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Friday, September 01, 2006

Toddy coffee

Toddy is a trademark referencing a cold brewing system developed and patented by Todd Simpson in 1964. In the absence of competition in this brand space, it has become a genericized trademark in American English and many people in the United States today refer to any cold brewed coffee as a "Toddy".

The Toddy process requires grinding coffee beans at a coarse setting and soaking those grounds in cold water for a prolonged period of time (usually 12 hours or more). The grounds must be filtered out of the cold water after they have been steeped; therefore, the grounds can either be put in a bag-like filter before steeping or the mixture can be fed through a filter after soaking (similar to the Toddy system). The end result produces a concentrate that is often diluted with water (or milk in some beverages). Pouring hot coffee over ice waters down the beverage, while pouring cold brew over ice does not. Toddy Products claims brewing coffee by their method reduces the acidity of the beverage. This is not the method with which most commercially sold iced coffee is made. Often, it is made by brewing hot coffee at double strength, then pouring over an equal amount of ice or cold water.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is a classification of coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. The best lots of Blue Mountain coffee are noted for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness. Over the last several decades, this coffee has developed a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world.

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is protected worldwide as a certification trademark meaning that only coffee certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica can be labeled as such. It comes from a recognized growing region in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica and its cultivation is monitored by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica.

The Blue Mountains are generally located between Kingston to the south and Port Maria to the north. Rising to 7500 feet, they are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean. The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall. The soil is rich with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil is considered ideal for coffee.