Excelsa Coffee

Although Excelsa has been recently re-classified as a member of the Liberica family, the two couldn’t be more different; it differs so much from Liberica that some members of the coffee community still think of it as a separate species. It was re-named as a genus of Liberica because it grows on large 20-30 ft trees like Liberica at similar altitudes and has a similar almond-like shape. Excelsa grows mostly in Southeast Asia and accounts for a mere 7% of the world’s coffee circulation. It is largely used in blends in order to give the coffee an extra boost of flavor and complexity, better affecting the middle and back palate. Excelsa is said to possess a tart and fruity body—which are flavors reminiscent of a light roast—that also somehow has dark, roasty notes. This mystery lures coffee drinkers from around the world to try and seek out the varietal. Excelsa plants are mainly found in Southeast Asia, and the beans are mostly used as blending coffee. Excelsa has a unique taste profile, somewhat mysterious; it has a flavor of both light roast and dark roast coffee—feels like tart, fruity, and somehow dark.

Excelsa is the popular variety of coffee, which often gets confused with Liberica and Robusta coffee beans due to its similar beans and taste. Scientifically acknowledged asCoffea Dewerti, Excelsa contributes to 7% of coffee production around the globe. The Excelsa beans have a distinctive flavour profile reminding a tart or a ripened fruit. Excelsa coffee powder is used in many house blends along with Robusta and Arabica. The Excelsa powder adds complexity and character to the coffee blend. Excelsa coffee beans are cultivated in medium altitudes and possess “teardrop” shape, which proclaims it resemblance to Liberica. The Excelsa was recently acknowledged as the variety of Liberica.

Brewing Method
Water, sugar and coffee powder is required for brewing a cup of coffee. Filtered water or pure spring water is used for brewing coffee. Excelsa coffee powder is brewed the same way as most other types of coffee. Excelsa coffee powder can be brewed using French press, percolator, aeropress, drip brewers and more. The taste of coffee can be controlled by right amount of coffee powder and sugar. The right choice of brewing method will help to reduce preparation time, control bitterness and enhance taste.

Excelsa coffee powder should be kept away from moisture, dryness, sunlight and flavoursome food items such as garlic and spices. The coffee powder loses its aroma when it comes in contact with oxygen. It is recommended to store coffee in a sealed, room-temperature bag to retain its flavour.