Green Coffee Beans From Around the World
Our top-quality specialty-grade raw green unroasted coffee beans are milled, packed in a burlap bag and ready to roast. Correct storage for green coffees is cool but not cold, dark, dry, and above all well ventilated. Green coffee beans stored in these optimal conditions will remain fresh for an extended amount of time, possibly even a year or more.
Romance of the Green Coffee Bean
Within every green coffee bean’s heart are a collection of locked secrets. One of the pleasures of the home roaster is becoming acquainted with those intimacies in a more direct and active way than by simply tasting someone else’s roasted coffees.
Of course you may not care so much about these secret nuances and flavors if you are satisfied with the supermarket offerings. But if you have had an extraordinary cup of coffee and have wished you could have that experience more often and possibly even adjust certain things about that cup to your specific delight, maybe slighter darker for instance, or more earthy, maybe a dash more acidity or possibly a little less, the choices are limited by only your imagination and how skillfully you can coax those flavors from their secret hiding place from deep within the heart of the green coffee bean.
Maybe the time is right to start exploring the full range on taste distinctions among the world’s fine coffees. You can explore the variety of roast styles within a single variety for example. Or you could develop your own cellar of green coffees from which you can choose at your own or a guest’s whim. As you master your roasting skills you can experiment with composing your own signature blends and sharing them with friends or maybe develop your own coffee following.
There is the often-circulated, unproven story of Kaldi, a goat herder who observed one of his herd chewing on coffee cherries. Soon, the goat began to dance. Kaldi, following his animals’s good judgment, chewed some cherries and found himself similarly energized. Kaldi takes the coffee cherries to a local monastery, where the monks toss them into the fire. Instead of destroying this tool of the Devil, the fire accidentally roasts them, creating the first coffee. What has been proven is the plant’s likely birthplace in the Ethiopia region prompting wide acceptance that the term coffee derived from there.
The 1500’s brought with them the world’s first coffeehouses in present day Saudia Arabia. With the go-ahead from the church, peasants could now enjoy coffee without fear of persecution. These public places became a popular gathering places, fostering business and political activities. With coffee’s increased popularity came increased clout.
By the late 1600s, coffee all of which came from Ethiopia and Yemen was Europeans’ drink of choice. But with the explosion of maritime shipping and colonialism at its peak, nations wanted to control their own coffee drinking destiny by sourcing beans from home. This brought independence for a new industry.
Coffee’s Worldwide Popularity
Today coffee is grown in many regions around the world, each with it’s own unique addition to the green coffee bean’s secrets. The best and most common variety of coffee is the Arabica tree typically growing between 12 and 20 feet high. Flavor variations from region to region are largely due to the soil in which the tree is grown, rainfall, elevation, and the manner in which it was picked, dried, processed and shipped.
Coffee is graded according to bean size, elevation, processing method, and cupping notes. Then there are the certifications: Organic, FairTrade, and Rainforest Alliance.
Smokin’ Beans Coffee
Here at Smokin’ Beans we believe in order to achieve the perfect roast and ultimately an outstanding cup of coffee you must start with top-rated specialty-grade beans. We welcome you to explore the possibilities of our great beans and you too can create that ultimate cup of coffee you have been dreaming of.