Greetings Vaneli’s faithful! Thank you for your patience as I took some time off to get married and go on vacation as the good Lord intended. But now I’m back, refreshed, and better than ever. I am excited to introduce you to a few noted additions during our slow roll out of improved Vaneli’s 12oz coffee bags and teach you what they mean and why we’ve added them.
Thank You Kauai!
Many Vaneli’s regulars are familiar with my practice of roasting all single origin coffees (coffees from a single, specific country) as a light roast. However in my pursuit to attract new customers and help customers discover their next favorite brew we will be including the degree of roast on our coffee bags. All single origin coffees will still be light roasted and we will continue to carry our various medium and dark roasts that you know and love; only now it will specifically tell you the roast degree you can expect. That being said, if you every need a recommendation simply call us up and ask, we’re real people ready to help, really.
The next two additionswill only apply to our light roast, single origin coffees and will take some desire for learning to fully appreciate. As I have taken over the coffee buying for Vaneli’s it has given me the opportunity to experiment with coffees I’ve never tried and buy from suppliers we’ve never supported before. Throughout this experience I’ve learned much about the origin countries supplying us with crazy good coffee as well as garnered a deeper understanding of what goes into growing the world’s best coffee. Today we will be looking at how elevation and coffee varietals affect the flavor and quality of coffee.
Let’s talk optimal coffee growing regions first and foremost so we can set up a baseline for our knowledge acquisition. Coffee is grown on this beautiful planet between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, clustered near the equator, in over 70 countries. It needs a yearly average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with over 100 inches of rain. How, you ask, do you achieve such mild temperatures and incredible rainfall in the hottest regions on earth? Elevation. Higher elevations mean lower average temperature and increased precipitation. Mild temps and tons of rain means a slower grow cycle resulting in coffee cherries with higher sugar contents and more dense seeds (coffee beans). This density is directly related to complexity of flavor, depth of flavor, and ability to hold up to a deeper degree of roast. Combined together it means a freakin delicious cup of coffee and is something roaster and green been buyers look at carefully. Now you can too. You will now find cultivation elevation for all Vaneli’s single origin coffees near their flavor descriptors on the left hand side. Now you can join the hunt.
Major Coffee Growing Regions
The second bit of information added to our retail bags is the specific variety of coffee bean. This bit is a very special nod of thanks to the countless men and women who produce fine coffee everywhere. Coffee, like many crops, has been altered over its many years of production. Sometimes this alteration occurs by way of natural mutation (like Bourbon coffee) and sometimes it is a purposeful breeding (as in the SL28 variety) that results in a variety with specific traits such as increased cherry production, larger cherry production, or resistance to pests, disease, or drought. The story of coffee and its many varieties is a fascinating look at the peaks and valleys of coffee production and consumption. It is a story that tells of the triumphs of human problem solving intertwined into our desire for the best product. I’m including a link if you’d like to dive further; just know it has much to do with the overall flavor of the coffee and its general physical properties denoted by genetic variation. This variety classification is found on our retail bags near the flavor description on the right hand side.
Varieties of Coffea Arabica
Thanks for hanging in there; I know it was a lot of coffee nerdery all at once. I want you to have the best possible coffee experience and the knowledge is all part of it. Hope you found this fun and insightful. As always Choose Carefully, Act Thoughtfully, and Sip Slowly.