Coffee Processing 101: All Methods Explained!

4 Coffee processing Methods

The journey from coffee cherry to cup begins on the farm, but the real flavor transformation happens after harvest through coffee processing.  The processing method is very important as it can dramatically affect the aromas, acidity, body, and overall quality of the cup.  Even if the coffee cherry was grown at perfect conditions and picked … Read more

Honey Processed Coffee (What is it and Why is it special?)

Honey Processed Coffee

The Honey Coffee Process is an innovative new way to process coffee beans. It is only been around for about a decade but has gained massive popularity in recent years. Key Takeaways What is Honey Processed Coffee? Honey-processed coffee is a unique method of processing coffee beans. After harvesting, cherries are de-pulped but not washed … Read more

Washed vs Natural coffee (Which Processing is better?)

Washed vs Natural Coffee Process

The journey from freshly picked coffee cherry to a bag of roasted beans is complex. While most specialty coffee is either “washed” or “natural,” the differences between these two methods are far from black and white. Key Takeaways So which is best? It depends on who you ask. With so many factors at play, from … Read more

Organic Coffee vs Regular: (Taste, Health & Sustainability)

orgnaic vs regular coffee

Organic coffee is completely chemical-free and cultivated using sustainable practices that enrich the soil and protect the environment. Though pricier and lower-yielding than the conventional beans, organic coffee is steadily gaining popularity thanks to its pure taste and ethical production methods. Key Takeaways What is Organic Coffee? Organic coffee is cultivated naturally without the use … Read more

Types of Coffee Beans Explained (Varieties and Cultivars)

4 Types of Coffee Beans

There are 4 major commercially cultivated types of coffee beans: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa.  Global coffee cultivation is dominated by the first two heavy hitters – Arabica and Robusta while Liberica and Excelsa have a very small share of global output. Within these four bean types, there are above 120 subvarieties – that are … Read more

Maragogipe Coffee Variety: (A Guide to Elephant Beans!)

If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve probably heard about the mythical Maragogipe (or Maragogype) coffee variety. Maragogipe coffee variety produces gigantic coffee beans that can be more than twice the size of regular beans! For this reason, Maragogipe beans are nicknamed “elephant beans”. This unique coffee variety originated as a natural mutation of the popular … Read more

SL 28 and SL 34 Coffee Varieties: Guide to Two Kenyan Icons!

SL 28 and SL 34 Coffee Beans

In the coffee world, where each bean tells a tale of its origin, SL 28 and SL34 from the Coffea Arabica Family stand out as charismatic characters with roots tracing back to rich Kenyan Soil. SL varieties were first developed in the 1930s at the Scott Agricultural Laboratories in Kenya. Researchers were looking for disease-resistant, … Read more

Catuai Coffee Variety (All you need to know!)

Catuai Coffee Beans

For over four decades, the high-yielding Cataui variety has sustained coffee production across Central and South America. This unassuming coffee variety pumps out bountiful harvests year after year. Though it doesn’t have the prestige of heirloom Bourbons or Geishas, Cataui’s hardy productivity has become a lifeline for many smallholder farms.  Cataui literally means “Very good” … Read more

Caturra Coffee Variety (All you need to know!)

Caturra Coffee Beans

Boasting high yields and hardy resilience, the commercial powerhouse Caturra Coffee has become one of the world’s most widely cultivated coffee varieties.  Caturra is a natural mutation of the Bourbon Coffee variety from the Coffea Arabica family that originated in Brazil in the early 20th century. Unlike its parent variety which is prized for exceptional … Read more

Catimor Coffee Variety (All you need to know!)

Catimor Coffee Beans

Hailed as a valuable cultivar in the battle against coffee leaf rust, the high-yielding Catimor variety also carries a stigma for producing an inferior cup.  Catimor Coffee Cultivar was bred by crossing hearty, disease-resistant Timor plants with esteemed but susceptible Arabica-Bourbon varietal Caturra. The result is a rugged, compact bush that pumps out bountiful, rust-resistant … Read more