Gourmet coffees, which like fine wine were once a symbol of prestige, are now sold everywhere–fine coffee houses, grocery stores, and retail discount stores. Franchises have been built around the sale of this type of coffee in the past 20 years and many will allow you to order your cup of it through a drive-thru window of some of the coffee outlets.
What caused the increase in popularity of gourmet coffees? Did everyone just decide they need a dash of mint, a hint of vanilla, or an ounce of caramel? It is unlikely that the rise in this type of coffee sales was due only to a change in our taste in coffee.
Marketing and a good product is most likely the reason for the increase in this flavored coffee sales in the past 20 years. It is fashionable to walk around with a coffee cup sipping on the latest kind of coffee sold at the trendy coffee house.
Many people are introduced to it when they receive a gift set at Christmas or for a special occasion. These gift sets may include a variety of flavor such as almond, chocolate, and Irish cream. The coffee is often placed in a designer mug that you will most use when you drink your gourmet coffee after it is brewed.
Many convenience stores offer flavored coffees that are marketed as gourmet coffees, along with espresso and cappuccino. While these coffees may taste like they are gourmet, they are usually derived from coffee grounds found on grocery store shelves and even in supermarkets.
That’s because the real secret to this flavored coffee is not in just the flavor, but in the type of coffee bean. Normally this type of flavored coffee is composed of Arabica beans, while most canned coffees are made from robusta beans. These Arabica beans will grow in mainly sub-tropical regions. Good weather is important to the growth of these coffee beans.
Gourmet coffee is often identified by its name and that name can come from a variety of derivatives, include the region where the bean is grown. You may want a cup of Colombian gourmet coffee. This type of coffee gets its name from the country where it is grown.
But another type of gourmet coffee, French Roast, has nothing to do with France but with how the bean is roasted.
This type of coffee has found its way to grocery stores in recent years and you can find a variety of inexpensive gourmet coffees to try at home. Many of the packaged gourmet coffees are paired with a hint of flavor. Favorite coffee flavors include vanilla, hazelnut, mocha, peppermint, chocolate mine, Irish Cream, and caramel to name a few.
Some people like to add more than just cream and sugar to their gourmet coffee. Whipped cream, chocolate chips, and fruit juices are popular additions to gourmet coffees.
So when you wake it to your morning cup of java, why not make a cup of this coffee? Try it’s exotic coffee flavors and add more than cream and sugar. You may find yourself addicted to it.