02 September 2008

The process usually involves treating the freshly roasted beans with chemical flavorings (sometimes natural, and sometimes not). Quite often the beans are not of the highest quality and the roasting is haphazard. In other words, it may be a delicious drink, but it's still poor coffee.

Where does the smell come from?
Some flavors are derived from the natural plant itself, many are created by mimicking the natural oil and aromatic flavor components of the targeted taste. For example, the taste of cinnamon is Ethyl Cinnamate. The molecule for orange is Octyl Acetate. When food scientists want to make an imitation of a flavor they extract the flavor or aromatic component from its place in nature and use a spectograph to identify the precise molecular structures that comprise the flavor. "Nature Identical" flavors, this means they are comprised of exactly the same chemical structure as the naturally occuring flavor but they are synthesized artificially.

How is the Flavor added to the Fresh Roasted Coffee?
The flavor are in liquid form, and flavor by weight. Generally, for a pound of coffee, slightly over a half ounce of flavor is used. The beans are stirred so that all are well coated. Then they go in their valve bag and are sealed for freshness and then immediately shipped to our lucky customer.

Does Flavoring Coffee Add Calories?
That is a very good question with an even better answer. Flavored coffee does not have any appreciable calories. How could something taste so good and have essentially no calories? Sometimes we are just blessed by nature.

Many folks choose flavored coffee because it's too time-consuming to actually create a drink with a host of ingredients when you're in a rush. But a shot of syrup can quickly and easily add a new taste to your coffee. Or add some spices to your ground coffee beforehand. A bit of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, or other powdered spice can be added to your ground coffee. Just brew as usual.

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