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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Coffee

Coffee is an important part of your daily routine, but can you describe where the flavors come from? By the end of this article, you'll start looking at coffee in a totally new way! 

Coffee comes from a plant.

Actually, it's sort of like the pit of a cherry.

They're tart and most people don't eat them directly. There are two primary methods farmers use to extract the beans: washed and natural. In the washing method, farmers take the cherries and wash them with water to remove the skin. Then they let them dry for 30-40 days. Natural processing, on the other hand, has very little human involvement. Farmers let the plants dry naturally and remove the skin afterwards. If you're looking for a sweeter, less intense coffee, find one that's naturally processed.

Location matters.

An environment can influence the taste of your coffee.

Let's take a look at Indonesia and Ethiopia. Indonesia has a lower altitude, which means there's more oxygen. Ethiopia, on the other hand, has mountainous regions with lower oxygen. At higher altitudes, coffee beans do not have a normal respiration process. They go through a chemical process to generate oxygen, which process produces lactic acid that gives a wonderful flavor to your coffee.

Roasting triggers chemical reactions.

Grab your coffee, apply some heat, and give it some time.

When you apply heat to coffee, it produces the Maillard reaction, which combines chemicals to give a unique flavor. The longer you roast the more flavors you get from the Maillard reaction (dark roast). However, this comes at a tradeoff, as you'll lose some of the original flavors. If you're buying a specialty bag of coffee, you might want to go for a lighter roast to taste more of the original flavors.

Packaging influences taste.

Psychological research shows that packaging changes our perception of taste.

Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, has proven in multiple experiments that colors and materials used in packaging can influence your perception of taste. Taste is a multi-sensory experience, and having a bag of coffee that's designed by you will make it taste that much better!

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