By Julio Sera, INTL FCStone
One of my favorite aspects of working in the coffee trade – as opposed to markets like soybeans, precious metals or government bonds (like some of my colleagues) – is that so many people have such a direct experience with it every morning. In fact, we drink approximately 3.5 billion cups of coffee each day – equivalent to one cup each for nearly half of all the people on earth right now. That’s a lot of folks “jonesing” for “Joe.”
Stats like that ensure that I’m never at a loss for conversation starters. For example, can you name the top 10 coffee-producing countries in the world? In order?
How about the top 5 importers globally? (This one’s a bit of a trick question, which I’ll get into below.) Continue reading
Even if you don’t work in the industry, coffee is likely essential to your career. At-work coffee consumption is rising, according to National Coffee Drinking Trends data.
But which professionals are consuming the most? I Love Coffee made the following infographic based on the results of this survey on coffee consumption trends in the workplace.
Check out I Love Coffee for more coffee infographics
Coffee is more than just a beverage. And with all the choices available, your coffee preference reveals more about your personality than you may think.
Check out this comic from Doghouse Diaries to find out what that extra shot of espresso really reveals.
“Extraction is arguably the most important and least understood aspect of coffee brewing,” says Barista Hustle’s Matt Perger in this guide on the topic.
Put simply, extraction is the method of pulling the flavor from your coffee beans. It’s the magic that turns water and beans into a beautiful beverage. As water passes through the grounds, it dissolves all sorts of compounds that end up in your cup.
But this is where things get tricky: As Food and Wine notes, “Some of those compounds taste great, but others are kind of nasty. To get the good ones, and the right amount of them, you need to properly extract your coffee, meaning that the water dissolves the right stuff, and the right amount of it.”
As a general rule, brewing methods with longer contact time require a coarser grind (and vice versa – your espresso should be very fine). If this seems like a lot to consider before your first cup of coffee, don’t worry.
This beautiful interactive coffee world map reveals details about the coffee culture in specific countries with just one click.
A visual reference for ingredient ratios.
Source: All That Is Interesting
Light, dark – or somewhere in between? Here’s what you need to know.
Source: I Love Coffee
Tues., Sept. 29, 2015 is National Coffee Day, which is easily one of the NCA’s favorite holidays.
To start the celebration, check out this collection of 12 Coffee infographics to blow your mind:
Sure, it tastes great and gets you through Monday. But your coffee habit can also keep you healthy.
Source: I Love Coffee