27 February 2018

Coffee from China

A couple weeks ago I received a box of goodies all the way from China, compliments of the fabulous Stella. I got to try a lot of snacks I wish the United States had (hello, Numb and Spicy Hot Pot potato chips!) and also some coffee.

The beans came in this cute little blue bag. Isn't everything from China cute? Seriously. Those people are addicted to their cute stuff.

I'm intrigued by the stern-looking lady with the very large eyebrows on the front of the bag. She appears to be standing in some sort of garden. I'm really loving her awesome flower child headband. However, I'm not sure why she has a glove hanging from her left ear. I'd love to know what the story is there.

I'm also curious to know why she doesn't look happy. I mean, if my face was on a coffee bag of all things, you can bet I'd be happy. Well, on second thought, maybe not. I'm not sure I'd want my visage so widely circulated, because then everyone would know what I look like, and that wouldn't be good. They might keep bothering me for my autograph, the way kids in Japan did when I visited there (true story). And I think I would get tired of that. I'm perfectly satisfied with the way I live now, in peaceful obscurity.

This bag comes with a Ziploc closure complete with a little zipper illustration (and the word "zipper" right there in case you miss it). Why don't American coffee bags have this? It's so simple. I mean, we already use Ziploc for other stuff, like shredded cheese.

Too bad I messed it up by making a scissor cut in the bag before I noticed the ever so handy zipper.

The coffee itself has a slightly sour, "fruity" flavor typical of certain African coffees, such as Kenyan. Also typical of African coffees, it appears to be on the higher side for acidity. Actually, though, I'm uncertain as to the origin of this particular coffee. (It may say on the bag where it comes from, but as I'm regrettably illiterate in Chinese, that wouldn't help me much.) It's a light roast, which means more caffeine (no complaints there!). Below is a comparison with some Nicaraguan beans I roasted a couple days ago.

I only learned recently -- thanks to Sprudge -- that China actually does grow some of its own coffee. This came as a complete surprise to me, but I guess it really shouldn't have. I mean, they make literally everything nowadays, from washing machine parts to seafood filets. It just wouldn't be right if coffee was the one thing they weren't dabbling in.

Pairs well with green tea flavored Kit Kat bars, if you can get your hands on some. Not everyone is so lucky. 😉

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