The term Coffee Bean Suppliers could be interpreted in several ways. It could mean the farm and workers where the coffee is grown in many parts of the world, including Kenya, Columbia, Brazil Ethiopia, Hawaii, Indonesia and other countries with soil conducive to growing coffee bushes. The flavour from each area varies as does the type of coffee grown.
The two main types are Robusta and Arabica. The Robusta which is easier to care for, has a greater crop yield than Arabica beans and is cheaper to produce, produce a strong, full-bodied coffee with an earthy flavour, and usually have a slightly more bitter taste than the Arabica due to its Pyrazine content. The Arabica beans are believed to have a smoother taste with less acidity and a richer flavour and are often considered superior. The harsher Robusta beans are mainly used as filler in many coffee blends. However, the strong flavour can be desirable in a blend to give it “strength” and “finish”, especially noticeable in the Italian coffee culture. Some good-quality Robusta beans are used in traditional Italian espresso blends, at about 10-15%, to provide a full-bodied taste and to give a better crema. It is also used as a stimulant, antipyretic, antioxidant, diuretic and can also relieve spasmodic asthma.
Robustas are the hardier plants, capable of growing well at low altitudes; they are also less subject to problems related to pests or rough handling. They usually yield more pounds of finished goods per acre with a lower production cost. Arabicas are more delicate, they require cooler subtropical climates, with lots of moisture, rich soil, shade and sun. They are also subject to attack from a variety of pests, and are extremely vulnerable to cold and bad handling. Arabicas also need to be grown at a higher elevation. Coffee Bean Suppliers on the farms around the world have a difficult task from sowing the seeds, tending the bushes, cropping, drying and packing the beans for transportation and export.
Coffee Bean Suppliers could also be the companies who ship the raw coffee beans into the UK from abroad. These are the shipping companies who supply our roasting plants. Again the Roasters could be known as Coffee Bean Suppliers; they receive the raw beans, process them and roast according to the blend required. This is a complex process requiring skill and dedication. Beans that are over roasted can taste very bitter and unpleasant on the palate.
The main people we think of as Coffee Bean Suppliers however, are the companies such as Cool Beans Coffee UK who buy directly from the Roaster and supply the many and varied venues that need the coffee beans for their Espresso or Bean to Cup machines to make coffee for their customers. These companies have the ability to judge and advise their customers on the type of beans best suited to which type of venue.
It would be wrong to advise a mild blend more suitable to a small day time café to a Restaurant serving “haute cuisine” and therefore requiring a stronger after dinner blend to ensure the most customer satisfaction. Some Coffee Bean Suppliers also supply coffee making equipment and all the accessories needed to make the different types of coffee drink, popular within the UK Coffee Culture. Knowing their coffee and machinery is an essential requisite of running an efficient and successful coffee business. Cool Beans Coffee UK is one of these companies.