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Light vs Dark roasted coffee beans

How do we determine coffee bean roast level? One of the most common things we hear from people who love coffee but haven’t yet experienced speciality coffee beans is the phrase ‘I love strong coffee’ or ‘I like dark roasted coffee’. This always opens up an interesting discussion about the differences between light roasted coffee, solubility of coffee and flavour comparisons. Firstly we know that tastes are very personal and some people do prefer dark roasted coffee. Generally speaking within the world of speciality coffee with high cupping scores and traceable microlots a light to medium roast is preferred. The reason for this is quite simply that a lighter roasted coffee allows the true flavours of the coffee to be...

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Post harvest coffee processing

Coffee bean processing at origin The way in which coffee is processed following the harvest has a significant effect on the flavour. Certain origins are associated with certain types of processing but even within these general catgories there are variations in the methods used.This is one of the most exciting aspects of speciality coffee and we are currently working with two washing stations in Rwanda on some processing experiments. Essentially the processing method can be described as the means used to remove the fruit from the seed and includes the process of drying the bean in its parchment to a moisture content of around 9-11%. Washed processing Nova washing station, north of Kigali, Rwanda This method is considered to produce...

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Why owning a good grinder is essential

Why you should own a coffee grinder Initially some customers find it unusual that we don’t offer any of our coffees pre ground. We did when we first started roasting coffee but after about a year we decided to remove the option of pre ground coffee to focus only on whole bean. There are some very simple reasons for this: 1. Freshness Coffee goes stale fairly quickly. Perhaps not quite as quickly in whole bean form as a slice of fresh bread but it doesn’t have the shelf life that many people have been lead to believe. Ideally coffee beans should be used within 1 month of roasting and should always be stored in a sealed container in a cool,...

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