The Evolution of Coffee - From Traditional Kopi to Specialty Brews

The Evolution of Coffee - From Traditional Kopi to Specialty Brews

Cafes have evolved from 16th-century coffee houses to modern coffee experiences. Specialty coffee, derived from arabica beans grown in high-altitude plantations, offers a sweeter and smoother flavor compared to the bitter robusta beans used in traditional kopi. Eric Vooi Khang Hern, founder of Liquid Lab Coffee Bar, explains the complexities and costs involved in producing specialty coffee, from cultivation to brewing. The roasting and brewing methods differ significantly between arabica and robusta beans, contributing to the distinct taste profiles and higher prices of specialty coffee. Enthusiasts are willing to pay more for the unique flavors and refined coffee experiences that specialty brews offer.

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