Flavored versus non-flavored. According to the madehow.com website, coffee which is flavored, these coffee beans are coated with flavor compounds to supplement coffee beans’ natural taste. Due to the artificial supplement and/or due to de-caffeination, oxidation, and aging processes, these processes encourages an extension of the coffee bean shelf life. The origin of flavored coffees in one form or another, has began long ago, perhaps for centuries. However, the increased popularity of coffee did not happened till the 1990s. With innovation and new technology in place, coffee can be produced in almost any imaginable flavor.
The story behind flavored coffee. The following is an abstract from the author(s) of www.madehow.com
“The origins of coffee, like those of so many other natural products long known to humans, are shrouded in legends. One entertaining story about the discovery of coffee involves an ancient Ethiopian goatherder, Kaldi, and his dancing goats. One day, so the story goes, Kaldi noticed his normally sluggish goats were dancing on their hind legs and bleating gleefully. The observant goatherder also noted they had been feeding on the red berries of a nearby shiny dark-green shrub. Tossing caution to the wind, he sampled the berries himself and experienced an immediate boost in his spirits and energies. Kaldi offered some of the berries to the head monk of the local monastery, who conducted a series of experiments on them, including parching them, crushing them in a mortar and pestle, and stirring the crushed berries in boiling water. The monk’s efforts resulted in a fragrant beverage which he termed “heaven-sent,” and henceforth gave it to all the monks in the evening to keep them from falling asleep during their prayers. News of this elixir quickly spread from the monastery to the nearby town and eventually throughout the world. The “magic” berries were actually coffee beans, and the heaven-sent beverage, of course, was coffee. Today coffee is harvested in nearly every tropical country within 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of the equator.”
There have been many arguments regarding the origins of flavored coffee. From history, it seems like people from the Middle East are the originators for flavored coffee. With their rich culture and resources on spices and nuts, which they often use as their cooking ingredients, Middle Eastern people are in fact the inventor of flavored coffee. Now, in this era, chemical machines and several innovative ideas come into place. Coffee makers capitalize on using spices as an idea, and introduced flavored syrups and simply just have the coffee bean coated with different flavors such as Hazelnut, Cinnamon Spice, Chocolate, etc. It is indeed very interesting to see how the products we consume now stems way back in history.