Every cup of coffee has a rich history. Coffee beans are the seeds of the fruit of the coffee tree. The raw beans are spongy and softer. They lack aroma and flavour. Hence it is cleaned, dried, and roasted to get the perfect coffee beans for drinking. When you heat and carefully set the temperature and time, you create something deliciously accepted by billions of people worldwide.
The science behind freshly roasted coffee
Roasting coffee is a process that produces the characteristic flavour and aroma of coffee by transforming the physical properties of green coffee beans into a tasty roasted coffee product. Once these coffee beans are roasted, they are allowed to cool, grind, and then put in cans or packages to reach the store for sale. And the drawback is, these coffee beans begin to lose their flavour the moment they come out of the roaster. Hence a freshly roasted coffee tastes better than coffee that’s been sitting on the shelf for a few months at the store. Thus, it would be a good idea to make sure to check for the “roast date” on coffee bags that you buy from the retail store.
Health benefits of freshly roasted coffee:
Freshly roasted coffee is not just rich in aroma and flavour but is also considered good for health. So, let’s have a look at the health benefits of freshly roasted coffee:
- Rich in antioxidants – Health experts agree that freshly roasted beans contain a high number of antioxidants. These antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body, causing cancer.
- Energy booster – A cup of freshly roasted coffee is also known as a stimulant that boosts energy whenever you feel down.
- Fat burner – Freshly roasted coffee beans contain caffeine which increases the metabolism to help burn fat faster even after 4 hours you have had the drink.
- Anti-depressant – A cup of freshly roasted coffee uplifts your mood and helps combat depression.
How roasted should your coffee be?
Most roasters have specialized names for their flavoured roasts. This can cause some confusion while buying but in general, there are four roast categories – light, medium, medium-dark and dark roasts. Many buyers think that the strong, rich flavour of darker roasts indicates a higher level of caffeine but the truth is that lighter roasts are high in caffeine. The bitterness will be high for medium-dark and dark roasts while the acidity will be high in light and medium roasts. The perfect roast is a personal choice that is sometimes influenced and characterized by national and geographic preferences.
The final word:
When you buy a coffee bag from a reputed roaster brand, there will be a stamp or sticker that shows the date when the beans were roasted. To get that perfect taste and aroma, it is ideal for brewing the coffee within two weeks from the roast date. It’s not that the coffee beans will go bad after that time, but the taste and flavour will slightly deteriorate. Hence buy your coffee beans fresh and brew them as soon as you can. Happy brewing!!
At Kaapi Machines, we provide coffee machines, grinders and blenders to turn your roasted coffee beans into an exceptionally premium refreshing drink. Check the Kaapi Machines website for more coffee trivia.