Coffee Facts

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 3)

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 3)

Part 3: Direct Solvent Process

The biggest challenge in decaffeinating coffee is removing the caffeine without a loss in resulting flavor. It’s very easy to accidentally take out the oils, sugars, and proteins found in a coffee bean along with the caffeine, if one is only using water. The solvents target the caffeine, while leaving behind the flavor molecules which lead to a bold and distinct decaffeinated cup of coffee.

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 2)

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 2)

Part 2: Indirect Solvent Process

Some decaffeinating processes use a “decaffeinating agent” or “solvent” such as ethyl acetate, or methylene chloride at one stage in the decaffeinating process. (Don’t worry-- these agents are completely removed  from the green coffee beans, and in some cases, they never even touch the beans themselves...

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 1)

The Green Bag Story: Decaf Coffee (part 1)

Part 1: Water Process

There are no coffee beans that grow caffeine-free, so decaffeinating coffee is something that must be done manually after the coffee is harvested (but before the coffee is roasted).

Coffee Processing: Honey Process

Coffee Processing: Honey Process

Some say that a honey-process coffee tastes like caramel, or ( you guessed it… honey). The flavors of a honey-process coffee include the sweetness of a natural process coffee, but also the brightness of a washed coffee.
Coffee Processing: Wet-Hull (Giling Basah)

Coffee Processing: Wet-Hull (Giling Basah)

Coffee from Indonesia and the South Seas Region is almost always processed using the Wet Hull methods, or giling basah. Giling basah provides the resulting coffee beans with a unique herbal and earthy flavor unlike anything else.

 

Coffee Processing: Natural (Dry-Process)

Coffee Processing: Natural (Dry-Process)

The Natural process is used typically in regions where water is scarce. This dry process leads to coffee with “fruitier” flavors.  Some natural processed coffees are described as having hints of strawberry, blueberry or even blackberry tones. This process adds a hint of sweetness and intrigue to your coffee.
Coffee Processing: Washed (Wet-Process)

Coffee Processing: Washed (Wet-Process)

Washed coffees taste clean and vibrant. The most common method of processing coffee, the washed process provides the most opportunity for consistency and control. If you are looking for a pure coffee taste without added flavor notes from external “impurities”, the best coffee to drink is a wet-processed coffee.

Coffee by Region: Indonesia

Coffee by Region: Indonesia

If you're looking for a full-bodied, earthy and herbal cup of coffee, you can't go wrong with an Indonesian coffee.
Coffee By Region: Africa

Coffee By Region: Africa

Coffees tend to have some similarities depending on the region where they are grown. African coffees, for example, tend to evoke hints of wine, fruit, and earthiness. Differences in coffee variety, processing, roasting, and even brewing method will affect the final flavor, but generally speaking, if there's a trait you like about one coffee from a particular region, it's a good bet you might enjoy something else grown in a similar location (or processed in a similar way).
Coffee By Region: Central and South America

Coffee By Region: Central and South America

Makes sense, right? Central and South American coffees tend to share similarities with other Central and South American coffees! Occasionally sweet, often citrusy, coffees from the Americas are a joy to drink!
How to Make Coffee Using a French Press

How to Make Coffee Using a French Press

The French Press gives the impression of being the ‘fanciest’ method for making coffee. You know your host is a true coffee lover if they whip out the French Press in the morning. Using a French Press takes a bit of patience, and a bit of know-how, but once you’ve perfected your method, it yields a fantastic cup of coffee, with far richer flavor than you would find with a drip coffee brewer.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Summer days beg for a good cup of iced coffee. While it is certainly possible to brew hot coffee, then refrigerate it and pour over ice, making cold brew at home is so simple, you might as well impress your friends (and your taste buds) with a tall glass of cold-brewed Carrabassett Coffee!