Request for Proposal: A Morning Coffee for 25 June 2012 Page 2
Schedule 1RFP Background and Types of Proposals Sought
What is coffee?
Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from the seeds of the coffee plant. The seeds (called beans)are roasted to provide a unique taste. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees inmany parts of the world. The most well-known coffee growing regions are Africa, Southeast Asia andLatin America.The popularity of coffee can be put downto its uniquely bitter taste, and itsstimulatory effect on the drinker.The first credible evidence of coffeeappears in the Arab world, in the fifteenthcentury. Today coffee is a globally tradedcommodity, and for millions of peoplearound the world it provides a livelihood.For millions of others in the West theirdaily coffee intake has become somethingof a ritual.
My relationship with coffee
For some time I was content with instant coffee, but in the late 1990s I discovered a taste for fineespresso coffee. A period of living overseas early in the 2000s installed in me a disdain for the weakmilky concoctions generally served throughout the UK and much of the rest of Europe, and Ireturned to New Zealand determined never again to drink disgusting coffee.While the caffeine hit and the “buzz” that comes from a good cup of coffee is important to me, Igenerally confine my coffee drinking to two or three cups a day.My mid-morning coffee is usually the most important, and the successful supplier of my morning hiton 25 June 2012 will need to display an understanding of all aspects of the art of fine coffee making,from bean selection and roasting, down to barista technique and presentation.