Thursday, February 23, 2012


A Quick Look at Organic Coffee Beans

Executive summary about Gourmet coffee bean By Wayne Cowan

Everyone loves organic coffee beans.
It is a cash crop because of the world's love for coffee. A person's first French-pressed brew may cause them to wax poetic, if their love of organic coffee beans is in the right place. The mere heady burnt smell of freshly Frenched coffee can wake some from deep sleep.

Coffee beans contain caffeine, a psychoactive stimulant. Brazil produced 2.59 million metric tons of organic coffee beans in 2009. 59% of Burundi's average total export earnings are from coffee beans.

Ethel A. Starbird began her 1981 National Geographic article The Bonanza Bean: Coffee with a recap on her "therapeutic" bath in thirteen tons of fermenting, ground coffee in a Tokyo suburb. Religion loves its coffee too: legend has it that Pope Clement baptized organic coffee beans so the beverage would have Christian status and not be labeled the drink of infidels.

If environmental impact worries anyone, look for shade-grown organic coffee beans. The workers must love this type of coffee growing as well: spending the day outside, in a forest, the smells and sounds of plants and animals everywhere. Sounds like heaven.

Defining Gourmet Coffee

Executive summary about Gourmet coffee bean By Sharon V Chapman

The question becomes how one defines gourmet coffee when looking for coffee.
Coffee that is labeled gourmet does not have to meet any certain standards in order to be labeled gourmet. Coffee roasters can add the tag to any coffee, increase the price and have a gourmet coffee on the market. Most coffee growers, roasters and manufacturing companies only add gourmet to the label when they have created a coffee specifically for the gourmet market.

A gourmet coffee is generally a coffee bean that has been grown in a specific environment, specially roasted, or infused with a flavor that other coffees do not have. The Kona bean is an excellent example of a gourmet coffee bean grown for its flavor. The roaster is also responsible for adding flavors to the coffee if the beans are going to be flavored such as the hazelnut coffee or French vanilla beans. Gourmet coffee ultimately boils down to the taste of the coffee and the drinker's preference. Most flavored coffees are considered gourmet simply because they are outside the normal realm of the plain bean.

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