It is certainly not that coffee has changed in the last 500 years. It is not that coffee should be thankful that we have been mixing it the last two decades with sugar, salt, spices or even sirups, so it becomes a better and diverse taste.
No, coffee – as the seed it is – has not really changed at all. It continues to give back what the earth and environment where it grows, give to it. It has always been that way.
The evolution has happened in us. We have somehow managed to pay much more attention to the qualities within a seed of coffee, to the importance of how much sun and how much shade it grows under. And we have been paying more attention to our palate.
We are paying more attention to what has always been there – the complexities in nature. This is how a list has been put together under a coffee that make many people think, this is a cocktail that includes coffee.
As just a random example, this Aragón Coffee from Guatemala has within itself an array of taste notes that read like an exotic garden.
It is – however – just coffee.