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By Lizzie Powell

Which Coffee To Choose?

What the roastery team think ...

We are regularly asked which coffee we recommend and it's always a bone of contention here in the roastery. With so many amazing coffees changing so regularly we can never settle on a favourite.

When we are asked this we usually suggest our Coffee Bundles which contains 3 single origin coffees and a blend; this is a really good way to get an idea of the tastes that suit your palate.

We thought we'd give you a little helping hand when it comes to choosing coffees. We've devised a chart to give you a better idea of growing regions so you can decide what coffees best suit your palate.

 Regional Coffee Taste Chart

Central
American

Dark to light chocolate, low acidity sometimes with nuts. Most Central American coffees are a 'traditional coffee taste.'

Guatemalan - Costa Rica - Mexican - El Salvador - Nicaragua - Panama - Honduras 

South
American

With a low acidity these regions (in-particular non single estate Brazilians) can be slightly bland however they are good all-day drinkers as both are commonly used as component parts of many coffee blends.

Brazilian's - Colombians - Bolivia - Ecuador - Peru 

East Africa
& Arabia

Many different taste characteristics come from these regions, to sum up in a few sentences we'd suggest these are often winey, light, fruity (think berries) and bright.

Ethiopia - Kenya - Yemen - Burundi - Uganda - Rwanda - Malawi - Tanzania

Caribbean

All the Caribbean coffees are generally very un-offensive on the palate. With neutral flavours and some sweetness they are certainly ones to be tried.

Jamaica Blue Mountain - Cuba - Dominican Republic 

Speciality
Coffees

In this category sits many of our finest coffees which don't really have a home elsewhere. Being lovely coffees they are deserving of a place in our chart.

Hawaiian Kona 

Indonesian & Australasian

Great coffees from great places. With the exception of Old Brown Java most, if not all, Indonesian coffees produce earthy, spicy & syrupy tastes. Australasian coffee is very rare. 

Java - Sumatra - Papua New Guinea - Australian 

Aged & treated coffees

We'd really struggle to describe these coffees by specifically saying aged and treated coffees. Both of these coffees have fantastic unique profiles and have to be tasted to be believed.

Old Brown Java - Monsoon Malabar

Asia & China 

Our Robusta coffee used for blending is from Vietnam. We were the first roastery in the UK to offer Chinese coffee. 

Vietnam - Chinese 

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