Treat yourself to a home delivery of fresh coffee beans from a roster of hero roasteries via our monthly speciality coffee subscription. Check out the line-up for the May Indy Coffee Box …
The tasting notes differ for filter and espresso roasts, you’ll be sent the appropriate one for the roast style you pick at the checkout. Omni roasts work well as both filter and espresso.
The Missing Bean, Oxford
Coffee: Colombia – El Calapo
Background: In 2019, Missing Bean founder Ori swapped the UK winter for a trip to Colombia to visit Santiago Salazar and family at their coffee farm El Calapo in the lush foothills of the Andes. Since making the trip, Ori has continued to work with Santiago and is delighted by the complex organic coffees the farmer produces.
Tasting notes: Lychee and earl grey tea
Quantum Coffee Roasters, Cardiff
Coffee: Vietnam, Lam Dong, Arabica
Varietal: Typica, Catimor, Bourbon
Background: Vietnam has only recently entered the speciality coffee market and, with 95 per cent of Vietnam’s coffee output being robusta, this arabica is a rare find. Lam Dong is renowned for its arabica production, and its picturesque hillsides are home to over 23,000 hectares of arabica coffee plants. Harvesting is done by hand and is labour intensive. The selective picking method is used in place of strip picking (usually associated with robusta production), ensuring only the ripe cherries are harvested.
Tasting notes: Well balanced with mild acidity, rich chocolatey and nutty flavour with a full body
Little Red Roaster, Poole
Coffee: El Salvador
Origin: El Salvador
Background: Maurico Salaverria is a coffee producer based in El Salvador who owns five small farms. He focuses on growing and processing different coffee varieties, producing fresh selections of micro-lots each season. Maurico has an ecological washing station at his farm Villa Galicia, which collects rainwater during the wet season to use for fully-washed and honey-processed lots. This coffee is a fully-washed single varietal. It has a crisp, tropical acidity with notes of orange and pineapple. There’s also a complex floral element, as well as underlying caramel notes.
Tasting notes: Orange, caramel, pineapple
Jericho Coffee Traders, Dorset
Coffee: The Source
Background: This coffee is processed in Adola and is the culmination of crops from 1,470 smallholder farmers in the region. The area is located around 2050m above sea level and has rich forest and red clay soils. The smallholders are part of the Kerchanshe Network which means they receive health and education support as well as agricultural advice. They also benefit from second payment premiums as a reward for producing coffees of high quality.
Tasting notes: Red berries, honey, violet