BeanFruit Coffee Co. recently attained certification to offer Bird Friendly coffee(s); we are excited to be adding these coffees to our line up soon. This certification is issued by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. We are Mississippi's first and currently only existing Bird Friendly coffee roaster. You may ask what “Bird Friendly” coffee is and what does that mean to you?
There has been a constant decline of the population of migratory birds. This includes some birds of prey and song birds. Do you remember the statement "The birds fly south for the winter?" Well, they still do and that is where the problems lie. You see due to the popularity and industrialization of coffee, huge plantations of coffee began to emerge in countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil to name a few. Because farmers found farm land more profitable, they began to remove acres and acres of tropical forest to grow more coffee. When my little birdies would migrate down south for the winter as usual, they would be homeless because the tree they might have been in previous years would be gone. This is a serious issue. As you might know, when the natural habitat of a species declines, so does the species too. One the other side you've got a farmer who owns a business and is trying to feed his family.
To help both, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park developed the Bird Friendly certification system. This program allows an eligible farm to gain certification if the farm meets the criteria of the program which includes:
Growing "shade grown" coffee
Eliminating chemical pesticides
Reducing soil erosion by employing agronomic techniques
Guaranteeing fair and stable prices for coffee producers
This method helps the farmer set himself apart from a typical coffee producer increasing his goods value therefore allowing him to get a better price for his coffee. The farmer is now encouraged to plant more trees. Bio-diversity begins to repair the natural cycle of the migratory birds that visits the farm each year. A bird like our beloved Baltimore Oriole has a place to stay during the winter. It's a win-win for both parties.
In conclusion, I am excited to be adding this coffee to our line-up. We plan to add a Bird Friendly coffee upon the arrival of this year’s current crop, so stay tuned. The choice to add Bird Friendly coffees originally stem from a personal admiration for birds themselves. I think they are absolutely beautiful creatures and I could not have imagined my childhood without them. Join BeanFruit Coffee in contributing to future of the birdies so our children can enjoy them as well. Be blessed.
I was talking with a friend a mine and we were discussing coffee. I asked what type of coffee he liked and his reply was "I like my coffee strong, that's why I like it dark roast." After explaining to him about coffee strength, I felt it neccessary to create a post about this subject. The truth is, the darker the roast, the weaker the coffee. Let me explain. Coffee naturally contains caffiene. When coffee is roasted, a chemical process happens. Oils and other materials that are in the coffee bean break-down and are lost throughout the roast as sugars inside of the bean begin to carmelize. Which means longer the roast, the darker the beans get which in turn lowers the amount of caffiene inside of the bean. Lighter roast coffees retain more oils and caffiene when the roast is complete. The strength mis-conception is the more pugent (charred) odor and taste that is associated with very dark roasted coffee. I'm not sure if you have ever burned dinner one afternoon and thrown it in the trash, but it can light up your home with a strong odor pretty good. Same principle applies with coffee. So, the next time you need a little vitality and vigor to start the day off with, be sure to make it a light to medium roast cup of coffee. You'll be glad you did. Be blessed.
The decison has been made on the coffees we will initially offer. We have selected 3 coffees from different countries as the initial selections. Not in any order of importance:
Brazil Daterra Farms "Bruzzi"
Costa Rica Aguas Claras
These 3 coffees were top the choices after many months of debate. They are all delicious in their own unique way. We will soon be updating the website to purchase these online along with a "coffee bio" on each coffee. This way, you can see where your favorite coffee(s) come from and bit of info on each. We are excited about offering these and hope you are too. Be blessed!!
Well we are getting close. Making decisions about great coffees are never easy. I've been roasting and sampling to select the initial coffees to represent BeanFruit Coffee. Some of you may say, "coffee is just coffee", but its never that easy. Reminds me of looking for the perfect painting. You kinda have an idea of what you want and go into the store, You see one that you really like, pick it up and head to the counter to buy it and see another one you like. Next thing you know, you've got about 5-6 paintings in which there is "just something" you like about all of them.
So I've been cupping, cupping and more cupping to nail down a couple of great coffees. This is the fun part, but also the hard part cause I have to choose. I've tried some really good ones and some not so good ones. My friends have been very good guinea pigs trying the coffees out and I really appreciate them and their cooperation. I'm going to keep sniffing, slurping and sipping I until choose the best coffees for you. Trust me, this type of meticolous selection process will not disappoint you. Stay tuned, a final selection post witll be coming shortly. Be blessed.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink is everywhere. I love to see people wearing their pink shirts or their pink hats to support this month. I am especially impressed when I see men wearing pink shirts or pink ribbons. In this day and age of men who constantly feel they have to prove their manhood, its fun to see them let go. I have a respect for men who support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and hope to see this number increase with time. In mist of the celebrations and walks, there are families who are dealing with this disease personally and I want to say "thanks" for your courage. Our family was affected by this disease and this month is bittersweet for us. Bitter from old memories but sweet because there is hope, and hope does not disappoint us (Romans 5:5). With those thoughts in mind, I look ahead to future. In the mean time, get out and support this month's movement. Personally, I look forward to putting on the pink and FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL!! Be blessed.
As I enter into October, I am beginning to notice the leaves changing, cooler weather and the sun setting sooner. I have to ask myself where this year went? It seems just like yesterday I was pulling the lawn mower out to start the grass cutting season. I went to a local home improvement store a couple of weeks ago and they were stocking the Christmas decorations and I began to realize that the holiday season is coming upon us. I prefer the summer, but I have to say there are some elements that I enjoy about the winter. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon spices and Skyline chili are all things I look forward to. Finally, nothing can replace the feeling of a warm beverage during the cold weather months. There is something about drinking a cup of hot, freshly brewed coffee during a cold day that the best glass of lemonade simply cannot replace. Be blessed.
Hello fellow coffee lover and/or blog reader. This is my first post, so I am going to give it a whirl. Well I finally received in the commercial roaster that I had been waiting on for a while. I had been roasting for some time on a small one-pound roaster that did the job for while, but it started to clunk out. It was time for an upgrade and so I decided to go with something with a lot more power. It felt good to get the new roaster unloaded. It roasts like a charm and I am really having fun roasting on it. Better control always equals better taste and definitely picking up the subtle differences in the cup. I mean, who doesn't like improvement? Stay tuned, new updates coming soon.