FAQs On Coffee

1. What Is Coffee?

Coffee is a beverage made from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The Coffea plant is native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia and is now grown in many countries around the world with suitable climates and biosecurity measures in place.

2. How Is Coffee Made?

Coffee is made by brewing ground coffee beans with hot water. The ground beans can be brewed with a variety of methods, including drip brewing, pour over, French press, and espresso.

3. What Are The Different Types Of Coffee Bean?

There are many types of coffee beans but the most common ones are Arabica and Robusta.

  • Arabica: These beans are considered to be of higher quality and have a milder flavour. They are grown at higher elevations and have a lower caffeine content. Arabica beans are known for their delicate, nuanced flavour, and are often considered to be sweeter and smoother than Robusta beans.
  • Robusta: Robusta beans are stronger and have a more robust flavour. They have a higher caffeine content and are often used in blends and instant coffees. They are grown at lower elevations and are considered to be hardier and more resistant to disease than arabica beans.

There are also other types of coffee beans, such as Liberica, Excelsa and other varieties that are grown in specific regions and have unique characteristics.

  • Liberica: These beans are grown in West Africa and Southeast Asia. They have a unique taste, with a strong and wild aroma, and are considered to be less common than other types of beans.
  • Excelsa: These beans are grown in Southeast Asia and Central Africa. They have a unique taste, with a fruity and floral aroma and are considered to be less common than other types of beans.

Each type of bean has its own unique flavour and characteristics and can be used to create a wide variety of coffee drinks and coffee blends.

4. How Much Caffeine Is In Coffee?

The amount of caffeine in coffee can vary depending on the type of bean, the brewing method, and the serving size. On average, a cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine.

5. Are There Any Health Benefits To Drinking Coffee?

Coffee contains caffeine, which can increase alertness and improve mental focus. It also contains antioxidants, which may have health benefits. However, it is important to note that drinking too much coffee can lead to negative side effects, such as shaking hands, anxiety, headaches, migraines, and insomnia.

6. How Should Coffee Be Stored?

Coffee should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It is best to store whole beans rather than ground coffee because ground coffee loses its flavour more quickly. You should also avoid storing coffee in the refrigerator or freezer, as this can cause moisture to build up and affect the flavour.

7. How Long Does Coffee Stay Fresh?

Whole bean coffee can stay fresh for up to two weeks, while ground coffee will lose its freshness after a week. It is best to buy coffee in small quantities and use it within a week or two of opening.

Most coffee houses will sell a variety of beans or have premixed blends that you can purchase in small quantities instead of buying large bulk packs that are typically a waste of money for the average home as they lose their freshness with each day they are not consumed.

8. How Do You Make A Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

Making a perfect cup of coffee depends on personal preference, but some tips include using freshly roasted coffee beans, using the right grind size for your brewing method, and using clean, filtered water at the right temperature. Experiment with different brewing methods and ratios of coffee to water to find the perfect cup for you.

9. What Are The Top Five Most Ordered Barista Made Coffees?

The top five most ordered barista-made coffees can vary depending on location and personal preference. However, some of the most popular barista-made coffees include:

  • Espresso: A strong, concentrated coffee that is the base for many other popular coffee drinks.
  • Cappuccino: A classic Italian coffee made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam.
  • Latte: A coffee drink made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk, topped with a small amount of foam.
  • Americano: A simple coffee drink made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso.
  • Mocha: A coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate syrup or powder.

It is also worth noting that some of the most popular drinks may change over time and in different regions, for example a flat white, a drink that is similar to latte but with less foam and more espresso is becoming increasingly popular, especially in Australia and New Zealand.

10. Will Coffee Pods Make Baristas Redundant?

No. There will always be a need for good baristas. Coffee pods and the machines they are designed to fit have a limited use that is aimed at the home consumer market where only the occupants of the home drink one or two coffees a day.  The pods cater to the convenience of time poor people who lack the barista skills to make a good coffee the traditional way, or how don’t like to waste bags of stale coffee beans that were not consumed before they expired.

While the coffee pod machines do take all the hard work out of making espresso style or based coffees, they are often not that nice and can be unpleasant to drink. If they are well maintained and clean routinely, in the right hands they can replace a barista to a point, but in their entirety. When they break down, you have to fix them. When an espresso machine breaks down, typically the trained and certified barista can trouble shoot the problem and get the machine working again. If not, they will call a technician to repair the machine. Pod machines routinely get thrown out and replaced with a new one which can be a costly process and bad for the environment and sustainability practices.

11. Is Being A Barista A Lucrative Side Hustle?

Yes! Yes, it can be a very lucrative side hustle for the self-employed with an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, and determination. Many café owners started out small by selling coffee at their local sports arena while the children played weekend sports, or at events and gatherings that built their reputation. Word of mouth and demand for their skill grew to the point they opened their own successful cafes.

Baristas are always in high demand and the position is never absent from the internet job boards. Barista work is ideal for students who can only work short hours around their educational demands. Baristas have the opportunity to work flexible hours to meet the demands of the consumer public and typically make the most in the morning between 5-11 am and then 2-6 pm weekdays with all business hours on the weekend bringing in customers.

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