Freshly roasted coffee - is it worth it? Mini guide for beginners

The taste of coffee can be compared to the taste of wine. Some people are satisfied with cheap, supermarket drinks, others are looking for a bouquet of properly composed aromas that suits the palate. Lovers of good coffee who are not satisfied with the blends of coffee mass-sold in supermarkets look for their favorite flavors in dedicated coffee roasteries.

What is the difference between industrial coffee and specialty coffee?

The coffees you can buy in most stores are vacuum packed, have a long shelf life and are relatively cheap. Availability and price make them used by most people who celebrate mornings and social gatherings with a "little black dress". Unlike slightly more expensive freshly roasted coffees, for which domestic coffee roasters do not provide a long warranty, coffee from supermarkets seems to be a better option.

However, whoever tries properly brewed, freshly roasted coffee will immediately feel the difference. Both the smell and taste of this coffee are nothing like the "little black coffee" found in the market. The original, long drying process in the sun gives the coffee beans a sweetish flavor, unlike sour or bitter market coffees, which are dried, or rather mechanically roasted, to hide among the good beans those that were obtained as a result of lack of or inaccurate selection. The long warranty date that can be seen on the packaging of vacuum-packed coffees may suggest that they were made from old beans, harvested even three or four years ago, which effectively loses their properties. Specialty coffee beans are always fresh. They follow a straight path from the grower to the roastery, so the customer can be sure that the freshly roasted coffee was harvested during the last harvest.

Properly selected and dried coffee beans from small, family farms are roasted in special ovens only a few days before being sold to the end user. Maintained appropriate parameters and the time needed to obtain the appropriate degree of roasting ensure not only the expected taste and aroma, but also guarantee freshness for up to three months.

What to pay attention to when choosing freshly roasted coffee

Every coffee roastery that specializes in specialty coffees provides product parameters in its offer, allowing connoisseurs to freely choose their favorite varieties. The most important information is, of course, the origin of the coffee: the taste of coffee from Costa Rica has a different flavor than from Brazil or Guatemala. The place of harvest and, therefore, the type of coffee are also important. The thermophilic Robusta is grown in areas up to 700 m above sea level, unlike Arabica, which is grown even at an altitude of 2,000 m above sea level, which makes it mature slower. Climatic conditions have a direct impact on the taste: Robusta beans have a bitter aftertaste and also contain more caffeine, providing effective morning refreshment. Arabica, which has a milder taste, can be recommended to people who want a cup of black coffee in the afternoon, as the lower caffeine content will not negatively affect sleep. Connoisseurs can choose from many natural flavor notes: nutty, chocolate, cherry or slightly sour, citrus. Coffee roasters also determine the degree of coffee roasting, which has a significant impact on the taste, as well as the coffee brewing methods, which will ultimately ensure that the brew made from freshly roasted coffee beans fully develops its rich range of possibilities, delighting the palates of coffee lovers.


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