Coffee Lesson #12

arabica (coffee arabica, Arabian coffee, mountain coffee):

  • an evergreen plant with seeds that produce high-quality coffee
    • plant is native to Ethiopia
    • the name “arabica” comes from historical context: it was eaten in Ethiopia, then traveled to Arabia (present-day Yemen, lower Arabian peninsula) in the 7th century where it was turned into a drink, so it was discovered as a drink in Arabia
  • considered, recorded, and thought to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated
  • arguably the best, most prized, coffee

Coffee Lesson #11

coffee blend:

  • combination of coffees
    • coffee is blended (combined) for culinary and economic purposes
  • process, or art, that mixes coffee in order to complement the flavor of each selection of coffee
  • coffee beans from two or more different locations that are mixed and roasted together

Coffee Lesson #9

instant coffee:

  • can be referred to as soluble coffee, coffee crystals, and coffee powder
    • available in granulated form or as a powder
  • beverage derived from coffee beans that allows for quick preparation of coffee by adding hot water and stirring
  • soluble powder that quickly dissolves in hot water
    • coffee powder was invented originally for convenience–so the coffee drinker would not have to prepare their coffee

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Coffee Lesson #8

fair trade:

  • identification that farmers, or coffee growers, were paid a minimum (*think fair*) price
    • fair trade standard agreements serve as protection for coffee growers

fair trade coffee:

  • coffee that was produced, and traded, according to fair trade standards

Coffee Lesson #7


  • removal of caffeine from coffee, cocoa, tea leaves, and any other caffeine-containing materials
    • as it pertains to coffee, there are several methods to extract caffeine–these include chemical solvents, carbon dioxide, or water methods

decaffeinated coffee:

  • often referred to as “decaf” or “decaf coffee”
  • coffee that has had almost all of its caffeine removed
    • while decaffeination refers to the removal of caffeine, decaffeinated coffee is not completely caffeine-free–trace amounts of caffeine can and do remain in coffee


Coffee Lesson #6


  • Italian word used to describe both male and female workers that serve drinks, typically non-alcoholic drinks
  • a person that works in a coffeehouse and serves espresso-based coffee drinks
  • a person that makes, and serves, coffee and coffee drinks

Coffee Lesson #2

black coffee:

  • coffee served without milk or cream
  • coffee served without milk, cream, or sugar

Note: as I researched black coffee, it stunned me that definition #1 was the most prominent. I had always thought #2 was the only definition.

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Coffee Lesson #1

I am not a coffee expert. I am a coffee enthusiast. However, in order to write well, improve my writing, for this blog in particular, I am duty-bound to learn more about the particulars of coffee. Therefore, I present my first coffee terminology lesson:

green beans: coffee beans that have not been roasted

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Unroasted beans at Artís Coffee Roasters in Berkeley, California


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