We want to be good at what we do so constant improvement is important. If our coffee this year is not as good as last year then that is a major problem. Something I didn’t like about last year was I felt I purchased to wide a range of coffees and my roasting suffered because of it. I felt like people wanted lots of variety but more variety = more test roasting = more profiles = more tasting = more time, which ended up running out. So this year I purchased less variety of coffee and just went for bigger amounts of what we at cup prefer.
So my favourite coffees for this year.
Suiza – El Salvador.
We only just recently got this lot in and it has been amazing. Really sweet, big fruit flavours. Just an all round great coffee.
Santa Clara – Guatemala.
I love this coffee and got lots this year. Its currently 30% of our blend but thats set to rise after Christmas. It’s the first coffee I ever roasted at our shop and I think if they keep picking it I’ll keep buying it every year.
Alto Palmar – Colombia.
Another coffee I bought quite a bit of (for our size anyway), you knew this coffee would be great even before brewing. Amazing aroma. I remember a customer bringing in a roast that was 8 weeks old and asking if we could grind it as they were on their way to a friends house. We did, and it still smelt amazing. This also made up a big chunk of our espresso blend for a few months.
La Perla – Guatemala
Sweet red fruits and honey. Perfect combo. Another coffee that made a great pourover and also sat in our espresso blend very nicely at 85% for a couple of months.
March is set it be Africa month with coffees arriving from Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia in the next few weeks. I'm most excited about the Rwandan coffee as another red Bourbon from this area was one of my favourites from last year and this one has cupped up really well.
We also have 2 more bags of the Santa Clara arriving which has been going fast over the last couple of weeks.
We are officially open. Cup Coffee opened it's roller door today. Look out for us on Russell Street, West End.