Do you know how coffee is made? In this section we’ll read about the way coffee beans become a cup of nice, hot beverage. Coffee is made from the seeds of the coffee plant, which are called coffee beans. After the coffee beans are picked from the coffee plant, they are going through the production process. The different phases of the coffee production process are the followings:
Some sorts of coffee taste better if the beans are “aged”. This means that after they are picked, the beans are kept from three to eight years. This “aging” gives the coffee a less acidic taste. Coffee that has been aged is often mixed or “blended” with other coffee that is not aged.
“Roasting” is one of the most important stages in making coffee beans into coffee. When a coffee bean is roasted, it grows nearly two times bigger and changes from green to yellow to brown. The length of time that the coffee beans are roasted makes the coffee taste different. Some types of coffee, such as Mocha and Java, are roasted for a short time.
Before the coffee is made into a drink, it is “ground” in a small grinding machine called a “coffee mill”. The coffee mill breaks the beans into very small pieces. Coffee is turned into a drink in several different ways. For some ways of making coffee, such as “espresso” it is best to have the coffee ground into fine powder, but for other types of coffee-making, such as “filtered coffee”, the coffee is in larger pieces to stop it going through the filter. Finely ground coffee makes a stronger taste.
Coffee is made into a drink by putting the coffee into boiling water. This is called “brewing” coffee. There are many ways to brew coffee.