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India, The Origins of the Monsooning Process & Filter Kaapi

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India has long played a crucial role in shaping coffee as a cultural and social symbol across the world. 

From high-quality beans to unique processing methods and the spread of filter coffee, there’s a lot to know about why India is in the top 10 global ranks when it comes to coffee production.

With the bean belt passing right through the country, you can be assured that the coffee varieties it produces are of exceptional quality.

And it’s not just the atmospheric conditions that guarantee good output. Over the years, the coffee industry in India has seen several advancements that have boosted its coffee growth.

Keep reading to know more about India and its coffee journey.

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What is the Mountain Water Process?

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Why do people drink decaf coffee? Is it even safe to drink decaf coffee? Doesn’t decaf coffee taste bland?

The general consensus so far may have been that decaf coffee is a poor imitation of coffee but all hope is not lost. There’s still light at the end of the tunnel!

Since the past few years, there’s been a steady increase in the decaf coffee market, and now, a report by Infinium Global Research estimated a 7% CAGR growth by 2028. It’s safe to say that there are better days ahead for those in the decaf coffee business.

Now, why are we talking about all of this after only recently exploring what decaf coffee is and some common myths about it?

The next step in appreciating decaf coffee is alleviating your doubts about the process itself. 

When you think of decaf coffee, you probably wonder just how much the coffee beans are processed to strip the caffeine away from them. 

Perhaps, even the word decaffeination makes you think of something complex and unappealing.

But the Mountain Water Process is far from it. Let’s take a look at how it works!

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Understanding the Colombian Coffee Market

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You’d think that a major reason why Colombian coffee is widely celebrated is that the country has just the right growing conditions for producing coffee - an apt climate, great soil texture, sufficient rainfall, and high-altitude terrains. 

But that’s not the full picture. 

Colombian coffees have a long history of being one of the most high-quality coffees grown and distributed around the world.

This is largely owing to the fact that the hundreds of thousands of coffee producers in Colombia take meticulous care in harvesting the coffee. Each coffee bean is handpicked, ensuring only the right coffee cherries are selected for processing.

With such attention to detail and dedication, it’s no surprise that Colombia ranks in the top 5 coffee-producing countries in the world, exporting over 12 million bags of coffee annually.

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What Can You Expect From Honduran Coffee?

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There’s something called the Strictly High Grown (SHG) grade for coffees in Honduras. As you’ve probably guessed, it refers to coffees grown at a relatively higher altitude, of more than 1200m. 

These coffees are also referred to as Strictly Hard Bean coffees.

Why this is important is that higher altitudes are known to be beneficial to coffee growing because it allows the plant to absorb more of the minerals and nutrients in the soil, which reflects in the quality of the bean.

With six regions in the country contributing to its coffee exports, there’s a lot to know about Honduran coffee.

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All About the Tasting Notes in Coffee

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Imagine being able to sip on your coffee and describe it as more than just “bitter” or “strong”.

There’s so much more to the experience of coffees that you may not necessarily realise unless you like to try out different ones and you’ve built somewhat of an expertise in identifying various aspects of it.

One such aspect is called tasting notes. They are nothing but subtle flavour sensations resulting from the origin of the coffee plant, the way it is grown, processed and roasted. 

What is intriguing about this element is that you can sometimes find the most unusual tasting notes and wonder how they came to be. Think about it, how can coffees possibly carry a hint of apricot or green pepper for that matter?

Some may consider these to be a result of artificial or additional flavouring added to coffee, but that’s not the case.

Keep reading to know all about what tasting notes are like and how roasters identify them.

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