JOURNEY OF THE COFFEE BEAN

If you asked us where the coffee beans that went into your cappuccino came from, we'd probably be able to tell you. The journey that the coffee in that perfect cup of yours has been on is worth writing about.

The folks that work at our estates are a tenacious bunch. They will visit each coffee plant several times over the harvest season so that they pick the berry when it is just right: neither under-ripe nor over-ripe. The processed beans get carefully roasted, until we hear the second 'pop', which means they're ready.

And then comes the grind. We are sure you know that the best coffee comes from freshly ground beans. That is why at a Cafe Coffee Day you'll hear the grinder go 'whirrr' for just 15-20 seconds for each shot of espresso.

Finally, the last mile : the transformation of finely ground coffee into that perfect cuppa. There's a choice at that too. At CCD we shoot pressurized steam through the coffee to create a shot of espresso but you could get the same results using our handy stove-top espresso maker. Boiling water from the lower chamber shoots through coffee above it, and a heady decoction collects in the upper chamber; ready for the coffee connoisseur's drinking pleasure. For best results, take the stove off the heat before the coffee boils over. The French press is a more do-it-yourself approach complete with a plunger. Those who like their coffee thick and strong should take the plunger firmly in their hand, push it down and bring coffee grounds together with water in a unique blend.

All roads that lead to that final ultimate objective : a great cup of coffee. From bean, to cup. Every time.

Coffee & Health

Right, this is where we tell you stuff that you probably already know, but just in case. Caffeine was put through some really rigorous tests by the up-all-night researchers at MIT and they found that it was a 'mind-accelerating mood-booster'. We're sure you could do with some of that.

That's not all, caffeine improves mental performance, improves reaction time and attention span. Now there's your explanation for all the great ideas you've had while at a CCD, right? Coffee also reduces the risk associated with certain cancers, cirrhosis of the liver and other scary stuff that we're too grossed out to write here. But it's true!

Drink coffee, stay happy, stay healthy!

HOW IT WORKS

So if you've ever wondered how coffee gives your brain that edge, this is your lucky day! Coffee's secrets revealed. Adenosine gets together with its receptors inside your noodle and that's when you feel drowsy. When caffeine (coffee's celebrated active ingredient) shows up, it attaches itself to your receptors. When the pituitary gland gets a whiff of this, it comes to the (probably erroneous) conclusion that there's an emergency and gets the glands to let loose a load of adrenalin. This and the boosted dopamine level give you what you know as the caffeine high. Neat, right? Now, more coffee.