Our products
Our products

Arabica: Harvested all year in ASEAN countries - best grown above 1000meters in the shade usually in tropical rainforest areas.  Provides 60% of the world production.  Takes about 7 years for a bush to mature.  Appeals to those who taste from the "front palate", those finding Robusta too bitter and strong.

Robusta: larger beans, harvested Nov-March in ASEAN countries.  Higher caffeine content than Arabica and so more resistant to pests, requiring much less herbicides and pesticides than Arabica.  40% of worlds production.  Usually used for Italian type Espresso producing a better crema head.  Appeals to "back palate" tasters who find Arabica too weak and thin. 

Liberica:  chiefly grown in the Philippines where is survived the coffee rust of the 1890's virtually wiping out all other species.  Batangas and Cavite produce a variety known as Barako and is widely regarded and sought after. Particularly good for providing unique blends

Excelsa:  Although "officially" a variety of Liberica, it tastes so dramatically different.  About 7% of world production.  Used to blend providing complexity and depth.  Provides a tart fruity mysterious taste.  Appeals to middle and back palate tasters giving more substance and power.  A cup of pure Excelsa is not to everyone's taste and used primarily in blends

The art of the coffee roaster
The art of the coffee roaster

      Because only about 60% of people actually prefer 100% Arabica coffee. It's about physiology: your taste buds are unique to you, resulting in your own unique taste. This is called your "palate". The four main coffee species, Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa, and Liberica, have radically different taste profiles.

 

Some folks have exactly the right palate for Arabica, but many find that other species tickle their taste buds far more.

 

 Broadly, people's palates can be broken into "front palate" and "back palate". Back-palate people need coffees with more depth and weight to hit the taste buds in the back of their mouth. They find Arabica thin or sour, and prefer Robusta's flavour and body. Front-palate people need coffees with brightness and lots of aroma because they taste their coffee with the fronts of their tongues and their noses. They find Robusta flat, and prefer Arabica's lively aroma and volatile flavours. 

 

Liberica and Excelsa don't fit as neatly into the two categories, but, by and large, back-palate people are more likely to enjoy Liberica, and front-palate folks more likely to enjoy Excelsa.

 

We find a very high approval rating on coffees that are mixed 50/50 Arabica and Robusta, since they cover the full palate, and most people, in our experience, find a blend of multiple species to be a much more complete "picture" of coffee. Meaning, it stimulates their entire palate in a way single-source coffees usually cannot. So, especially if you're serving a crowd who might have all different palates, we recommend that you blend your coffee with at least 10% of another species.

Liberica and Excelsa don't fit as neatly into the two categories, but, by and large, back-palate people are more likely to enjoy Liberica, and front-palate folks more likely to enjoy Excelsa.

 

We find a very high approval rating on coffees that are mixed 50/50 Arabica and Robusta, since they cover the full palate, and most people, in our experience, find a blend of multiple species to be a much more complete "picture" of coffee. Meaning, it stimulates their entire palate in a way single-source coffees usually cannot. So, especially if you're serving a crowd who might have all different palates, we recommend that you blend your coffee with at least 10% of another species.

Our current range

We can currently source, Arabica, Robusta, Liberica and Excelsa from the Philippines.  These are "ready to roast" green beans, grades 1-3 >80 on the SCA scale.

 

We will be sourcing beans from Indonesia in the very near future - Java, Sumatra and Balinese.

 

We will also be starting our own coffee roasting facilities - so, let us know what you want and we will source it or provide it for you at market beating prices with full money back satisfaction guarantee.  Contact us using the link below

 

 

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Updated: 03/11/2018 13:09 GMT