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The Best Espresso Beans For A High Yielding Flavor

I came to realize one day that there are coffee drinkers that don’t understand or even know that there are specific coffee beans that are roasted for espresso, which result in the best high yielding flavor, for that Brewed Perfect cup. I compiled some facts giving a brief history of espresso, how its brewed, and a short list of some of the best beans on the market, specifically for that special moment, whether for yourself or that special guest that you love to talk with over coffee.

One of the differences between espresso beans and drip coffee beans is that espresso beans are roasted for a longer period of time than drip coffee beans. Also, espresso beans are ground finer to help create a much stronger flavor. Two of the top espresso beans on the market according to Brewed Perfect are the Volcanica Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and Koffee Kult Dark Roast.

Espresso, what is it?

Espresso is a coffee of  Italian origin that is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods. It is of higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, which produces a Crema (foam with a creamy consistency) on top. It is brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. The flavors and nutrients in a cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as a cafe latte, cappuccino, cafe macchiato, cafe mocha, flat white, or cafe Americano. In a cup of espresso, the usual serving size is much smaller compared to a standard mug of brewed coffee, and the total caffeine content is less, contrary to common belief. The caffeine content of any coffee drink varies by size, bean origin, roast method, and other factors. The content of typical servings of espresso versus drip brew is espresso 120 to 170mg and drip brew 150 to 200 mg.

The Brewing Process

To define the process of extracting espresso, there is no universal standard. But there are several definitions which attempt to place constraints on the amount and type of coffee used, the temperature and pressure of water, and rate of extraction.

Tamping down the finely ground coffee in the portafilter allows for even penetration of the very hot water through the grounds, producing an almost syrupy beverage. The Crema is produced by the emulsion of the oils in the ground coffee to a colloid (particles that do not settle and cannot be separated by ordinary filtering). This act of producing a single shot of espresso is termed “pulling” a shot.

Nutrition

In 100ml of medium strength black coffee, there are several micronutrients contained in the serving, such as

  1. Sodium- trace

2. Potassium- 92mg

3. Magnesium- 8mg

4. Manganese- 0.05mg

5. Riboflavin- 0.01mg

6. Niacin- 0.7mg

In Espresso, this is a bit higher than typical coffee due to a higher amount of suspended solids. It has significant contents of the dietary mineral magnesium, the B vitamins niacin and riboflavin, and 212 mg of caffeine per 100 grams of liquid brewed espresso.

Also the type of water used in preperation may influence the micronutrient content of a cup of black coffee, mainly in relation to calcium and magnesium levels. However the final nutritional profile of a cup of coffee or espresso will be affected by several factors:

  1. The addition of milk
  2. Cream
  3. Sweeteners for taste
  4. Variation in cup size

Any other extra additives may increase the calorie content of the final brew.

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee By Volcanica

Jamacian Blue Mountain Coffee

The Blue Mountain Coffee is among the finest in the world. This arabica coffee thrives in the nitrogen and phosphorus rich soil of the steep elevations of the Jamaican Blue mountains. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee claims its origins to the 18th Century in 1723 when King Louis XV sent three coffee plants to the French Colony of Martinique. Located 1,900 kilometers southwest of Jamaica the island’s soil was lush and fertile. This is where it gets super interesting. Five years later, in 1728 Sir Nicolas Lowes, Governor of Jamaica received a coffee plant as a gift from the Governor of Martinique.    

The high mountainous altitude and the fertile, volcanic soil of Jamaica with its regular rainfall and most importantly the island’s misty cloud cover shading it from the burning sun was perfect conditions to develop high-quality coffee. Nine years later, and a plantation, the Jamaican coffee industry was born. It is amazing looking back that the single gift nurtured has introduced this recherché coffee. Blue Mountain Coffee trees must be grown at altitudes of up to 1,800 metres in the Parishes of Portland, St. Andrew, St. Mary, and St. Thomas. Adding to its specific exclusiveness the Blue Mountain Coffee is the only coffee in the world to be packed in iconic wooden barrels rather the hessian sacks. All Blue Mountain coffee must go through the Coffee Industry Board where it is rigorously inspected, passed and certified for export. It takes time due to the inspection of screen size, color, humidity, defects, and cup quality. But quality is paramount and strictly controlled.

The sophisticated taste and smooth texture of this fine coffee exquisite in balance, aroma, body, and mild acidity creating a very special full-bodied cup. It’s intriguing how the coffee bean oils are identical to the cacao beans, creating its extraordinary chocolatey taste and naturally sweet flavor. Blue Mountain coffee is regarded as the best coffee in the world, with its characteristic lingering after taste, a champagne of coffees.

So why is the Blue Mountain Coffee so great?

Given the important factors of geography, climate, certification, and taste. But my personal favorite is a local’s response to the secret and greatness of this exquisite coffee as, “It’s simply a gift from God.”

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Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans

Koffee Kult Dark Roast

This is a 100% Arabica coffee using the best specialty grade sourced beans grown in Colombia, Guatemala, and Sumatra which is where some of the best beans in the world are produced. Personally, I love whole beans and grinding my own coffee beans whenever I’m ready for that next cup. Inspiration, perhaps? Maybe. But could the further definition of inspiration be, a smooth clean lingering to the last sip, espresso? Koffee Kult Dark Roast with its smooth full body taste of cocoa and cinnamon might be just that. A motivating factor for many people is coffee. If you are a true coffee lover, you know the difference between a premium, freshly brewed coffee and a generic cup of coffee. If you’re looking for a bold strong cup you’ll want to try this artisan coffee blend. This blend is what you find in espresso bars, cafes, and gourmet stores. Koffee Kult’s roasting process allows for a more fuller, flavorful taste.

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Lavazza Super Crema Espresso Whole Bean Coffee

Lavazza Super Crema

Since 1895, four generations of the Lavazza family have devoted their lives to the pursuit of coffee perfection. One delicious cup, rich and sweet, and you’ll know why it’s “Italy’s favorite coffee”. 16 million out of 20 million coffee purchasing families in Italy choose Lavazza. It is a premium Arabic coffee blend with intense flavor, chocolate undertones, and a full bodied taste. This features an excellent creamy consistancy with a rich taste and blends of a velvety delicate flavor. A slow roasted full body blend of South American and Southeast Asia Robusta beans has an intensity of 8 out of 10. This aromatic fruity espresso, carrying the scrumptious notes of something yummy baked, is a delicious choice with an exquisite lingering taste. Beginning the day with this amazingly delicious cup will surely get your day off to a fabulous start.

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Kicking Horse Coffee Cliff Hanger Espresso

Kicking Horse Coffee Cliff Hanger

Kicking Horse is a blend that is created for the espresso lover. This blend does not focus as much on the crema volume as some of the other comparable brands. There is a greater focus on taste and body. This coffee has a smooth, chocolatey blend with tones of cocoa and a bold happy ending. It has aromas of black currant, milk chocolate, and brown sugar with tasty notes that are silky and complex, a wildberry syrup with a smooth cocoa finish. This is an exceptional tasting coffee that is Canada’s #1 selling Whole Bean Coffee. It is an Organic, Fairtrade coffee with a full immersion of the experience. Its loyal customers demand such goodness in every cup that they drink. This coffee is roasted in the Canadian Rockies, particularly near Invermere, BC. The deliciousness in this roast creates such a tantalizing flavor that it can be drunk black.

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Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso Whole Bean

Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso

This rich full-bodied artisan cup boasts notes of smoky molasses and cocoa. The toasty, honeyed aroma is sure to be tantalizing as espresso starts to a new day. The passion that is put into this coffee, is what brings about its unrivaled freshness. There commitment to roast-to-order, and in exclusive small batches, brings an expectation of its uniqueness to a more greater level. This dark roast gourmet blend of South America and India is rich and vibrant in its strong dark brew and a popular choice. It’s great iced as well!

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