Coffee: It’s Not Just for Dessert Anymore

Coffee: It’s Not Just for Dessert Anymore

Food and beverage pairing is an art. Sommeliers artfully combine fine wines with foods that complement each other, and a cicerone, or beer sommelier, does the same thing with finely crafted brews. Food and tea pairings are also becoming extremely popular as foodies continue to seek out the best that the beverage world has to offer. But what about coffee? Whether we realize it or not almost everyone who drinks coffee has a preferred food that they combine with their coffee. Perhaps it’s a breakfast pastry or a sweet dessert; after all, the coffee cake doesn’t carry that name because it lists coffee as an ingredient. Most coffee drinkers automatically combine their morning cup with a favorite food, and an unconscious pairing is born. However, what about sipping a fine boutique coffee varietal with something more savory? We’ve decided to shelve the sweets for a bit and investigate some incredible savory dishes that stand up well to a rich, acidic, and full bodied brew like Finca Deborah Panama Geisha and will allow you to give your wine key a much needed break. Beef Dishes A well prepared beef dish is always a thing of beauty and a delight for a carnivore’s taste buds, and most beef dishes are typically served with a robust red wine. While we certainly can’t dismiss this obvious pairing, it’s also worth noting that many of the characteristics of a good wine can be found in a good coffee like Finca Deborah Geisha. The notes of honey and citrus combined with a slight acidic bite complement beef in a new and exciting way. A beef...
Shade Grown Coffee is for the Birds

Shade Grown Coffee is for the Birds

Panama is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the entire planet. With more bird species than most other countries on Earth, and a host of other wildlife like mammals and insects, Panama’s landscapes are teeming with life, even if you don’t always see it. While spotting a monkey or a sloth in its native habitat is always a thrilling sight, Panama’s birds are one of the main factors in this country’s biodiversity. From the tiniest of hummingbirds to large and awkward turkey vultures, one can expect to encounter an array of colorful, unique, and downright strange avian creatures in almost every corner of the country. In fact, Panama is home to nearly 10% of the world’s bird species. Birds are particularly sensitive to the intrusion of humans into their territory, and the removal of native forest for sun grown coffee estates has been shown to contribute to bird loss in the area. As a shade grown coffee estate, Finca Deborah’s Panama Geisha is produced in a way that works with nature instead of against it, and this includes harmonizing with the wildlife that calls our land home. Natural Pest Control While the altitude of Finca Deborah contributes a great deal to the reduction in pests, the many types of birds that live here do more to control pests than any insecticide would, and they do it better. The birds are most active at dawn and dusk, and we’ll see them flitting from coffee tree to coffee tree, eating pests along the way. Most bird species are very territorial, and this contributes greatly to the overall level of pest...
Japan and Coffee: A Match Made in History

Japan and Coffee: A Match Made in History

With the many varied opinions of Starbucks, notwithstanding, it comes as no surprise to many that the worldwide coffee chain opened its first international location in the country of Japan. The vibrant Asian nation has long been a trendsetter in many ways, but the rise of coffee culture in Japan has been less of a steady climb and more of a circuitous detour. As one strolls the frenetic streets of Tokyo and observes the Japanese people in action it would be hard to decipher the fact that coffee was not always the drink of choice. The neighborhood of Harajuku, long known for its domination of the style world and the epicenter of iconic Japanese fashion, throngs with people clutching the ubiquitous cup of coffee, one might think that the country’s coffee culture is the creation of the younger generations. However, as it is in most of the world, the idea of a coffee culture in Japan hearkens back to generations past, and the story is one that touches upon the East meets West theme, with a hearty dose of tradition tossed in as well. Coffee and Colonialism Coffee reached Japan in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, which is about the same time that coffee was introduced by the Ottoman Empire to parts of Europe. However, the brew was mainly consumed by the members of the Dutch groups who lived near Nagasaki. While many Japanese enjoyed drinking coffee it was the tealeaf, as it had been for centuries, which was the drink and preferred by most of the population. Despite what some might construe as resistance to coffee,...
The Health Benefits of Your Morning Cup

The Health Benefits of Your Morning Cup

For many years the jury has been divided on the issue of coffee and health. From the old wives’ tales that hinted at a link between coffee consumption and stunted growth to more modern cautionary tales related to coffee as a diuretic that contributes to dehydration, we now have more information than ever that is related to the health benefits of coffee. Scientists have long studied the amazing coffee bean, and more studies are performed all the time. Again, while many of these studies can appear contradictory, the fact remains that coffee is a complex plant and its seeds contain hundreds of compounds that can have an effect on the human body. The vast majority of these effects are positive and it’s worth noting that scientists and researchers have been able to isolate some of these compounds and learn more about their effect on various diseases and body systems. If you love drinking an exceptional coffee like Finca Deborah’s Panama Geisha, read on to learn more about how the same factors that contribute to that exceptionally nuanced taste can also have a very positive impact on your physical and mental health. Coffee and Increased Mental Health Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health undertook a large-scale study aimed at targeting the effect of caffeine consumption on mental health. While their focus was mainly on the link between caffeine and lowered risk of suicide among participants, their findings may have implications across the board. Their conclusions indicated that the caffeine found in coffee may affect the body in the same way that a mild antidepressant would. Caffeine stimulates the...
Finca Deborah Announces Korean and Japanese Websites

Finca Deborah Announces Korean and Japanese Websites

Chiriqui, Panama– Finca Deborah, producers of extreme altitude Panama Geisha coffee, has announced the official mirrors of their website into Korean and Japanese. As Finca Deborah moves forward with their production of Geisha coffee, it is vital a comfortable method of interacting with the Korean and Japanese markets established. Representatives of Finca Deborah said, “A high percentage of our clientele resides in both Korea and Japan. In keeping with our commitment to provide seamless and transparent information to our buyers, we felt identical websites in both Korean and Japan was a show of respect and a productive way enhance our efforts in this area.” Native speakers of each language carefully did the translations and attention was specifically paid to the language used by coffee growers so vital information regarding Finca Deborah Geisha was clearly translated and is easily understood. Mr. Sinsub Jeong, a student at the Korean Air Force’s language institute, worked on the Korean translation. As a coffee lover, Mr. Jeong was enthusiastic about the project. “I really hope Finca Deborah’s Geisha gets a lot of followers here in Korea. It sounds incredible, and I would definitely want to be one of the first to give it a try when it lands here. I learned a great deal about coffee, its production, process, Geisha coffee, and Panama. It was fun and exciting to work on this. Thanks for the opportunity and best of luck on your business!” Ms. Emiko Vicario, a dual citizen of the United States and Japan, took on the translation to Japanese. Ms. Vicario’s extensive translation experience allowed her to utilize nuances within the Japanese...
The Three Methods of Processing Geisha Coffee

The Three Methods of Processing Geisha Coffee

Most know, coffee begins its life as the seed of the coffee fruit. While this is common knowledge for a great number of people, the average coffee drinker is not typically aware of the steps and processes that occur between the plucking of the ripe coffee cherry and the steaming cup of coffee that greets them every morning. Three Methods for Processing Geisha There are three methods used by growers around the world to process coffee and each of these processing methods are key for defining the ultimate cup profile. While we illustrate the drying methods employed by Finca Deborah on our website, for those who would like a little more detailed information regarding the established drying methods, we’ve elected to expand those ideas in this forum. Wet or Washed Method This is the most common processing method and is often used by large-scale growers in many parts of the world, especially those growing Arabica coffees. Brazil is widely regarded as the exception to this rule as up to 90% of its Arabica is not wet processed. The washed method begins with the freshly harvested cherries and, in many cases, are placed in vats of water to sort the ripe cherries from the unripe. The denser, more desirable beans sink to the bottom of the vat and in many cases specialized screens are employed to further segregate the cherries. Once sorted the cherries move to a pulping mill where the fruit is mechanically separated from the beans. This may require further steps to ensure that every trace of pulp has been removed, which often involves the use of vibrating...
Cascara: The Tea of the Coffee World

Cascara: The Tea of the Coffee World

While the histories of coffee and tea began in different parts of the world and at different times, the correlation between the two is one of ancient trading and more than a little bit of folklore. We hear tales of the accidental discoveries of these two commodities, and these legends are now steeped in the histories of China, where tea was discovered, and Ethiopia, whose farmers and herders happened upon the first coffee trees. Much has changed in the thousands of years since humans accidentally began experimenting with what would become two of the most sought-after commodities on the planet. Today, coffee and tea maintain their roots in different cultures, but the appeal of both drinks extends across the globe, despite the fact that many still associate tea with Eastern cultures and coffee with those cultures in the west. The trees that produce these two products are very different, as are the methods used in harvesting. Tea leaves are plucked from the branches, dried, and packaged. Coffee cherries are picked and either washed or, as is the case at Finca Deborah, carefully dried using a natural and more eco-friendly process that requires little or no water. Both methods, however, produce the same end result, which is the green coffee bean. But what happens to the fruit that surrounded the seed? Traditionally, the pulp was discarded during the hulling process, or it was repurposed as fertilizer for the young trees on the estate. However, many coffee historians believe that the fruit of the coffee cherry was likely consumed by humans long before crafting a brew from the seeds was even...
Planting Baby Geishas at Finca Deborah

Planting Baby Geishas at Finca Deborah

It’s that time of year again! The staff at Finca Deborah is busy caring for the multitude of Geisha coffee seedlings that will be added to the existing stock of trees and, as one might expect, it is one of the most important agricultural events that takes place on the farm. The process is delicate and labor intensive, but it is certainly worth every ounce of the effort and care that is put into practice this time of year. These seedlings represent the future of Finca Deborah’s Panama Geisha, and the young stock is meticulously cared for every step of the way. While many people may be familiar with some of the methods used to grow and produce exceptional coffee, we at Finca Deborah take great pride in the entire process and would like to give more roasters and boutique coffee aficionados a glimpse into some of the steps taken to ensure that the end result is the finest Geisha coffee the world has to offer. It Starts with the Seeds As with any agricultural operation, it’s important to select seeds from the most genetically gifted plants or trees on the farm. The process is no different here at Finca Deborah. We carefully pick fully ripe cherries, we then sort and save the seeds from the trees showing the best genetic traits of the Geisha Variety . A typical seedling crop at Finca Deborah consists of several thousand young trees which are used to not only increase the total stock of trees on the farm, but also to replace trees which have either perished or are showing signs of...
Why Cold Brew is Heating Up the Coffee World

Why Cold Brew is Heating Up the Coffee World

The preparation of coffee, the world’s most consumed beverage, has always been done in largely the same way around the globe. The beans are crushed or ground and steeped in hot water to achieve the desired strength and consistency. However, in some parts of the world they’ve done things a bit differently. Also known as Kyoto coffee, the cold brewing method has been used in Japan since the 1600’s, and this method of preparation has been gaining popularity around the globe over the last few years. What is Cold Brewed Coffee? Not to be confused with iced coffee, cold brew is a long and gentle process by which the coarsely ground beans are steeped in cold water, usually overnight or for 24 hours. The mixture is then strained and the result is a highly concentrated, deeply flavorful coffee concentrate that is then diluted and served cold or at room temperature. Why Choose Cold Brew? Experts say that with the absence of heat the natural flavors of the bean are able to develop more slowly and to their fullest potential, which results in a more authentic taste compared with other brewing methods which rely on heat to extract the flavor, often resulting in a more muted taste. This gentler method also results in less acidity in the finished product, which is great news for coffee lovers who have had to eliminate acidic foods and drinks from their diet. Health reasons aside, the reduction in the acid level of cold brew also serves to allow the fruit and floral notes that are naturally present in the coffee to shine through. Specialty...
Coffee With Seoul: How South Korea is Changing the World Coffee Market

Coffee With Seoul: How South Korea is Changing the World Coffee Market

When visitors from Western countries explore Asia they often expect that they’ll find nothing more than tea to drink. The consumption of tea is synonymous with Asian culture, and many people are surprised to find that South Korea’s beverage choices range far beyond the tea that their parents and grandparents embraced in days gone by. South Korea has emerged as one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world, and this is evident everywhere you look. Coffee shops line the streets and much of Korea’s youth has given up on the leaf and turned to the bean. But how did this happen? The story is one of both traditional Korean customs and Western influence, with a healthy dose of java thrown in, as well. Bridging Two Cultures Coffee is in no way new to Korea. The beans were first introduced to the area in the late 1800’s, but it’s only been within the last fifteen years that coffee culture as we know it has taken hold in this Asian country. However, it’s only been within the past five years or so that cafes have taken hold and Koreans have adopted coffee culture as their own. Many credit this change with the rise of the Starbuck’s chain, and this can be said for the ride of coffee in any part of the world. However, as Koreans begin to look toward more boutique varieties of coffee and treat their cafes as personal oases, the Starbuck’s theory now holds little weight. Korea has created its own coffee culture, one that has little to do with the global chain. Coffee and Collectivism...

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