There really is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning, whether your preferred cup is as a shot of espresso, a frothy cappuccino of a flavoursome flat white, what makes a cup of coffee stand out is usually down to two things - the bean and roasting process.
Antipodean, Allpress Espresso coffee was born when its founder, Michael Allpress witness the rise of coffee culture in Seattle during the late 1980s. He noticed that while the origins, preparation, and equipment were all important, one thing that often set apart a good cup of coffee from a great cup of coffee was the roasting method. This theory was confirmed when Michael discovered the process of Hot Air Roasting.
Hot Air Roasting is a method where forced hot air is used to agitate and roast coffee beans. The hot air is able to circulate through the beans to roast each one perfectly. Because hot air roasting can reach optimum temperatures quicker than more traditional methods, the natural sweetness of the bean is captured resulting in a smoother tasting cup that Allpress Espresso is celebrated for.
At Melrose and Morgan, we love Allpress not only for the intense but smooth flavour of their coffee but also for the spirit in which they produce their coffee. They understand that coffee is a craft and science and have gone to great lengths to perfect the hit air roasting process which captures the flavour of the beans perfectly.
For all avid coffee connoisseurs, here are some interesting facts:
- Approximately 95 million cups of coffee are consumed in the UK every day.
- The UK coffee industry creates over 200,000 jobs.
- 80% of people who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, whilst 16% of us visit on a daily basis.
- Coffee is produced in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brazil produces the most coffee with around 40% of global supply. Vietnam is the second-largest producer with 20% of world coffee production.
Know Your Beans ...
For more information about the perfect cup of coffee, the below extract from Good Food for Your Table, a Grocers Guide by Ian and Nick explains the importance of beans for a delicious cup of coffee.
Whole Beans To get the best from your coffee, you need to buy whole beans for grinding at home. Grinding coffee releases its essential oils, setting free its aromas and flavours, which quickly begin to deteriorate. The more rapidly you can use freshly ground coffee, the more lively and flavourful the resulting cup will be.
Spotting Quality Good-quality beans are consistently uniform in colour, smooth with no cracks and all the beans should be whole with no broken pieces. Depending on the roast, they could be matt or shiny. Look for a medium to dark colour, as a very dark roast can be disguising an inferior-quality bean.
Single-estate Beans An increased interest in sustainability and the provenance of coffee has seen beans selected for their unique qualities from individual farms. This growth in single-estate beans has in turn given rise to an interest in specially selected seasonal coffees only available at certain times of the year. Increasingly on offer through artisan coffee roasters who sell online and ship to your door, but you should also look out for recommended coffees of the month in your local specialist coffee shop. If they don’t have them, suggest they start.
Ethical Sourcing (Fairtrade) Coffee is a commodity and one of the world’s most heavily traded. A byproduct of this is that its trade has not always been fair to the (often) developing communities that work to produce it. Direct trade with brokers, who work specifically with coffee growers, builds mutually respectful relationships that intend to benefit individual producers or co-operatives in coffee-producing countries, which can’t be a bad thing.