We've put together a guide on the processes that coffee goes through in production, so you can see exactly what it takes to taste delicious coffee.
1. The farming
We don't think all coffee is equal, and we think ours is pretty special. That's because when you purchase Cool Earth Coffee, you are choosing a coffee that is carefully sourced specifically from organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade Certified Farms. This means you're doing your bit to protect the beautiful environments including the Amazon Rainforest. According to the International Coffee Organisation, over two million cups of coffee are consumed every single day. So, choosing coffee that is ethically grown is an important step that you can take to help protect our tropical rainforests from further destruction.
2. The coffee cherry
Coffee plants are evergreens often grown at high altitudes in the tropical areas. They blossom with sweet-scented flowers that release beautiful bright cherries. The actual coffee beans are the two seeds of the fruit and when they have matured, the maroon or deep red cherries are then picked ready for processing. Different regions of coffee have different processes, for example, the high majority of Brazil coffee beans are processed via a process called the 'dry method'. This is because Brazil holds the appropriate climate to do so successfully and this means that the cherry maturation and flowering are homogeneous.
3. The drying process
The next stage is the drying. Harvested cherries are dried using one of three methods depending on the source of the coffee beans, for example, you can dry the whole cherries in the sunshine over several weeks. This develops a tropical fruit and natural sweetness for coffee. Alternatively, you can remove the outer flesh and skin from the cherries just before they are fermented in water for up to two days. Finally, the third method is called the 'honey process', which is when cherries are sun-dried in combination with some of the sticky fruit that's left on the bean.
4. The taste test
Probably regarded as one of the most exciting stages in producing coffee. Once the beans are ready, a sample will be exported to all corners of the World to ensure it meets standards and taste as required. The pre-shipment approval is just one around four tasting sessions that a coffee bean will go through on its journey to becoming your fresh cup of coffee.
5. The roast
Finally the roast affects the final balance of flavours, characteristics and aromas in your coffee, determining whether the coffee will have hints of dark chocolate or hints of apple and tropical flavours. Once they have passed further rigorous taste tests, the final roasted beans are either packaged whole or ground for use in all coffee makers.
Now it's ready for your business to enjoy. To purchase our fantastic ranges of coffee or to try a taste test, then in touch with us today!