What makes a coffee “specialty”?
What makes coffee “specialty” starts long before Just Love receives the beans and ends with the brewed cup.
Step 1 – On the farm
It all begins with the coffee farm, where the right combination of microclimate and soil chemistry come together for growing quality coffee cherries. The coffee cherries must be picked at their peak ripeness to preserve their potential greatness.
Step 2 – At the mill
The next step in preserving the bean’s potential is a quick delivery to a wet mill. This delivery time is critical as it can have a significant impact on the finished bean. Regardless of the process, (demucilaging or mechanically pulped and washed) the beans must by handled carefully so that they are not damaged.
Step 3 -- Drying
After the skin and pulp are removed, the beans must be dried evenly and completely. Once the coffee is dried it cannot get wet again. When the beans are dry, they must rest for a period and during this time they must be stored at the proper temperature and humidity. After the resting period the coffee is hulled, sorted for size, and bagged for export.
Step 4 – Enter Just Love Coffee
This is the point at which we receive the beans, which have been inspected and cupped by our certified brokers. In our hands, they are sample roasted and cupped to guarantee that the coffee is in fact “specialty” and that the quality is up to Just Love Coffee Roasters standards.
Now that we have the specialty green coffee beans, our skilled roaster uses our Probat and his five senses to do the work of getting the best flavors out of each coffee by carefully roasting each batch. Once the beans are roasted, they must rest for at least 24 hours before grinding.
Step 5 – It’s all about the grind
To keep the coffee in that specialty state, it’s up to you to grind the coffee correctly for your brew method using a quality burr grinder. Always grind only as much coffee as you will brew seconds before brewing it.
For example, if it is ground too fine the coffee will be over-extracted, and if it is too coarse you will lose flavor. There is no single grind setting that is right for every method. Read the section about grinding and brew methods to learn more.
Also, use quality water and be sure that the water is heated properly to 208°F (just below boiling). Now that the coffee is in your cup, get ready to savor the experience. If the beans met all the qualifications through every step of the process from harvest to cup, then you are one of the few that is actually sipping on genuine specialty coffee. Sip slowly and taste the orchestra of flavors that performs on your palette.