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When you buy coffee beans, look at them first! "Specialty Coffee Basics" as seen in the label

What is specialty coffee in the first place?


The recognition of specialty coffee has increased more and more and has become quite established in Japan.

Why is it called specialty coffee in the first place? According to the definition of the Japan Specialty Coffee Association, "it is a coffee that consumers value as delicious and satisfied."
In order to do so, it is essential that we have a thorough system and quality control at all stages, from The From Seed to Cup, from coffee beans to cups.
Of the coffee beans in the world, there is a limit to the value of specialty coffee scant by quality and rarity. The specialty coffee we can drink is a select "special coffee special coffee" with a refined and complex taste like wine.

What you can see from the labels

ONIBUS COFFEE has the following labels on the back of the coffee bean package to be sold: (Many of the coffee shops that sing specialty coffee sing this information are almost visible) where is the coffee of what taste of which varieties were produced? Coffee beans also have their own varieties, and there are considerable differences in the environment and purification process that grew up. So to speak, basic information of the coffee beans that people in coffee farms all over the world are producing with great pains. It's an important point of coffee we offer to our customers every day, so i'm pretty happy if you get interested here! Of course, it is OK to ask the staff directly. )

1.Location Production Area

It represents the region and district of the country where coffee beans are grown (such as the prefectures in Japan). It's like Bordeaux or Burgundy in France.
Rwanda Gakenke-Gakenke district is located in northern Rwanda, and this washing station maintains the highest production quality in Rwanda and has acquired the Cup of Excellent (CUP) on numerous occasions.
Honduras Santa Barbara®Vieja Farm in Santa Barbara is located in an area with many high-quality small farms, investing in facilities and the environment to produce high-quality coffee.

2.Varietal varieties

There are many varieties of coffee as there are grape varieties in the wine. Balanced Caturra (Katura), Bourbon (Bourbon), Honduras juicy Pacas (Pacas), Ethiopian Heirloom (Ethiovia Air Room), SL-34, Ruiru-11 (Ruil 11) and other onibus currently onibus Coffee is a single origin coffee bean variety. These are the arabica species that break up greatly between the Arabica and The Kaneforra species (Robusta seeds). Do not know what features only in the name of the breed? First of all, when I drank it, I said, "It's delicious. Remember the variety of coffee you felt

3.Process purification method

♦Natural drying type
The oldest refining method of drying coffee cherries in the sun. It is often done in regions such as Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. In order to reduce the amount of moisture of coffee cherries from 70% to about 10%, it is necessary to dry 10 to 30 days, and the rainy season and dry season are clear.

♦Washed water washing type
The red skin and pulp of the coffee cherry are removed by the machine, and the beans are put in the water tank and fermented and washed. Then dry for 4-10 days in the sun. This is a purification method designed because it was not able to dry for long periods of time in humid areas, and is a method common in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Colombia, etc.

4.Altitude Elevation

Coffee beans are grown in the highlands. It is said that the higher the altitude area is cool, the maturation of the coffee cherry is slow, and the better the good flavor, and the higher the temperature difference, the more the fruit tightens and becomes complex. ONIBUS COFFEE uses sour, flavorful and tasty coffee beans grown at high altitudes from 1,400 to 2,000 m.

5.Flavor Aroma and Taste

The complex aromas and flavors of coffee are easy to understand and are likened to fruits, florals, nuts, etc. In just one bite, you can feel the first taste, the smell that comes out of the nose, and the last afterglow. It shows the typical flavorthat the barista actually tasted and felt.

Flavor Wheel

SCAAWith the American Specialty Coffee AssociationWCRDo you know the Flavor Wheel published by World Coffee Research? This is the "coordinates of taste and aroma" that are used to express specialty coffee. It was developed to define the flavor representation of coffee strictly.

Not to mention the difference of each coffee shop, the taste and the smell of coffee are different by the difference of the production place and roasting in the same shop. How do i tell you the features and subtle differences? "I really like this taste, but I don't know how to express it. You can see very well when you refer to this flavor wheel. First of all, it is important to feel that it is ○○-like like like "It feels like chocolate somehow". Flowers, fruit, nuts, vanilla, chocolate... Sweetness, bitterness, acidity. A cup of coffee is filled with many tastes and flavors. If you drink it with a little awareness, your coffee will be even more delicious and fun!

text&photo by Mayo Hayashi

Sebastian Lasinu & Chung-Eng Tran "Coffee is fun" Pai International