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How many coffee cups can be made from 1kg of coffee beans?

One coffee portion is usually made from 8 to 12 g of coffee, so taking the average, from 1 kg approximately 100 cups of coffee can be made. This calculation can differ according to the chosen coffee strength, i.e. grounded coffee amount.

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What is Arabica and Robusta?

Both Arabica and Robusta are coffee bean types. Arabica coffee beans tend to have a more intensive flavor, fruitiness, and have a naturally sweet taste. Whereas Robusta coffee beans are more bitter and have up to 2 times more caffeine. Due to high caffeine levels, harmful pests tend to avoid damaging Robusta beans, thus it is easier to grow them. Arabica coffee is particularly popular. However, now more often than before Robusta is being added to coffee bean blends. If properly balanced, these two coffee bean types can create a great coffee, filled with roasted caramel or black chocolate bitterness flavor, dark color, and a beverage that goes especially well with milk.

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How to choose coffee beans?

To find your favorite coffee, you should ask yourself this question - which coffee do I find to be the tastiest? Do you prefer light, but fruity sourness or strong, maybe a bit bitter taste? Or maybe you prefer just a good and simple cup of black coffee? Or will you drink it with milk? It is important to mention, that coffee flavor is influenced by a couple of factors:

  • COFFEE BEANS TYPE: Arabica is softer, a bit sweeter, more fragrant. Whereas blends with Robusta are more bitter, harsher, and have more caffeine in it.
  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Depending on the country of origin, dominant flavors and aromas can differ in coffee.
An honorable place in the coffee world is taken by coffee blends. In them, producers try to find the best combinations of different coffee beans and, with the right choice of roasting conditions, to obtain a balanced taste.
  • ROASTING: Light roasts help to preserve the natural coffee flavor - soft fruitiness, fragrance, and light brown coffee bean tones. The higher the coffee bean roasting level gets, the darker, stronger, and more bitter the coffee flavor gets.
If, however, it is difficult to choose coffee based on the information provided in the description, you can always visit our physical stores. We constantly change the coffee that we share with our clients, thus every month you can taste and get familiar with different coffee bean types.

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Which coffee beans are best suited for automatic coffee machines?

All coffee beans, except flavored ones, are suitable for use in automatic coffee machines because they damage the mill itself. And then it all just depends on individual taste. Just keep in mind that lighter roasted beans, which are more designed for filter coffee preparation, can be much higher quality when prepared through an automatic espresso machine. However, it would be better to choose medium or dark roasted coffee beans to make the taste more pleasant. Some coffee makers even state on the package that the coffee is roasted specifically for espresso coffee machines or automatic coffee machines.

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About Coffee beans 

Coffee Friends know that the tastiest coffee is prepared using freshly ground coffee beans. This is why, if you want to enjoy great coffee at home, we suggest buying coffee beans and grinding them separately for each cup of coffee. Coffee beans in the “Coffee Friend” assortment represent carefully selected flavours that can pleasantly surprise even the pickiest coffee connoisseurs.

Arabica and robusta: how are they different?

Nowadays, the coffee market is dominated by two main ÔÇö and, to be fair, the most popular ÔÇö coffee varieties: arabica and robusta. These varieties differ not only in shape, but also in the amount of caffeine and flavour characteristics. Let’s discuss these differences in more detail.

Arabica coffee beans:

These coffee beans are characterised by an oblong shape and a curved groove in the middle. The flavour of arabica beans is milder than that of robusta: it is dominated by fruitiness, sweetness, a hint of acidity can also be felt. Coffee made from these beans has less caffeine. Besides, arabica coffee beans are recommended for the preparation of filter coffee.

More than one coffee consisting of 100% arabica coffee beans can be found in our assortment. These include the “Caprisette Professional” coffee produced by “Coffee Friend”, the “Charles Li├ęgeois” coffee, the “Parallel” coffee series, as well as all of the specialty coffee products ÔÇô “Ethiopia Burtukaana”, “Guatemala La Hermosa”, “Kenya Kariru”…

Robusta coffee beans:

The groove found in the middle of these coffee beans is straight, while the flavour of such coffee is much more intense than the taste of arabica. Coffee made from these beans has twice as much caffeine and its taste can have a hint of grain. To tell you the truth, you won’t find 100% robusta in our assortment. These coffee beans are encountered more frequently in blends, together with arabica, hence creating a balance of flavours that is suited perfectly for milk-based coffee drinks.

Robusta and arabica coffee blends in our assortment: ┬á“Belgique” and “Fragrante” coffee beans of our clients’ favourite “Caprisette” coffee series, created by “Coffee Friend”.

Specialty coffee: what is it?

In the assortment of coffee beans picked out by “Coffee Friend”, you’ll find not only arabica and robusta blends or 100% arabica, but also a wide variety of carefully selected specialty coffee brands. However, before revealing what products you can find on our ever-expanding specialty coffee shelf, we’re going to tell you what specialty coffee really is and why it is called like that.
This name is given to coffee beans that have a certificate issued by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This document is received by coffee farmers who ensure cultivation, harvesting and processing of coffee beans that are all of the highest quality. The result of their efforts is perfectly balanced flavours and aromas. Such coffee beans are always properly-shaped, dry and fragrant. The category of specialty coffee includes only those products that score more than 80 evaluation points in total. For example, the “Ethiopia Burtukaana” coffee beans found in our assortment scored 88 points, while “Kenya Kariru” scored 87,5 points.

Limited edition specialty coffee

Some of these specialty coffee beans are exceptional. They grow only in a particular region and are characterised by a modest harvest and flavour that cannot be confused with anything else. The supply of such coffee is extremely small, yet the demand is huge. This applies to the Jamaican “Blue Mountain” coffee, which grows only in the Jamaican Blue Mountain region, no lower than at 910 metres above sea level. Due to unique climate conditions and exceptional soil, these coffee beans have a singular taste and aroma, which make it a favourite among coffee connoisseurs.

Special delicacy in the world of coffee

These are the Kopi Luwak coffee beans. This coffee variety originates from Indonesia and is famous for its unique origin story. The Kopi Luwak coffee beans are collected from the faeces of palm civets. Afterwards, they are thoroughly cleaned, washed and processed using traditional coffee processing methods. Even though such coffee processing is highly unusual, it gives the drink a singular flavour. Due to the natural fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract of a civet, coffee loses its bitterness and its taste becomes exceptionally rich. Notes of soil, wild jungle, nuts and chocolate can be felt in the aroma of Kopi Luwak. This limited edition, particularly rare coffee variety is one of the most expensive products found in our assortment. Attempts to counterfeit this coffee are pretty frequent. The real Kopi Luwak coffee always has certificates that authenticate its origin.

Impact of the coffee cultivation region on the drink’s taste

It is said that the best conditions for coffee cultivation are found along the equator, so the number of countries with coffee plantations is extremely limited. This part of the world is known as “the coffee belt”. Nevertheless, local coffee farmers always consider the properties of soil and climate, and choose plant species that give the largest yield. You might be surprised by this, but there are as many as 150 arabica coffee varieties in the world, while robusta varieties amount to around 50. This is why coffee grown in each separate region has different flavours and aromas. Here are a few examples of different coffee beans cultivated in separate parts of the world:

Central America:

Coffee beans cultivated in this region are characterised by subtle, fruity acidity. The taste of coffee grown in Guatemala contains the acidity of apples, while coffee grown in Mexico reveals a more distinct cherry acidity. In the flavour of coffee cultivated in Central America, you can also detect the sweetness of brown sugar, as well as delicate notes of chocolate or baked goods. This coffee has one of the most balanced aromas in the whole world.

Those who want to try coffee grown in Central America and experience the difference for themselves should look for these names in our assortment: Caprisette “Belgique”, Mokito “Bianco”, “Parallel 36”, “Guatemala La Hermosa”, “El Salvador Santa Petrona”, “Nicaragua Maragogype”.

South America:

Coffee beans grown in South America are special because of their sweet acidity and a distinct taste of caramel. Hints of nuts can also be detected in their flavour. These coffee tasting notes are particularly valued by the connoisseurs of the coffee world. After all, it is no accident that coffee beans grown in Brazil are considered to represent the standard of classic coffee taste.

Those who want to try coffee grown in South American plantations should look for these names in our assortment: Charles Li├ęgeois “Magnifico”, Goat Story “Colombia La Marianela”, Caf├ę Natura “Espresso”, Redbeans “Gold Label Organic”.

Africa:

Coffee beans grown in Africa are fruitier, so their flavour reveals a more distinct acidity than that which can be found in American coffee. Coffee grown in this region is characterised by a rich aroma of sweet berries or citrus fruit, as well as flowers. These aromas depend on the method of coffee processing. Ethiopia in particular is renowned not only for the variety of its coffee trees, but also for its numerous coffee processing methods. We’ll talk more about this later on.

Those who want to sip coffee grown and processed in Africa right at home should look for these names in our assortment: “Parallel 12”, “DR Congo Kivu”, “Ethiopia Yirgacheffe”, “Ethiopia Shakisso”, “Ethiopia Burtukaana”, Charles Li├ęgeois “Kivu”.

Asia:

It is said that coffee grown in Asia is “the heaviest”. This coffee is dark, distinguished by long-lasting aftertaste. Notes of dark chocolate and various spices prevail in its flavour, while those who have well-trained taste buds can even feel subtle aromas of soil and wood. To those who want to know the coffee of this region better, Coffee Friends recommend choosing beans grown in the Sumatra region. These coffee beans are processed in a special way, so the prepared drink reveals distinct hints of sugar, cinnamon and caramel.

Those who want to experience the flavour of true Asian coffee should look for these names in our assortment: “Parallel 17”, “Indonesia Kopi Luwak”, “Papua New Guinea Sigri”, “Indonesia Sumatra”, Charles Li├ęgeois “Venezia Corsato”.

Coffee bean processing: how does it affect the drink’s taste?

We’ve already mentioned that bean processing methods have a huge impact on the flavour of coffee. The two main coffee processing methods are natural processing and wet processing. Below, you can read more about the differences of these methods and features of taste and aroma revealed in processed coffee.

1. Natural coffee processing method

When coffee is processed using the natural method, the berry surrounding the coffee bean is dried before extracting the bean. Coffee processed in this way retains more sugar, so it is sweeter and its “body” is thicker.

2. Wet coffee processing method

When coffee is processed using the wet method, the berry is stripped off the coffee bean in the 12 hours after its plucking. Afterwards, it is placed in a water tank. Coffee processed in this way has a “clean” taste, so it is easier to identify the main tasting notes. Wet-processed coffee is usually fruitier and there’s more acidity in its taste.

Impact of roasting on the flavour of coffee: from light to dark

Coffee Friends want to remind you that when choosing coffee, it’s important to know that the roast level of coffee beans has a huge impact on their taste. This component of bean processing can help reveal various flavours, balance them or… ruin them completely. Below, you can read more about which flavours are unveiled by different roast levels and how coffee differs depending on its roast:

Medium light:

This is an extremely light roast, which helps to accentuate the natural coffee taste. Light-roasted coffee unveils the flavours that come from nature, so its taste is fruitier than that of other, darker-roasted drinks.

These light-roasted coffee beans can be found in our assortment: Goat Story “Colombia La Marianela” and “Kosta Rika Las Lajas Alma Nera”.

Medium:

This roast level is used most frequently when producing coffee blends, but it is also encountered in specialty coffee beans. Medium-roasted coffee has a sweeter taste, so both lovers of black coffee and drinkers of dessert milk-based beverages like it.

These medium-roasted coffee beans can be found in our assortment: “Parallel 36”, “Mokito “Bianco”, “Parallel 12”, “Parallel 17”, Charles Li├ęgeois “Mano Mano”, as well as pretty much all specialty coffee.

Dark:

These coffee beans have been heavily roasted and are distinguished by their rich, dark colour and a slight shimmer. Be careful not to confuse them with oily and over-roasted beans. A thin layer of caramel coats the outside of a dark-roasted coffee bean, while over-roasted beans become oily and acquire a bitter smell, which is incompatible with high-quality roasting. Dark-roasted beans are characterised by a rich, chocolatey bitterness, so they’re frequently used in Italian or French coffee blends.

These coffee beans in our assortment have been dark-roasted: , “DR Congo Kivu”, Charles Li├ęgeois “Mano Mano Puissant”.

Good coffee must be fresh

Coffee Friends always recommend choosing coffee beans rather than pre-ground coffee for your homemade drinks. This is not often emphasised, but pre-ground coffee expires more quickly, while a faster oxidation process causes it to lose its aroma and flavour within a shorter period of time. This is why we always say that the best coffee is coffee that has been ground freshly and separately for each cup. Automatic coffee machines use the same principle, so those who want to enjoy high-quality and delicious coffee right at home should do the exact same.
You should ground your chosen coffee beans with the help of a special electric grinder or a manual coffee mill. Freshly ground coffee always has a richer scent, so your home will be filled with a pleasant aroma of freshly ground coffee.

Clients’ favourites and our recommendations

Has all of the information about coffee beans still left you undecided? Here are some of the beans that our clients have already fallen in love with:

“Caprisette Fragrante”;
“Caprisette “Belgique” ;
Charles Li├ęgeois “Magnifico”
“Indonesia Sumatra”;
“Nicaragua Maragogype” .

Discover a myriad of coffee flavours and enjoy them daily right at home.

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