These days, every coffee bag reads like a mini résumé for the beans inside. But what do all those little labels actually mean?
The more time in the roaster, the darker the beans. They're also more bitter, but with a rich, caramel thing going on.
Lighter beans hang on to their original flavor (and caffeine) better. So they often taste fruitier — and may pack a bigger jolt.
Rather than raze trees, farmers grow beans under or around the natural forest canopy, forgoing excess fertilizer and pesticides and preserving habitats.
Fair Trade Certified
The mark suggests the growers got a fair price for their beans. Another option: Look for "direct trade" on the label (i.e., no middleman to cut into profits).
Organic standards differ among countries, but the USDA stamp signifies that the beans were grown and roasted with few to zero synthetic pesticides.
This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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