Fruity, tangy, sparkling, citrusy, vibrant. Or should we say sour, sharp, tart, pungent, harsh? It can be difficult to know if the words we use to describe coffee mean the same thing to everyone. For many baristas and other folks who work in specialty coffee, acidity in coffee is a...
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While we could get out the pH strips from the old science kit and start testing every cup, the truth is that it’s more complicated than that. pH level doesn’t always equate directly to a person’s experience of a particular coffee. Luckily, there are other ways to identify coffees that are low-acid.
Through our exploration of Congolese coffee and relationships developed there over the past few years, we have been introduced to the farmers of Kawa Kanzururu--a young cooperative demonstrating an innovative economic model for surrounding communities--and also to the incredible work of the Virunga Alliance, which provides essential jobs, protects biodiversity, and guards critically endangered mountain gorillas within Virunga National Park. Here at Higher Grounds, we want to shine a light on those who have begun to rebuild the infrastructure necessary for sharing the DRC's incredible coffee with the world.
When it comes to quality, three essential characteristics must work together harmoniously to create great espresso: acidity, sweetness, and bitterness.