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  • My name is Mike Jones, and I'm a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City.

  • I'm going to teach you some basic coffee-making skills. [Where Do Coffee Beans Come Form?]

  • Where do coffee beans come from? They are grown mostly in tropical climate

  • at a higher altitude, at least that's where the quality beans are going to be coming from. There are

  • three main growing regions. This is Africa, Central/South America, and Indonesia.

  • Some of the biggest coffee producing countries are Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra.

  • There are two main species of the coffee plant in general, and there's arabica and robusta.

  • And any specialty coffee is going to be arabica. There are some robustas that are

  • in recent years of a higher quality, but still you won't really see that at any reputable coffee shop.

  • The arabica is higher growing, lower yield, more susceptible to disease, and therefore a little bit more tricky to process.

  • So depending on where a coffee is grown, it can taste vastly different.

  • Even if it's the same kind of coffee. Within the 2 main species, arabica and robusta,

  • there are countless varietals, very similar to wine. So different kinds of trees, different strains.

  • They're named things like bourbon, catuai, caturra, there's just an endless amount of names.

  • It ranges from the altitude to what the weather was like that year, the humidity to what country it's grown in.

  • It all tastes different. You can have a Bourbon varietal for instance

  • that's grown in El Salvador or grown in Kenya and it will just taste completely different.

  • And I think that's one of the really interesting things about coffee,

  • is just the endless range of flavors that you can discover. And some of them are just not repeatable at all,

  • it just depends on that one harvest, that one climate, that one varietal.

  • And that's what makes it sort of a temporary exciting special thing.

My name is Mike Jones, and I'm a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City.

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