We know coffee isn't the newest kid on the block, but coffee lovers keep discovering ways to perfect the good old cup of joe, and we like that.
Coffee is being produced in more than 70 countries, with Brazil ranking highest on the list as the country with the largest export. 40% of all the coffee consumed around the world comes from Brazil. The first coffee bush planted in Brazil was in 1727, and therefore coffee is not native to the country. The coffee bean can be traced back centuries to the ancient coffee forest of Ethiopia. Historically, coffee was not only used for drinking, but also to increase concentration during prayers in ancient Yemen. Another historical feature is that practitioners of Islamic medicine fought for coffee not to be considered haram (forbidden) but argued for its benefits. Refining and roasting the bean was first done in the 15th century.
Enjoying a steaming cup of coffee in the morning is one of life's simple pleasures! But did you know that three unique processes go into producing your favorite cup?
1. The dry process involves simply letting nature take its course - drying out the beans and filling them with flavor.
2. In the wet process, water is used to wash the skin and pulp off the fruit of the coffee cherry. The coffee cherries are then placed in large vats of water to separate the defective beans (those with less density which float on top). At this point, the sticky-sweet layer of mucilage is still on the bean
3. Last but not least, the semi-washed hybrid method. After picking, the coffee is depulped and then briefly dried to a moisture content of 30-35 percent (instead of the usual 11-12 percent). The coffee is then hulled; removing the parchment and completely exposing the coffee bean as when it is ready to be roasted.
Then these little beans are packed up ready for export around the world, so we can enjoy their full-flavored joy. Next time you savor a freshly brewed cup of java, don't forget about how much effort went behind creating it first.
Where to enjoy a good cup of coffee when you are in Copenhagen
Here at Clean Cut Copenhagen, we all have our favorite cup of coffee, and it can be hard to choose between the different roasts. A light roast has milder taste and it’s less acidic, whereas a dark roast works great for an intense espresso with its deep and bold flavor.
Whether you prefer your coffee iced or steaming hot, Arabica coffee is a safe choice. It’s the most popular types of coffee beans and they are known for having a sweet and fruity flavor although their acidity is higher. Coffee made from Robusta beans on the other hand has a deeper and more intense taste and it produces a fine crema. Robusta coffee also has a higher amount of caffeine, so it works great on those long days at the office.
Want to know where we get our caffeine fix? We’re based in Copenhagen, so we’ve made a list of our favorite coffee shops for you, if you’re planning on visiting the city or if you’re based in Copenhagen like us.
“To celebrate our love for coffee, we celebrate you” is the motto of this physically small but big player in the coffee game. Prolog is situated in the trendy meatpacking district, where you can enjoy a cup of quality coffee inside the small and cosy café or outside to enjoy the liveliness of the area.
Prolog is invested in sustainability and transparency in the coffee industry, and you’re sure to get a green cup of coffee here.
Høkerboderne 16, 1712 Copenhagen V
A popular franchise known for its high quality of coffee and has won many prizes for their products. The café can be in eight locations around the city of Copenhagen, and each spot is recognized by its beautiful interior, Danish design classic, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
The well-known Coffee Collective bags of either milled or whole beans can be bought in their store or all around the globe in independent coffee shops. So, whether you’re in Japan or Spain, you can grab a cup of their iconic blends.
While you’re there, try their various pastries depending on the season.
If you’re looking for an independent coffee place and want to avoid the franchises, then Darcy is a perfect option. Located in what Time Out has elected as the world’s best neighborhood, Nørrebro, in a cute corner shop, is Darcy Coffee.
It started with the owner’s selling coffee at a folding table on the street and now it’s known as one of the places you can get the best cup of coffee in Nørrebro.
Rantzausgade 2, 2200 Copenhagen N
Another small but iconic coffee place is Rist, located in cool Vesterbro – a neighbourhood known for quality and specialty shops.
Rist has existed for more than a decade and is still a popular destination for locals to grab a coffee and a pastry. But you have to be lucky to get a seat, as the café is small and well liked.
Here they serve Coffee Collective’s famous roasted coffee, so you’re sure to get a cup of high quality.
Værnedamsvej 4B, 1619 Copenhagen V