I have a new column up at Divine Caroline. It’s about grouping coffees by origin. Here’s an excerpt…
This happy rainbow of flavor factors is the reason for confusion that arises about coffee origins. It’s not just geography that differs. The plants and the traditions of the people who grow the coffee can also vary wildly, so two coffees from within the same country can taste radically different. And two coffees from countries thousands of miles apart can taste remarkably similar.
In all, it’s a bit misleading of coffee roasters to just slap “BRAZIL” on a bag of coffee, as if that described the coffee. A commercial-grade robusta from the lowland plantations around São Paolo tastes quite literally like burnt rubber; a pulped-natural yellow bourbon from the highlands of Minas Gerais tastes quite literally like heaven.
Read the complete article here.