Tell the truth: how many times did you taste an excellent cup of coffee and how many others was bad? But would you know which of the two options you will meet already before turning on your coffee machine?
We will reveal a little trick to recognize the best coffee capsules: we must base ourselves on the coffee roasting
But what is meant by coffee roasting?
The roasting (also called roasting) is the roasting process of coffee beans. In this process the grains are subjected to a high temperature, which makes them dehydrate and oxidise.
This process, if is done to perfection, allows to obtain the unmistakable aroma of good coffee.
In this period the coffee beans (initially green, firm and with a certain consistency), are cooked becoming brown, light, fragrant and more easily crumbly.
What is the coffee roasting process?
In general, the roasting of coffee takes about 13 minutes for the robust coffee, at 18 minutes of some Arabica coffee.
As regards the temperature used, a first distinction must already be made:
- In the case of coffee to be used for the moka coffee, in general the coffee is toasted at a temperature of around 245 ° C to obtain a light roasting, up to a maximum temperature of about 285 ° C to obtain dark roasting.
- If instead our thoughts turn to espresso coffee blends, the maximum toasting temperature to be considered is about 200° C, also called medium/slow roasting.
In both cases, the bean, which as said before is green, during the roasting phase starts to brown and release that unmistakable toasted fragrance. As the temperature gradually increases, the grain becomes brown and begins to lighten, losing between 15-20% of its weight; this loss is also accompanied by a reduction in its consistency, thus bringing the grain to increase in volume.
This process is very important for you to have a good coffee; in fact, the main factors characterizing good coffee, such as acidity and body, vary precisely on the basis of the type of roasting performed.
Only one last but fundamental step is missing: the forced cooling
An important step to obtain an excellent coffee must occur immediately after the coffee has reached its optimal roasting level: the cooling!
Generally, the cooling method which guarantees the best results is forced air cooling; with this process, in fact, all the humidity created by the roasting is eliminated, maintaining the structure and aroma of the coffee unchanged
Once cooled, in general, the coffee is put to rest for a few days before moving on to grinding or packaging.
How to recognize the best coffee capsules?
In many roasting there are basically three types of toasting:
- Slow / medium roasting: this is the ideal toasting model. With this type of roasting, temperature is appropriate for every type of coffee (from arabica, robust, etc.), the coffee is cooked gradually, slowly, totally.
- Fast roasting: this type of toasting takes place when the temperature is too high. In this case the coffee is cooked externally but inside it is still raw; the final result is a coffee with a high density and acidity;
- Double toasting: this type of toasting is achieved to remedy the fast roasting. The coffee is toasted a second time; in this way the inside is cooked, but consequently, the coffee bean is burnt outside.
It is easy to understand that the best coffee capsules can only have coffee inside with only one medium / slow roast.
Recognizing which type of toasting has been used for your capsules is not easy, but a little help can give you your sense of smell.
In fact, by opening the package you can concentrate and catch these different smells due to the different types of coffee roasting used:
- Slow roasting: when you open the package you will have an excellent smell of freshly ground coffee, it is impossible not to recognize it!
- Fast roasting: generally, when opening the package, no odor should be redone; this because the inside of the bean was still raw. A coffee smell with additional aromas is often “created”. This means that it is a bit more difficult to recognize, but not impossible!
- Double toasting: when you open the package, you will not notice that very strong smell of burning.
We keep our promises!
Now, as you could see, we promise them we keep them and a first measure of judgment on how to understand if the coffee present in your capsules is really high quality we gave it to you.
As for our coffee capsules, we’ll answer you even before you ask us the question.
Yes, our beans are brought to a medium / slow toasting for 14-15 minutes and then immediately cooled by forced air cooling.
This is just one of the small precautions that we apply in the production of our capsules, because the quality is not obvious, it must be pursued, sought after, obtained!
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