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The Art Of Roasting Coffee

The coffee beans have to be roasted before it can be consumed. After the coffee berries are harvested, the berries are stripped off their flesh leaving only the seed or beans. It is left aside to ferment in order to remove the slimy layer present on the coffee bean. When this process is completed, the fermented coffee bean is washed to remove fermented residue before being dried and graded.

There are several ways to roast coffee, such as traditional roasting, 10 minute quick roast, 90 second flash roast and many others. Different methods will give rise to different taste and aroma. As heat is applied, the coffee beans will lose moisture and turn dark.

This is due to the natural occurrence of caramelized sucrose. When there is no more water in the coffee beans, the sugar and acid will begin to release their aroma. This is called the Maillard reactions. The roasting process is then halted and beans cooled and stored. Grinding can be performed and stored in an air tight container to maintain freshness.

From Green Coffee Beans To Aromatic Powder

Coffee does not exist in the form that we are used to purchasing it in at the stores. Coffee comes in the form of green coffee beans that grow on the coffee plant. These green coffee beans are then collected from coffee plantations and are sent to places to be roasted, ground and finely crushed to make the coffee powder that you are used to purchasing at your local store.

Procedures that Green Coffee Beans Undergo

There is a process that these green coffee beans must go through before they actually become coffee powder. Firstly, the beans must be picked from the coffee plantations. This is usually done by hand by laborers who get paid for each basket that they pick.

Then, since coffee beans have a fruity flesh that directly wraps around the coffee bean, once they are gathered this flesh has to be removed right away. This is done by soaking the beans, scouring them and then mechanically rubbing the bean.

Once the green coffee bean is free from its fruity flesh it is then cleaned with water. This is done in order to remove any of the fruity flesh that may still be sticking to it, as well as any additional sugars that are on it. The beans are then dried by spreading them over a large concrete or rock plane where they are dried by a combination of the air and direct sunlight.

After the beans have been dried it is time for the beans to be put into categories that are based upon the color and the size of the coffee bean. Any beans that are discolored, decayed or damaged are removed from the other beans at this point.

When the beans are finally dried, they are then roasted. This process is important if you want an aromatic cup of coffee. At this time, the coffee bean will actually expands to nearly twice that of what its initial size was. It will also change color and density as it takes in heat.

The color turns to yellow and then to a light cinnamon brown. At this point the coffee beans will start to crack, just like popcorn does. As coffee is grown in different parts of the world, varying climate conditions and other factors also play a role in how the beans are processed. The final product is then crushed into the savory coffee powder which we are accustomed to seeing.

Coffee Beans or Espresso Beans 

Espresso beans are an extension of coffee beans. These beans are simply more powerful, and are used to create espresso. It takes some time to fully understand coffee beans. Espresso beans come in a variety of roasts and strengths. By learning more about espresso in general, you can figure out your favorite espresso to have. You simply need to understand espresso, understand how to order the drink, and understand how to make it at home.

What are Espresso Beans

While there are certain beans that may be marked as “espresso beans”, it is important to note that these are not an actual unique type of bean. Espresso beans are normal coffee beans. Generally, espresso beans have a darker roast than other types of beans. The espresso actually refers to the way that the coffee is made.

Espresso coffee is made by pressurizing the water that makes the coffee. It is put through the beans at this pressurized rate. This is what gives espresso its strength and taste. The process concentrates that product, making it incredibly strong.


Tips for Ordering

Espresso is only a small amount of coffee. Espresso comes in “shots”. Some will drink espresso by itself. The espresso comes out in a small glass, and is meant to be sipped. Others will add the espresso shots to various mixed coffee drinks. Lattes and Mochas are two famous drinks that use espresso. For an extra boost of flavor and caffeine, some people ask for a double shot of espresso.

It is important to remember that espresso has a high level of caffeine. Adding a double shot of espresso to your drink will significantly increase the caffeine in the drink. This may cause you to have a caffeine crash.

Tips for Making

If you want to make espresso at home, you need to have an espresso machine. The process for making espresso requires an actual gadget. Many use the automatic espresso machines. This requires pressing the ground beans into a puck. You then force the water through the puck of beans. This is why the machine is important; it has the force necessary to create espresso.

From that point, you simply let the espresso drip out of the machine and into the espresso shot glasses. You can then make multiple drinks with the espresso. You simply need milk, cream, and coffee to make many of the popular drinks. Some other drinks that use espresso include macchiatos and cappuccinos.

Espresso beans are simply coffee beans. When you better understand the process that is used to make espresso, you can better choose your beans. If you simply want to order espresso, you need to understand the best way to order the coffee. If you want to make espresso at home, you need to know how to make the drink yourself from these coffee beans. Espresso is a flavorful drink that many fail to use at home. Take the time to understand these beans and the drinks that they create to enjoy the best coffee possible.

How to use those Espresso Shots

Latte:

The most basic of all espresso beverages, one of the most popular, a latte is a drink that many people enjoy. There are 2 main components to this beverage; espresso and milk.

  1. Brew your espresso shots. This part depends on how strong you would like your latte to be.
  2. Steam the milk of your choosing.
  3. Mix together.
  4. If you would like, you can add a bit of flavor to customize your latte.

Mocha:

A mocha is essentially just a chocolate latte.

  1. The same steps apply as above. The main difference comes when you begin to steam the milk;
  2. Make sure that you add your chocolate flavoring (normally powder). It will be like you are making a hot chocolate and adding espresso to it.

Cappuccino:

This beverage is all about foam!

  1. Brew your espresso
  2. By placing the steaming tool near the surface of the milk, you are going to want to create bubbles.
  3. After adding a touch of steamed milk to the beverage, you will then fill the rest of the cup up with foam.
  4. This drink is going to be stronger than your traditional latte.

Frappe:

A frozen treat that is enjoyable during the hot months, you will need a blender for this one.

  1. Brew your espresso shots,
  2. Combine espresso shot with milk, ice, and any flavoring of your choice in a blender.
  3. Blend up the ingredients until the consistency is something similar to a slushie
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