Cold Brew Blends

03 June 2014

Now that the warm weather is here I'm being asked a lot about iced coffee and cold brew! Iced coffee is just hot brewed coffee that is allowed to chill and served over ice. Cold brew is made with cold water. Coffee grinds are steeped in cold water anything from 10 - 20hours. I usually soak mine overnight then filter with filter papers and store in the fridge. I try make it quite strong and pour it over ice! You do use more coffee. I've seen recipes from 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee to 3 of water up to 1 to 5 of water! I'd suggest start with 1 cup of coffee and 4 of water and try it. Adjust for your palate.

Some can be quite lovely black without sugar - others benefit from a little sweetness either from milk or sugar (or both). Condensed milk is fantastic especially with my dark roasted Monsoon Malabar! Cold brew has less acidity than hot brewed coffee. It also should have less bitterness. A different flavour profile entirely. Whether it has more or less caffeine I'm not quite sure! Cold brewing extracts less caffeine although steeping for several hours will extract more! If I get to the bottom of it I'll let you know!

PNG Sigri

28 March 2014

Our beautiful Papua New Guinea Sigri has been a massive hit and I love it! Although I managed to secure quite a lot this year it won't last for ever! Our Nicaraguan Elephant has sold like the clappers! Unfortunately this one is coming to an end. I'm trying to find out if there may be any more on the horizon.

Cafetiere Coffee

25 January 2014

Hello from our little coffee roastery in Stratford upon Avon

A really simple and easy way to make a great cup of coffee is to use a Cafetiere sometimes called French Press or Plunger. We're often asked how to brew coffee with this method so here are a few tips.  Just remember to brew the coffee and drink it straight away. If you leave it stewing in the pot the result can be quite unpleasant! 

  • Bring the water to the boil and allow it to cool while you get everything ready for your brew!
  • Using water slightly off the boil ensures that the flavour of the roasted coffee is not altered
  • Preheat the Cafetière
  • Similar to a teapot, in order to get the best brew heat the cafetière using a small amount of hot water.
  • Use medium to coarse ground coffee
  • Using the correct grind of coffee is essential to getting a great brew in a cafetière.  If your grind is too fine the drink will be cloudy and maybe even a little powdery in taste.  Too coarse and the drink will be weak
  • Use one heaped dessert spoonful of ground coffee per cup, obviously add more if you are using large mugs.
  • Place the ground coffee into the cafetière and pour a little water over the grounds and swirl them through it.
  • Pour in the rest of the water and stir gently, if needed, to cover the coffee grinds.
  • Place the lid on the cafetière with the plunger fully raised
  • Allow the coffee to brew for four minutes
  • Gently press the plunger down all the way
  • Be careful to press the plunger down straight, if you try to push from an angle some coffee grains may escape into the brew.
  • Pour and enjoy!

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