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From Coffee Plant to Your Coffee Cup - Design your ideal cup of coffee (in a unique way!) Part 1

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7 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Lecture 1 - Welcome to a fascinating coffee journey!o Your Coffee Cup introduction to course

    • 2. Lecture 2 - Welcome to From Coffee Plant to Your Coffee Cup

    • 3. Lecture 3 - Design your ideal cup of coffee

    • 4. Lecture 4 - Why is coffee vital to so many people?

    • 5. Lecture 5 - Where is coffee grown?

    • 6. Lecture 6 - World coffee regions

    • 7. Lecture 7 - How does coffee impact lives around the world?

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About This Class

Why do you need to learn about how coffee is grown?

You have no doubt asked yourself “Where does coffee come from?”

For anyone who simply loves coffee – or wants to work with coffee – it's important to understand its roots (quite literally!)

You need to understand where in the world coffee is grown, what it all starts with (species and varieties), and what makes one coffee different from another.

This series of classes, From Coffee Plant to Your Coffee Cup, will take you on the fascinating journey that coffee takes from seed to cup.

Learn with me, a university professor of coffee, the founder of the Latin American Coffee Academy, and the author of Permission to Slurp, a book on coffee tasting.

I will guide you through where coffee is grown, how good coffee is grown and processed, what it all starts with (species and varieties), and why those factors change the tastes in your coffee.

We’ll discuss a bit about coffee history, why coffee is so vital to people, how it impacts millions of lives around the world – and how you can change people’s lives.

I know this is a complex subject. But I’m going to help you understand it in a clear, easy and memorable way.

Who needs this information?

Anyone who loves coffee. But even if you don’t love coffee, you probably want to understand what coffee lovers are raving about all the time.

Definitely, anyone who works with coffee needs to understand these basics. For instance:

  •             If you're a coffee shop owner or have an online coffee business , customers will ask you how the coffee you sell was produced.
  •             If you're a roaster, you need to understand how coffee is grown to be able to roast it and get fabulous tastes from it.
  •             If you are a coffee exporter, you need to communicate effectively with coffee growers and understand them when they talk about coffee processes.

This series of classes is a fantastic start for coffee exporters, coffee shop owners, and roasters who want to get a better idea of where coffee comes from and why one coffee tastes different from another.     

I’ll teach you the basics of coffee cultivation fast and easy.

This multimedia experience has videos, slide presentations, photos, actionable activities, and memory sheets to help you learn, remember and use this vital information.

In this fun, dynamic series of classes  I'll help you:

  • Understand the roots of coffee!
  • Learn where and how coffee is grown, and how those factors affect the tastes in the cup
  • Learn about coffee regions around the world and how your coffee will taste different
  • Who grows coffee...and what it sustainable coffee means

Please get in touch, I love to hear from students. Send me a message with your coffee questions.

Welcome. Let’s get started learning about the roots of coffee.

Why should you learn about coffee with a professor?

Frankly, why would you want to learn with anyone but an expert? I live in a coffee-producing country (Colombia) and worked as a coffee professor at the prestigious La Sabana University until I started my own coffee academy.

I have taught people from every continent - even coffee professionals! - about coffee in Latin America. I have years of experience taking a complicated subject and making it easy and fun.

That's why people call me The Coffee Lady (seriously, you can Google it).

What if you don't like coffee?

Many of my students don't actually like coffee! But they recognize that learning about coffee is an essential life skill...and along the way, some of them learn to love the brew.

What if your English isn't perfect?

My students live around the world and have learned English as a second language. So don't worry if your English isn't perfect - my students tell me the information I teach is easy to understand (and the videos have captions that I personally edited!). Also...hablo español, eu falo português, et je parle français.

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Karen Attman

The Coffee Lady


Karen is the creator of the Latin American Coffee Academy, an online school that teaches people from around the world about some of the tastiest coffee in the world. She helps people who are entering the coffee industry understand the true essentials of coffee so they can succeed in their chosen corner of the industry.

She was a professor of coffee at the prestigious La Sabana University in Bogota. Karen is the author of Permission to Slurp, a guide to tasting Colombian specialty coffee. The book has been widely accepted by experts in the coffee industry as well as coffee lovers who are just beginning their journey into specialty coffee. In fact, the book was nominated for the category of Best Coffee Books by the Gourmand Awards in 2018.

Her boutique coffee education ... See full profile

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1. Lecture 1 - Welcome to a fascinating coffee journey!o Your Coffee Cup introduction to course: You have no doubt ask yourself, where does coffee come from? I mean, does it come from the bags in the supermarket? So what are the roots of coffee? While this course from coffee plant to your coffee cup clears up all your doubts about this. In this course, I talk about coffee history just a little bit, just enough. And then I talk about how coffee impacts people's lives, why it's important to people from around the world. I also talk about where coffee is grown, how good coffee is grown and processed, what species and varieties are, and how those factors have anything to do with what you get in the cup. Now, I know this all sounds complex, but I'm known for taking really complex subjects and making them simple and making them memorable. So who am I? My name is Karen admin and I was a professor of coffee at a university. Yes, that's a thing until I left to do to create my own coffee Academy, the Latin American coffee Academy. And I actually live in a coffee producing country. I live in Bogota, Colombia. So the next time you have a great cup of Colombia coffee, please think of me and enjoy your coffee. Well, I've taught thousands of people from literally every continent about coffee. I make it simple in my coffee programs. Now who needs this course? Well, any coffee lover? Because it's always good to know where it comes from. But even if you don't like coffee, you might want to consider taking this course because then you'll understand what all this coffee labours are so excited about. Also, if you're going to set up a coffee business, this is something that can be really important for you. So my students have been coffee shop owners. They've gone on to become roasters, importers, exporters. They've set up online coffee shops. So pretty much whatever you wanna do, this information is really necessary for you. So this courses is super packed with information, but I make it fast and easy to learn about coffee cultivation. And the course is really cool because it's a multimedia experience. So it's not just videos of me talking, but their slide presentations. There's photos, there's workbooks, there's activities, tons of stuff to help you learn, but then also remember what you've learned. So please get in touch. I love to hear from my students. If you have any questions now or as you get into the course, please let me know you can message me or email me and let's get started learning about the roots of coffee. 2. Lecture 2 - Welcome to From Coffee Plant to Your Coffee Cup: Welcome to the from coffee plant to your coffee coke course. And I am so excited, start teaching you about coffee. We're going to go on a fascinating journey together. And my goal is to take the confused, sometimes confusing and vast amount of information about coffee out there and make it easy to understand for you. Now. Each, you'll see that each lecture has its own video. But isn't it true that if we just listen to some data can go in one year and out the other. So in addition to the videos, I've also included activity sheets, memory sheets, and other learning exercises to help you not only listen to the information, but really absorbed the rich coffee knowledge that you need to get and to make it also easy to remember. Now, I've also included a few quizzes. Please don't blame me for that. But it is one of the best ways for you to see how you're learning, how you're doing, how your progress is. So how should you study for this course? Well, the good thing about this course is that it's self-paced. So you can go at your own piece. If you need to get the information fast, then you can just go through all the lectures and listen to them. However, if you want a really deep knowledge, take the time to do the readings, to do the activities, to do the exercises. And so that's going to help you get a really deeper knowledge of coffee cultivation and how it's important to coffee growers. Now there is something I do want to mention that people often ask me about, and it's about the review system. I would see reviews are very important because reviews I'm sure have helped you to know whether this was the course for you or not. And so you can also let other people know if this will be the course for them through reviews. Bonnie, Look at all those stars you can political, who does all this mean? What does a 5-star review anyway? So you're going to break it down really quick. So 5-star review with mean those Nothing major to change about the course. A 4.5 star review would mean that there's something that needs to be adjusted. A four-star review means there's a couple of things that need to be adjusted. And well, anything below that is means, of course is pretty bad. So if you want to leave a review, that would be great. I would love that. But you know, what I really love is the feedback. Please tell me what you think of this course. I want you to be happy with that. I want you to be satisfied if there is some information that you feel that needs to be included, let me know and if other people are mentioned in it are included in the course. If not, I'll just answer your questions and I love to do that. So please get in touch and level of my students get in touch with me. So what are we going to start with in the next lecture? The next one is coffee resources that you can download. And then the one after that, we really get into the fun part. So I'll see you. 3. Lecture 3 - Design your ideal cup of coffee: What kind of coffee do you like? What do you consider to be good coffee? This activity for this class is going to help you define what you like and what's important to you. We're going to design your idea, cup of coffee from the roots up. This is a completely different approach to the most people take. When most people think of designing an idea cup of coffee, they generally think of the milk that they'll add or the syrup slow put into it, or the fancy letter to do on top. But in this class we're going to take a completely different approach. We're going to design this coffee from the roots up. Literally, we're gonna discuss how coffee is grown so you can understand what makes one coffee tea is different from another. Then you will have the knowledge to design your ideal coffee by deciding now what staff to add to it, but by where it was grown, how it was grown, and who grew it. This is an approach that generally only coffee Burnett professionals can take. But I'm making that coffee information available to you. So what knowledge do you need to have to design your cup of coffee from the roots up? In this class, we're going to delve into how coffee is grown, what sustainable coffee is, and why coffee is so important to the people who grow it. However, there is more than just this class because this class from coffee plant, your coffee cup is a whole series of classes. And this series of classes goes deep into how coffee is grown, how it's harvested, and how it's processed. And that's important because all of these things changed the flavors in the cup, as well as other characteristics. Now once you have all that information, you'll be fully equipped to design or choose your favorite type of coffee. In this class, we'll do an activity that's going to help you design your coffee based on what you've learned. And you can download this activity as a PDF from that class section. But I'm going to put the questions up here in this presentation. Now there's a full series of questions. As you take the next classes, you'll get all the vital information that you need that will help you answer all eight questions and really understand which coffee is best for you. And you do it. As I mentioned, just like the professionals do. Now, I'm going to review all the questions right now at the beginning of the series because it will give you an idea of what you're going to be learning. At the end of the series, we'll do it again and you'll be able to measure how much you've learned about coffee, about the people who grow it, and about what it means to you. For now, answer these questions to the best of your ability. And if you don't have the question or you don't have an answer, don't worry. By the end of this series, you will have all the answers. What information do you need to create your ideal cuppa coffee? Well, here's some, some of the questions and in the next slide, the rest of them. So what region, country or micro regions is the coffee come from? And why do you like that region? What altitude was the coffee grown at and why is that important to you? What species is your favorite and why? And what variety is your favorite and why? And you can feel free to list more than one. How is your ideal coffee harvested? And why do you like that type of harvesting? How was your ideal coffee processed? And why is that important to you? Do you have any preferred fermentation processes? And why, what difference does that make and what roast you prefer? How does that change anything in the coffee? So I know this is a lot of questions, but let's delve into you can get the answers to these questions. 4. Lecture 4 - Why is coffee vital to so many people?: In this lecture, lecture four, we're going to talk about why coffee so important to millions of people are going to discuss how people around the world depend on coffee every day we're talking about people who produce coffee, people sell it, people who drink it, everyone depends on coffee. Coffee brings people together. It creates an environment where people can have good conversation, where they can laugh or they can bond, where they can create. And coffee has done that for centuries. Those environments, different coffee houses in different countries have brought people together. This is, these are places where they could think, they could build, they could change their worlds. And that's in a very literal sense because if you go to the history of coffee houses, you'll see that in a lot of them, businesses were built, philosophies recreated, even revolutions were planned. So coffee leads to that kind of creativity that changes the world. With this mix of coffee and creativity, it is not surprising to hear that coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity. What's the first oil? So coffee comes in number two, that's really big. It's not just that cup of hot goodness that he can't do without in the morning. Coffee literally changes the world. It impacts people's lives every day in a major way. And that's why you want to know more about it, whether you love coffee or not. But you know that it's played an important role in the history of the world for centuries. And it continues to be vital today to the millions of people who live from it. To understand coffee cultivation, you need to understand how coffee is grown and processed. And you need to know details about the species and varieties and how they affect the taste in the coffee and the other characteristics in the coffee. But you also need to understand the human side of coffee. So how important is coffee to people who live in coffee consuming countries? Well, you want to understand that as well as in coffee producing countries, how important it is to people. And you want to understand how coffee changes lives. And perhaps even more importantly, how you can help in this. So we're gonna learn a lot in this course. In this section, let's start by talking about where in the world coffee is grown. 5. Lecture 5 - Where is coffee grown?: In this lecture, we're going to get into where in the world coffee is grown. I mean, when you really think about it, where does the coffee you drink come from? Now? The answer is actually quite long and involved. But in this lecture we're going to make it really brief. Coffee has taken a long journey around the world. It was discovered almost 1000 years ago in Africa. It began to become popular in the Middle East in the mid 15 hundreds. By the early 16 hundreds, it began to be shipped to Europe. However, coffee had to face opposition for some, some major religions at the time. People are super suspicious of this drink that's only gave this burst of energy to people. Finally, coffee received the approval of religious leaders, and that helped it to become a popular drink. Coffee houses I mentioned before became popular, for instance, in major European cities in the mid 16 hundreds, I really helped the growth of coffee in Europe. Then coffee found its way to the United States. Now, that's the part of consuming coffee. But with coffee cultivation, it extended from Africa up through the Middle East in Asia, and then made its way over to the Americas. And naturally, geography plays an important role in coffee cultivation. In fact, the specific area where coffee is grown can have a profound effect on how the beans taste and we'll be getting into that throughout this course. All coffee is cultivated in what is known as the coffee belt or the bean Bell, or the coffee bean growing belt as it is in this slide. So that's banned. That models the globe near the equator because all the way around the globe. So it's kinda like a belt. If you put a belt around the equator of very tasty built obviously. And it's simply an area that is warm enough year round to grow coffee. So coffee is grown and how many countries around the world? Well, depends on how you count them. But there's over 50 countries that produce coffee around the world. And in 2019, coffee growers, they did a lot of work. They produced a 169 million bags of coffee. I want to talk about bags and I'm talking about supermarket bags. I'm talking about the 60 kilo bags that are used for export. And if you like pounds, that's about a 132 pounds. That's a lot of coffee. And half of all that coffee comes from just three countries, Brazil, Vietnam, colombia. So we can see that Latin America is really important to coffee production. And I put a little yea next to Columbia because that's where I live. So after those three basic countries than Indonesia, India, Honduras, Ethiopia, as far as coffee production. Now the question is, do those coffees taste different? That's Oregon to see in the next lecture. 6. Lecture 6 - World coffee regions : Let's take a moment to talk about tastes and coffees from around the world and if they taste different. So when we talk about coffee's, we talk about regions in different regions in general have different tastes. Now there's also like sub-regions and things like that. And each one is going to have its own taste. Now that sounds confusing to you. Maybe you could compare it to wine because you're probably more used to hearing about this from why isn't it true that wines from different areas have different tastes? So a wine from Rio has Spain, is gonna tease different than a wine from Bordeaux, France. And that's going to be quite a bit different from a coffee from Napa Valley in California. Sorry, a wine. Got my wine to some coffee or wine from Napa Valley. So, so the different regions produce different tastes. And why is that? Well, when we talk about wine, we think of different kinds of grapes, we think of different soils, different climate. And also there's different winemaking traditions that you can find in different areas or with coffee. It's a similar thing. It's not surprising then Brian Coffey is somewhat similar to growing grapes because it's going to be different according to what's going on. So the climate, the soil, the altitude, weather patterns, the amount of green, things like that. They're all going to change the TC you get in the cup. But what does that mean for you? And when you go to the super Oregon, you want to choose a coffee will, what region do you choose it from? This is a vast subject. There are so many different coffee producing countries. It's really hard to just say, no from this region, this large region, you're going to get these tastes because there's a lot of variations. But this course isn't long enough to talk about all of those variations. So what I'm gonna do is it's going to briefly mentioned some of the coffee growing regions, general regions in the area, and what you can expect from coffees from those regions. And we're gonna look at my notes real quick so I don't forget anything. Let's start with Central America. Coffees from Central America can be spicy, They can be fruity, and they can have a really good body. Let's go down to South America. What can you expect from South American coffees will in general, from Columbia, you can expect sweet coffees. Seems like raw sugar. There's going to be coffees that are mild with good body, sometimes track Lady and 90, which is always nice. When you think of coffees from Brazil, you're going to think of a coffee that has medium to full bodies and times chocolaty notes, depending on the species, it can be a bit bitter. But in general, you're going to find really good coffees from Brazil. Also. Lets go over the East Africa. What can you expect from countries like Kenya or Ethiopia? You're going to expect fruity coffee is a bit of a sharp teeth to them. Very, very exciting coffees are coming out of that region of the world which didn't surprises. It's the general region where coffee is from originally. Let's go to Asia. Let's think about coffees from Indonesia. What are you going to get with that kind of coffee? Coffee's engine, Indonesia tend to be rich, full body that can be even a little bit smokey, which is really interesting to think about. Another big coffee producers, Vietnam. But they produce robusta coffee. So that's coffee. It's usually going to be blended. So it's rare that you go to a supermarket and you'll find a bag, just the enemies coffee. And then just to kind of wrap this up, I just wanted to mention coffee from Hawaii because people was asking you at that corner, coffee is really well known. And the thing was Hawaii is obviously there's a lot of volcanic soil. And that rich soil produces a rich full body caught in. That's what you expect. Corner coffee. So I hope this really brief overview helps you a little bit when you go to the supermarket and look at the bags are coffee. But really what you need to do is just try coffees from around the world, enjoy them. And then you'll be able to decide which coffees are your favorite. 7. Lecture 7 - How does coffee impact lives around the world?: We already discussed where coffee is grown and how much of it is produced. But who's drinking all this coffee? So who's drinking all this coffee? While people around the world I drink or consume about a 162 million bags of coffee every year. Now, remember when I say bags and not talking about the supermarket bags on, talking about those 60 kilo bags for export. And again, it's about a 132 pounds of coffee. And in fact, you can see those bags in this slide. There's, there's two pictures there, those bags. Now, if this doesn't impress you, and this next statistic, should coffee around the world is worth about a $100 billion? And around the world, people are consuming more than 500 billion cups of coffee every year. So that's a five followed by a whole bunch of zeros. And if it gets about nine, so that's a whole lot of coffee cups. So if you're thinking of opening up a coffee shop or selling coffee to one. Coffee shops are actually the largest growing section of the restaurant industry in the United States, that it has about a 7% growth every year. Now, what is all this coffee consumption stuff mean to the people who grow it? What does that mean to the people who grow it? Or coffee farms provide direct employment for 25 million people. Now, that doesn't count all the other people who live off of coffee, coffee shop owners. But East as roasters, exporters, importers, and while whole bunch of other people that work in the coffee industry. If you include all of those people, then that would bring it up to about a 100 million people who are directly involved in the business of coffee. Now the interesting thing about these people is that a lot of them live in areas where there is no other form of employment for them. This is what they know, this is what they have access to. The problem is that many of these people get paid so little for the coffee that they produce. They often can't cover even the basic expenses of operating a farm. So where does that leave their families when they need food or medicine or clothing? We want coffee farmers to be as productive as possible to get as much money as possible in a fair way so that they'll keep growing coffee. That way they won't abandon their farms and moved to the cities are simply start growing avocados instead of coffee. We need coffee. So we want our coffee growers to be treated fairly so that they continue to produce coffee. And we'll be talking about that throughout this course. So we've taken a peek at the coffee industry around the world. We've seen who produces coffee, who drinks it, and why it's so important to millions of people. In the next lecture, we're going to start talking about how coffee is grown. And yes, in the slide there you see a picture of me on actually a wild coffee farm. A coffee farm that has gone wild, that nobody cultivated for a long time. It was a really interesting discussion with that coffee grower. Anyway. So in this, in this course we are going to be talking about coffee cultivation, but don't worry, I do make it fun. And by the end of this, you'll be able to discuss coffee cultivation with baristas, coffee growers, coffee roasters, or anyone else in the coffee industry. And you'll be able to do it with confidence. So I'll see you in the next lecture. In the next class, we're going to be talking about The Incredible Journey of the coffee bean. We'll talk about what specialty coffee is. What does good coffee Start with? The delicate coffee blossom. Farmers get coffee cherries off the plant and then how they get the seeds out of the fruit. And we're also gonna talk a little bit about coffee drying. So it's really exciting. A takes you all through coffee growing and part of the processing. So I will see you in the next class.