The Story of Coffee


So what does coffee look like? And how does it become the bean we all know?

Coffee trees are mostly grown in the equatorial regions of Brazil, South America, Africa, India and South-east Asia in over 70 countries. There are over 100 different species of coffee however the two main ones that are widely produced and sold are Arabica and Robusta. Each has it’s own varieties and characteristics

A coffee plant usually starts to produce flowers three to four years after it is planted. It changes colour from green to red, and it is at this time that they should be harvested. The cherries are picked and inside each one there are two green beans.

Once picked, the processing of the cherries play a huge part of the flavour as this can be done by washing or drying. Dried coffee seeds (referred to as beans) are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavour.

Some people believe roasting is the most important step in coffee production. Taking raw green coffee beans and turning them into delectable roasted coffee is truly an art form. Different roasting techniques can have a big impact on your coffee. The very best tasting coffee comes from the quality of the bean used AND the roasting technique. At Coffee HQ we treasure our coffee beans and use masterful roasting techniques to bring out the best from every bean.