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...

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