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Can I eat coffee beans instead of drinking coffee?

You sure can. Anecdotally, there are several stories: Monks used to eat coffee beans before long prayer sessions, African tribesmen used to eat coffee beans before going on long hunts. Keep in mind that five to seven coffee beans is all you use for just one cup of coffee, and you’re getting it in its pure form – 100% vs. the cafiene that is extracted as the water moves through the coffee grounds– So coffee beans pack a good strong punch.
If you decide to try this you may prefer the taste of chocolate covered coffee beans.

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There are many different kinds of roasted coffee beans. The darkness simply denotes the degree to which the coffee bean has been roasted. Roasting begins with green coffee beans, or in other words unroasted coffee beans, when roasted thecoffee beans eventually turn, first into yellow and then on to various shades of brown. During the initial stages of roasting, the beans tend to stay dry, then when roasted darker they develop an oily sheen on thier surface.

Lighter roasted coffee beans tend to retain more of their original flavor. By original flavor, I am talking about the distinctive taste of a coffee bean which is largely affected by the quality of the weather and soil where the coffee bean was grown. Darker roasted beans retain less of their original flavor, due to the roasting process.

Light roasted coffee beans are characterized by a flavor that is light-bodied and with more acidity. They have less roast flavor. This is the preferred type of bean by American commercial roasted coffee bean producers. This type of roasted coffee bean is also characterized by the stage in roasting referred to as first crack. The bean is removed from the roaster when it has increased in size and has cracked. New England, half city and cinnamon roast are some examples of this type of coffee bean roast.

Medium roasted coffee beans are preferred by specialty coffee shops in the United States. In terms of flavor they are sweeter, and they show a greater and more balanced aroma, and complexity of taste than light roasted coffee beans. Examples of medium roasted coffee beans are full city, breakfast, regular, American, and brown.

Dark roast coffee beans are coffee beans that have reached that point in roasting called second crack. By this time, the bean cracks once more, and the coffee beans start to show oils an the surface. The flavor of dark roast coffee beans show less complexity of taste. However, there is a notably increased roast flavor and aroma, with a heavier body. Examples of dark roast coffee are full, espresso, Italian and High.

Double roast coffee beans are made with even longer roasting of the coffee beans, to the point of the beans starting to smoke. At this time the sugars of the bean have begun to carbonize, and you will notice the surface to be oily. In terms of flavor, it is quite bitter and smoky, retaining much less of the original flavor of the coffee beans. It also has a charcoal aroma. An example of such is French roast.

Coffee beans will show you to what degree they need to be roasted, if you pay attention. When roasting coffee beans you will notice the beans consistently getting darker, up to a certain point. Then they will hold that color for awhile and to get the coffee beans any darker you have to force them by turning up the heat on the roaster or roasting them longer than normal. http://www.sonocoffeebeans.com

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Just like a connoisseur of fine wine can quickly distinguish between different types of wines, a coffee aficionado can also differentiate between several types of coffee and can astound you with their quick decision about their origin. It all depends on their ability to recognize the distinctive character of different varieties of coffee beans. This article briefly explains the important role of coffee beans in rendering distinct color, texture and aroma to your cup of coffee.

Ever noticed how the taste of franchise coffee shops greatly differs from that of your local coffee shop? Next time when you visit a big coffee shop, just take notice of the range of coffee beans in display there and you will know the answer – it is the different kinds of coffee beans that are freshly roasted on a daily basis in the coffee shops that make for the distinguished taste and aroma of the beverage that you come to enjoy in different coffee shops.

It is the coffee beans that shape up your drink the way you like it
It is the working of different quality coffee beans that help coffee shops serve up the coffee you adore most.

But the matter does not end with the places where the coffee beans are roasted, but the quality also depends on where the coffee beans are grown.

In fact, the taste of your drink can even be influenced by each single-origin bean that comes with its unique tenets which in turn are conditioned by the farm where it was grown.

What are coffee beans?
A coffee plant will generally take three to four years to mature fully; it is the time when the plants bear clusters of fruits of deep red color.

These red fruits called coffee cherries contain two stones like pits with their flat sides together – these are the coffee beans. They are actually seeds of the coffee plant.

Endosperm is the main substance making coffee beans. Endosperm on the other hand contains 0.8 – 2.5 % caffeine.

You can find endless types of coffee beans
After researching and learning you can now sip the caffeinated drink and know the diference between the diverse species that go by the general term of coffee. Taste of the coffee differs with the coffee beans and the characteristics of the coffee beans differ with the different species of coffee plants they grow from.

Different types of coffee plants include Arabica, Benghalensis, Canephora, Congensis, Excelsa, Gallienii, Bonnieri, Mogeneti, Liberica, and Coffea stenophylla. Arabica varieties are believed to produce the highest quality beans.

The long proccess between the coffee fruits and the drink.
The seeds or coffee beans are extracted from the fruit through a forced manual process. The coffee beans, fter being removed from the fuit are first soaked in cool water and then are dried in the open sun.

The connoisseurs often insist on buying green coffee beans and roasting them at home for the freshest aroma. Today most of the manufacturers possess appropriate equipment for roasting the coffee beans and sell coffee as roasted whole coffee beans.

The envigorating taste you experience with every sip of your coffee is actually the combination of such factors as aroma, level of acidity, body and flavor. The stronger and more aromatic the drink, the more it is appreciated by the connoisseurs. If you want to enjoy your cup like a connoisseur then do some background checking and make sure of the coffee beans you are using. http://www.sonocoffeebeans.com

Other factors of coffee taste include the grind of the coffee beans and the method or machine used to extract the coffee from the coffee beans.

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Coffee is a popular any time drink and one whose taste can vary depending on how the coffee is brewed and the type of coffee beans used. If you want to control the taste of your coffee, you may want to consider roasting your own coffee at home. This is a simple proccess that requires minimal equipment. However, you may need to try a few times first in order to obtain the coffee taste that you desire.

To roast coffee beans at home without a coffee roaster you will need a standard frying pan. The size of the pan varies depending on how many beans you are roasting. Also, you will need dry, unroasted (green) beans that you can purchase from sonocoffeebeans.com. Put the coffee beans in the pan and turn your stove on to medium-high heat. while the beans roast you must turn them constantly to avoid burning. Normal roasting time is approximately 15 minutes. During the roasting process you will notice the beans changing color from light green/brown to a darker brown. In addition, a coffee aroma will be generated from the pan. It is very important that the beans be turned constantly as they roast. This preserves the beans aroma and flavor.

When the beans have roasted for a few minutes, you will notice that they will become oily. This occurs as the natural oils within the beans are released during the roasting process. Once the oils appear on all the beans, the roasting process is finished. At this time, if you like a stronger or more bold coffee taste, continue to roast the beans an additional 5-7 minutes. After the beans are roasted, remove them from the pan and place them on a plate that is covered with a paper towel or cloth. Keep the beans on the plate until they are cool to the touch. Once cooled, you can ground them for use or move them to a coffee bean storage container. The beans are at peak freshnes 24 to 48 hours after roasting.

Choosing beans to roast depends entirely on the taste that you want your coffee to have. Besides the country where coffee bean are grown, coffee beans differ in quality depending on the altitude at which they are grown. Lowland, high altitude, and higher altitude beans all have different tastes; the higher altitude beans have more flavor and aroma than the lower altitude coffee beans. It is important to note the blend type of the coffee. For example, Arabica is a mixture of beans that were originally grown in the Middle East but which are now grown worldwide. This coffee type produces a strong coffee with a harsher taste and is typically used in espresso and Turkish coffee. Meanwhile, mountain-grown blends are milder, more flavorful, and are popular as general all-purpose coffees.

Because coffee companies produce many variations on coffee blends you may want to inquire first about the types of beans used in a blend before you purchase them for roasting. Additionally, if you are willing to experiment, purchase bean types separately and make your own mix for roasting.

At Sono Coffee Beans we take time to choose only the highest quatity coffee beans. We micro roast each batch of coffee beans with an enthusiastic attention. We want only the best coffee experiance for you. All Coffee bean order from Sono Coffee Beans are roasted and shipped the same day.
Jeremiah & Kassandra Reynolds and Josh & Sarah Schrock
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Coffee is one of the most common beverages, and is the favorite of many. The smell itself means a lot to coffee lovers, as one cup of coffee can really take all your worries off, and get you back to work with more vigor and a fresh attitude. Here are few tips for you to grind coffee beans to get the best coffee. If you are a coffee lover, these tips are sure to help you to make your coffee the best it can be.

To grind coffee you need to have the right grinding machine for the task.

The grinding period is considered directly proportional to the brewing period. For instance, the finest ground coffee is called espresso which takes about 27 seconds to extract (brew). On the other hand, a drip coffee pot requires water for brewing the coffee beans. If your coffee beans are ground well, it will greatly influence the quality of brew. When grinding coffee beans, it’s better not to use cheaper grinders as they will give you a coarse grind. Rather go for a good quality burr grinder that can grind you fresh coffee beans from coarse to a fine powder or anything in between.

How to distinguish the grind and acknowledge the right level.

A coarse grind is likely to give you a view of distinct thick particles, or in other words, they would appear more like salt particles. A medium grind is one that may resemble more like sand particles. Fine grind can be felt with the touch of the hand, where extra-fine particles will be like talcum powder.

There are two main types of coffee grinders.

One is a normal blade grinder and the other is called a burr grinder. Blade grinders use metal blades to grind the coffee beans(similer to a blender). You can control the fineness of the coffee beans by grinding them for a longer period. If you use a blade grinder make sure you do not grind for a long period to get a fine cut, as it will produce heat in the grinder. So grind the coffee beans for a few seconds then take a few seconds break then grind a few seconds and so on until you reach the grind you desire. It helps to shake the blade grinder while grinding the coffee beans.

With burr grinders, you need adjust the position of the grinding blades to get the desired fineness. In burr grinders itself, there are two types of blades for the user to choose. They are called wheel burr and conical burr.

Wheel burr grinders are less expensive than the conical burr variety. Wheel burrs are the fastest spinners, which make a lot of noise while grinding. They can mess up grinding if their rotation speed is increased.

Conical burrs are the best blades, which spin slowly and are less noisy than wheel burrs. Conical burrs are the best for oily coffee beans or the ones which can clog while grinding. You can get a conical burr grinder with stainless steel or cast iron blades.

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To understand what coffee is, we must start at the beginning. The coffee plant is a tropical evergreen shrub that grows about 15ft tall, with branches that grow broad, waxy, green leaves. The coffee beans are actually the seeds from the fruit, which is round and red like a cherry, and grows in clusters. In addition, the shrub produces an abundance of jasmine scented flowers. There are usually two seeds, or coffee beans, in each fruit, which grow nestled against each other. If one of the seeds does not develop properly, the other one will grow extra large, and more rounded.
The coffee shrub has been used for more than just our favorite beverage. There have been liquors made from the tangy coffee fruit, tea has been made from the leaves, and the beans have been rolled with animal fat to form a sort of early energy bar.
Since its discovery in Arabia in the ninth century, it has become one of the most popular agricultural products, and ranks second only to oil in volume of trade. It is one of the most labor intensive food products, needing 17 different processing steps on the way to your cup. We hope you enjoy http://www.sonocoffeebeans.com

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Organic Fair Trade Coffee 2

Organic fair trade coffee is coffee beans that are grown organically, and also by a farmer who receives a fair price for the time and effort required to produce quality coffee beans.

Organic coffee beans is coffee grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers. Choosing organic coffee beans frees farmers from working with harmful chemicals, and protects fragile mountain ecosystems and water supplies.

The issue of fair trade coffee is a little more complex.

Fair Trade Coffee and Social Conscience

Fair trade is about paying farmers a fair price for their labor.

There are two reasons to consider organic coffee in the context of fair trade.

1. Coffee is the most traded commodity on the planet, second only to oil. This means that its price is determined in significant part by traders on Wall Street and other large trading centers. The farmers themselves have no control over the price they need, or can ask for.

Even though you and I have been paying about the same price for coffee over the last few years, the actual amount the farmers recieve has been falling most of that period.

2. Coffee plants have to be grown in sub-tropical or tropical environments. Hence, certain areas of the world dominate coffee production and output. Currently, Columbia, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Puerto Rico and Mexico top in coffee production. Yes, it is grown in developing countries.

In fact approximately 60% of the world’s coffee is grown by small farmers, many of whom are paid less that it costs them to grow the beans.

As discomforting as it may feel, the coffee we enjoy in our homes is grown and harvested by farmers in the South who are often caught in a cycle of poverty, debt and desperation.

This is where Fair Trade comes in…

To become Fair Trade certified, an importer must meet a number of strict international standards.

They must pay a minimum price per pound of $1.26 and provide credit to farmers. And if the fair trade coffee is grown organically, the amount paid increases to $1.41.

In addition, they are obliged to provide helpful assistance, such as helping farmers switch to sustainable farming practices.

It’s worth contemplating. When you buy organic fair trade coffee you are actively suporting and contributing to the betterment of someone’s life, and to thier family and the community they live in.

At SonoCoffeeBeans.com we strongly support buying organic fair trade coffee beans, and believe it’s worth paying a little more to ensure that each cup of coffee we drink is doing some good for our bodies and the farmers who grow it.

If you are looking for some organic and fair trade coffees, try FTO Sumatra Coffee beans or one of our other fair trade coffee bean selections found at http://www.sonocoffeebeans.com.
Josh Schrock

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