Seattle Coffee Guide: Coffee Talk

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Posted January 01, 1970

Direct trade or farm direct: This refers to roasters who purchase their beans directly from the farmers who grow them.

Fair trade: A certification program that ensures coffee-growing, labor-management and environmental practices that are beneficial to the farmers who grow the beans.

Single origin: Coffee varieties using beans that come from just one farm or area in a particular coffee-growing region (rather than a blend from various places).

Shade grown: Coffee beans that are grown in the traditional way, under canopies of trees, rather than on large plantations in which all the non-coffee-bearing trees have been removed. This is not only an environmentally friendly practice, but it also produces coffee of higher quality and more complexity than field-grown coffee.

Cupping:
A tasting of particular coffees, like a wine tasting. At a cupping, coffee is brewed, sniffed and then slurped using special spoons to learn about the aromas and flavors of the coffees.

Toddy: A method of cold-brewing low-acid coffee for iced coffee by which the grounds sit in cold water in a filter bag for an extended period of time.

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