Want to know more about coffee culture and news? Here’s three sites I regularly read in order to stay up-to-date:
It connects with reporters all around the world and has some amazing reviews about local coffee shops in big cities. I absolutely love their work!
2. Coffee Review
You can read about espresso reviews, find some well written tasting articles or get some information about everyday news on coffee.
3. International Coffee organization
The ICO is an intergovernmental institution established in 1963 with the help of United-Nations. It enhances collaboration between nations that consume, produce and distribute coffee and has its own blog.
If you know some other interesting and legitimate websites, feel free to share them 😉
Have you ever asked yourself who invented coffee? The stories about how we all got to drink this delicious drink are fascinating! One legends says that an Ethiopian herdsman noticed that his goats had more energy after eating some sort of berries. He gave these berries to the monks who threw them into the fire and of course, the beans started roasting and the monks obviously fell in love with the smell. Then, they put the beans in water (perhaps to cool them off) and noticed the change of color. Naturally they drank it and liked it and voila!
The other legend mentions a certain Sheik Aboul Hasan whose disciple, Omar, was exiled from Mocha to a desert cave near Ousab. He found some bitter berries and tried roasting the beans to improve the flavor, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized and sustained for days. As stories of this “miracle drug” reached Mocha, Omar was asked to return and was made a saint. (source: Wikipedia)
Coffee was first enjoyed in Africa and Arabia. Mocha (a port city in Yemen) was the major marketplace for coffee from the 15th century until the early 18th century. In this age, coffee was primarily enjoyed by the Muslim world (‘cos they couldn’t drink alcohol). Muslim ambassadors came to Europe with coffee beans as gifts to kings and queens, thus coffee spread throughout Europe. From there the colonizers (french, dutch… ) brought it to The New World (Martinique, Latin America, etc).
Maybe coffee was discovered not so long ago but it didn’t take long for it to spread throughout the world. Today we all drown in coffee and can’t imagine our lives without it.
Coffee cupping is the equivalent of wine tasting. However, there’s this whole process attached to it and if you put me in a Cupping Party I’ll be as excited as a kid in Disney World.
The coffee we all drink and enjoy has already been tasted by professionals while it was being prepared in the factory. When the coffee beans roast, the workers take some out for testing. They take them to the lab where coffee tasters make sure that the beans aren’t rotten, and that the aroma/acidity/body/flavor of the coffee is as it should be.
They don’t actually DRINK it, they sniff and slurp (YES, they must slurp loudly), taste the flavor and spill out the coffee. But it’s actually NOT THAT SIMPLE. Here’s a guide from HAS BEAN COFFEE that explains the process.
I’m new to this as much as most of you are. I found a cupping chart and a flavor wheel that might be helpful. I just need to start practicing this delicious art more frequently in order to get better at it. And I found a new excuse for slurping and drinking coffee! 😛