Fresh Gourmet Coffee
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It's rich,
full-bodied taste is a daily necessity to millions of people. Of course,
coffee is not only loved for its taste. The caffeine kick is needed by
many to start the day. But if you are a true coffee lover, fresh gourmet
coffee has a taste that can't be beat.
Luckily, it's easy to get a hit of fresh gourmet coffee
almost everywhere. There are coffee shops on almost every street corner
and quality coffee beans are sold in many specialty shops as well as
"Fresh" is the key to fresh gourmet coffee. Coffee simply
does not improve with age -- it should be used within six months of
production. Some of the large coffee distributors include old coffee beans
in their mixes to reduce the cost. Needless to say, this practice also
reduces the flavor.
Fresh gourmet coffee costs a bit more than regular
supermarket coffee. That's because it's made from high quality Arabica
coffee that has been hand-picked in processed. Commercial grade coffee is
made from the cheaper Robusta coffee which has an inferior taste and
texture than Arabica.
Commercial grade coffee is also machine picked and
processed which means that foreign substances such as twigs and leaves
find their way into the finished product. When you buy fresh gourmet
coffee, you are assured of the quality and taste.
You have many choices when it comes to fresh gourmet
coffee. Each coffee growing region produces a uniquely flavored coffee
bean and the processing method to also determines the final taste of the
coffee. The roasting method in particular determines the kind of coffee
Fresh gourmet coffee should be ground just before brewing.
You need a coffee grinder in your home if you want to the best tasting
coffee possible. A good-quality coffee maker is also a necessity when
making great tasting coffee.
Hans is author of the
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