Coffee Basics 101: Answering the Most Common Questions

The Coffee Basics

Coffee has been enjoyed by billions of people worldwide for centuries. Over time, the way we cultivate, harvest, craft, and indulge in this beloved drink has evolved. With so many different beans, blends, roasting, and brewing methods to choose from, coffee first-timers can easily be overwhelmed with where to start.

In today's blog, we've prepared a quick coffee 101 to answer some of the most commonly asked questions we've seen in the coffee community. As you learn more about beans, batches, and roasting, you'll be one step closer to a cup of coffee that will have you smiling with every sip.

Blend VS. Single Origin Coffee: What's the Difference?

Single-origin and blend coffee are the two main categories you'll find when shopping for specialty coffee.

  • Single-origin beans are harvested from a single location and sometimes even the same crop. For this reason, single-origin roasts typically have a pronounced and exotic flavor profile that is unique to the soil, climate, and season of their geographical location. While these beans offer a more unique flavor experience, it can be challenging to try and find a favorite as no two batches are alike!
  • Blends, on the other hand, combine a variety of beans from different locations to create more balanced flavors. Blends are the most common selection among coffee drinkers. They offer consistent flavors and a more approachable taste.

Which is more desirable is up for debate since both offer their own unique benefits. If you are looking to experience the bold flavors of a specific culture or region, a single-origin roast is a fantastic choice. If you're in search of a consistent morning brew with a well-rounded taste you
can count on, opt for a flavorful blended roast.

What is Small Batch Coffee?

  • Small batch roasting offers the benefits of precision, quality control, and unbeatable freshness. This is achieved by roasting beans on a small scale. The roaster can hand select each bean, discarding any that do not meet the highest quality standards while taking extra care in roasting them to perfection.

According to the NCA, beans begin to lose their freshness about two weeks after roasting. For companies that roast on a large scale, there's a good chance the beans you've purchased are past the 2-week mark before you've even made your first cup. Small-batch roasts are often roasted to order or right before the day of your purchase, guaranteeing peak freshness. These small batches allow for incredible quality control as they're fine-tuned to achieve the best tasting cup of coffee.

What is Artisan Roasted Coffee?

  • Artisan coffee is crafted by expert roasters who've committed to quality and investing in premium beans. These beans come from growers who practice sustainable farming while ensuring the highest level of quality control throughout every step of the crop growing process. Growers of this caliber are committed to creating premium coffee drinking experiences while being mindful of their influence on the surrounding environment.

Conclusion

Artisan coffee roasting is an art form that relies on a balance of controlling the exact pressure, humidity, temperature, and type of beans. When you purchase artisan coffee, you can be sure both grower and roaster have gone above and beyond. They've spent time fine-tuning every step of the process from bean to cup to deliver a unique, high-quality experience that is ethically
sourced and respectful of our planet.

At General Warfield's Coffee, we proudly carry artisan roasts that are sure to delight every time.

Browse our selection today!

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