What is a single-origin coffee and why should I care?
Single-origin coffee is made with beans that are from one single location, unlike a blend of different roast levels, geographic regions, and other factors. Single-origins are pure beans that come from the same harvest and roast batch, creating an extremely unique flavor profile.
What is the Swiss Water Process?
In this process, the coffee beans are soaked in caffeine-free green coffee extract (coffee flavored, but non-caffeinated) so that the caffeine is extracted from the bean and into the water yet the flavor components remain. The now caffeine-saturated green coffee extract is then processed through activated charcoal filters, sized correctly to remove the caffeine molecules and NOT flavor molecules, thus becoming caffeine free again and ready to extract caffeine from a new batch of coffee. The coffee beans are then dried to their originating moisture level and re-bagged. The Swiss Water Process results in coffee that is 99.9% caffeine free.
What is a City Roast?
City Roasts are the most consumed in the United States, and are intended to be the most you roast a bean before you begin to impart roast-based flavors. In other words, this is as dark as you can roast the coffee and still ONLY taste the origin itself. You will see minor color or oil differences (Colombia vs Brazil Santos for example,) these are intentional based on the origin and still within the standards of a City Roast, not to mention caused by as little as a 5 to 10 second difference in the roaster.
What is a Peaberry?
Though normal coffee beans have two lobes, in approx. 3% of the beans one of the lobes will fail to develop, allowing the other to develop into a more round and compact shape, thus the name “Peaberry”. This oddity occurs in all varieties of coffee. Some believe that the smaller, more compact shape of the bean renders a flavor that is concentrated and more lively in the cup.