1. Choose by coffee bean variety
Arabica and Robusta beans are the most common commercial coffee bean varieties. Most ground coffee is made from Arabica beans, but some are blended with a certain percentage of Robusta beans or crosses such as Catim. In contrast, most instant coffee and ready-to-drink coffee drinks are made from Robusta beans.
There are very significant differences in flavor between coffee beans, so it is crucial to know where it comes from and what variety it is when choosing. Generally, if we like a bright, fruity, floral, and sweet flavor, then Arabica coffee beans are suitable; if we want a rich, full-bodied coffee with a quick pick-me-up, then we can choose a blend with a certain percentage of Robusta coffee beans.
2. Choose by coffee bean region
Almost all the world’s coffee trees grow in the tropical region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, represented by the vicinity of the equator. We usually refer to coffee as having three main production areas, namely: the African coffee region, the Asia-Pacific coffee region, and the American coffee region. Yunnan coffee is also rapidly growing into an important production area as the production and quality of coffee beans in the region improve.
(1) Ethiopian coffee beans: Ethiopia has become the most representative coffee-producing country in Africa with its unique Yegashefi, Sidamo, and Harar Arabica species of coffee. Yegashefi coffee is the best representative, and its washed and treated coffee beans have a strong floral and citrus flavor.
(2) Kenya coffee beans: Grown in the highlands near Mount Kenya, Kenya’s premium Arabica coffee beans have firm acidity and berry tones. Kenyan coffee has a sweet fruitiness and firm wine acidity, with a medium body and a clean taste with few flaws or off flavors.
(3) Vietnamese coffee beans: Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer after Brazil. Vietnamese coffee is mainly grown in the south and is dominated by Robusta species coffee, which accounts for about 97% of its total coffee production. And Vietnam is also the world’s top producer of Robusta species coffee beans.
(4) Indonesian coffee beans: The traditional high-quality Arabica coffee beans are grown in the northern part of the country in London and Mantnin and are often named after places. Manning coffee beans are aromatic, with chocolate and nut-like flavor, high-quality acidity, moderate acidity, and a pronounced sweetness for deep roasting.
Early cat shit coffee came from Sumatra, Indonesia. After consuming the coffee fruit, musk cats excreted the undigested seeds with their feces, and villagers collected coffee beans from the feces of wild musk cats.
Originating in the early 18th century, Javanese coffee beans have a fresher, cleaner, and brighter taste with a distinctly sweet, rich nutty, spicy, and vanilla aroma due to the complex wet processing and drying methods endure on large farms.
(5) Yunnan coffee beans: Yunnan has a wide coffee-growing area and a large cultivation output, accounting for more than 98% of China’s total coffee production. The central coffee-growing regions in Yunnan are Pu’er, Baoshan, Dehong, Xishuangbanna, and Lincang, mainly growing Tippika and Catim species coffee beans.
(6) Brazilian coffee beans: Brazil’s sun-dried or semi-sun-dried coffee from Santos has a mellow taste and rich spice flavor. Washed coffee beans have a clean, soft taste, low acidity, and a quality fruity flavor.
(7) Panama coffee beans: Panama is a relative newcomer to the boutique coffee market, with several well-run estates in Panama showing a flavor transition from lively, lightly acidic, rounded to rich, bright acidity.
(8) Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans: Blue Mountain coffee beans grown on Jamaica’s Blue Mountains are one of the world’s most famous and expensive coffees due to their balanced, mild taste, balanced sweet and sour, and lack of bitterness. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is certified, and only the Jamaican Coffee Industry Association can be labeled “Blue Mountain Coffee.”
(9) Colombian coffee beans: Colombia is the world’s third largest coffee producer after Brazil and Vietnam. It is also the world’s leading producer of fine coffee, producing large quantities of consistently high-quality coffee. It mainly grows high-quality Arabica coffee beans, including rare and valuable varieties such as the Gesha.
3. Selection according to the treatment process
The coffee treatment process is an essential part of the coffee processing process, mainly the process of turning the coffee fruit into raw coffee beans.
There are currently five treatment methods around the world: solar, washing, semi-sun, honey, and wet soaking, of which solar, washing, and semi-sun are the main ones. The following is a brief introduction to the characteristics of solarization and washing methods.
(1) Solar treatment method / natural drying method (Natural Process). This is the oldest surviving treatment method, which refers to drying the coffee fruit in the sun without treatment after picking. This is one of the oldest surviving treatments. It is a highly variable flavor treatment, often giving the coffee beans a sweeter appearance and a flavor similar to that of dried plums, sultanas, or even wine.
(2) Washed treatment (Washed). The washed method, often referred to as the washed method, is the most widely used method of coffee processing worldwide. The flavor profile usually has a bright acidity similar to fresh fruit and a cleaner taste.
1 Bring an eraser with you before you purchase it, and rub the yoga mat with it to see whether the material is easy to break?
2 If your financial condition allows, I would like to recommend you buy a yoga mat made of mixed natural latex and hemp. Compared with traditional PVC material, it will be safer for the human body and environment.
3 Gently push the surface of the yoga mat with your palm. The surface should be dry. If the surface is wet, it means there are still a lot of residual foaming agents on the mat surface. Users will easily slip or fall when using it.
4 Please test the tolerance of the mat by pinching it with your fingers. A yoga mat with good elasticity can provide a protective function for the users when using it.
5 To avoid injury, we recommend that users choose their yoga mat with appropriate thickness according to their level. For instance, for a yoga beginner, it is better to use a mat of 6mm thickness.
Additionally, we strongly suggest that please clean the public yoga mat with wipes or sprays before you use it in the gym room. It largely reduces the risk of infecting skin diseases. Because an uncleaned yoga mat is likely to harbor bacteria, fungi, and dust mites. Those bacteria can lead to folliculitis. Meanwhile, fungi are prone to ringworm and foot fungus. In addition, dust mites are the biggest threat to allergic people by inducing allergic dermatitis and asthma.
In conclusion, it is important to choose an appropriate yoga mat for yourself. Because a good yoga mat can help you prevent a lot of unnecessary injuries. Thus, please choose your yoga mat carefully.
A yoga mat is not only prevented slipperiness but also provided a protective effect when you are making some knee moves. If the mat is too thin, the knee will have a very strong squeezing pressure with the ground, especially when doing a tiger pose. A yoga mat is not only a tool, but also a protection tool for your body so that you can avoid injury, better protect your spine, knees, and other joints, and also let you get a healthier body. A yoga towel can be used as an aid, placed on a yoga mat, to increase length, and can be used to protect the body from catching a cold during rest.
How to choose a yoga mat?
1. TPE mat is the most environmentally friendly
TPE is the most high-grade yoga mat product, does not contain chlorinated substances, does not contain metal elements, anti-static, each mat is about 1200 grams, lighter than the PVC foam mat about 300 grams, and is more suitable for carrying out. General thickness 6mm-8mm.
Features: soft, comfortable, strong grip – placed on any ground are more secure. Compared with the PVC yoga mat, the weight is about 300 grams lighter and more convenient to carry around.
The advantages of TPE mats, are light quality, easy to carry, easy to clean, wet and dry state non-slip are excellent, and the mat TPE material purity is no smell. For most PVC foam mats because of the process and cost reasons or some taste, there is no way to remove this.
2. PVC is cost-effective and good-quality
PVC foam (Pvc content 96% of the weight of the yoga mat is about 1500 grams) PVC is a chemical raw material. PVC is not soft and plays a non-slip before it foamed. Only after it foams, can produce the finished product like a yoga mat, or non-slip mat.
Features: PVC material is affordable, available everywhere, and the quality is also guaranteed, and cost-effective.
What should I pay attention to when choosing a yoga mat?
The length should not be shorter than your height, and the width should not be narrower than your shoulder width. The thickness should be about 5mm. If the mat is too thin, you will feel pain when the joints touch the ground. If it is too thick, it will affect the stability of the standing movement.
Observe the elasticity of the yoga mat.
Use your hand to squeeze the mat. If you feel that both fingers are easily pinched together, it proves that the mat is too soft. Even if the mat is thick, the joints such as the knees will be painful when they touch the ground. If the mat is too hard, our fragile skin can not accept it, and it is easy to break, and not easy to store.
Uniformity of yoga mat.
Lay the yoga mat flat, and observe the uniformity of its foam. If the foam is not a uniform mat surface, it is easy to produce damage in the process of use. If the raised part of the foam is broken, it cannot be repaired.
Light and heavy moderate.
If the mat is too heavy, it is not easy to carry. If the mat slides on the ground or the hand slides on the mat surface, it means that the mat is not very good in terms of slip resistance.
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