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What is Coffee?Cup of Coffee

Coffee is a drink, brewed from the roasted and ground seeds of the tropical evergreen coffee plant. There are two types of coffee plants.

1. Arabica

The flatter and elongated Arabica bean is described as milder, flavorful, and aromatic. Arabica beans are delicate resulting in being vulnerable to pests, needing to cool in subtropical climate, grown at higher elevations around 2,000-6,500 feet, and requires plenty of moisture, sun and shade. The top producers of this species are Latin American, Eastern Africa, Asia, and Arabia.

2. Robusta

Robusta is characterized as heartier, able to grow in lower altitudes (sea to 2,000 feet), cheaper to produce, double the amount of caffeine compared to Arabica, and the choice of bean for commercial coffee brands. The main producers of this species are Western and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Brazil.

How Do You Store Coffee?

Imagine you’ve bought coffee, now where and how do you store it? Here are a few tips that Consumer Reports have come up with. Keep it airtight in a ceramic, glass or non-reactive metal container. In addition, if purchased in large amounts, divide the coffee into different containers, keeping the unused one airtight until needed. If you purchase coffee in smaller quantities, keep in mind that it can lose its freshness quite quickly so buy fresh roasted coffee in small amounts lasting one to two weeks for preservation. The last tip to storing coffee is storing it away from the oven in a dark and cool location. That being said, if the wall on the outside gets warm or hot from the sun, that is not a place where you should store it. These tips will help keep your coffee fresh and flavourful.