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The foundation for our fine
coffees starts here. Employing our over 25 years experience in
selecting only the finest raw arabica
coffee beans available from the producing countries around
All told, there are over 40 countries
situated between the borders of the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic
arabica coffee, the type used for making specialty coffee. Of
these, only about 15 offer the taste distinctions and superior
that we look for. Within some of these countries we have identified
individual estates that offer superb quality. These small plantations
as a result of their locations and extraordinary care taking
produce coffee that is unparallel in flavor and quality and simply
be matched by the larger institutionalized plantations. Two such
examples are the Bella Carmona estate in the Antigua region of
Guatemala and the Custepec estate in the Chiappas region of Mexico
whose coffee we stock year round.
In addition, from within the
countries whose coffee we carry there are variations. We keep
in stock over 30 types, which include a
wonderful selection of Organic, Shade Grown and Swiss Water Decaffeinated
Raw coffee beans (green beans) are actually
the seed found in the pit of a coffee cherry. The producing country,
or wet method, strips away the fruit, mills out the center bean,
grades for size and defects and finally bags them for export.
the highest specialty grades, those uniform in size and nearly
free of defects or unripe beans, are considered for selection.
From within only the best quality lots will our expert cupper and
roastmaster, Mark Micheletti, evaluate the different origins taking
into account each bean’s individual qualities of character,
flavor, aroma and body. Only those beans that meet his high standards
are purchased ensuring that the coffee we bring to you consistently
provides a superior taste experience.
The next critical step in producing a superior cup of
factors affect the final outcome of the roast. While bean selection
is a very important beginning, what origin percentages
are used in a blend as well as batch weight is another important
factor to achieve a well-defined end. A very small variance will
affect the roasting process and flavor.
Therefore each roast is
carefully weighed adhering to strict blend formulas. Our custom
roaster can be calibrated to roast in batches
from 50 to 150 pounds. Whether a small or large batch is required,
the blend ratios are maintained to ensure consistent taste. Eight
of our higher volume varieties are staged in the hoppers shown
to facilitate this process. The raw beans are dispensed into
a trolley scale that moves along rails allowing for quick and accurate
batches. From there the beans are elevated via a conveyor to
charging bin of the roaster ready for the next roast.
hot air Sivetz roaster has been fine-tuned and customized to ensure
the best quality in each batch we produce. More on this stage of
the process is still being written, so check back soon for the
To experience the earth's finest coffees, call 1-800-545-0551,
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