Finding A Great Coffee
Have you ever wondered what makes your favourite coffee taste so good? All the way from the bean to the barista, there are many variables that can change your drinking experience. If you’re after the right formula, stay tuned as we go back to basics with some great tips from Jeremy Regan, Head of Coffee at Jamaica Blue.
The first thing you should ask yourself is: How do I like my coffee? Most of our Jamaica Blue fans like a mellow blend with milk, but there are so many combinations you could have and they each change your coffee experience.
It all starts with the coffee bean. The two most popular varieties of coffee bean are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica beans offer a broad spectrum of flavours and moderate caffeine content. On the other hand, Robusta beans deliver a stronger caffeine hit with a bolder and more generic flavour. In Australia, most cafes prefer using Arabica beans which is often why the flavour will change from café to café. Occasionally, both varieties can be blended together for a flavoursome pick me up.
Another thought to consider is whether the coffee is a blend or a single origin. The great thing about a blend is that the recipe can be adjusted to maintain the same flavour profile year after year, much like our award winning Signature Blend. This type of coffee is perfect for those who can’t live without milk and want a consistent experience. For our espresso lovers, Jeremy recommends a high quality Single Origin to take your experience to the next level. Ultimately, this is how you can taste all of the delicate flavours the bean has to offer. If you prefer to enjoy a cup at home, he recommends using a coffee plunger.
So If you’re looking for something new, then you’ll love our Seasonal Single Origin that has just landed from Colombia. Jeremy has carefully selected this smooth variety for our coffee drinkers to enjoy with or without milk. This bean is well balanced with powerful notes of toffee, chocolate, hazelnut and a hint of blackcurrant. This coffee has a pleasant aftertaste and goes perfectly with a citrus dessert.
The other question to as is: Am I in good hands?
Have you ever noticed that your usual fix sometimes tastes different? Finding the right barista is equally as important as finding a great quality bean; they can make or break your coffee experience. Burnt milk or over-extracted coffee may often be the culprit… but how would you know from the other side of the machine? It’s tricky for us to give you all the tips for finding the right barista because training varies. Let’s face it, you’re not going to quiz everyone that makes you a cup of coffee! At Jamaica Blue, all of our baristas are formally trained to make your order great. Don’t forget, if your usual tastes a little ‘unusual’, let your barista know and they’ll make you another one on the house.
Stay tuned for more tips from Jeremy on finding your perfect cup of coffee. In the meantime, try our new Seasonal Single Origin from Colombia next time you’re in.