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    Coffee countries

    I am currently developing a freeware computer game about coffee trade, and I was wondering if anybody would like to arrange the following countries coffee from best to worst (perhaps by saying something about their different qualities). I understand of course that there are several types of coffee from each different country, but I only focus on the best/most famous type.

    Etiopia
    Kenya
    Tanzania
    Uganda
    Yemen
    Zimbabwe
    India
    Java
    Papa New-Guinea
    Sumatra
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    El Salvador
    Guatemala
    Honduras
    Jamaica
    Mexico
    Nicaragua
    Panama
    Puerto Rico
    Brasil
    Colombia
    Ecuador
    Peru
    Venezuela

    (I don't know if all the names are spelled right, as english is not my first language)

    Anyone who helps will get their name in the credits of the game.

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    Ummm...first of all....every coffee has different qualities. You can not say that one coffee is the best. It is all in preferance. I mean you can arrange in who produces more coffee...anyway...I am on vacation now but when I get back to the office I will email you a break down of coffee characteristics.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Coffee Characteristics

    Details of various coffee characteristics may be found @ The Coffee Review:

    http://www.coffeereview.com/reference.cfm?ID=45

    Among others. As noted, there is no "best" or "worst." Coffees from each region have their own "personality." Got to try them all and decide which work best for what occasion, etc.
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    Also some of the "blends" you buy may say "Jamaican Gold" or something on the bag, but then when you read the fine print it's mostly mouse turds with 5% jamaican grounds.

    Ok I exaggerate but you get the idea My point is that people who have 'bad coffee' from a country may be misinformed.

    Good luck on your game though!

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    I agree with most of everyone's comments. The coffee I like best may not be the one everyone else likes. Here's a thought, it's your game, you make the rules.
    "A Word of Difference"TM

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    Sorry coffee guy but you are mistaken...my favorite coffee is the best and if someone doesn't like it...they have no tastes(just kidding)

    Colombian Supremo- Medium body and acidity. This coffee is mellow in taste with a sweet spicy aroma.

    Sumatra Mandheling- Most full bodied of coffees. You can feel the richenss setting in the corners behind your tongue. It has relatively low acidity, but enough to keep the cup vibrant and interesting, rich, smooth and full flavor.

    Guatamalan- Medium to full bodied and rich in flavor. This coffee also has a distinct smokey flavor and is a fairly rich cup.

    Kenya AA-Distinct dry, winy aftertaste, full-bodied richness . Great coffee for people who like the striking and unusual coffees.

    Tanzanian Peaberry-sharp winy acidity typical of african and arabian coffees. Medium to full bodied and fairly rich in flavor.

    Ethiopian Yirgacheffe- Rich teasing and mysteriuos on the palate, with a very long resonant finish, its acidity vibrates inside the richness of the body, but adds a soft fragrant flowery note.

    Mexican Altura- Delicate in body, with a pleasently dry acidy snap.

    Hawaiian Kona-rich yet light bodied with a natural sweetness

    Matari Mocha-The acidity leaves an unmistakable dry, winelike aftertaste on the palate. In addition to its rich winy quality, Mocha has its own particular flavor note, which can be associated with chocolate.

    Brazilian Santos-smooth flavor, medium body, with moderate acidity
    Coffee Glossary


    Acidity-refers to the sharpness or dryness that a coffee produces on the back of our palate


    Arabica-the finest of coffee beans available. Most specialty coffees are arabica, grown between 3,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level.

    Aroma- Characteristics that are distinguished by smell. Such characteristics could be "floral" or "winy"

    Blend- two or more individual coffees that are mixed together to bring out desired characteristics

    Body-the richness or heaviness that is felt on the tongue

    Buttery: An oily, rich flavor and texture, characteristic of some Indonesian varietals and those brewing methods which feature substantial quantities of coffee particles in suspension(french press, and espresso machine)

    Carmelly- Term used to describe coffees that are candylike or syrupy flavor

    Chocolaty- Term used to describe an aftertaste similar to unsweetend chocolate

    Clean- Characteristic of all fine coffees. It refers to distinct taste characteristics as opposed to muddied impressions of flavor

    Complexity- The perception of multiple flavors

    Delicate- Term used to describe a subtle flavor left on the tip of the tongue by a coffee



    Exotic- Refers to coffees with unusual aromatic and flavor notes("floral", "berry-like"and "sweet-spice-like")

    Flavor- The overall perception of the coffee in the mouth. Components of flavor include acidity, aroma, and body


    Fruity- A characteristic reminiscent of citrus or berries

    Mellow- Smooth taste, lacking acidity

    Peaberry- Eahc coffee cherry contains two coffee beans. Occasionally, a cherry will form with only one bean. These are peaberries and are generally sold as their own grade. All coffees produce about 20% of its coffee in peaberry form.


    Richness- refers to boday and fullness

    Spicy- Describes a coffee that has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of spices

    Winy- Describes a coffee that has an aftertaste reminiscent of a well matured wine
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Thanks for your help

    First of all I would like to thank alle of you for the help. It has been very useful.

    I understand that coffee taste of course is a very personal opinion and a hard thing to grade, however it is after all a game about coffee trade and marketing and therefore every coffee needs to be categorized in order to do calculations and to give the game diversity and depth. Also it is useful with some second opinions in addition to what I find on web-sites and what opinions I have myself.

    Anyway this have helped my quite a lot, and I'll be sure to post a link when my game is finished.

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    Thanks topher:

    Great descriptions...Your insight into capturing each bean is very good. Jonvalid this should help you develop your game. If not, then switch your game to tea Just kidding! Good luck with your game.
    "A Word of Difference"TM

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    Everyone will be looking forward to your game when you finish.

    How many cups of coffee do you think you will finish before you are finished with the game?
    The man with the many Coffee hats.

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    cups of coffee

    I will probobly drink more than enought coffee (if that is possible) before I finish.

 

 
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