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Nova Espresso Blend


Espresso blend tasting notes: Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Sweet Caramel

Brewing: This coffee works best as an espresso but can also be brewed for filter if you enjoy rich chocolate notes and lower acidity. For filter we recommend a 1 - 15 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.1 brew ratio. 

Filter: 17g - 250ml // Espresso: 18g - 38g


Nova Espresso blend is our new take on a more traditional high-quality Italian style espresso blend. Based around a really good quality coffee from Brazil, this blend is roasted a touch darker than our Workhorse blend. We've developed the blend and roast style to suit espresso extraction and it's easy to work with and fairly forgiving. It also tastes great in milk and the dark chocolate notes really cut through, even in an 8oz latte. If you are looking for a bright, juicy espresso we'd suggest our Workhorse blend.

For espresso, we suggest a brew ratio of 1-2. For example, 18-gram dose to 36 grams of espresso. The timing is fairly forgiving with this one but something between 26 and 30 seconds is likely to yield the best results.   

Rwanda Bwishaza Washing station, 50% (relationship coffee)
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1650+masl

We first visited Rwanda in 2014 and over the last few years we've developed some very close relationships within the Rwandan coffee community. We first visited Bwishaza co-operative in 2015 and have been buying coffee from them every year since our first visit.

Bwishaza co-operative is located north of Kibuye close to lake Kivu. You can view the exact location via the link to google maps. The co-operative produce a wide range of coffees with their main focus on clean, juicy, bright washed coffees.

 Rwanda Bwishaza Coffee

Brazil Inhame Estate 30%
Varietal: Catuai
Process: Natural
Altitude: +-1200 masl

Brazil Inhame is a small family farm with 28 hectares of coffee trees located near to the town of Campos Altos. We were introduced to the farm by Bruno Souza, owner of Academia do Cafe, a Q Grade, coffee farmer and one of the most experienced coffee professionals in Brazil. 

The farm is owned by Marco Aurelio and is managed in partnership with his son Bruno (an agronomist). They have a strong environmental focus concentrating on preservation of local water sources and indigeonous fauna and floral. Brazil Inhame is also available as a single origin coffee

Brazil Oberon 30%
Varietal: Mundo Novo, Catuaí and Bourbon
Process: Natural
Altitude: 950-1250 masl

Brazil Oberon is a small farm regional blend from the Cerrado region, Minas Gerais. The multi-farm coffee is perfect for our Nova blend due to the low acidity profile with a focus on chocolate and nuts.

Ideal for: Espresso. Works very well in milk based drinks. If you like dark roast filter coffee or cafetiere with lots of body, and tend to use milk, then this will work well too.  

  • We recommending buying whole bean coffee and grinding before brewing. We also sell 250g bags pre-ground. 1kg bags are available as wholebean only.

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  • The subscription charge will be collected at the period of time specified when ordering (ie every 1,2,3 or 4 weeks)
  • Your subscription can be cancelled after the first 3 orders.

Why buy an espresso blend?

At Horsham Coffee Roaster our primary focus is to make sure that we roast all coffee to be suitable for multiple brew methods. This style of Omni roasting coffee tends to mean that light roast single origins will also work for espresso but only with the right equipment. This means you need a really good espresso coffee grinder (like a La Marzocco Lux D) and a great espresso machine. In addition, you also need the time and energy to develop your barista skills to get the best from single-origin espresso coffee.

Our Nova espresso blend has been created to make it much easier and more forgiving on equipment that might not be capable of producing amazing single-origin espresso. We do this buy using coffees and a blend ratio that helps to mute acidity making it more forgiving when brewing with typical home espresso equipment. We also tailor the roast to develop this coffee to highlight sweetness and chocolate notes which once again is more suitable for home espresso equipment.

Many of our wholesale customers choose to use Nova as it showcases a more traditional espresso blend flavour profile which means it's great with and without milk. 

If you are new to brewing coffee using and espresso blend then the Nova is a perfect starting point.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 143 reviews
      Rory Coleman-Smith
      Reliable, scrummy espresso

      This is my regular. Stick it in the hopper of my delonghi bean to cup and I know I’ll get great tasting coffee!

      I much prefer this lighter roast to most other “espresso” blends, that are so dark they must have been roasted in the depths of mount doom along with a cremated golum.

      These beans are definitely more Gandalf the White than Gandalf the Grey. 🙌

      keith major

      Nova Espresso Blend

      James Hall
      Great balanced espresso

      I wouldn't normally buy a roast as developed as this, but I'm glad I did. It was a wonderfully balanced coffee with lovely sweetness and not too much harshness or bitterness. I found it required a larger dose to avoid astringency - 19g in the basket was much nicer than 17g. I would definitely buy this coffee again.

      Hope Gilmour


      Mild and gentle taste

      these coffee beans as they are mild and have a gentle taste. Other's have picked up the chocolatey taste, i haven't, but that's OK), I like this blend, as there is little or no acidity compared to other beans I used to buy for years before. (I add Colombian Planadas (sp)coffee beans to this blend too)
      Good for a gentle pick up in the morning and another in the afternoon.
      And as always, want a good life for the people who work hard growing, watering, harvesting and doing this work for us. With Gratitude and kindness

      Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee Farm
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      Let customers speak for us

      2522 reviews
      Smells and Tastes Incredible!

      I’ve recently purchased a coffee machine and the advice was to get local coffee — it is usually the freshest. I decided to order the organic blend, and just the bouquet of the beans was enough to wake you up. It smelt incredible; the taste and the freshness exceeded my expectations — and my coffee machine loves them. I make a perfect espresso each morning. I will definitely be purchasing them again as and when needed.

      Super fluffy

      Fantastic quality grinder, built like a tank, super fluffy output, no static issues.

      only flaw re usability is no auto off and touch buttons are not the most responsive so manual grinding is not most accurate

      Subtle, very nice coffee

      Had this in a coffee shop in Brighton then bought a kilo. It's an absolute belter you won't be disappointed.

      Organic Blend
      Gavin Davies
      Tasty coffee

      A tasty, chocolatey organic blend. Beans have lovely aroma.

      Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Lot 4 Washed