Understanding Countries and Their Different Coffee Beans

There’s more to drinking coffee than just walking into a shop and asking for a small, medium, or large cup of whatever the house blend is. The amount of time and effort it takes to grow and harvest coffee beans around the world deserves a little more respect from the average consumer, especially since the delicate taste you get has nothing to do with the barista at Starbucks, and more to do with faraway volcanic slopes and mountain ridges.

The great tasting varieties of coffee are lucky, because they’re made from products grown on the sides of volcanic mountains, or assisted in their harvesting by exciting and exotic animals, in the far-flung regions of the world. That’s why the coffee tastes so great, not the brewing process. For a little bit of information on some varieties of coffee beans, or the countries that grow them, read on.

Sulawesi Toraja Kalossi One of the most popular and rare varieties of Arabica coffee around, these coffee beans grow at extremely high altitudes on the island of Sulawesi. The coffee is full-bodied, slightly more acidic than the similar Sumatra blend, and known for its fruit and dark chocolate undertones. As far as Malaysian coffee goes, this is one of the finest beans coming out of the area, and it commands high prices.

Kape Barako One of the types of coffee grown in The Philippines, not many people are familiar with Kape Barako, because of an infestation of Coffee Rust in the 1990s that almost wiped out the plants forever. A type of Liberica species, the coffee, when available, is popular with gourmets, who enjoy a blend where it’s mixed with Arabica to get the best tasting coffee with a distinct aroma.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods Some of the best coffee in the world comes from Hawaii, really the only place in the States where coffee beans thrive. The type of beans, Kona, come in many varieties, but the absolute best are produced at a private coffee plantation on the Big Island of Hawaii, located right on the slopes of Mauna Loa, the famous volcano. It’s the volcanic soil, coupled with rainfall and tropical sunshine, that makes these beans grow so well here, resulting in a cup of coffee that’s incredibly smooth and not at all acidic.

Santos Leave it to Brazil to make one of the most interesting coffee beans in the game. Instead of high acidity, like so many other varieties of Arabica coffee, this bean instead produces a light-bodied brew with surprisingly low acidity. The hot, humid climate in Brazil is what makes the beans so low in acidity, and the lower growing elevation means that harvests can be timed to when the fruit on the plant still smells sweet, which carries over into the beans once roasted.

In recent years, a growing movement for fair-trade coffee has made regular consumers aware that the beans they enjoy don’t always come from people who are being fairly compensated for their hours toiling in the fields. In fact, harvesting coffee beans, whether you’re on a hillside in Kenya or the jungle in Columbia, is extremely hard work, and it definitely deserves a fair wage. The best way, therefore, to buy coffee a lot of the time is by going through these fair-trade groups.

For socially-conscious consumers, one of the best things you can do, before deciding you absolutely must try a type of coffee bean, is to see if there’s an organization that produces and imports said beans in a fair-trade way. Harvesting coffee is tough work, and it’s a shame how unfairly paid a number of these production countries are, especially considering how much the beans draw around the world.
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Chapter I – The Wonder of South Sulawesi

An Aerial drone movies from a fraction of the province.

I AM SULAWESI
This film is dedicated for the beautiful island of Sulawesi. All footages on this chapter is taken from Province of South Sulawesi.
Actually, only small part of the area covered – many yet to be filmed in the near future.

Area of coverage;
1. Makassar
2. Pare-pare
3. Sorowako
4. Lake Matano
5. Parepare
6. Bonebone
7. Masamba
8. Wawondula
9. Lioka
10. Tarengge
11. Mangkutana
12. Wasuponda
13. Pontada
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Additional information from Wikipedia
Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes is an island in Indonesia. One of the four Greater Sunda Islands, and the world’s eleventh-largest island, it is situated between Borneo and the Maluku Islands. Within Indonesia, only Sumatra, Borneo and Papua are larger in territory, and only Java and Sumatra have larger populations.

Four peninsulas comprise Sulawesi: the northern Minahasa Peninsula; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. Three gulfs separate these peninsulas: the Gulf of Tomini between northern Minahasa peninsula and East Peninsula; the Tolo Gulf between East and Southeast Peninsula; and the Bone Gulf between the South and Southeast Peninsula. The Strait of Makassar runs along the western side of the island and separates the island from Borneo.

The name Sulawesi possibly comes from the words sula (“island”) and besi (“iron”) and may refer to the historical export of iron from the rich Lake Matano iron deposits.[1] The term “sula” is also means tines, horn or spikes, derived from Sanskrit, as trishula refer to “trident”. Thus “sulawesi” means “iron spikes”, which suggested that the island was also a producer of iron edged weapons. The name came into common use in English following Indonesian independence.

The name Celebes was originally given to the island by Portuguese explorers. It was Portuguese rendering of native name “Sulawesi”.

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