Coffee – From Beans To Shelf

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Being one of the most important commodities in the world, it is only natural that coffee beans will undergo grading to determine which beans and which countries produce the best coffee in the world. There is no international standard pertaining to the quality of coffee. Each country produces a distinct type of coffee. The coffee industries in these nations are often monitored by their own coffee boards. These boards are responsible for grading the coffees that are exported from their countries.

Because there is no international standards for coffee, it is often graded based on the characteristics that is unique to each type of coffee. Coffee is often graded based on the size, uniformity and color. It is also graded in the quality of the resulting brew and the number of defective beans from the samples taken from each bag.

Grading terminology is different per country and only the bean size is standardized. Since coffee varieties are named and graded differently from country to country, a coffee bean with a less exotic-sounding name that has passed through a simple grading system may actually be better in quality than a coffee categorized under a complex grading system. Other countries also have more bean categories than others.

Some nations have developed grading systems that indicate where the coffee bean was grown. Such is the case in many Caribbean and Central American countries where categories such as LGA (low grown Atlantic), MGA (medium grown Atlantic), etc. is used.

Popular coffee chains such as Starbucks and international coffee retailers also employ their own coffee graders who travel far and wide to find the best sources of coffee in the world. For these retailers, the Green coffee seller is the one who grades the coffee beans. Green Coffee Sellers rate the coffee so that the coffee buyers will know which beans they should buy to end up on the store shelves.

One of the first things the Green coffee sellers look at is the size and the shape of the coffee beans. Good coffee beans must be relatively the same size and shape. The size of the coffee beans affects the taste of the coffee because the size actually matters in the roasting process. The big beans and the small beans do not get roasted at the same time. To achieve a consistent flavor, the beans must be roasted evenly.

The next thing graders look at is the color. The beans must have similar colors. Uneven colors mean that the beans were not dried at the same rate. Another factor that green coffee sellers use when judging the beans is the scent of the coffee beans.

Graders are also able to tell if a coffee has been stored too long or in unpleasant conditions. They can also determine if the coffee was not properly dried.

The bean graders art is important because the quality of the coffee brew starts with the quality of the coffee beans. The aroma the full-bodied flavor, the nutty, sweet or sour flavors of the brew will result from the type of coffee beans.

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