Coffee. It’s not just a simple plant in any old garden . . . coffee = landscape + climate + elevation.
Attention all Map-of-the-World Lovers! Boots here, as promised, to talk more about the Geography of Coffee. And to keep it interesting, I am going to keep it brief. As our friend Bill Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Now I don’t know that my end goal today is Coffee Wit, but I am going to do my best to stir your interest in the geography of coffee.
Coffee is Geography . . . Geography is Coffee
The 3 main coffee regions of the world:
- Latin America: well-balanced; crisp and bright acidity; more consistent quality
- Africa/Arabia: exotic; berry, citrusy/grapefruity, and spicy flavors; more unpredictable
- Asia/Pacific: full-bodied; spicy, herbally; depth; pairs well with savory
- These regions each have unique and distinct, geographically-inspired taste profiles.
All of this base-camp info will ultimately lead to me walking you through a coffee tasting at the end of all this fascinating Geography stuff. Next? We will look at how to “taste” coffee and identify the characteristics that help you to identify region. But in the meantime, I am feeling some camp stories percolating to the surface. I might have to explore some of those before looking at coffee tasting.
And if you are interested in this kind of stuff — I am! –then you will be surprised that you can not only taste but actually smell the geography of the bean before you even slurp.
So have some fun today just enjoying the flavor of your coffee. Appreciate how very far those little beans in their burlap sacks had to travel to give you so much pleasure.
Who doesn’t want a map of the world on the wall? And it’s so inexpensive! I have two maps posted in my cabin: one in the kitchen and one in the little house with the crescent moon cut out of the door.
Rand McNally Signature Map of the World
This paperback looks so awesome! Who doesn’t want to know the secrets to happiness? I am thinking: I must order this.
Happy: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World