Archive for February, 2010

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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Sono Coffee – Coffee Beans – Which to Choose – Species and Varieties

All coffee beans we grind and use to brew that delightful cup of coffee come from the Coffea evergreen bush, that grows in about 50 countries around the world. Each year, the Coffee bush will flower and develop a cherry-like fruit. Inside the coffee cherry there are typically two small seeds or coffee beans. There are 10 different species of Coffea bush, the first of which was discovered in Ethiopia some thousands of years ago. Once man discovered coffee beans, the coffee beans cultivation and use migrated to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and beyond. Today, much of the coffee we drink is made from coffee beans that were grown in Latin America, Western Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines, and continental southeastern Asia. Two species of coffee beans — Coffea Arabica and Canephora — constitute more than 90 percent of the coffee beans sold on the international market. Depending on the region, species of coffee beans, roasting, and preparation, coffee beans can infuse a cup of coffee with a variety of flavors and textures. See

The seeds of the Coffea Arabica bush are grown all over the world and account for 75% of the coffee beans we use to make our coffee drinks. Arabica coffee beans are very flavorful and contain less caffeine than Canephora coffee beans. Coffea Arabica bushes are grown principally in Western Africa and Latin America. Different regions of these countries are known for producing a different type of coffee beans; that is, coffee beans lending a different flavor when brewed. These different region types are called varietals. The climate, soil, weather, and particular plants and seeds give regions their distinctive coffee bean tastes. In Africa, Arabica bean cultivation can be found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and the northern Muslim countries, among others. Ethiopian coffee beans have an easy, smooth flavor and are delightfully accented by floral notes. Kenyan coffee beans are also smooth, but a bit tartier than Ethiopian coffee beans. They have a pleasantly fruity aftertaste, as does coffee brewed from Tanzanian coffee beans. These beans are a lovely afternoon coffee, with a milder texture and flavor than its northern counterparts.

The Descriptions of theses coffee beans will vary slightly from season to season and between different farms, but this will give you an Idea of the charictoristics of coffee beans.
A great variety of coffee bean flavors come from Latin America. Coffee beans grown in Brazil lend coffee a slightly bitter cocoa flavor with rich nutty undertones. A favorite of many, Columbian coffee beans are very rich and bold, a great morning coffee, with a thick, dark texture and a walnut finish. Costa Rican coffee beans are similar to Brazilian, but have a lighter, sharper, almost tangy flavor. Mexico is also a great producer of coffee beans. The beans here vary in flavor and texture, from dry and light to thicker and deeper in complexion and flavor. Although many of the beans grown in Latin America are of the Arabica variety, some regions grow Canephora bushes. The seeds of the Coffea Canephora bush have fewer oils — and in lesser quantities — than Arabica beans do. Less oil and higher acidity give coffees brewed from these beans a slightly more bitter quality. Despite this, Canephora is still a very popular coffee bean, used worldwide in cheap, canned coffee blends and expensive espresso roasts. Canephora coffee beans typically have almost 50% more caffeine than Arabica beans.

Canephora coffee beans are more widely cultivated in Asia than Arabica. These varietals are known for having a more acidic and bitter flavor. Most of the coffee beans americans use come from island nations in Asia, such as Sumatra and the island of Komodo. Coffees brewed from these regional beans have a full texture and a slightly acrid, herbal flavor. Java and Kona varietals are especially popular and make a wonderful morning coffee due to their almost stringent quality.

Other factors that influence the taste of a coffee bean or cup of coffee are roasting methods and final preparation. As a rule of thumb, the greater the amount of time spent roasting, the darker, more full-bodied, and flavorful a coffee will be. Although coffee beans lose essential oils — and caffeine — during roasting, they change chemically during the roasting process, and acquire new, different and flavorful oils. Coffee is often prepared using the drip method. Some people choose to use a French press, the use of which results in a stronger flavor and oily texture. Using an espresso machine to brew coffee also lends the coffee a strong flavor, as well as higher caffeine content.

Sono Coffee Beans, Josh Schrock
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Color of a coffee bean plays a vital role in deciding the taste of coffee. If you read advertisements and watch coffee commercials, you would surely believe that dark roast coffee bean is of a superior variety.

There are several reasons as to why dark roast is extremely popular with young coffee drinkers. Firstly, the coffee industry is very vast. Secondly, a huge volume of coffee hits consumer market each year. Still, only ten percent of world coffee bean qualifies as excellent. It simply means that there is nothing too special about coffee beans. A typical Robusta coffee bean may have rubbery, even medicinal taste.

The basic difference between dark roast and light roast coffee bean lies with the temperatures used and the amount of time they are roasted. A light roast coffee bean keeps the nuances from the weather and soil from where beans are grown. On the other hand, a dark roast coffee bean takes the roasting flavor all by itself.

Light roasted coffee beans include Java or Kona, where enthusiasts taste individual flavors. City roast is the lightest coffee roast. The color of coffee beans ranges anything from light to medium brown with a full crack.

Sono coffee is one amongst the few coffee shops that offers aromatic coffee beans, grown, harvested and processed in a fully organic environment. Pure and tasty, Sono coffee beans freshen up your day with its rich aroma and strong flavor. Come and enjoy a cup of hot, refreshing coffee only at http://ping.fm/n5N79

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Short Rib Recipe Made With Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans (Espresso) and Fullers ESB

We at Sono Coffee Beansthink foodthinkers by Braville did an absolutely brillant job of laying out, explaining and showing the wonderfully delicious results of this fresh roasted coffee beans recipe, so please head on over to foodthinkers by Breville to get instructions and see the step by step of concocting this tasty little recipe.

Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans – Roasted and Shipped to You the same Day.

Josh Schrock – Sono Coffee Beans


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