A little bit on standard coffees before we proceed to gourmet coffees. We all know what coffee is; while on one hand it’s blamed for being a spoiler of sleep, on the other, one can’t possibly deny the great roles it play as a social binder; as a warmer of the hearts (tongues as well); a creator of sombre minds and an unparalleled stimulant of wit. And there are many in this society who are ready to sacrifice their front two teeth for anything between a roadside mug and the classic cafÃ© noir. To cut the long story short, if coffee is the perfect democrat among the beverages, the gourmet coffees are the perfect Diplomats and contrary to the idea of caffeine being a drug, we, the lovers of standard and gourmet coffees consider it to be a vitamin. And since there’s much more to the gourmet coffees than the orthodox coffee lover black is beautiful mindset, the younger generation has made the gourmet coffees a part of their own.
So what is the recipe for the specialty or the gourmet coffees? It’s complex; blend the exceptional beans in a very specific climatic condition and tailored soil, a very distinct flavor of the gourmet coffees becomes your own. But the prime catalyst for gourmet coffees is a great deal of intricate care for the plant; also, the beans from which the gourmet coffees are made must be harvested and processed in specific ways. But above all, it’s the freshness that comes into play for the gourmet coffees.
An essential property to the gourmet coffees, freshness depends on how soon the picked beans are processed. This adds to the aroma of the gourmet coffees and the best is achieved if the green coffee beans are ground within a week long span of roasting and then brewed right after. This is important since the aroma plays a big role for gourmet coffees. But that doesn’t mean brewing alone makes the gourmet coffees; it is the quality of the gourmet coffee beans and the process that stays responsible. And there must not be any additives present in the gourmet coffees for the enhancement of the flavor; that way, it becomes just flavored coffee, a variety poles apart from what specialty or gourmet coffees are.
A perfect environmental condition sets the destiny for the beans from which gourmet coffees are made; those grown in fertile volcanic soil, accompanied by abundant light and rainfall and a tropical temperature with a little wind are considered the best. Thus, Kona (Hawaii), Brazil and Kurg (India) are the best places where coffee plantations are the most virile and deliver an overall satisfaction that’s vastly different from the usual machine-picked, pesticide-sprayed, cheap variety of commercial coffee. All that you need to mark the difference is getting hold of the different types of gourmet coffees, ranging from the strong Columbian variety to the French Vanilla gourmet coffees; from the Cookies and Hazelnut or the Toasted Almond. And for the lovers of the seasonal varieties, Pumpkin Spice can be a good choice of gourmet coffees to brew up a festive mood even on the mid-month Mondays.