ROBUSTA & ARABICA COFFEE
There are two general broad categories of coffee; Robusta and Arabica. Robusta is grown on low-lands and is predominately for the manufacture of "instant coffee", due to its low price. It is dark, bitter, lacks flavour, tasteless with no bouquet / aroma. Commonly known in USA as brewed American Coffee.
Arabica is grown in high altitudes, resulting in a much higher quality coffee with aroma and taste. Destined for the European markets of Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy for espresso, cappuccino, latte'. Arabica coffee was introduced to North America by speciality coffeeshops like Starbucks, Seattle Best Coffee etc. Recently due to the ever increasing numbers of speciality coffee shops throughout the world, compounded with the ever growing worldwide demand for high quality coffee has resulted in shortages as there just isn't adequate production of Arabica in the world. Now, coffee as a commodity is trading at an all time record high, like gold.
Our coffee, are packed in aluminium laminate to prolong the shelf life of the coffee by preventing moisture and oxygen penetration and to preserve the coffee aroma. Gases escape through the one-way-wave. The dyes used are all natural and do not contain harmful heavy metals. Aluminium is of course recyclable.
As most coffee beans are destined for Italian styled coffee equipment, we roast our beans to just after the "second crack" a dark roast suitable for espressos. At this stage the natural oils are visible on the beans. You will notice some residual oil in the packaging, this is a good sign of the correct level of roasting of an exceptionally high quality coffee.