Arabica Beans or Robusta?
Monday, April 01, 2013 at 6:55 AM
By Glen McLean
Every two weeks, three tonnes of green coffee beans arrive at JavaMoose World Headquarters. Our factory is a 1500sq.ft. warehouse & roasting facility on the east side of Saint John. Nothing fancy. Believe me, nothing fancy!
We are the small local coffee roaster! We originated here in New Brunswick and we've been around this area for 17 years.
We know we have a following of clients that care about local. It's truly important to buy from friends that employ your kids, have concern for the community and get involved in the economic, social & cultural development of the region. Lofty goals? Certainly!
However, in these times of globalization and multinational branding, we realize that we must offer you a stellar cup from the best specialty Arabica coffee beans available. We have to be competitive and convenient without losing site of quality. As a small company, we sometimes are handicapped & stymied by the 'system,' but that doesn't deter our desire to make honest blends, amazing exotics and fabulous flavoured coffees...A great reason to visit us!
There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.
Robusta beans are grown at lower altitudes with much of today's production originating in Vietnam, China and North Africa. Robusta beans are often used as fillers in blends and are the main ingredient found in freeze-dried instant coffees. Roasted robusta beans often have a chemically, burned-rubbery odour. Needless to say, they are not the premium quality beans most specialty roasters search out.
At JavaMoose, we have a great time sourcing the best of the best mountain grown Arabica beans. Originating in Ethiopia, these beans are now grown worldwide between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. They may account for 70 to 80% of World coffee production with Brazil, Colombia and Honduras being the largest producers, but we get to roast, blend, experiment and drink these amazing coffee beans every single day beginning at 4:30am....Espresso anyone?
Great green Arabica beans are large, free of defects, beautifully coloured, & give off a slight blueberry odour. We take immense pride that our beans offer up a myriad of tastes and flavours similar to a great bottle of wine from a renowned vineyard or a great craft beer from Picaroons.
So, next time you are craving coffee, Look at the beans! Smell the beans! & Taste the beans! Hope to see you at a JavaMoose soon to have a look, a smell and a taste. We start at 4:30!
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