Finding Your Flavor
Coffee is a widely consumed product which evokes strongly held opinions and emotions within us. Nearly all of us begin our daily routines with a fresh cup upon waking up every morning. Coffee is often enjoyed with close friends and loved ones, in both the happy times of our lives as well as the sad ones. Holidays, birthdays, graduation parties, and family reunions are just some examples where we get together with loved ones and enjoy a coffee.
Now more than ever before, we take our coffee very seriously. Thousands of people by the day are now learning more about our favorite beverage, and we want more out of it than those generic, mass produced brands sold in the big box markets.
This means we are starting to care about who is growing our coffee, the methods they are using to farm, the regions they are producing crops in, and the different types of coffee they produce. Terms like “organic,” “sustainable,” “single origins,” and “fair trade” are now starting to be mainstreamed.
As humans, we want to be sure the farmers who produce our coffee are receiving fair compensation for their work, and that their health and living environment is not being sacrificed in order to provide goods to the world markets. Thus, we are starting to hear more and more about things like Fair Trade and Single Origin.
What is Single Origin Coffee?
This term is pretty straightforward and simplified; referring to the coffee’s trace-ability, it allows us to know exactly where the coffee was grown. This could mean the coffee comes from one region in a particular country, for example, Guatemala, or from one particular farm or estate.
Single estate coffee originates from one single operation; be it a certain plot of land, co-operative, mill, or large farm. This traceability allows us to glean information about the origin of coffee beans, how they’re grown, and the family estates and/or co-ops that have produced the coffee crops.
This knowledge allows roasters and retailers to establish long-term relationships with the coffee producers, in order to gather as much information as possible regarding the specific region where the coffee originates—things such as the weather, the amount of shade, the soil characteristics, and whether or not the farming operation is 100% organic. In turn, the roasters are then able to convey to the producers what today’s savvy coffee drinkers are looking for in terms of flavor.
As you might imagine, Single Origin Coffee tends to be of the highest quality you’ll find when it comes to richness, aroma, and flavor. A big reason for this is that these growers are using only organic farming and processing methods, free of industrial pesticides, cleaners, and fertilizers, which not only can harm the natural growing habitats, but also have an adverse effect on the health of coffee drinkers, as well as the health of the farmers producing the crops.
Organic Coffee roasters such as Java Planet can help you learn more about the many issues surrounding Fair Trade Coffee and Sustainable Business practices which seek to leave the planet in better condition for years to come.
Offering everything from Decaf, Single Origin, Flavored Coffee and Blends, Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters is dedicated to bringing you the best in single origin organic coffee.