Tasting notes: May 2022

Get the UK's best-tasting beans delivered to your door by joining the Indy Coffee Box club. These are the flavour-popping coffees you can expect to receive in the May box ...

Get the UK’s best-tasting beans delivered to your door by joining the Indy Coffee Box club. These are the flavour-popping coffees you can expect to receive in the May 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.

Crosby Coffee

Crosby Coffee, Liverpool

Jack Foster started Crosby Coffee from his mum’s living room, turning his hobby into a business in 2014 when he established a professional roastery. Three years later, schoolfriend Mark Slinger came on board as business partner. Together they’ve built an impressive commercial customer base, supplying beans to hundreds of cafes, restaurants and businesses. Jack and Mark recently introduced a dedicated sustainability team and invested in new equipment to reduce waste and single-use packaging.

Omni. Included in all boxes

Coffee: Kenya
Tasting notes: Strawberry marshmallow, soft fruits
Origin: Kiambu, Kenya
Background: Kiambu County, located just outside of Nairobi, has a long history of coffee production and is famed for its large estates which were built by British colonists in the early 20th century. After decolonisation the estates were sold to local Kenyans who have managed them since.

While coffee production from larger estates in the region has diminished in recent years, smallholder production has flourished. This coffee is sourced from the Sasini Estate which continues a legacy of many generations of coffee production, supported by unparalleled local knowledge and experience.

Crafthouse Coffee

Craft House Coffee, East Sussex

Tom Osborne founded Craft House in 2015, following years of trial-and-error roasting in a converted pig shed. Along with his coffee-obsessed team, Tom works with partners at origin to secure extraordinary lots from farms across the coffee-growing belt, all of which are ethically traded with full traceability.

Omni. Included in all boxes

Coffee: El Muro
Tasting notes: Berries, pear, honey
Origin: Colombia
Background: As one of Craft House’s most popular coffees, this is the third crop in a row the roastery team has purchased direct from Melky Chávez, owner of El Muro farm. Melky is a passionate farmer who is dedicated to agriculture, having worked in the field from a young age due to restricted schooling opportunities. Located at the foot of a mountain, the farm has ample access to water and organic material which creates a unique micro-climate perfect for coffee cultivation.

Papercup Coffee

Papercup Coffee, Glasgow

All the roasting action for Papercup’s cafes, wholesale partners and home brewing fans unfolds at its West End roastery, where the team carefully cook up small lots of high-scoring coffees which are exclusively sourced via direct trade agreements.

Omni. Included in three- and four-bag boxes

Coffee: Rwanda
Tasting notes: Raspberry, cherry, chocolate
Origin: Horizon Washing Station, Rwanda 
Background: Grown in the hills of southern Rwanda, this coffee is picked by smallhold farmers and processed at the Horizon Washing Station. The washing station is owned by Leo Fidele Ndagijimana and was named Horizon to reflect his broad vision of processing quality coffee. The area’s combination of altitude and good rainfall yields some of the highest quality coffee Rwanda has to offer. 

In the cup expect big hits of raspberry and sweet cherry with a fizzy cola mouthfeel.

Clifton Coffee

Clifton Coffee, Bristol

The Clifton clan have certainly come a long way from their humble beginnings servicing espresso machines at a teeny garage on a Bristol industrial estate. An early pioneer with over 20 years of industry experience, it’s now one of the UK’s best-known roasteries. At its sustainable roastery HQ, over 100 solar panels offset its CO2 emissions. When it comes to sourcing, 97 per cent of the coffee is sourced via direct trade to ensure farmers are paid fairly for their crop.

Omni. Included in four-bag boxes.

Coffee: Ethiopia – Werka Wuri
Tasting notes: Vanilla, black tea, plum
Origin: Gedeb, Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
Background: Located in the Southern Nations of Ethiopia, Werka Wuri is a BNT-owned washing station which processes cherries from over 750 smallholder farms surrounding the village of Werka Sakaro.

BNT is one of the most prestigious Ethiopian exporters and well recognised for its pre- and post-harvest premiums, which stand well above the local market rate in driving quality in their offering. Clifton Coffee is working with BNT and the Ethiopian government to add five classrooms to the school at Werka Sakaro, providing secondary school education for over 1,000 children.

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