What is Coffee


What is Coffee?

Coffee is actually a small red fruit that must go through many stages to become the tasty brown bean we all know as coffee. Most coffee is first processed to remove the outer skin, pulp (which is actually fermented away), and inner parchment skin. Then the inner seed, or bean, is dried and becomes the green coffee that is ready to roast. Green coffee is a lot like a dry pinto bean- it can be stored for a long time yet still become a fresh and aromatic food item after it is roasted.
The next step to make the coffee bean ready for brewing coffee is to roast the green beans. Without roasting, a beverage made from the green coffee bean would be bitter and extremely acidic- in short, undrinkable.
The roasted coffee beans then must be ground. Once ground the coffee will start loosing its flavor quickly, because air can get to more of the bean. Leverhead Coffee recommends grinding your coffee right before you brew it. We can grind it for you, but it really is better if you grind it at home.