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What Makes A Good Bean?

What Makes A Good Bean?

Johanna Duncan

Some things about coffee are a matter of preference, but some others are absolute truths. Coffee beans are routinely examined and graded. Sometimes they may pass and sometimes they don’t. If they don’t, the beans are sold for a lower price. This exam is taken quite seriously. So seriously, that the test is not done in regular kitchens where different factors can affect and corrupt the coffee. Instead, the test is conducted in a lab; specifically, these labs tend to be called coffee labs and they are up for hire. Anyone can submit beans to be tested and graded, and...

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How Coffee First Became American

How Coffee First Became American

Johanna Duncan

Coffee has been at the forefront of many political and social conflicts. To this day, economies are built, destroyed, and rebuilt over coffee beans. One of the most fascinating coffee upheavals included the American Founding Fathers and a rowdy Bostonian called Samuel Adams (yes, the beer man). It was December 16 of 1773. A day well remembered by patriots as the Boston Tea Party, an event that marked the beginning of the end of British colonialism over America and the start of a quite special bond between Americans and the drink tea was replaced by -coffee.  These were the days...

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How Coffee Farm Moms Do It

How Coffee Farm Moms Do It

Johanna Duncan

  Many new mothers nowadays are learning the ropes of the game through TikTok and YouTube tutorials. The access to all this information and wide range of experiences has been very eye opening to most, but as coffee farmers don’t spend much time on those platforms, I’ll take it upon myself to give you some insight on how coffee farm moms do it.  Teach by example For many of us, our mothers have been our first preachers. They’ve taught us right from wrong, good manners, and good habits. At coffee farms, these lessons are taught by example. Motherhood and parenthood...

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Campesino: The Simple and Pure Way Farmers Drink Their Coffee.

Campesino: The Simple and Pure Way Farmers Drink Their Coffee.

Johanna Duncan

When the coffee is good, you don’t need much to make it special. Your local coffee shop may have seasonal specialties with an ingredient list and directions longer than the instructions for rocket fuel, but it really shouldn’t take that much to get your powerful drink together.  When farmers crave making a treat out of their coffee, their go-to recipe preserves the flavor of the beans and maintains the simplicity of things in the countryside.  Without further due, here is the recipe: Ideally, boil some water and panela (raw sugar cane) in a pot until it melts and creates a...

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Single Origins: What They Are & What You Need to Know

Single Origins: What They Are & What You Need to Know

Johanna Duncan

If you’ve ever walked into a sophisticated coffee shop or bought coffee from any brand or store that’s not generic you’ve heard the term single origin. In short, if the coffee bag you are holding says “single origin” it means that every bean in that bag comes from the same location. It can be as broad as the same geographical region (I.e Uganda) or as precise as giving you the name of the family in whose farm those beans were cultivated, washed, and dried.  Some people take pride in testing coffee non-stop until they find a favorite bean and commit...

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Things You Need To Know Before Buying Coffee

Things You Need To Know Before Buying Coffee

Johanna Duncan

If you are a newbie into coffee, this article is for you. If coffee is already running through your body, but you’d like to reconsider how you buy coffee, this is for you as well.  Know Your Regions The flavor of coffee varies per region. African, Middle Eastern, and South American, they each have specific levels of acidity and a type of aroma and tones that distinguishes them. Even inside a particular country, there are even more regions with their distinctive flavors. Aside from longitude and latitude, the type of soil where the coffee grows also affects the flavor of...

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