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The Top Crops

So what exactly makes our coffees hit 90 plus and win awards?  Many things, of course.  The first on the list is continuing education through the Specialty Coffee Association.  Coffee is a science and new elements are constantly being discovered about the drupe.  What is a drupe? A drupe (or stone fruit) is an indehiscent fruit in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp, or skin; and mesocarp, or flesh) surrounds a shell (the pit, stone, or pyrene) of hardened endocarp with a seed (kernel) inside- like the coffee cherry.  Yes, we get excited about botany, chemistry and agriculture here at Flight Coffee Co.  Cultivars, processing, roast profiles, brew science, roasting science, water quality and so on are things we never stop...

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In between the tick and tock...

  I have often said that morning coffee has a way of tricking us into believing we are going to have a really, REALLY productive day.  Many of our to do lists are fueled by the morning cup.  By contrast, our afternoon coffee is not only our reality check but it is also our repose.  It reflects a time go inward, to capture the flight of whimsy and imagination.  It slows us down to say there is more to the day than rushed time, it gives us pause to take a break and exist in between that tick and tock of time. Our slow bar for our Dover cafe is in its design stage.  In addition to it existing to...

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More on roasting:

The kaleidoscopic array of flavors you find in your coffee from cup to cup is a result of both the natural chemical makeup of the green coffee and the trick we roasters have learned to unlock its potential—we roast it to secret profiles. The raw coffee bean—not actually a legume but the pit of a small, red fruit—contains roughly 300 volatile compounds, making it chemically well equipped to be turned into a very flavorful beverage. These aromatics, however, are locked away in the bean’s extremely dense cellular structure. Roasting the tiny, rock-hard pits transforms them in two major ways. The first change is to the aromatic compounds. Heating the beans to temperatures of around 400 degrees leads to an increase...

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What we mean by varietal distinction...

 Produced in between the tropics, with varying climates, soil, and growth processes, your cup of coffee has a specific flavor profile that can be traced to it’s region and country of origin.  We call this varietal distinction.  Varietals have a big impact on the cup profile of each of our single origin coffees.  You will notice in our store, we list the varietal of each coffee. Varietal is a term used to describe a wine made from or belonging to a single specified variety of grape. The coffee industry has somewhat adopted this term, but instead of using it to describe a coffee of a specific variety or cultivar (i.e. Bourbon coffee), it is used in the place of the...

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Coffee Varietals

Varietals have a big impact on the cup profile of each of our single origin coffees.  You will notice in our store, we list the varietal of each coffee. Varietal is a term used to describe a wine made from or belonging to a single specified variety of grape. And like the grapes affect on wine, the coffee varietal helps shape each coffee's taste profile. The coffee industry has somewhat adopted this term, but instead of using it to describe a coffee of a specific variety or cultivar (i.e. Bourbon coffee), it is used in the place of the term variety or cultivar. Here is a quick list of some of the more common varietals. Bourbon: -Complex acidity, caramel like...

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