Gourmet Coffee is a brewed beverage made from the roasted seeds of arabica coffee plants. Coffee originated in Africa hundreds of years ago. Evidence indicates that coffee spread to the Middle East by the 1400s and then to Europe, Indonesia and the Americas. Today coffee is grown in regions primarily near the equator on approximately 10% of the Earth's land. The coffee trade is a booming international business. Coffee is second only to oil in dollar transactions, and is one of the most traded commodities in the world.
Due to the wide expansion of Gourmet Coffee shops and chains like Starbucks, Gourmet Coffee has become very popular in the US in recent years. Any roast of arabica coffee grown in any of the world's growing regions can be considered gourmet depending on several factors. Flavor, texture, aroma, acidity and aftertaste are a few of the characteristics that help to distinguish the quality of Gourmet Coffee.
The quality of the coffee bean and the roasting process are also important considerations when discussing Gourmet Coffee. For example, Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kona coffees are produced in certain areas and under specific growing conditions, which contribute to the superb qualities of these Gourmet Coffee varietals.
Another type of coffee that may be considered gourmet is flavored coffee, often flavored with cream, spices, fruits or nuts. For many coffee lovers, Gourmet Coffee is like fine wine. Each blend has a specific, flavor, aroma, sweetness and even appropriate food pairings.
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Gourmet Coffee Serving Suggestions
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Coffee History and Culture
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