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Know Your Bean Type

Know Your Bean Type

There are two types of coffee beans: Robusta – Of the two types of beans available, Robusta accounts for about 40% of the world’s coffee bean production. As the name indicates, it is a hardier or more “robust” bean, more resistant to the diseases that can cause problems for the more delicate Arabica variety of […]

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What’s Wrong with Buying Pre-Ground Coffee?

What’s Wrong with Buying Pre-Ground Coffee?

Contamination – Coffee oils are very delicate, which makes buying pre-ground coffee not good because they are an easy victim of contamination. Whatever odors are around coffee will taint it in ways that will not contribute to your coffee tasting experience. Oxygen – The cells inside the roasted coffee bean contain approximately 1,000 different volatile […]

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Who Knew, Coffee Beans are a Seed of a Fruit!

Who Knew, Coffee Beans are a Seed of a Fruit!

Coffee beans are the seeds of a fruit similar to a cherry. The world’s coffee is grown by small-scale coffee farming families. Coffee is actually the world’s second most traded commodity, taking a backseat only to petroleum, with the coffee market earning nearly sixty billion dollars annually. The importance of coffee in the world cannot be denied; […]

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Why Drink Fresh Roasted Coffee?

Why Drink Fresh Roasted Coffee?

Coffee is at its peak flavor potential between two and fifteen days after it’s been roasted. Try to buy your fresh roasted coffee as close to its roasted-on date as possible. If you have the good fortune of getting your coffee the day it was roasted (like the people who pick it up straight from […]

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A Little Coffee History

A Little Coffee History

In 1824 Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” This was one of the early statements in coffee history. Jefferson enjoyed the coffee houses of Williamsburg and Paris and served coffee at the President’s House, Poplar Forest, and Monticello. He preferred beans imported from the East and West Indies and abhorred […]

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Brewing Coffee 101

Brewing Coffee 101

THE NCA GUIDE TO COFFEE BREWING ESSENTIALS Coffee is personal – the right way to make it is how you like it best. That being said, mastering a few fundamentals will help you perfect your technique. From here, we encourage you to experiment with different roasts, origins, or preparation methods. Here are our tips to […]

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