What Is Honest Organic Coffee?

There is a new name on the bottled cold brewed coffee scene. The largest seller of soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverage in the world, Coca Cola, is marketing a product called Honest Organic Coffee. If you are interested in bottled cold brewed coffee to go this might be a good choice.

A refreshing summer drink is cold brewed coffee. Cold brewed coffee is about two thirds less acidic than espresso or percolator coffee. It has to do with extracting caffeine and healthy antioxidants but less acid using a slow, cool extraction process. Basically the coffee just diffuses out of the ground beans over a few hours. And now, if you do not want to spend the time making your own cold brew coffee, you can buy bottled cold brew coffee and store it in your frig!

But, it turns out that while Honest Organic Coffee is really organic it is coffee that has been brewed, canned and cooled. It is not necessarily cold brewed coffee. Nevertheless, the organic part addresses one of our concerns about bottled or canned coffee.

Bottled cold brew coffee sounds interesting but if you like the idea of healthy organic coffee is the cold brewed bottled coffee organic? And how to the organic coffee antioxidants preserve in a bottle?

Coca Cola is launching the Honest Organic Coffee brand in Great Britain with not just plain coffee but bottled coffee house coffee as well. The trade publication Packaging News reports on Coca Cola’s launch of cold coffee drinks.

Launching in March, there will be two great tasting variants in the organic Honest Coffee range – Latte and Mocha. The product range will tap into the growing consumer demand for RTD coffee products in GB, a sector which is worth £66m and growing by 20% year on year.

The coffee drinks will be available in a re-sealable 240ml single PET, designed to suit consumers with an on-the-go lifestyle – with workplace and higher education among the key channels for the product. Made with Arabica beans, the products are organic and exempt from the soft drinks tax that comes into effect in April. The 42.5% coffee content and lower sugar delivers a taste profile that is less sweet than some RTD coffee options, appealing to consumers who want a more authentic cold coffee experience.

The appeal of cold coffee is that you can simply go to your refrigerator and take out a can or bottle instead of having to go to the coffee shop and stand in line or wait in your car for drive up service. And, of course, there are no issues with hot coffee burns for which Starbucks had to pay a customer.

And when buying coffee house coffee you should also be aware of how hot it might be and if the lid is on tight when you buy for takeout.

A Florida woman who was severely burned after the lid popped off a cup of Starbucks coffee and spilled on her lap was awarded $100,000 for her injuries Thursday.

A Starbucks representative testified during the trial that the coffee company receives 80 complaints a month about issues with lids popping off or leaking.

In our article how, How Hot Is Starbucks Coffee, we cited expert opinion about hot coffee and burns. The Burn Foundation discusses hot liquid burns.

When tap water reaches 140º F, it can cause a third degree (full thickness) burn in just five seconds.

Hot Water Causes Third Degree Burns

in 1 second at 156º
in 2 seconds at 149º
in 5 seconds at 140º
in 15 seconds at 133º

How hot is Starbucks coffee? If the lady actually suffered 3rd degree burns the coffee was probably at least 140 degrees and more likely 150 or above.

That is the argument for products like Honest Organic Coffee instead of takeout at Starbucks or McDonalds.


Organic Coffee for Sale

Where can you find organic coffee for sale and how can you know that it is high quality and fresh? The best organic coffee comes from places like Colombia. Arabica coffee is the gold standard for quality but you also want fresh beans and not ones that were in storage for years. And to make sure that your Arabica coffee is organic look for proof of organic coffee certification on the bag.

Organic coffee differs from regular coffee in several aspects. The soil in which organic coffee is grown must have been verified as free from prohibited substances for at least three years. In addition there must be distinct boundaries between land on which organic coffee is grown and land where pesticides, herbicides, and prohibited chemical fertilizers are used. This guarantees that drift of substances sprayed or otherwise applied on adjacent land will not contaminate the organic plot of land. Organic coffee certification includes the adherence to a specific and verifiable plan for all practices and procedures from planting to crop maintenance, to harvest, de-husking, bagging, transport, roasting, packaging, and final transport. Along the way procedures must be in place at every step to insure that there is no contamination of the healthy organic coffee produced in pristine soil with regular coffee produced on soil exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers.

There are many great coffees grown by organic methods but your only proof of organic content is the USDA, UTZ or Rainforest Alliance seal on the bag. That means someone visited the coffee farm and checked to make sure the farmer was following set guidelines.

Old versus Fresh

A few years ago coffee farmers in Brazil put coffee beans into storage rather than sell them because prices were so low. Then, after a few years, coffee prices went up and coffee farmers sold every bean that they had. Unfortunately, a lot of that old coffee was only good for sale to institutional buyers. In our recent article about organic coffee with the most antioxidants we wrote about the importance of coffee freshness.

And, before that, we wrote about how to get freshly roasted Colombian coffee.

Buy Organic Coffee to the Rescue

If you would like coffee that was just picked and processed and has been roasted within the last week or so contact us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org. We work with coffee roasters in places like Manizales or Chinchina in the heart of the Eje Cafetero. Order your coffee and we will have our partners select the freshest coffee beans, roast them to perfection, and send to your via express air delivery. That is how you can get freshly roasted Colombian coffee.

If you want the best organic coffee for sale, send us a message at BuyOrganicCoffee.org. We will be pleased to find the best organic coffee for sale in Colombia where they grow the best coffee. And then we will arrange to have that great organic or otherwise great Colombian coffee sent directly to you whether you are interested in green coffee beans or recently roasted.

Organic Coffee with the Most Antioxidants

We have written time and again about the health benefits of coffee and how regular and organic coffee antioxidants are central to these benefits. We have also noted that by drinking organic coffee you can avoid the many impurities too often found in regular coffee. So, organic coffee is a better choice than regular coffee but which is the organic coffee with the most antioxidants? Here are the facts about how to get the organic coffee with the most antioxidants in your cup.

Robusta versus Arabica

Robusta coffee beans not only have much more caffeine than higher quality and better tasting Arabica but green Robusta coffee beans also have double the antioxidants. Years ago the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published an article comparing antioxidant activity in coffee, tea, and cocoa.

Green coffee beans of Robusta coffee exhibited a 2-fold higher antioxidant activity than Arabica coffee, but after roasting this difference was no longer significant.

So Robusta starts out with more antioxidants but they do not survive roasting.

Roasting

Health.com writes about antioxidants and light versus dark roast.

For the new study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, Korean researchers compared coffees of several different roasting levels, analyzing their caffeine content and levels of chlorogenic acid, a well-known antioxidant. They also exposed extract of each coffee to human cell cultures to test their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The results? The lighter the roast, the higher the chlorogenic acid content-and the better the coffee extract protected human cells against oxidation (cell damage) and inflammation when tested in the lab. Caffeine levels, on the other hand, did not vary significantly between samples.

This seems to make sense given the fact that the excess antioxidant levels in Robusta go away when the beans are roasted. So, excessive roasting will also reduce the level of chlorogenic acid antioxidants in coffee. However, there are also antioxidants that are produced in roasting. The so-called “Maillard reaction” produces new antioxidants when green coffee beans are browned. Your goal, if you want organic coffee with the most antioxidants, is to roast your organic coffee but not excessively.

Time and Ground Coffee Are Your Enemies

When antioxidants in coffee are exposed to air they oxidize! Because grinding coffee exposes more coffee surface area to the air ground coffee loses its flavor and its antioxidants faster than roasted whole bean coffee. Years ago we offers some tips about how to store coffee and preserve freshness.

It is because coffee starts to lose its flavor (and antioxidants) as soon as the roasting process is completed. Thus roasting takes place close to the market where coffee will be sold. You will want to store coffee and preserve freshness but you will also want to purchase small quantities of coffee, enjoy our coffee, and buy more when you run out. Coffee is not a fine wine. It does not improve with age.

If you purchase a large quantity of wholesale coffee put the larger amount in an air tight container and take your daily coffee out of a smaller container, replenishing as needed. Small and airtight containers can be store in the freezer but only until the first use. The same rules apply for regular coffee and healthy organic coffee. Coffee ages and it ages more if it is warm, wet, and exposed to the air.

It turns out that the most important factor if you want organic coffee with the most antioxidants, you need to buy new and not old beans, store properly, and grind just before making your coffee.

How Can You Get Freshly Roasted Colombian Coffee?

The best coffee is Arabica and the best Arabica coffee comes from Colombia.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts. Café Arabica also contains less caffeine than Robusta. Although wild Arabica coffee plants can reach 12 meters in height coffee growers typically prune the plant to no more than 5 meters and often as short as 2 meters high to make the coffee easier to pick. Arabica coffee grows best at just under a mile in altitude although it is grown at sea level and as high as 7,500 feet.

The Colombian coffee growing region known as the Eje Cafetero has ideal soil and climate for growing coffee and the coffee farmers in the region have been growing high quality Arabica coffees for a century and a half. So, if you want great Arabica coffee, look for coffee from Colombia.

Juan Valdez

If you want to make sure the coffee you buy at the market is Colombian look for Juan Valdez. Juan Valdez is a fictional character invented by the Colombian Coffee Growers Association. When you see Juan of the label you can be assured that the coffee is 100% Colombian. But how can you be assured that the coffee is fresh?

Coffee Freshness: Green Coffee

The coffee that you buy has been dried, had the fruit of the coffee berry removed and has been threshed to remove the outer husk of the bean. At that point the green coffee beans are at their freshest and when properly stored and transported green coffee retains a reasonable degree of freshness for up to two years. Coffee house coffee is made from freshly roasted green coffee beans. But, how old are the green beans? If the coffee house got a great deal on old beans they are making a better profit and you are drinking inferior coffee!

Coffee Freshness: Roasted Coffee

There is an art to roasting coffee. When we visited the roaster at Tilladora Manizales last year the roaster explained that perhaps one out of five batches that he roasts ends up being sold to institutions instead of high end buyers. And the freshness of roasted coffee lasts for up to six months when properly stored. Most of us do not have the skill, time, or interest to roast our own coffee. And we do not know how long ago the coffee that we are buying was roasted. So, how can you get fresh and freshly roasted Colombian coffee if you do not live in the Eje Cafetero?

Buy Organic Coffee to the Rescue

If you would like coffee that was just picked and processed and has been roasted within the last week or so contact us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org. We work with coffee roasters in places like Manizales or Chinchina in the heart of the Eje Cafetero. Order your coffee and we will have our partners select the freshest coffee beans, roast them to perfection, and send to your via express air delivery. That is how you can get freshly roasted Colombian coffee.

Last Word on Coffee: It’s Good for You!

We have written extensively about the health benefits of coffee. While there are still a few naysayers, here is the last word on coffee: it’s good for you! The Annual Review of Nutrition published a comprehensive review entitled Coffee, Caffeine, and Health Outcomes: an Umbrella Review. Here is the short version.

To evaluate the associations between coffee and caffeine consumption and various health outcomes, we performed an umbrella review of the evidence from meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Of the 59 unique outcomes examined in the selected 112 meta-analyses of observational studies, coffee was associated with a probable decreased risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers; cardiovascular disease and mortality; Parkinson’s disease; and type-2 diabetes. Of the 14 unique outcomes examined in the 20 selected meta-analyses of observational studies, caffeine was associated with a probable decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease and type-2 diabetes and an increased risk of pregnancy loss. Of the 12 unique acute outcomes examined in the selected 9 meta-analyses of RCTs, coffee was associated with a rise in serum lipids, but this result was affected by significant heterogeneity, and caffeine was associated with a rise in blood pressure. Given the spectrum of conditions studied and the robustness of many of the results, these findings indicate that coffee can be part of a healthful diet.

These people did not study any patients. Rather they looked at all of the studies done regarding coffee and its effects on health. There was a lot of statistical analysis involved and in the end the results confirmed much of what has been written about coffee and health.

Coffee and Diabetes

This last word on coffee confirms what we wrote years ago about how more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes.

The bottom line of the UCLA study was that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day, with caffeine, reduces Type II diabetes incidence by 56%, more than half.

The benefit of drinking coffee goes up with the number of cups consumed a day up to six. This is also confirmed in the last word on coffee study.

Coffee and Cancer

Several years ago we wrote that you might avoid cancer by drinking coffee.

Prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, and colon cancer may all occur less often in long term coffee drinkers. To avoid cancer by drinking coffee it appears as though one needs to drink as much as four cups a day although some research studies show benefits in individuals with lower levels of coffee consumption. In general the benefits of coffee in the case of reducing the incidence of cancer have to do with chemicals called antioxidants found in roasted coffee.

The last word study confirms a decreased risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers in coffee drinkers.

Degenerative Diseases

Research has linked to coffee to a decreased incidence of degenerative diseases and the last word study confirms the link to Parkinson’s disease.

According to a study of persons on Olmstead County, Minnesota, there is an inverse relationship between the amount of coffee that people drink and their chances of getting Parkinson’s disease. Nearly two hundred persons were followed for twenty years (1976-1995). Researchers noted the amount of coffee that people drank and whether or not they developed Parkinson’s disease. When other things that might affect the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, like smoking, were excluded, there was a clear association between higher coffee consumption and a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The last word on coffee is that it is good for you and up to six cups a day, more coffee is better.

Egg in Your Coffee versus Egg Coffee

Remember in the movie Rocky when Sylvester Stallone drinks raw eggs before going out on his morning run? The rationale was that he needed all that protein because he was in training for a major boxing match. Now there is a new craze in the world of coffee. People are putting a raw egg in their coffee before going to work out. A couple of years ago it was butter coffee.

Butter coffee, also recently called bulletproof coffee, is currently the rage in some places. Butter coffee is eight ounces of freshly brewed coffee plus a teaspoonful each of unsalted butter and coconut oil. There are variations on the theme but the claim of those who like butter coffee is that it gives you more energy, helps you lose weight and avoids the ingestion of so-called inflammatory sugars. It turns out that butter coffee is not really a new idea. In Ethiopia where coffee was first discovered putting butter in freshly brewed coffee is a custom.

Whether you are putting butter and coconut oil in your coffee or a fresh egg, you are getting more calories which you had better burn off with exercise. Otherwise you are probably reducing some of the health benefits of coffee.

A downside to putting a raw egg in your coffee is that there is a risk that the raw egg contains bacteria and will make you sick. We went to Eggsafety.org for more info.

Always thoroughly cook eggs to destroy pathogens and reduce risk of illness.

These bacteria have the ability to result in human illness, and egg farmers vigilantly work to prevent them.

The bacteria that are dangerous to people and can be found in raw eggs include salmonella, bacillus cereus, campylobacter, and staphylococcus aureus. Mild infections result in mild symptoms and severe infections can result in death.

So, is it really dangerous to put a raw egg in your coffee? The point is that you need to heat the egg to a high enough temperature for long enough to kill any bacteria. That means there is less risk if you drop a raw egg into the coffee that you just made with boiling water than if you drop a raw egg into a coffee house latte or, even worse, cold brewed coffee.

But, didn’t your great grandmother make egg coffee back on the farm? When great grandma made egg coffee she boiled the coffee in a big pot and added a couple of eggs, shells and all, to the pot. The protein in the egg and the calcium in the egg shells helped buffer the bitterness of the coffee resulting in a milder brew. After boiling the heck out of the coffee and eggs there was no risk of infection from Grandma’s coffee!

Is there a nutritional difference between egg in your coffee and egg coffee? Grandma did not add enough eggs to make one per cup of coffee so, yes, there is a lot more egg, protein and calories in you cup of coffee with one egg than with the old farm egg coffee variety. But, remember that the rationale is to drink egg coffee before a workout and make sure to heat the water and egg enough to kill any germs.

Why Is Coffee Bitter?

Coffee has a unique and, for some, an acquired taste. Caffeine plus two compounds created when coffee is roasted result in a bitter taste that is unique to java. Caffeine is the minor partner in the bitterness endeavor. The main two culprits are both antioxidants, which are the chemicals responsible for so many of the health benefits of coffee. The first antioxidants are chlorogenic acid lactones. These chemical antioxidants are created in light and medium roast coffees. A more potent cause of bitter taste in coffee comes from phenylindanes which are created in a dark roast coffee. But, there is more to the story than how you roast your coffee. How you prepare coffee is important as well.

Leaving Coffee in the French Press Too Long

Whether you like a light, medium or dark roast, the longer the water is in contact with the coffee grounds the more chemicals, and bitterness, you will extract. The best example of this phenomenon is when you use a French press and make more coffee with a than you will use right away. You let the coffee and grounds remain in the French press and return later for another cup or two. The odds are that more of the bitter antioxidants will have dissolved into the water making your second and third cups increasingly bitter.

Maximum Coffee Ground Surface Area

You could make coffee from putting whole roasted beans in hot water. But, you would need to wait a really long time for the antioxidants and caffeine to leach out and even then you would end up with an awfully weak cup of coffee. The reasons we grind coffee are to increase the surface area of coffee that is exposed to the hot water and to decrease the distance that caffeine and antioxidants need to move to get out of the coffee grounds and into the water. If you do not like bitter coffee, you need to be careful how finely you grind your beans. Very finely ground coffee gives up its caffeine and antioxidants quickly and thoroughly. This is a common reason why your coffee is bitter.

Hotter Water Dissolves Coffee Ingredients More Thoroughly

One reason that cold brewed coffee is less bitter than brewed coffee is that the bitter antioxidants are not as quickly or thoroughly removed from the grounds. The hotter the water you use to brew coffee the more antioxidants you will get in your cup. When you boil water to make coffee you have water at 212 degrees Fahrenheit if you live at sea level. If you live in the Eje Cafetero in Manizales, Colombia your boiling water reaches 198 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live at lower elevations and want to avoid coffee that is too bitter let the water sit a few minutes after removing from the stove. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee according to the National Coffee Association is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. The folks in Manizales at 7,500 feet altitude can make their coffee with boiling water.  Those of us who live in the low lands should wait a minute or two to let our just-boiled water cool ever so slightly.

Should You Avoid Airplane Coffee?

We know that regular and especially healthy organic coffees are good for you. But, what about the water they are served with? Ideally the water for making coffee is boiling hot and kills any germs that are around. But what if coffee is made using instant powder and lukewarm water? This may be an issue with the coffee you are served on an airplane. So, should you avoid airplane coffee? Here is a news release from the EPA from several years ago. It reports aircraft water testing information from 158 randomly selected passenger airplanes.

As part of enforcement activities, EPA, during August and September 2004, randomly tested the water supplies on 158 aircraft. Aircraft tank water is used in the galleys and lavatory sinks. Initial testing of onboard water supply revealed 20 aircraft with positive results for total coliform bacteria; two of these aircraft (1.3 percent) also tested positive for E.coli. Both total coliform and E.coli are indicators that other disease-causing organisms (pathogens) may be present in the water and could potentially affect public health. When sampling identified total coliform in the water, the aircraft was retested. In repeat testing on 11 aircraft, the Agency confirmed that water from eight of the aircraft tested still did not meet EPA’s water quality standards.

The EPA notes that while water from municipal sources in the USA is generally free of pathogenic bacteria the same may not be said for water taken on in foreign nations during international flights. But, what if the airline has a coffee maker on the plane and brews its coffee fresh? There is still a chance that the coffee maker has not been cleaned and harbors bacteria or mold.

We wrote an article about your moldy coffee maker.

This unappetizing title has to do with cleaning your moldy coffee maker and removing the bacteria as well! Bacteria and mold are everywhere in the environment and when they land on moist surfaces they make themselves at home and start to reproduce. One of the unnoticed places in your home where this will happen is your coffee maker.

At home you can routinely clean your coffee maker but if the airplane crew does not have that chore as part of their routine, and the water contains pathogenic bacteria, maybe you should avoid airplane coffee.

How About Bottled Coffee?

An alternative to drinking instant coffee in questionable water on an airplane is to ask for bottled cold brew coffee.

Cold brewed coffee is about two thirds less acidic than espresso or percolator coffee. It has to do with extracting caffeine and healthy antioxidants but less acid using a slow, cool extraction process. Basically the coffee just diffuses out of the ground beans over a few hours. And now, if you do not want to spend the time making your own cold brew coffee, you can buy bottled cold brew coffee and store it in your frig!

And if the airline offers this choice of beverage you may wish to take it instead of running the risk of a bacterial infection from the infected water in their reserve tanks.

Best Organic Coffee to Buy Online

There are lots of healthy organic coffees and many are available online. But, which are the best? What are the factors you should take into consideration when looking for the best organic coffee to buy online? In our recent article about the best organic coffee to buy, we noted the factors to consider when purchasing high quality coffee.

Fresh Is Best

The freshest coffee is from green coffee beans just picked and dried.

When the coffee cherries have been properly dried they are sent to a mill where the hull of the cherry is removed, the green coffee beans are graded for quality, and bagged. Coffee is then shipped in hundred weight bags, a quintal. Healthy organic coffee is produced and processed much the same as ordinary coffee but lots must be segregated in order to maintain purity. Many of the beneficial health aspects of coffee are due to antioxidants found both in green coffee beans and produced in the roasting process. Once coffee is roasted the shelf life for flavor, aroma, and antioxidants is reduced from two years to six months, if roasted coffee is properly stored.

If you purchase green coffee beans shipped directly from collection points in Colombia you benefit from extreme freshness. Green coffee beans are good for a couple of years but newer is fresher and better. And if you really do not want to roast your own coffee consider coffee roasted at the source and shipped air freight directly to you in usable quantities every month or so. And if you ask us at Buy Organic Coffee to help you find a supplier in Colombia you are on the road to the next step in getting the best organic coffee to buy.

The fresher your organic coffee the better it will be but you need to start with a high quality coffee and that means Arabica coffee beans.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. So, if you buy Arabica organic coffee you are buying into a tradition stretching back over a thousand years. The so called coffee shrub of Africa is believed to have originated in the mountains of Yemen although there is also evidence that the species originated in the highlands of Ethiopia and the Sudan. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts. Café Arabica also contains less caffeine than Robusta. Although wild Arabica coffee plants can reach 12 meters in height coffee growers typically prune the plant to no more than 5 meters and often as short as 2 meters high to make the coffee easier to pick. Arabica coffee grows best at just under a mile in altitude although it is grown at sea level and as high as 7,500 feet.

And, the best Arabica coffee is coffee from Colombia. And, if you are looking for great coffee from Colombia, fresh from the source, contact us at www.BuyOrganicCoffee.org.

Do You Need a Fancy Machine to Make Great Coffee?

The other day we ran across and article on the internet about high tech gizmos for making coffee. The Stranger writes that the future of coffee is in Seattle’s coffee machines.

The Mavam UCEM espresso machine looks unlike any espresso machine you have ever seen. When it was released, coffee executives from Japan and Europe flocked to a garage in Seattle to see its unveiling.

The UCEM is one of a wave of Seattle-made espresso machines sweeping the world. Companies like Mavam, Slayer, and Synesso are designing and fabricating some of the industry’s most sought-after espresso machines, and thanks to our proximity to these businesses, you can taste the future of espresso without leaving the city limits.

But, do you need a fancy machine to make great coffee? A great cup of java starts with healthy organic coffee.

Start the day with a hot cup of healthy organic coffee and you can receive a number of health benefits. Healthy organic coffee contains calcium. It contains antioxidants such as polyphenols which are also called condensed tannins and help prevent tooth decay in addition to their antioxidant activity. The antioxidant properties of a healthy cup of organic coffee include the ability to lessen age associated cellular damage, prevent new blood vessel formation in cancerous tissue, and inhibit the long term inflammation seen in atherosclerosis. Ongoing research points to uses of polyphenols as treatments for specific age related conditions. And all of this from a cup of healthy organic coffee!

Our point is that great coffee starts with the ingredients! Arabica coffee from Colombia is the place to start.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. So, if you buy Arabica organic coffee you are buying into a tradition stretching back over a thousand years. The so called coffee shrub of Africa is believed to have originated in the mountains of Yemen although there is also evidence that the species originated in the highlands of Ethiopia and the Sudan. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts.

In Colombia they only grow high quality Arabica coffee.

Fresh Is Best

The flavor and to a degree the health benefits of coffee are best when the coffee is fresh. The idea way to guarantee fresh coffee is to have green coffee beans shipped directly to you from the source in the coffee growing axis of Colombia. Green coffee beans retain their freshness for up to two years when properly stored, although the best is when the beans are less than a month old. Roasted whole bean coffee is your second choice for great coffee. Again these can be roasted at the source and shipped to you from the source.

Fancy Coffee

Coffee house coffee comes from espresso so you need an espresso maker. And heating the milk for latte or cappuccino is easier with a fancy coffee maker. So, for the folks who run coffee shops, it is best to start with the freshest Arabica coffee. Then a fancy machine may be the next step.