Try coffees from the UK’s best roasteries this month via our curation of speciality-grade beans. Here’s what we’ve got in store for the next 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
Reads Coffee, Dorset
Coffee: Sumatra Bourbon Espresso
Background: Reads’ Great Taste Awards-winning espresso yields a deliciously smooth coffee. The blend combines the full body, heavy texture and low acidity of Sumatran coffees with the balanced sweetness and chocolatey character of Brazilian Bourbon beans. A classic Guatemalan adds brightness to the blend, resulting in a perfectly balanced cup. It may be labelled as espresso, but it also makes a beautifully balanced filter brew.
Tasting notes: Rich, chocolate, full-bodied
Papercup Coffee, Glasgow
Coffee: Brazil Estrella
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Background: Fazenda Londrina is one of four farms owned by the Naimeg Group, a family business which was founded by Gerson Naimeg. Gerson was the son of a German settler and a Brazilian mother. He set up his first farm in 1965 after buying a small lot of land in Ubá. Like many others, he and his family moved to the Cerrado to avoid the annual threat of frost. The move led them to eventually acquire four farms in the Cerrado region.
Tasting notes: Yellow fruit, caramel, chocolate
Echelon Coffee Roasters, Leeds
Coffee: Ethiopia Biftu Gudina
Origin: Agaro, Jimma region, Ethiopia
Background: Derived from Amharic language, Biftu Gudina means ‘ray of development’. The Biftu Gudina cooperative was established in Agaro in 2012 and benefits from high altitude and rich fertile soils. All the coffee which is brought to this co-op is processed using the washed method and cherries are sorted by hand to ensure unripe and over-ripe fruit are removed before the harvest is fed into a Penagos eco-pulper.
Biftu Gudina has become famous in specialty circles thanks to the incredible quality of the coffees it produces. Consequently, it now commands prices of which the co-op’s farmers could only have dreamt of in the past.
Tasting notes: Lime, peach, kumquat with a gooseberry acidity
Clifton Coffee, Bristol
Varietal: Bourbon and Kent
Origin: Mbeya Region, Tanzania
Tasting notes: Vanilla, nectarine, fruit trifle