michael June 13, 2019

While it’s easy to choose your go-to drink in coffee shops, it’s a whole different ball game when you need to prepare a cup for yourself. There’s quite a few things to consider, from which coffee beans to buy up to what coffee machines to use.

In this post, we will start with helping you choose coffee beans. If you always end up staring at a variety of beans, not knowing where to start, we’ve got you covered.

We understand how overwhelming it can be to sort through tons of choices. That’s why we have compiled some factors you can consider next time you go for coffee beans shopping.

The Difference Between Arabica and Robusta

There are several families of coffee plants all over the world but the 2 main ones are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica usually grows in high altitude and produces a delicate cup. On the other hand, Robusta grows in low altitude and produces more caffeine than Arabica and thicker crema. Most coffee companies choose Robusta in their blends as it gives the coffee a thicker crema. This, however, does not compromise the complexity of the coffee; on the contrary, it might even enhance the quality of the cup.

Single Origin vs. Blended

Single origin coffee, as the name suggests, came from a single location, geography-wise. It doesn’t only refer to the country or region the coffee came from, though; it could also go into a more explicit level, such as the specific farm or varying climates and micro-conditions the coffee was grown in. This is one of the clearest distinctions in the single origin vs blended coffee dichotomy: traceability. Because single origin coffee is easier to trace, farmers are urged to showcase their hard work through a remarkable coffee experience for the consumers, thus encouraging quality and excellence.

Nevertheless, this does not make blended coffee any inferior. Roasters  likewise put extra hard work in creating coffee blends that complement each flavor profile perfectly. Tinkering with amounts and variations of a limitless array of coffee flavors requires more than just patience; it also requires science to get the perfect blend that the roaster wants to achieve.

Roasting Process

The roasting process may be the most underappreciated step in coffee making. Many are more focused on how their drink was brewed. What they fail to realize is that the type of beans they use, where they came from, and how they were brewed don’t mean a thing if they’ve been roasted wrong.

In Italy, coffee has always been a cultural mainstay since this country is the first importer of green coffee around the world. They are known for roasting coffee and brewing espresso.  Unlike the roast coffee from France, roast coffee from Italy has zero to little oil on the beans and has a rich brown hue to it. The time it takes to roast the coffee depends on the blend and the temperature of roasting. This is because Arabica beans take less time to be roasted as compared to Robusta beans. Once roasted, they will air cool the beans, allowing the beans to hold their flavor until they are set for brewing.

Italian coffee is known for its complex and rich flavor. Here, coffee is usually served with one glass of water. The water is used to help cleanse the palate before one drinks the coffee.

If you are looking for high quality Italian coffee in Singapore, 101CAFFE is your best choice. We offer a wide selection of products including coffee beans, coffee capsules, and coffee machines. Check out our online shop for a wide selection of coffee brands.

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