- PSA tightfisted Northern coffee snobs
I was in the local branch of Hero(i)n Foods and saw they they do a block of vac packed coffee for £1 / 250g. Packaged to sort of look like Lavazza Red whilst narrowly avoiding copyright infringement. Claims to be 100% sawdust and chicory free on the packet.
I thought, what is there to lose at that price? It promised a medium roast and full flavoured brew at about 20% price of premium brands. I normally buy coffee from Baytown in Whitby or Lavazza espresso. I’m a bit fussy and usually find most supermarket coffees disappointing.
I brewed it up in an a Moka pot. The result was challenging but not entirely unpleasant. Very dark, a bit smokey and a little bitter. A full bodied yet drinkable brew. I’ve certainly had worse, it would maybe even be enjoyable if you like dark roasts. If it were packaged as an Artisan coffee with a name like “Vulcan’s Fury” it would fly off the shelves.
So push your way past the tied up Staffies and get into Heron foods.Posted 2 months agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Coffee snobs don’t drink robusta.
Black Sheep https://leavetheherdbehind.com/ do a Robusta coffee, it’s very good. They do arabica stuff too but their standard brew is Robusta.
It’s all well and good proclaiming your “100% arabica” artisan-ness but when it’s shoved through a machine in CostaBucks by a barista who’s making their 400th coffee of the morning and there’s a queue of people there, it’s not exactly getting the most out of it, is it?! (not the most people care anyway to be honest, they just want something vaguely coffee-like on their way to work).Posted 2 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
I was with you till you mentioned lavazza espresso, then the thread died for me
I acquired 1kg of Lavazza espresso beans in an office move. Until this point I’d always assumed that variations in a coffee between espresso and filtering were fairly marginal, you could put it through the machine and get an espresso, or the french press and get two coffees that would both taste like espresso + blackcurrant/chocolate/nuts/whatever and a coffee + the same.
Nope, this stuff makes vile coffee in anything other than an espresso machine, at which point it’s just tastes like coffee.Posted 2 months agojjprestidgeMember
Vietnam produces a lot of very poor quality robusta, grown at fairly low altitudes.
Very good robusta can taste somewhere near the lower end of specialty grade arabica, but it’s very much a case of why bother. It is much more resistant to leaf rust, though, which is one of the few good things you can say about it.
Life’s too short for bad coffee. Even a £40 per kg bag gives a relatively inexpensive per drink price, so I’d always drink decent stuff even if I didn’t work in the specialty coffee industry.
JPPosted 2 months ago
The speciality coffee industry industry better take note, Heron Foods are coming for you.
I’ve spent a fair whack over the years on speciality coffee. I’ve spent proper money on undrinkable stuff in brown paper bags from people with beards.
£40/kg vs £4/kg is a hell of a price difference. I’m struggling to see the value.Posted 2 months ago
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