How to truly enjoy a quality cup of coffee

Over 2.25-billion cups of coffee are consumed every day across the world. Yet coffee roasting expert Jake Easton says not enough of us are enjoying our daily fix to its fullest potential.

We have to drink good coffee in Africa, because some of the best coffees come from Africa.

Here are 5 things you ought to know about how your coffee bean finds its way into your cup:

1. All coffee has one genetic home or country of origin: Ethiopia.
2. Coffee beans start out as a bush, vine or shrub.
3. They grow in to cherries, either yellow, purple or red in colour.
4. The cherries are dehusked off of the seed and the seed is dried in the sun in hessian bags or big silo towers for between two or three months.
5. Once the moisture content is between 12 and 16 percent, the beans are shipped to coffee roasters across the world.

There are different types of coffee roasts:

According to Easton, there are different types of roasts and flavours of coffee, including blends and single origins.

There’s more caffeine in a cup of filter coffee than there is an espresso. You don’t get more ‘zing’ from an espresso; just more flavour, taste and aroma.

How to enjoy the flavour of coffee

Easton says that people can only taste certain properties on their tongue, namely:

  • Sweetness
  • Sourness
  • Saltyness
  • Bitterness
  • Acidity
  • Mouth feel

This is why he says that it is better to first take in the scent of coffee with your noise.

FUN FACT: In wine, the most aromatic and the most flavourful wines have about 200 to 300 different components that make up the flavours, tastes and aromas; whilst in coffee, there are over 900 in the least aromatic kinds alone.

Taster's flavour wheel discussed by Jake Easton in the audio below.

Listen to the full conversation on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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