As a coffee lover, you have two options to choose from, either regular or speciality. Even though speciality coffee is getting more popular day by day most of us are still not aware of the long and complicated journey of coffee from being a plant seed to our cup.
There are several stages to speciality coffee production where utmost care has to be taken as even a single ruined coffee bean can turn a whole pot of freshly brewed coffee unpleasantly bitter.
As the speciality coffee is evolving to better heights, the ‘regular’ or the ‘ordinary’ seems to have taken a back seat in the coffee industry and is often considered as inferior in quality nowadays. Also, besides the taste and quality, most of the health benefits that coffee claims to have are from the speciality coffee.
They say enjoying a good cup of coffee is not just about the taste. All of our five senses play a significant role in the most surprising way when we deal with speciality coffee. Having a good understanding of the coffee production from its planting, growing, processing, roasting, grinding to brewing is the key to enter the world of speciality coffee.
Coffee is not as simple as it looks like it is extremely complex in nature. Each green bean has approximately about 500 flavour components which increase by three times when the roasting process happens. Roasting is a very crucial stage where the heat transforms and intensifies the elements in the bean which ultimately determines how strong and intense the flavour of the coffee is.
No wonder our Barista Instructor Sam says, “Beyond being a coffee lover or drinker, to become a Barista you need to have that inner quest to know and understand the nature of coffee in all possible aspects to brew the best and finest quality coffee. It is a complex drink to study about, so you need to find something that excites you about coffee which will make you want to learn more & improve”.
Now, living in this part of the world, we all know that the Middle East has always been a significant consumer of coffee in which they have their own special brews as well. Also, the recent desire for speciality brew in the region is seeing a whole new approach with an intense curiosity towards the world of speciality coffee.
It is time that we switch from regular to the premium ones for better quality, taste and health. Educating ourselves about the basics of coffee production and understanding the procedures involved in it is the best way to get the maximum out of a cup of coffee.