Specialty Coffee Industry Update

The specialty coffee industry is continuing to grow at a very rapid pace. There are so many people around the world that are literally addicted to coffee that this comes as no surprise! When it comes to metropolitan areas, you can find gourmet coffee shops on nearly every street corner. This is one of the fastest growing food industries out there, and coffee is being exported from many different countries throughout the world.

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Costa Rica and Coffee - Two Beans in a Pod Would Not Fit Any Better

The history of coffee in Costa Rica has a rich and unique tradition. Costa Rica is the only country in the world with an executive order (#19302-MAG, December 4, 1989), banning the production of any variety of coffee other than Arabica. This country has also enacted laws protecting an estimated 25% of its territory in order to preserve the 5% of the world's biodiversity it shelters, much of it in coffee plantations. Such closely knit relationship between the environment, laws and popular support for the brew is truly remarkable.

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Why People Like Coffee So Much?

There are a lot of facts and reasons why people like coffee so much. It is one of the beverages that a large number of people like. Many people love to start their day by drinking a cup of coffee. It stimulates the brain because it has caffeine in it. First, it makes the neurons in the human body more active. It also produces adrenaline in response to adrenal glands. Your heartbeat increases, your airways open and blood vessels constrict. Your muscles even get tense.

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Brazil's Main Coffee Growing Areas

There are three main coffee growing areas in Brazil: Mogiana, Sul Minas and Cerrado. These areas feature moderate sunlight and rain. The temperatures are steady year-round at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal to grow Arabica and Robusta coffee trees. Arabica accounts for about 70% of total harvest. Robusta, a hardier plant that produces lower quality beans makes up the remaining 30%.

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Hot Beverages and Water Quality

It does not matter if you use the best coffee in the world or the cleanest, newest equipment, if the water quality is poor then the drink will not live up to expectations.

Water quality is the most crucial element in producing a well rounded and tasty coffee that looks as good as it tastes. A cup of black coffee is 99% water, so water quality is vital to ensure a superb tasting beverage.

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How to Select a Coffee of The Month Club

One of the most important questions that coffee lovers have is how to select a coffee of the month club. These clubs are a great way to get superior quality, as specialty coffee comes from all around the world at an inexpensive price. The recent claim in popularity for these clubs has opened up a new impression for local coffee shops to showcase their flavorful blends on the net.

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Light Roast vs. Dark Roast - What Is The Difference?

Whether you are a coffee connoisseur of just a casual coffee drinker, you might find yourself asking the question: What is the difference between light roast and dark roast?

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What Is Organic Coffee?

With many of today's consumers being concerned about the quality of the products they purchase, organic food and beverages are gaining in popularity, especially organic coffee. Many agricultural products are grown today by using organic methods, and your coffee is no exception.

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Brazil's Weather - How it Benefits Specialty Coffee Growers

Coffee is closely tied to the history and development of Brazil. Prior to 1990, the coffee sector was highly regulated by the government. In the early 1990's, the economy was re-structured on free market principles. The Brazilian Coffee Institute (IBC) was abolished and replaced by a Coffee Policy Council. This Council has high level participation of growers, domestic industrial coffee users, exporters and key government agencies.

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Sumatra Coffee - Experience the Luxurious Flavor of Indonesia

Sumatra coffee is an essential strain of the Sumatran culture, and the location is famous for producing one of the most decomposable coffees in the world. In general, Sumatra coffee tends not to be sold by quantity like in some other countries, but instead strict guidelines are used. These guidelines are supported around the picking activity and processing of the beans. There are several kinds of brands available, such as beans that are grown in the Sumatran West called "Gayo Elevation". This coffee tends to be sweeter than other varieties. It is produced just inland from the South coast and has taken its name from the Indonesian people that were once responsible for its production.

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