Are you drinking coffee that is “TOO FRESH”?

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There seems to be a urge now to get the freshest coffee, and a general belief that coffee roasted in the UK is going to be fresher than coffee roasted abroad.

 

Truth is that coffee beans need to rest for a few days after being roasted. The number of days will change depending on a number of factors, but at least 2-3 days are a must.

Espresso roasts then tends to need a few more days to develop aromas at their best.

Grinding coffee beans straight after roasting is a no-no. Besides the fact that they are soft so not the best to grind, beans need to release CO2, which gives coffee a very acidic taste.

That is why coffee should be packed in bag with one-way valve, to let Carbon Dioxide escape. Exactly like the ones we supply.

 

Maybe next time you taste coffee that is rather acidic, ask yourself if you are drinking coffee that is “too fresh”.

Of course, storage is also a very important factor. If stored correctly coffee beans will retain aromas for a good amount of time.

We hear that some people in the UK store their coffee in the fridge, thinking it will maintain it fresh for longer. That is the worst place you could store your coffee in! Humidity and changes in temperature allows condensation to develop, which in turn deteriorates coffee, spoiling the taste. Not only that, coffee will absorb all the smells coming from the rest of the food in your fridge. Coffee in fact works as a deodoriser (You can have a nice wee pack of ground coffee in your car!).

Can you imagine drinking coffee that actually tastes of blue cheese or seafood???

 

These are just a couple of guidelines to ensuring you have the best cup of coffee.

If having coffee with milk, follow the milk temperature rule. Over 70 degrees centigrade milk proteins coagulate, making the milk taste sour and burnt. The ideal temperature is 55-60 degrees. The combination of acidic coffee and sour milk is tragedy. Next time you order a cappuccino (ideally 25ml of coffee, 100ml of steamed milk), remember the 60 degrees rule. Taste the difference, taste the coffee! (Hopefully one that is not too fresh).

 

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Scottish Coffee Festival 2015

After last year’s success we can’t wait for this year Scottish Coffee Festival.

Differently from last year it takes places in 3 dates and both in Glasgow and Edinburgh, starting from next Saturday 29th August at the Biscuit Factory in Leith. Just like last year it’s for a good cause, and it is packed with all the great things in life: not only coffee but also ice cream, pop corns and biscuits and more!

The most delicious Italian hot chocolate.

Our splendid Hot Chocolate machine

Proud to take part for the second year, we will offer free tasting of our Venitian coffee Caffe’ del Doge and our hot chocolate which was a major success last year.

Our coffee has an incomparable aroma due to the long and unique Venitian coffee story. Not many know that Venice has been the bridgehead between East and West for centuries, and the first Italian city to come to know coffee bean back in the 16th century. Considered a miraculous medicine it was sold for the first time in 1638 in Piazza San Marco at an exorbitant price. No surprise Italy is The Country of coffee of excellence, and Venitian coffee a particularly excellent example of it. Caffe’ del Doge is still roasted using the unique traditional Venitian Roasting method, which produces a perfect balance of aromas, with no bitter notes. We take great pride and care in promoting this specialty coffee in the UK.

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If you want to read more about the festival or buy tickets visit the website. Also have a look at the articles on the Scotsman newspaper and Stv Edinburgh.

If you can’t make it next Saturday then you might be able to join us in Glasgow for the second caffeinated appointment on Sat 28th and Sun 29th of November.

See you there!