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Darker Roasted Coffee

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A selection of estate coffees given a darker roast to release more sugars and slightly neutralise the acidity naturally found in coffee. Darker roasts are most suitable, though not exclusively, for espresso based coffees and for those who like to drink their coffee without milk or cream.
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  1. Dark Side of the Moon Coffee

    Dark Side of the Moon Coffee

    This is one of our most popular dark roast coffees. It has a very appealing bittersweet, fine, dark chocolate like character. Other cupping notes noticed are brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee apple, sweet tobacco. We buy from different plantations according to the best quality available and only from those scoring 88 and above according to the SCAA cupping criteria. Learn More
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  2. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Sesota Dark Coffee

    Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Sesota Dark Coffee

    Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffees are famed for their beautiful fragrance. When darkly roasted of course some of these complexities are lost yet it still retains its distinctive character. The citrus acidity changes to a dark fruit sweetness, hints of blackcurrant, spice, nutmeg, bonfire toffee and a sugar cane aftertaste make it one of the most refined of darkly roasted coffees. The coffee grown in this lush, green, mountainous area at altitudes up to 8,000 feet is referred to as ‘garden coffee’ due to most of it being grown on small-holdings of less than 1 hectare producing something up to 5 sacks of coffee beans. Learn More
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  3. Sumatran Jumpa Jaya Coffee

    Sumatran Jumpa Jaya Coffee

    This intense coffee is sourced from the Arinagata Cooperative, a collection serving 2,000+ small hold farmers who grow coffee in the Aceh rainforest at altitudes up to 5,500 feet. The co-op is an organic and Fairtrade certified Gayo Arabica coffee producer and exporter. When roasted as darkly as this the flavours described as herbal, grapefruit, cherry, chocolate, walnut, white grape, vanilla and fresh flowers evolve into cedar, maple, chocolate, spice, raisin, black treacle, liquorice and sweet tobacco. It has a syrupy richness, exquisite flavour and the native volcanic soil gives it a rich, silky character. It is, deservedly, among the most famous coffees in the world. Learn More
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  4. Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee

    Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee

    The famed ‘monsooned Malabar’ - is made by a process unique to India, and gives a distinctive, potent cup. It dates back to coffee farming under British colonial rule when during the several months that it took to ship green coffee from India to Europe, the humidity and sea winds caused the beans to swell and age. As transport improved the beans suffered less from the elements en route, so coffee-drinkers noticed that the coffee was losing its usual character and distinctive, bold flavour. To create a ‘monsooned’ crop, natural sun-dried green coffee is stored in open-sided warehouses on the coast, which allows moist tropical air from the monsoon winds to blow through the storage area. Over 2 to 3 months, the beans absorb moisture, lose most of their natural acidity and swell to around double their original size, becoming brittle and pale. The process starts when the monsoons begin. Tasting notes include spicy, earthy, smoky, tobacco, fig and plum. It is grown in Karnataka, the Western Ghats of South India. It is grown on the Kents, S.795, Catimor and Selection 9 varietals of Arabica coffee plant. Learn More
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  5. Nero King of Espresso Coffee

    Nero King of Espresso Coffee

    Every company protects the recipe for their own special blend of beans believing it to be the perfect combination to make the ultimate ‘Espresso’ coffee. We are no different! This blend was created by us in 1996 when the received wisdom was that blends should be made only of coffee beans from Brazil and perhaps some ‘Robusta’. We started to experiment with some of the phenomenal Grand Cru coffees we were roasting, and enjoying in cafétieres and filter equipment, in an espresso machine. After much experimentation, we settled on what we still believe holds up as a truly Grand Cru espresso, and we named it Nero. We love the sweet body, blackberry, chocolate, walnut, black treacle and hazelnut character of this speciality. It is the go-to blend for our customers and Baristas alike when making an espresso. It's also delicious made in any other form of equipment! Learn More
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  6. Natural Mountain Water Decaf Coffee Dark

    Natural Mountain Water Decaf Coffee Dark

    If you give this coffee to someone without telling them it’s decaffeinated you will always be greeted with the same look of astonishment when they find out! Firstly because we apply the same criteria for excellence to the coffee we choose to decaffeinate as we do to all of our Grand Cru coffees. Expect flavours of dark chocolate, raisin, plum, liquorice, malt, black cherry and tobacco. Secondly, the method of decaffeination is designed to remove only the caffeine and not the precious flavour compounds that give coffee its character. The Mountain Water Process involves immersing the coffee beans in water to extract the 99.9% of the caffeine. No chemicals are used, and a filtering process allows the beans to maintain their characteristic flavour. The Mountain Water Decaf process uses clear, pure water from the glaciers of the Pico de Orizaba Mountains in Mexico, although often the coffee we choose is not in itself Mexican. This dark roast makes a phenomenally good espresso or base for a latté and cappuccino. Learn More
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  7. Kenya Black Lion Coffee

    Kenya Black Lion Coffee

    No collection of coffee would be complete without a prizewinning offering from Kenya. It delivers value for money for the aroma alone! Given a dark roast, expect the flavours to suggest treacle toffee, molasses, black cherry, caramel, red wine, plum, dark chocolate, muscovado sugar and dried apricot. Our Kenya coffee is grown by the smallholder farmers of the Bisembe co-operative in Kisii County, a mountainous region of western Kenya famed for evergreen farms. Recently, coffee from this co-operative won the Specialty Coffee Association’s Blind Cupping Competition, scoring 98 out of 100. Learn More
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  8. Rwanda Gorilla Mountain Coffee

    Rwanda Gorilla Mountain Coffee

    As with other fine African coffees, the coffee taster’s lexicon is put to good use in describing the character. Notes of blackberry, baking spices, caramel, cranberry, raisins, berries, citrus, cream, lemon, strawberry, grapefruit, floral, cherry, vanilla, caramel, tangy orange, berry jam, lavender, honey, sweet black cherry and figs are described. Rwandan coffee is not mass produced as we know it in the west. It is known as the land of a thousand hills. Many farmers grow their produce on hillsides and within lush, untamed valleys on very smallholdings. Learn More
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