Raw Coffee 'Cherries'
Have you ever heard a coffee drinker say, "Coffee
is an acquired taste,"?
Next to tea, coffee is the most popular drink in the world. It
must be a pretty easy taste to acquire. Oftentimes, it is not the
flavor of coffee that is desired, but its caffeine. Now, there are
several ways of preparing coffee, that is, several ways of extracting caffeine
from the coffee bean. The most often used method is to allow hot
water to strain through coffee grounds, picking up caffeine and the flavorful
tannins as it goes. The coffee is then strained out of the grounds
into a collection container. Percolation is a similar method in which
the coffee is allowed to circulate through the grounds several times.
Other methods, like steeping and vacuum brewing let the boiling water stay
in contact with the grounds throughout the entire brewing process.
Another method of making coffee is through the use of instant coffees.
Instant coffee is actually coffee brewed through a traditional method and
then dried or freeze dried. The process of re-hydrating the coffee
is similar to that described in the making Kool-Aid