Fermup The Fermented Food Podcast

20: Is Coffee Really Fermented?

Coffee is often touted as being fermented but is it really? Can we really consider it a fermented food or beverage? Find out in this week’s conversation and decide for yourself.

We also discuss a British dairy farmer who makes vodka, a cheese festival in China, a Finnish festival in the US, and a new study that examines the like-ability of food when paired with caffeine.

Show notes:

Coffee berries by Stanislaw Szydlo

[Michael Pollan on The Colbert Report Michael Pollan](http://michaelpollan.com/media/the-colbert-report/on-the-colbert-report-talking-about-cooked/)

Short clip from Michael Pollan’s appearance on The Colbert Report.

[British Dairy Farmer Creates Pure Milk Vodka TIME.com](http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/12/british-dairy-farmer-creates-pure-milk-vodka/)

British dairy farmer makes cheese from the curds and vodka from the whey of his cow’s milk.

American Society for Nutrition - 1st Global Summit on the Health Effects of Yogurt

The Danone Institute International, the American Society for Nutrition, the UK-based Nutrition Society joined forces to create a yearly summit called the Yogurt Nutrition Initiative for a balanced diet with a focus on the health benefits of yogurt.

[Europe cheese firms hope time is ripe for China Malaysian Insider](http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/food/article/europe-cheese-firms-hope-time-is-ripe-for-china)

Cheese festival hopes to spread the love of European cheese to China.

FinnFest USA 2013 June 19-23

This festival is in it’s 30th year. If you love viili or anything else Finnish, then consider attending this June.

[New studies examine caffeine’s effect on cognitive tasks, food pairing Science Codex](http://www.sciencecodex.com/new_studies_examine_caffeines_effect_on_cognitive_tasks_food_pairing-110844)

Interesting preliminary study looking at how caffeine influences the like-ability of foods.

Here’s The Scoop On Cat Poop Coffee : The Salt : NPR

Another form of “processing” of coffee beans through the digestive tract of a wild cat.

Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup : The Salt : NPR

Selling the story.

[Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3527332537/fermup-20)

This is a detailed book on the farming and production of coffee.

[Espresso Coffee, Second Edition: The Science of Quality Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0123703719/fermup-20)

If you want to read more on the science of coffee and of coffee brewing, then this is the book for you!

[Coffeed Forums - For Professionals and Fanatics Coffeed](http://www.coffeed.com/)

Looks like this coffee forum dried up in 2012, but it is still a great resource for deep discussions on everything related to professional coffee production, roasting and sales.

[Confused? Naturally The Coffee Shrub](http://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/blog/confused-naturally)

An interesting look into the aspects of fermentation as it relates to coffee processing.

coffeed.com • View topic - Washing vs. Fermentation

A discussion on the enzymatic and fermentation effects involved in coffee processing.

[Home Processing Coffee - Wet Process Method Sweet Maria’s](http://www.sweetmarias.com/homeprocessedcoffee.html)

Images of the wet process method on a few beans.

Coffee Processing (starting with the cherry) Part 1 - YouTube

Coffee Processing (starting with the cherry) Part 2 - YouTube

Part 1: Processing Coffee Beans at Home - Harvesting - YouTube

Part 2: Processing Coffee Beans at Home - Soaking and Husking - YouTube

[Hario for two TCA-2 Siphon Coffee Amazon.com](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000IKLQVY/fermup-20)

If you want to make the best coffee you have ever tasted, then find one of these 2-cup Hario vacuum coffee pots. With enough practice and experimentation, you too can drink amazing coffee. Use a dose of 28 to 32 grams per brew for a 10oz cup of coffee.

[Micro Flame Tabletop Burner Amazon.com](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005ZENJHM/fermup-20)

This is the butane tabletop burner recommended for control over the temperature of a vacuum pot coffee brewer.