Bean to Capsule: The Evolution of Coffee – Bonhomia Blog

Bean to Capsule: The Evolution of Coffee

Are you one of those people who simply cannot function till you’ve at least had your first cupof coffee? Worse still, does the thought of old school ‘beaten’ coffee send you into the deepest throes of depression?If any of these ring true, you probably identify as a coffee addict or at the very least, a caffeine junkie.

But have you ever wondered about life before coffee? How on Earth did people survive without it?

And most importantly, whom should we be thanking for discovering this wonder of the world?


There are multiple stories surrounding the discovery of coffee, but the most popular one is attributed to anEthiopian goat herder named Kaldi.Legend has it that Kaldi noticed hisgoats weremore hyperactive than usual after eating some red berries, rendering them into what would eventually be known as a “caffeine high.” Kaldi realized that the beans had a similar effect on him and decided to share this discovery with some local monks.The monks realized it helped them stay awake longer and since that moment (in the 9th century), there’s been no looking back.

Over the centuries, coffee found its way to Asia, Latin America and eventually, the rest of the world, and every society had its take on what this liquid lifeline should be called.

The origins of the word ‘coffee’ are as debatable as they are intriguing. The word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie, borrowed from the Turkish kahve, which in turn was borrowed from the Arabic qahwa. The Dutch grew coffee in Indonesia on the island of Java, which is how that famous variety got its name.

How then, does it make its journey from bean to cup?


      • Coffee grows on trees in the form of cherries that are different shades of red. It’s usually grown in plant beds in shaded nurseries on large plots of land called coffee estates.
      • Either all the cherries are ‘strip picked’ off the trees or only the ripe cherries are ‘selectively’ picked.
      • Fruit picked during the harvest period is then processed by the wet method or the dry method. The conventional method of spreading the cherries out in the open to dry in the sun’s heat is referred to as the dry method, whereas in the wet method, the pulp is removed after harvesting and processed before being dried.
      • When the moisture content drops to around 11%, the beans are milled as the second stage of the process.
      • Next comes the roasting, which is essentially whatdetermines the aroma and flavour of the coffee.
      • Grinding the beans comes last, and your coffee powder is ready for use.

The Time Capsule

Making a cup of the delicious brew is as much a science as it is an art.  In the right Barista’s hand, it is nothing short of magic. Well-trained baristas have an intimate connection with the coffee-brewing equipment and beans, and possess a knack for churning out the perfect cup of coffee, serve after serve, to their loyal customers.

bean-blog-right1Then, there are connoisseurs who spend hours preparing a brew to their exacting standards.But for those of us who don’t have the time to labour over brewed coffee or need an instant fix, without the long trek to the coffee shop or the hours to spare, the pro life wasn’t a practical solution.

That’s how instant coffee happened.The convenience it offered made it a hit among time-strapped fellows. It does the job, but that’s about it. Instant coffee tends to taste a bit bland and has the impersonal feel of a factory brew. The acidity, aroma, body and aftertaste that a coffee lover looks forward to, and that makes each coffee-growing region’s product distinctive, are missing.

Thus, unfortunately for those of us with taste buds, we are still left high and dry, with no solution in sight. Until, of course, the coffee capsuleappeared.


bean-blog-left1A true marvel of modern technology, a coffee capsule or a pod is the perfect marriage between instant and artisanal. Just pick it up, pop it into your single serve coffee brewer, and at the press of a button, you have a single portion of rich, flavourful coffee to relish. It’s that simple – a no mess, no wait solution to your coffee hankering. While the concept might seem new here, coffee pods have been in use in the Western world for forty years. In fact, a BBC News quoted a Rabobank analyst, saying that one third of the 18 bln Euro Western Europe coffee market is now in the form of coffee pods. Around one in three American households has pod-based coffee making machines.

Now that Bonhomia has introduced the coffee capsule concept to India, we too have the option of enjoying a cuppa of gourmet coffee without stepping outside our homes. Whether you crave a mild espresso that’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, or are harbouring dark desires for an Arabica-Robusta blend, Bonhomia’s capsules have it all. And what better brewer to pop these coffee capsules into than the Bonhomia Boho, a confluence of innovative technology, functionality, and new age design. Sleek and easy to store and clean, these compact coffee brewers offer you the convenience of making a fresh cup of coffee like never before.

Something to smell, swirl and sip
So, the next time you’re hosting an evening with your best buds, a coffee tasting, or trying to set the mood for an intimate evening with your better half, your coffee, your way, will be ready in seconds.
bean-blog-full And as you take a sip of your special blend, just think about the journey it’s had- the things it’s seen, the forms it’s taken, and the beauty it’s become- from seed to cherry to capsule to cup. That ought to make every cup of coffee seem that much more special.

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