How To Visit A Coffee Farm
Original post written by Asser Christensen at coffeechronicler.com
If I had to look back, I’d say that there is one clear point marking a “before and after” in my coffee journey. You could call it a point of no return.
I have loved coffee for most of my adult life, but it wasn’t until I went to a coffee farm for the first time that I started to ‘respect’ the cherry.
When you’re a coffee drinker in a Western country, most likely you’ll only encounter coffee in a highly processed state. Many people never understand that coffee is a fruit.
When you get to the coffee plantation for the first time, this will become abundantly clear.
If you love nature and you consider yourself a real coffee snob, there’s no better way to spend a holiday than going to the origin.
Here are my best tips and tricks to plan your coffee origin trip.
Aged Coffee, Is That A Thing?
Well, aging coffee isn't really a thing but coffee does in fact age...
Oxidation is something that affects all food and is what makes it start to lose its freshness. With coffee roasting, beans that are roasted ideally need a window of time to de-gas which is why coffee bags have the valve on the side. It allows the gases to come out but keeps air from getting in.
Once you've opened your bag of Openroad Whole Bean Coffee it's best to consume it within about 14 days to get the full spectrum of flavors from our coffee.
For the coffee science buffs out there, here's a great video about degassing and coffee freshness from Chris Baca.
Owner of Openroad Coffee Roastery in Columbus, NC.