A Guide to Blends, Single Origin & Microlot Coffee
If you're a coffee lover, you've probably heard the terms "blends," "single origin," and "microlot" thrown around. But what do they actually mean? A blend is simply a mixture of beans from different regions or varieties. These are often used to create a consistent flavour and profile. Single-origin coffee, on the other hand, comes from a specific region or farm and tends to have a more unique flavour profile. While, microlot coffee is a speciality grade coffee that comes from a small section of a larger farm, often identified for its unique terroir, and generally yields a limited amount. Regardless of which type of coffee you prefer, it's important to experiment and try different varieties to find your personal favourite.
So let's dive into these a bit more to help you with your brewing game!
All Within The Blends
Coffee blends are a popular way to enjoy a unique and delicious cup of coffee. These blends are a combination of different types of coffee beans, such as our Signature blend, Sussex Barn, giving a unique flavour of berries and chocolate. The thing we love about blends is that the possibilities for blending different beans are endless, and each blend can be tailored to suit different tastes and preferences. Some blends may be created to have a bold, rich flavour, like our Dark Side of the EDGE, while others may be more delicate and subtle, take the Riverside, for example.
Blends can be composed of beans from different regions, while others may be a mix of different roasts. And then we have speciality blends! These beans can have some crazy flavours like vanilla or hazelnut. But it isn't just about taste; it's a whole sensory experience. Each blend's got its own unique personality. It's all influenced by where the beans grew, how they were roasted, and how they were brewed. And with so many different blends out there, there's definitely one that's going to match your mug preference. Whether you want to hit the ground running with a bold brew or ease into a lighter taste, you can have your coffee and drink it too.
The Art Of Microlot Coffee Beans
Microlot coffee is the new buzzword that is gaining popularity in the coffee industry. But what exactly is microlot coffee, and what differentiates it from regular coffee beans?
Well, it basically means tiny amounts of coffee grown and harvested by one farmer or a small group of people. These beans are treated like royalty, carefully picked and processed to create a one-of-a-kind coffee experience. The best part? These microlot coffees are totally unique! Each one has its own special flavour and processing method tailored just for them. And history geeks, listen up! You can actually trace where your microlot coffee comes from - no off-balanced blends from random farms and regions here! Microlot coffee is the real deal for serious coffee connoisseurs who want to know exactly where their precious elixir comes from.
Take our Sumatra Hutan; we know this sensational coffee is grown by a majority Women’s Co-operative, so it focuses on supporting and empowering women within the community. The process of making this microlot coffee is basically an art form that takes Impeccable Skills, dedication, and serious commitment to top-notch quality. Trust us; every step is monitored like a hawk to bring out the best flavours and qualities. Our new Sumatra Hutan beans are so fancy they've been tank fermented for 12-24 hours, washed, and sun-dried to the perfect moisture level of 30%. Then they get sent off to a wet hull facility to continue the sun-drying until they reach a moisture level of around 12.5%. All this work gives the coffee more body and lower acidity, which translates into crazy good hints of pineapple, lemongrass, berries and brown sugar.
The Sustainable Buy
Are you ready for a coffee that's straight-fire? Then get your hands on microlot ASAP! If you're looking to help in a sustainable way, microlot coffee should be your go-to. Not only is it pure and uniquely tastes (thanks to being sourced from a tiny lot), but it also helps build long-term relationships between buyers and producers, and you will know precisely where your beans are coming from and what makes them unique. Get some microlot magic in your mug.
Uncovering The Unique Flavors Of Single Origin Coffee Beans
So, you think you're a coffee connoisseur, huh? You know all about cappuccinos, lattes, and Americanos, but have you heard about single origin coffee beans? No, it's not some fancy gimmick to make you spend more money. It's the real deal. Single origin coffee beans come from a specific location and are not blended with other beans. Why is this important, you ask? Because it allows you to taste the unique flavours and nuances of that particular region's soil, climate, and altitude. It's like taking a trip around the world but in your coffee cup!
Now, we know what you're thinking: "But I like my coffee to taste like coffee." Well, my friend, let us tell you that single origin beans don't just taste like coffee. They taste like a party in your mouth. Each sip tells a story of where it came from and how it got there. They also are great for slow brewing like the V60, Moka Pot which helps to bring out all kinds of flavours and taste notes. It's really like a history lesson and a caffeine boost rolled into one.
So, where do these magical beans come from? Well, that's the beauty of it. They can come from anywhere! From the rainforests of Colombia, like our LA Manuela to the mountain valleys of Ethiopia (Yirgacheffe), each region has a distinct taste that can't be replicated. And trust us, we have a few to try. Don't get us wrong; you may still love your caramel latte as much as the next. But there's something special about savouring a cup of single origin coffee and feeling like you're transported to another part of the world. Plus, if anyone ever tries to one-up you on their coffee knowledge, you can proudly proclaim, "Oh, I only drink single origin coffee." And just like that, you'll be a coffee snob in no time.
Discover The Rich Flavors Of Peaberry Coffee Beans
You know what they say, folks:better a peaberry in hand than two beans in the bush. Wait, that's not how it goes? Well, either way, you need to get your hands on some peaberry coffee beans.
Not only do they have a charming and unique round shape, but they also pack a punch when it comes to flavour. It's like they've been working out at the flavour gym, flexing those taste buds and getting all beefed up for your enjoyment. Take our Kenya Kisii for example, this little bean packs a punch of blackcurrant, sugarcane and nutmeg! It's no wonder it's one of our best sellers.
Did you know also, with peaberry coffee beans, you're getting quality over quantity. These little beauties don't just grow on any old bush. They come from a unique coffee cherry that only produces one bean instead of the usual two. It's like finding a needle in a haystack, except the needle is a delicious coffee bean and the haystack is...well, probably still a haystack. But you get the point.
So why settle for bland old regular coffee beans when you can have the bold, rich flavours of peaberry? It's like upgrading from a minivan to a Ferrari. Maybe not that extreme, but you get the idea. So next time you're sipping on your regular old coffee, think of all the deliciousness you're missing out on. Peaberry coffee beans are the way to go, my friends, and your taste buds will thank you for it.
What about decaf?
Oh, decaf coffee, the coffee without the kick. Who even drinks that stuff? Well, apparently, some people do. Whether it's for health reasons, like being pregnant or trying to calm those anxious nerves, or if you're just a little caffeine-sensitive, decaf could be the way to go. But let's get down to business; how do they even make decaf coffee? I mean, caffeine is the whole point, right? Well, there are a few techniques and processes that can extract the caffeine from the coffee bean, which you can read more about in our other blog here, but the key is that you can enjoy your cup without the buzz. You can even choose which type of coffee bean you want to use, depending on your taste preferences. And don't forget about roast level - decaf doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavour. So go ahead, sip that decaf coffee with pride... just don't expect to run any marathons afterwards.
What kind of Coffee Bean Should You Choose?
With so many different kinds of coffee beans out there, how do you even begin to choose the right one for you? Don't worry; we are here to help. First up, sustainability. If you're all about saving the planet (and who isn't these days?), then go for the beans that are ethically sourced and eco-friendly and the best for this is microlot. Next, consider your brewing method. Do you like your coffee slow-brewed to perfection? Then a single origin bean is your best bet. And if you're the indecisive type who wants a little bit of everything, go for the house blend as it will be sure to satisfy no matter what. So, take a deep breath, sip on that brew, and know that you've made the right choice.