Let’s talk types of coffee. From a variety standpoint, there are basically only two main categories: Robusta and Arabica.
Arabica has a more delicate flavor and lower acidity than Robusta. It is grown in higher altitudes and is more costly to grow and more difficult to grow, so they have a lower yield that makes it cost more. Robusta has higher amounts of caffeine but can grow in hot, low altitudes, and with less moisture. Most commercial beans are this variety.
Coffee beans are green so they must be roasted. They range in roast from light brown to very dark brown and are broken into three roast levels: Light, Medium, and Dark.
Light roast is considered most delicate but also has higher acidity. You get more of the original coffee bean flavor. Medium roast have a chocolate color, less acidity than the lighter roast, and a toasty flavor. The Dark roast beans are roasted until they caramelize and oils come out of the bean. They may look oily. They have a strong flavor. Blends will combine two or more of these roasting levels.
Did you know Hugh Jackman had a coffee company? It is called Laughing Man Coffee. Jackman wanted to follow in the footsteps of Paul Newman with his Newman’s Own brand donating all proceeds to charity. So, Jackman traveled to Ethiopia with World Vision to visit and shoot a documentary about the impact Fair Trade certification had on the Ethiopian farmers. He partnered with a coffee farmer named Dukale.
There are two cafes in New York where you can try the coffee.
The Laughing Man Foundation is going further and investing in housing improvements and college scholarships for the COOCentral Coop in Colombia.
Here is the trailer for his documentary called Dukale’s Dream:
Zojirushi has some small appliances. Their bread machines are popular as a higher end home baking system. They also make a couple coffee makers. What makes them different is that they have ways of making iced coffee easier.
Their Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker allows you to brew iced or hot coffee in the same machine. The iced coffee will be more concentrated to make up for the ice you add. It has 4 settings for the warming plate so you can turn it off if you make Japanese iced coffee – coffee that is brewed directly into ice. It has a glass carafe. It comes with an ice basket that helps with measurement of how much ice to use.
It’s hard to have a blog about coffee and not notice the problems that arose in Philadelphia, PA this past week. For those who may not know, two black men went into a Starbucks Coffee shop for a real estate business meeting. They walked in and sat at a table. One of them asked to use the rest room and was told they were for paying customers only. They were waiting for a third person to show up so they hadn’t bought anything yet.
The store manager called 911 and police came and handcuffed them and escorted them out. The third person they were waiting for came in as they were being led out.
As a result of this, all (over 8,000) Starbucks Coffee shops will close on May 29 for racial bias training. The CEO met with officials in Philadelphia and Starbucks along with these 2 men will be working together for solutions.
Of course, on top of this is fake news that Starbucks is offering coupons for free coffee for those of color. This can be ignored.