The Journey Of Coffee – Steps of Making Coffee Beans
Here at Black Powder Coffee we work independently small, direct trade coffee farms that deliver the highest quality coffee beans. From growth to the finished product in your cup, here are some of the basic steps that show the journey of growing coffee and developing delicious tastes!
The Process Of Growing Coffee
1. Planting – Coffee beans are cherry seeds from a flowering plant. These coffee plants usually take 3-4 years to produce flowers.
2. Harvesting – Coffee cherries are usually harvested once a year, strip picked or selectively picked methods. Most harvesting are done by hand, although lower elevation farms may use mechanical harvesting methods.
3. Processing the Cherries – Coffee can be processed by wet or dry methods to remove the coffee bean seed from the cherry shell.
4. Drying – Wet – Removal of the skin and pulp of the cherry to leave the bean for drying. Dry – Cherries are placed on a raised table or drying patio. Dry processing is the oldest method and most common for Arabica coffee.
5. Milling – Removal of the outer layers of the cherry and dry skin which leaves the final product, dry coffee. It it then processed for hulling, polishing and cleaning.
6. Grading and Sorting – Size, weight, color flaws and other imperfections are considered as the green coffee is sorted and prepared for sale.
7. Exporting – Stored in proper containers, Green coffee is usually shipped in jute bags or poly bags. With changes in technology, specialty coffee is often shipped vacuum sealed to ensure the coffee is protected from the elements.
8. Cupping – The coffee is “cupped” and tasted as a professional practice to develop and grade the quality of the coffee. “Q Graders” observe the tastes and aromas of the coffee beans. Specialty coffee is graded much like wine or craft beers.
9. Roasting – Once green beans are received at the roaster – beans are roasted to develop the finished product, coffee. Single Origin, blends and flavors are all developed from green beans being roasted.
10. Grinding & Brewing – There is a science behind grind levels and brew methods. Insuring you have the proper weight, grind level of coffee mixed with the right amount of water and temperature produces the optimal flavor when it comes to brewing coffee.
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Prospector’s Gold – Best Selling Coffee
Prospector’s Gold, one of our customer’s favorites, is also one that brings back heritage of gold mining to our area in which developed the brand – Black Powder Coffee. Long before the “California Gold Rush”, early pioneers struck it rich here in Reed Creek North Carolina.
History of Gold Mining in Charlotte – Carolina’s Gold Rush
12 year old, Conrad Reed found a nugget of gold in Cabarrus County in 1799, Reed Gold Mine was established. This 17 lbs nugget was the first authenticated discovery of gold within the United States! Gold mines in the Charlotte area is known for what made Charlotte’s banking industry with the discovery of two gold mines in the hearth of uptown; Rudisill mine & St. Catherine’s. Robert M. Miller, co-owned Rudisill Mine and was one of the original board members of Commercial Bank, today’s Wells Fargo.
Learn more from this article from Charlotte Five.
Check out Reed Gold Mine
Innovation in Coffee Roasting
We consider ourselves to be “pioneers” in roasting coffee. We aren’t trying to mass produce, become the most well known brand……although that would be nice! 😉 but when it comes to roasting coffee, we are looking for our “gold”.
- Sourcing green coffee beans from the right farms – Direct and Fair Trade. Making sure that the beans we select for our roasting are responsibly harvested.
- 21 Origins – we select beans from different areas, Indonesia (not many local roasters roast coffee from this area based on pricing), Americans (South America & Mexico), & African.
- Constant Improvements and Cupping – Innovation is part of what makes us pioneers, we are constantly looking to improve, develop and provide the best tasting coffee.
Just like the area in which we live, roast and call home, we look back to the history in gold mining and use this as navigation in our coffee roasting.
Be a Pioneer…..Drink Craft Coffee.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
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