Do You Know Where the Coffee You Drink Came From?

As artisan coffee and special blends become increasingly popular, it seems more of us are wanting to know more about our favorite morning beverage. We want to know where the coffee beans came from, how they were processed, the type of roast, the manufacturing and farming ethics of the company, and any other interesting tidbits we can discover about our brand of choice.

Coffee Beans

Purity and quality are particularly concerning for those of us in the retirement age group, as most of us are becoming more health conscious as we get older. Statistics show that artisan coffee brands are on the rise, and it is likely that their increased popularity stems from the convincing descriptions of both the bean and the supplier, possibly even more so than the taste itself. If you’re looking to find out more about your coffee, consider switching to a brand that sells artisan coffee beans and/or research the following when choosing a type:

1. Place of Origin

One of the main features highlighted on the bag of all artisan coffee blends is where the beans were grown and harvested. While this might seem like semantics at first glance, each region has its own style of growing and different varieties that give way to unique flavors. If you’re a true fan of coffee, you’ll try blends from each country to decide which one suits you the best. The good news is, if you don’t necessarily have to switch brands to try beans from different countries. For example, Faro by JavaFly offers beans from Africa, Central America, Columbia, Indonesia, and Latin America.

2. Roast Type

Aside from the type of bean and place of origin, consider the strength of the roast. Most coffee drinkers already have a preference in this regard, but it is worth noting that you might be surprised by experimenting with some of the other roast types and varying levels of dilution. For example, someone who enjoys a light roast might find that they actually prefer a bold roast when using less coffee per cups of water. Try diluting heavier roasts to weaken the flavor or adding more coffee per cup when using lighter roasts for a stronger flavor. You never can say for sure what your favorite roast is unless you’ve used this method to compare them.

3. Company History and Background

Many of us are conscientious about the companies we buy our coffee from. With so many unfair labor practices out there, we want to know that we’re investing in an ethical and environmentally conscious supplier. Thus, be sure to research the brand on their website and by reading related news stories before becoming a long-term customer.

Don’t Forget the Taste and Effect!

I’ve seen many people settle for a specific brand of artisan coffee beans just because they’re sold by the hype on the back of the bag, when in reality, they don’t even like the way it tastes. There are too many varieties out there to be neglecting your taste buds for words on a page. The best approach is to pay strong consideration to the history, origin, and processing of the beans, but pay even more attention to whether you like the taste and effect.

Post sponsored by Delicia Warren. Delicia is a freelance writer, passionate about the environment, organic farming and food production. Advocate for a holistic approach to the world’s problems, she has a particular interest in the small changes individuals can make to their lifestyle to minimize their environmental footprint.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.

2 Comments

  1. I hardly ever think about where coffee comes from except when watching documentaries. I actually don’t drink coffee (how boring 🙂 ) but it’s interesting. If I did drink coffee, I’d want to go with ‘fair trade’ coffee if such a thing exists.

    Tristan

    • As a coffee drinker, I am interested in knowing how the coffee I drink makes its way to my kitchen. Like you, I have watched some documentaries that give some insight into the entire process (e.g. production, transportation, procurement, etc.). Interesting stuff. And yes, there is such a thing as fair trade standards for coffee.

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