by Donna Bohdanyk
We just got back from vacation which included a visit to Door County Coffee in Wisconsin. Beth gave us a tour and explained that their coffee is so good because they use first class beans. This was the first time we've heard of bean classification.
There are 5 classes. Most coffee producers (Folgers, Maxwell House) use 3 or lower. They don't list/advertise on their packaging which class they use, hence, the consumer is in the dark that there even IS a classification rating. Door County always uses specialty class 1 arabica coffee beans. We will definitely be using them as an option for our machines.
On a similar note, I just found this on the coffee history page of Wikipedia:
"A recent change to the coffee market are lattes, Frappuccinos and other sugary coffee drinks. With the rise of lattes and Frappuccinos becoming more popular this has caused coffee houses to be able to use cheaper coffee beans in their coffee, which has hurt the Latin American countries' economy. The cheaper coffee beans are called Robusta and they contain more caffeine than the more expensive beans. The cheaper beans' higher caffeine content is also a factor in their popularity. These cheaper beans hurt the Latin American economy because the producers receive less money for the production of the cheaper beans than they do for the production of the higher quality beans. Since the producers get paid less, they are receiving a smaller income, which in turn hurts the economy of Latin America."
Java Dragon is a small start up company hatched after I was laid off from my tech job in early 2017. I love coffee and so my wife and I decided to get into the coffee business to bring barista quality coffee to offices in Chicago.