Monthly Archives: July 2014

Did you know a coffee “bean” is actually a cherrie?

  • Steven Hodel
  • July 30, 2014

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Coffee Cherries in Hand

The Coffee “bean” (referred to as ‘beans’ because of their resemblance to true beans) is actually a seed of the coffee plant and it takes about 2000 cherries to make 1 pound of  coffee.  The “bean” is the pit inside the red or purple fruit of the cherry. It usually contains two seeds (one seed only are called peaberries) and it takes nearly a year for it to mature after the flowering of the fragrant, white blossoms of the plant.

Coffee cherries are ripe when they have reached a bright red color (see photo) and must be harvested regularly or they will become over-ripe within 10 to 14 days. However, the cherries all ripen at different times, therefore in many, but not all cases, the coffee is carefully hand picked.  Once picked they will be either dry- or wet processed( more on this in a future blog post)

It is important to understand that when and how the cherries are picked has a major influence on the final quality of coffee produced. Coffee cherrie processing is a series of steps aimed at achieving a coffee of high quality and if any part in the process is broken then that loss in quality can never be regained.

Calusa Coffee Roaster Orange Blossom Blend

  • Steven Hodel
  • July 24, 2014


Calusa Coffee Roaster's Orange Blossom Blend

Our Orange Blossom blend …Did you know that the Orange Blossom flower is traditionally associated with good fortune and the Orange Blossom became the official Florida State Flower on May 15th, 1909.

The blossom of the orange tree is one of the most fragrant flowers (just like our Orange Blossom blended coffee ) in Florida . Millions of these white flowers perfume the atmosphere throughout central and south Florida during orange blossom time.

Give this blend a try and see for yourself..


How to use a French Press

  • Steven Hodel
  • July 22, 2014

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I found this video and the title of it is The “Coffee Sweet Symphony” done by Florian Doring and has a great soundtrack and was done as a non profit video.. It just goes to show you what some people will do for a great cup of coffee

The Coffee Sweet Symphony from Florian Döring on Vimeo.

Coffee Roasting Information

  • Steven Hodel
  • July 20, 2014

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Calusa Coffee Roasters Coffee Bean

Did you know the following about Coffee Roasting and the type of Roast you decide on? ( The last one surprises most people)

A) The darker the bean bean is roasted, the more it loses the flavors of its origin. At the same time it also starts to absorb the taste of the roasting process.

B) Lighter roasted beans have more acidity than beans that are roasted darker.

C) The darker the bean is roasted the more the caffeine level decreases

In the end its all about what you, the coffee drinker, like in terms of taste, flavor and aroma…. well and maybe caffeine levels too.

Everglades House Blend Roast

  • Steven Hodel
  • July 14, 2014

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Roasted a fresh batch of our Everglades House Blend today. It was a Full City roast and we will be cupping it tomorrow and if it cups as well as we think it will, then we will package it up . Our Everglades house blend is a combination of Brazilian, Colombian and Ethiopian coffee beans.

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