There is no doubting the massive popularity of coffee. Billions of cups are consumed every year, all over the world. Some people like to make their own coffee using top-tier coffee beans, while others prefer relaxing in a local coffee shop. There is no right or wrong way to consume coffee, and everyone has their favorite.
There are also many different ways to make coffee and several different kinds to try. One of the newest and most exciting trends is aged coffee. This article is going to take a closer look at this trend, and go over how it started and why so many people swear by aged coffee.
The History of Aged Coffee
When coffee first came to Europe hundreds of years ago, it was actually aged. Because of the long trip it had to make along the sea, it had time to age and develop a unique taste due to the air in the sea. In fact, in the early days of fresh coffee, Europeans often preferred the aged coffee they were used to.
As a result, some coffee began to be intentionally aged a few months or weeks near the sea, to attempt to copy the taste the coffee developed during its long journey on the water. But over time, fresh coffee and coffee beans eventually became more popular and aged coffee became less and less.
However, there has recently been a resurgence among people who have once again decided that they want to indulge in aged coffee.
The Aging Process
So how is this coffee actually aged? Well, most aged coffee is aged in barrels, similar to things like whiskey, rum and bourbon. The coffee beans are put into the barrels when they are still green and unroasted, and are given at least a couple weeks to reside in the barrels. Oftentimes, they can be aged for months or longer.
The aging beans are monitored and are often rotated to avoid rot and to make sure that moisture is evenly distributed. The beans are tasted throughout the process and once they have been deemed satisfactory in terms of how long they have aged, they are roasted.
Also, not all types of coffee beans respond well to aging. Coffee that has high acidity will generally not age well, but coffee that has a strong body and is low-acid is often a prime candidate to be aged.
The Benefits and Reasons for Aging Coffee
With an abundance of fresh coffee beans available in most areas of the world, why do people still decide to drink aged coffee? A major reason is the taste. Aged coffee will often have a smokey flavor and might even be a little funky, but not stale. Of course, the coffee won’t be very acidic, either.
The coffee also may take on a bit of the taste from the liquor that used to be in the barrel, for a somewhat bitter and intense taste. The beautiful thing about aged coffee is that every kind will be slightly different. Speaking of being different, that is another reason why many people drink aged coffee.
Many people drink coffee multiple times a day, and crave something a little bit different, and aged coffee can provide that to them. While it can be a bit intense for some, as you warm up to it, aged coffee can be a wonderful experience.
In conclusion, we hope that this blog post has been able to help you learn a little bit more about the aged coffee trend and why it is growing more popular.