The Coffee Plant...

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The Coffee Plant...

"Coffea" (yes, correct spelling) is a genus of flowering plants whose seeds, called "coffee beans," are used to make various coffee beverages and products. Several species of Coffea may be grown for the seeds. 

There are more than 125 coffee plant species out there, and undoubtedly Coffea Arabica is the most popular and widely-consumed one because of its rich and one-of-a-kind flavor and aroma and its ability to turn us from zombies into productive human beings. It originates from east Africa and a country like Ethiopia or Sudan and grows in mountainous regions with a lot of rain.

And while the plant grows in a lot of areas and countries around the world, there are some that offer a better environment and conditions. One such place is Honduras - Latin America's leading coffee producer. It has some of the best conditions for Coffea Arabica, the farmers there have plenty of knowledge and experience behind their backs. That's why the Coffee Cousins decided to team up with some of the most renowned farmers there who offer certified organic coffee with unique flavor and aroma.

Coffea Arabica Plant... Coffea Arabica is difficult to cultivate, and only the most knowledgeable farmers out there manage to create healthy and productive plantations. Arabica makes up approximately 70% of the world's coffee production. The plant itself is a small tree with horizontal branches, while the leaves are shiny and evergreen. This is one of the very few species amongst Coffea plants that is autogamous, and one plant can use its own pollen to produce coffee seeds. A single tree is able to produce up to 11 pounds of dried beans. The flowers of the plant have a really appealing sweet scent; they are white in color and usually have 5 lobes. Most fruits of Coffea Arabica are red, but they can also be yellow or even purple in color. The fruits are quite delicious, and although they are soft, their heart is composed of one or two seed protected by a hard outer layer. Once the outer layer is removed, you get a pale brown or fawn colored coffee seeds, which actually become medium to dark brown after they are roasted, depending on how long they are roasted.

Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta... There are many coffee species out there, but Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta are the most well known and consumed. However, there is a significant difference between these two types of coffee and it is important to know it in order to get just the experience you are looking for. Coffea Arabica tastes better than Robusta, and it is renowned for its exquisite and rich flavor that leaves you wanting more. Coffea Robust, on the other hand, has higher caffeine content, but it certainly isn't amongst the tastiest beverages out there, and that is why it is often combined with other types, including the Arabica.

The Coffee Cousins use 100% Arabica coffee.


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