffee Quality Institute, the non-profit coffee research organization spun off from the better known Specialty Coffee Association of America. That I earned the certificate through some cupping in Uganda is not of much note; of late the American specialty coffee industry has […]

By October 26, 2009 Read Article
Typica –No Longer typical

Typica –No Longer typical

Once upon a time not so long ago most of the coffee planted in the world was from one varietal, Coffea Arabica Var. typica or typical coffee. 100-150 years ago it didn’t mater where in the world your coffee came from Sumatra, India, The Americas the trees were essentially of same variety (exception being coffees […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article
Green Coffee Freshness

Green Coffee Freshness

It’s a well known fact that roasted coffee has a limited shelf life before it begins losing its flavors. But what about green (un-roasted) coffees? They too don’t last forever. 100 years ago it would have been said that most coffees need a year or 2 of age before they are good to use. However […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article
Monsoon Malabar

Monsoon Malabar

I head off to attend a friend’s wedding in India.  It happens to be at the same time as the beginning of the monsoon season so I can’t resist the temptation of organizing to visit the coffee monsoon processing town of Mangalore on the Malabar coast.  It is the only place in the world where […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article
How Strong Should My Coffee Be?

How Strong Should My Coffee Be?

Those of us who’ve ever asked a coffee professional how to brew coffee have likely gotten the following industry recipe: 6 ounces water 10 grams ground coffee 4-6 minutes contact time Water temperature: 195-205º F Extraction target: 18-22% extracted soluble solids by weight This all seems pretty clear. Except, maybe the “extraction target”. But, how […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article
Cuppers versus Baristas

Cuppers versus Baristas

This year’s World Barista Championship and Specialty Coffee (SCAA) conference in Atlanta America was outstanding. I have attended most SCAA conferences since New Orleans in the mid 1990’s.  I have attended all WBC finals with the sole exception of Japan and the combination of the SCAA and WBC is always an invigorating alignment of the […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article
Something for Everyone: India Coffees 2009

Something for Everyone: India Coffees 2009

India is a considerably better-known coffee origin in Europe than in the United States. And even in Europe it tends to be a source whose profound coffee originality is hidden inside blends rather than foregrounded in single-origin or trophy coffees. For example, India provides some of the world’s most valuable coffee types for espresso blends, […]

By October 4, 2009 |Reviews Tasting Report