handpicked coffee cherries

Why Single Origin Coffee is Preferred?

single-origin coffee

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Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Coffee may be of a single type of beans or a mixture of different beans that come from the same origin, and sometimes a coffee blend is made up of coffee beans that come from different origins or countries. Single-origin coffees may come from a single farm, multiple farms from the same country, or just a blend of the coffees grown from that country. Nutrition-wise, coffee may contain fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It may also contain many antioxidants such as neochlorogenic acid, ferulic, and caffeic acid.

Single-origin or single source coffee’s name itself defines a coffee that is planted in one specific origin or country. In other words, single-origin coffee is the coffee that does not contain part of coffee grains that are growing in any other origin or country.

Single-origin coffee is preferred due to many reasons. Consumers are often interested in where their coffee is coming from. Drinking a single-origin reveals the coffee’s story, people and farm behind each cup. This factor makes it easy for the retailer or manufacturer to make value-added coffee if they use a single-origin coffee. It makes it easy for customers to discover the place from which their favorite breakfast beverage comes from.

Another reason would be single-origin coffee gives a specific bold taste and is not changed with season or time. People often prefer their favorite coffee to have a consistent taste rather than a variation in taste with time.

Safety and quality have become two important aspects for selecting food and beverages. Quality is something that depends on consumer preference, and safety is something that ensures that consumables are prepared by using safe methods.  There are much more chances of adulteration in coffee that is not of a single-origin, as they are prepared by using different blends. Some companies use additives or adulterants to increase their profit.

From seed to roast 1888 Coffee’s Founder’s Premium is produced in only one region in Veracruz and is shade grown. Blessed by high altitude along with tropical sun and rain, the land’s rich, volcanic soil provides the ideal environment for the cultivation of its Arabica beans.

Harvesting coffee

Do Hand Picked Cherry Beans Lead To A Better-Quality Coffee?

Handpicked Cherry Beans

Production of the best quality coffee requires several careful processing steps. A delightful specialty coffee needs distinction and special care at each step of the production and supply chain.  There are countless steps and decisions from seed to cup whose true potential is determined by extensive research and experimentation. The first step for transferring cherries to our cup is harvesting. The final coffee product should be made from the ripest cherries.

Hand picking and mechanical picking are the two commonly used methods for the harvesting of cherry beans. Coffee producers can mechanically strip harvest the cherries or opt hand pick mechanism. The selected method affects the social impact, production cost, and quality of the final coffee product. In hand-picking mechanisms, only fully ripened cherry beans are picked manually by the labor and filled in the baskets hung around their waist while the mechanical method involves all beans stripping in a single move by machine regardless. In the mechanical method, all the cherry beans are picked whether these are ripened or unripened.

Hand picking of the cherry beans leads to the production of better-quality coffee in comparison to the mechanical picking beans product. In hand picked method, only the fully ripened cherries are picked with a chance of minimum harvesting of unripened beans that’s the most important for the quality of the final coffee product.

Moreover, the quality of coffee is significantly influenced by the texture, size, and shape of the raw beans. Hand picking provides much better control on these parameters in comparison to mechanical picking, hence resulting in better quality coffee. In contrast, in mechanical stripping, as discussed earlier, the cherry beans are stripped by the machines regardless of the ripening stage that results in the lower quality final product as opposed to the hand-picked cherries product.

The proven, all-natural coffee-farming techniques of 1888 Coffee used to cultivate the evergreen coffee plants have been refined and perfected over more than 75 years. To this day, coffee beans are handpicked and gently roasted in small batches to produce the premium coffees offered by the 1888 Coffee Company.