What makes coffee gourmet?

What makes a coffee "gourmet" and why should you care? 
There's a lot buzz about gourmet coffee out there. You might hear different coffee brands advertise themselves as "gourmet" and trying to establish themselves as better than your average grocery store Folgers can. But, I hear you say - isn't all coffee the same? 

Not exactly! In the foodie community, coffee is consider as complex as wine. There are many different varieties, each with their own flavor notes, and you can even pair them with different foods to get different flavors. So what exactly makes a coffee gourmet? Let's find out. 

Robusta vs. Arabica

DId you know? There are two kinds of coffee beans! The first, Arabica, is a high quality bean that offers superior flavor. The second, Robusta, is cheaper and easier to produce, but doesn't quite match up to the flavor quality of Arabica. 
When you buy regular old coffee from the grocery store, you're probably wondering what makes that coffee different from the beans that you purchased and the kind you purchase in gourmet shops. When it comes to grocery store, mass processed coffee, the people who make it don't put a lot of care into the kind of taste you're getting. In fact, they're often far more concerned with selling you the coffee than with how the coffee tastes. That's why many of the packaged products you'll find in grocery stores have mixed Arabica beans with Robusta, leading to a much more bitter coffee. 

If you're trying to get the best flavor possible, your first step is to look for coffee that is 100% Arabica. Fortunately for you, Finest of Coffee provides you with the best Arabica beans you can find for the best prices on the internet! Click here to get yours now. 

The Gourmet Coffee Process

We've established that gourmet coffee requires Arabica beans, but what else do you need to consider your coffee "gourmet"? Many mass commercial producers of coffee just mass harvest coffee cherries, and end up harvesting unripe or otherwise inferior quality beans that produce bitter or bland flavors. When creating a gourmet coffee product, the coffee cherries need to be hand-picked, so that it ensures the very best coffee beans make it into the blend. 
After that, the cherries are water processed (this means the fruit is separated from the coffee beans using water and fermenting methods) and the beans are sun-dried before they're roasted. The roasting process must then be very delicate, careful not to burn the beans or else overroast them and lose all the natural flavor of the beans. This is easiest to do when the coffee beans are roasted in small batches. And you guessed it - huge mass-produced coffee companies often just throw tons of beans into the roaster with little regard to if they're burning them or not.  That's why the coffee at large corporate coffee chains that shall not be named (you know who you are!) often have coffee that tastes burnt or bitter. 

Meanwhile, gourmet coffee roasters like Finest of Coffee put care into their product. Beans are roasted in small batches, so that the natural flavor is preserved, and you get the best tasting coffee possible. 
Interested in trying some gourmet coffee for yourself, but not sure where to start? Our Columbia blend is a great starting place, as the 100% Arabica beans are gathered from the region of the world most known for their coffee, and unlike other rich gourmet coffees, you won't find yourself breaking the bank with Finest of Coffee! 

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