Gourmet Coffee: What You Should Know

By Lori Ranshaw
In June 9, 2015
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coffee_mediumx1000Coffee is a very important and powerful commodity, currently ranking as the world’s most heavily traded commodity after petroleum. It currently ranks as the top food import into the United States. In the United States alone, over 130 million consumers are coffee drinkers. Recently, new cafés are opening at an explosive rate, making specialty coffee mainstream and increasing profit margins for specialty coffee roaster and retailers. Since 2010, daily consumption of coffee in the United States has increased by 30%. Specialty coffee has increased its market share from 40% in 2010 to 51% in 2014.

Coffee is a vital export for many of the developing countries of the world. It is estimated that approximately 20 million families in over 50 countries work directly in the cultivation of coffee. Approximately 70% of the world’s production is the Arabica bean, used for higher-grade and specialty coffees, 80% of which is grown in Latin America. Robusta is another type of coffee bean is primarily grown in Africa and Asia. It is not as high quality as Arabica coffee and is grown at lower altitudes.

Coffee is graded by a set of strict standards with a process known as cupping. Cupping results have a direct impact upon pricing. Cupping history reveals that three regions of the world produce the most winners: Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Panama. All three areas are at similar latitudes.

Specialty vs. Commercial Grade Coffee. Specialty coffee is grown at high altitudes between 2000-6000 feet above sea level. Specialty coffee beans flourish in an equatorial climate, where abundant rainfall, sun and mild frost-free temperatures occur. Commercial-grade coffee is grown at lower altitudes.

Specialty coffee is hand-picked on mountain terraces and laboriously sorted by size and appearance for grading. Commercial grades are mass produced and mechanically harvested with less stringent screening methods.

Arabica coffee trees produce a more delicate and flavorful bean than Robusta coffee trees. Specialty coffees, like wine grapes, derive their flavor from the soil conditions, micro-climate and preparation methods of their region.

The Best Gourmet Coffees in the World

Specialty coffee is the most labor intensive crop in the world, and thousands of indigenous people are involved in the picking and processing of specialty coffee beans. We support projects and farms that enhance the quality of their crop, yet also promote improving and sustaining their communities and way of life. We are pleased to offer sustainably grown Organic, Fair Trade, and Signature Estate coffees from around the world at competitive prices.

We have an extensive list of gourmet and specialty coffees imported from countries around the world. We offer green coffees from from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Nepal, (Green coffee from Mount Himalaya),Yemen, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, to name a few. We also offer roasted coffee beans, roasted and ground coffee beans, soluble coffee in bulk and consumer packs.

Contact us today for more information and current pricing:

mike@theranshawgroup.com

 

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