I start my days off with a strong cup of coffee, the day does not really start until I sniff that nutty, dewy aroma and taste the sweet mellow flavor of a beautifully brewed cup. Yes, I love coffee. Like most of us, my introduction to coffee was that dreadful instant powder we added hot water to and sipped with lots of sugar and milk. I have come a long way since then and I started exploring ‘regular’ coffee, which I now know is the best kind. Brewed fresh from various flavourful beans which I enjoy sugarless and black as ink. In the same way we appreciate original beverages such as wine, tea, whiskey’s etc, coffee drinking has its own considerations when making the perfect cup.
Coffee comes from the seeds of the coffae plant, cultivated in the over 70 countries, mostly around the equatorial regions. Coffee beans are traded in their green raw state and are then dried and roasted at different temperatures to create an assortment of desired flavours. There are 2 main coffee beans cultivated, the highly regarded and mostly drunk Arabica and the less sophisticated Robusta. African coffees are one the most highly regarded origins, we can really be proud of Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda’s original and varied flavours influenced by the regions climate and alternative growing methods.
REGULAR VS INSTANT
So yes, instant coffee is not ‘regular’ coffee. I know referred to instant coffee as dreadful, no offense to anyone please. Instant coffee is made from regular coffee, but then dehydrated into a powder form, so as to cut the coffee making process shorter. Regular coffee is brewed from coffee beans which are ground and hot water is filtered through to make a great cup of coffee. If you are transitioning from instant to regular coffee, do a few taste runs and read more about the origins, everything is appreciated better when your knowledge of the product expands. But remember trying once is not enough, you need to acquire the taste, an find what works for you.
Coffee snobs will tell you that a cup of coffee should be enjoyed black and without sugar, this allows us to experience and enjoy the full flavours of the bean. Different coffee regions produce different flavours and tastes, e.g. Ethiopian coffee has a syrupy body with strong berry flavours, and Brazilian coffee has a pea-nutty quality and is heavy bodied, making it ideal for espressos.
Coffee machines that make brilliant coffee don’t come cheap especially for household consumption, so finding a great coffee spot is a great solution to temporary coffee heaven. However there are other ways to enjoy brilliant cups at home. We do have smaller machines geared at making coffee making easier e.g Nespresso machines are really convenience for a good cup on the go. I also enjoy my plunger coffee with beautiful beans I source from different supermarkets, coffee shops and my travels. My favourite coffee at the moment is FATHER COFFEE beans, and whats great is that they can ground them for you.
It never hurts to learn more something that spikes your interest and coffee for has been an amazing taste journey. I have dreams of visiting the African Coffee regions on my bucket list. What will coffee inspire you to do?