WHAT IS GOURMET COFFEE?
The term gourmet coffee came into being as a way of differentiating good coffee from poor or unknown coffee. Think of it this way, if you go to a restaurant and order a carafe of house wine, you have no idea where it came from, what its vintage is or whether it is any good. It probably isn`t. And the more you come to know about wine and love the subtleties of tastes from different countries, vineyards and years, the less you will be satisfied with house wines.
It`s the same for coffee. Twenty years ago just about everyone bought `house` coffee. Coffe was sold, ground, in tins with no information as to the quality or origins of the beans being used. Nobody thought you could expect anything different or better. But that has changed now. Today people have come to appreciate the different flavors from different growing areas around the world. Now, as with a bottle of wine, we look at a bag of coffee beans and want to know where they came from.
Hence the term, `gourmet coffee`.
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