What do peanuts and coffee both have in common?

They're both roasted! Also, they're both posers. Peanuts aren't actually nuts (they're legumes), and coffee beans aren't really beans!

"Coffee beans are beans." -the average coffee consumer (we all start here)

"Coffee beans are cherries." -the more educated coffee enthusiast

"Coffee beans are seeds." -the coffee connoisseur (you'll probably end up here)

Even though all beans are seeds, not all seeds are beans. Beans belong to the legume family; however, you won't find the coffee tree in that family. Kind of the black sheep, if you will. Consequently, the seeds of the coffee tree are not beans. If you think this is arbitrary information that won't affect your obsessive coffee consumption habits, I'd challenge you to think about this next sentence. The properties of the coffee seed allow it to produce intense flavor profiles that can be manipulated in your favor.

This is unique to the coffee seed, primarily when we think about different roasts. It's sometimes surprising how different coffees can taste when they are roasted lighter. When the roast is lighter, the coffee itself is the primary flavor, unlike a darker roast where the roast intensity takes the center stage. Of course, since the coffee bean comes from a fruit seed, it shouldn't be surprising that a lighter roast can bring out floral and fruity profile notes. When they aren't roasted out, you might think about foregoing the sugar and creamer to discover the light, complex flavors that permeate the lighter roasts.

Interested in learning more about specific coffees? Each of our single origin coffees has a unique flavor profile. Visit each one on our website to discover your new favorite!