As a commodity, coffee is bought, traded and consumed all over the world. In fact, it is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. The process of producing coffee is quite complex which results in the coffee production being one of the most labour intensive industries in the world. Each coffee harvest changes from year to year. It is safe to say that the journey of the coffee bean is a long and adventurous one! From growing to harvesting, processing to roasting right down to brewing, each step of the process is highly variable and differs hugely from country to country.
What if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.
Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.… Read more