We are beginning to understand the science of coffee

Jane Hanks talks to award-winning coffee roaster (torréfactrice) Anne Caron about the bean-to-cup process

Anne Caron is the first woman to be named Best Coffee Roaster in France. After the death of her father, Sylvain, she took over the Maison Caron which he had founded in 1974 at Châtillon, Hauts-de-Seine.

She is passionate about her job, and says it is time we all knew a little bit more about what makes a good cup of coffee.

What does the job of coffee roaster, torréfacteur (or torréfactrice for a woman) involve?

There are several parts to the job. First, you have to select the beans, then roast them and then advise your customers about the best way to use that particular blend to make a good drink.

We use a similar vocabulary to wine, talking about Grand Crus, body, descriptions for describing flavours, but it remains the poor relation, with less interest in it.

However, it is fascinating and there are very many different elements involved and the way ...

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