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Coffee processing is both a science and an art. It requires attention to detail and precision but also finesse and love.

How coffee is processed after harvest can have a dramatic effect on the resulting cup, so it has become an increasingly important part of how it is described and sold. The top coffee producers have flavour in mind when they choose their processing methods, but for most producers, the goal is to ensure the processing causes the least possible incidence of 'defect' and therefore no drop in the quality or the monetary value of the coffee... 

Coffee and genetics - Explained

sustainablehondurancoffeeLike most coffee enthusiasts, we first only used to care about coffee taste and its magical property of being able to wake us up in the morning. But over time, we become more interested in different types of coffee, and its origin story. This article is more for other coffee geeks (like us!) and delves more deeply into where coffee has come from and what it has turned into.

As you might already know, the two main types of coffee are Arabica and Robusta. The coffee industry treated Robusta like an ugly sister to Arabica until a rather interesting genetic discovery was made...

sustainablehondurancoffeeCoffee drinking is often tied into a ritual, a specific part of our day. We might drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or as a break from work. Our attention is usually focused on the people we are with, or the newspaper we are reading over breakfast. Few people really concentrate on tasting the coffee they drink, but once they do, their appreciation starts to increase rapidly.

The process of tasting happens in two different places - in our mouths and in our noses - and it is helpful to think about these two parts of the process separately when learning to taste and talk about a coffee... 

sustaianablehondurancoffeeSince it is now the largest producer of coffee in Central America, it is surprising how little is known about the introduction of coffee to Honduras. 

What is probably the earliest record, dated to 1804, discusses the quality of the coffee produced there. This dates the arrival of coffee to before 1799, as plants would take a few years to produce a crop. 
It has only been since 2001 that Honduras' production of coffee has increased dramatically...

sustainablehondurancoffeeWhen talking about coffee, people are usually referring to the fruit from one particular species of tree: Coffea arabica.

Arabica makes up most of the coffee produced each year, and it is grown in dozens of countries between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer.

It is generally considered that 'good' coffee is Arabica coffee, which is why Don Maslow only sells Arabica... 

sustainablehondurancoffeeCoffee for All is a tasteful documentary produced by Netflix billed as being stories of people, worlds apart, who are woven together by a simple gesture: free coffee from a stranger.

From Napoli, the caffè sospeso, or pending coffee is a coffee that customers pay for in advance as an anonymous act of charity for those in need.