Africa — The Best Climates for Coffee
Countries in East Africa are known to produce the best coffee beans because of the perfect climates. Having that "peanut butter & jelly" relationship or that "Batman & Robin" duo, it's almost as if Mother Nature herself intended for coffee to be planted in Africa. And because of that, you get very very rich coffee with a multitude of flavors. In Africa, coffee isn't just coffee, it's connected to the cultures that grow them!
When you come to East Africa, you see the farmers, you see the villages, you see the coffee farms and then you realize there are powerful coffees growing in that region. The beautiful part is that you're able to distinguish the difference between Ethiopian, Ugandan and Kenyan coffees. And that in itself is spectacular, to be able to get different flavors from each country. Making it as if you're tasting a bit of each country's climate and soil.
Diversity is what drives African Coffee
I personally really love the coffee beans in Africa and I definitely consider it one of my favorites. What sets these apart from other countries is the smoothness. Most coffees (even though delicious) leave a bitter acidic after taste which makes the coffee seem a little over roasted. And while I understand the more caffeine the more 'bitter' it'll taste, even in the regions in Eastern Africa that make extra-caffeine coffee you more than likely still get a smooth aftertaste leaving out all the bitterness that lingers in your mouth.
There's more floral, Earthy and spicy notes that you can taste only with these coffees. As good as the beans are in Latin and South America, nothing compares to the notes you get here. As for the plantations, it doesn't seem like the growth in Africa is going to stop any time soon.
How It's Made
Ethiopia is said to be the birthplace of coffee. It was discovered in the 1st century A.D. in Yirga Cheffe. The beans are usually grown in a sub-tropical forest in small 1-3 acre garden farms. A couple things to keep in mind with African coffee farming:
- The farms grow their coffee plants between 5800-6500 ft. of elevation.
- It grows in the shade of forest trees. Handpicked and fertilized with organic waste.
- It typically takes 3-4 years after planting for a coffee fruit to produce. But it first produces a white blossom.
- A tree is usually picked every 10-14 days throughout the 4-month season.
- Coffees are then delivered by foot to a nearby processing plant within a half days walk.
- After the red cherries are processed accordingly, the beans are then picked out of them (usually a silver colored skin).
- The beans are then soaked and dried for a couple days.
- Finally the beans are "polished", auctioned and shipped to it's destination.
- After roasting, they are ready to be sold out into the world.
How to Drink Traditional Coffee!
In Ethiopia, you are sat down with the server who brews the coffee right in front of you. The server brings in the fresh beans and roasts them right before your eyes. They then bring the pot around the room, allowing everyone to smell the sweet, sweet aroma of the coffee you're about to consume. Brewing the best coffee takes time.
The pot in which the coffee is being made is boiled 2-3 times and the host tests it to make sure its at utmost quality before being served to you. Many Ethiopians drink their coffee black with just a spoon of sugar. When it is finally ready, the coffee is then served into each glass, stirred with the sugar and then handed out for you to enjoy!
The coffee is so smooth and acid-free you'll be able to chug it down like juice.
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