As a true independent we love to work with some of the best roasters around, and to build real relationships with the roasters so that we find out the best beans, how to get the best from each coffee etc. We are really excited therefore to be working with one of the most highly respected roasters around. The Barn in Berlin take passion for coffee to a new level. As well as paying farmers top prices for their coffee and creating real connections with the growers, they treat the farms like vineyards, working with farmers to bring out the very best qualities of each coffee. Coffees are not blended but remain as traceable single origins. The coffee is then roasted with great care and attention, either for espresso or filter. Here at Bean & Bud we always order coffee from roasters who roast to order, so the coffee is fresh. We then rest for 7-10 days to allow the coffee to de-gas and to develop the optimum flavour. The coffee is then prepared with equal care and passion in the shop: espresso on our La Marzocco Strada, or filter coffee on Chemex, V60 or Aeropress.
For our first two coffees from this great roaster we have two wonderful Africans. On espresso from next week we will have the gorgeous Hunkute from the Sidamo region in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. This coffee from mixed heirloom varietals is washed and then dried on raised beds. It produces rich notes of honeysuckle and nectarine. On slow brew we have the wonderful and complex Kenya Githiga. On filter it shows the typical blackcurrant notes of Kenyan coffees but with a silky mouthfeel and hints of vanilla.
We hope this will be the great start of a relationship with another great roaster, and that we will be able to continue to bring you an even greater range of fantastic coffees that are sourced directly, ethically and with a view to the very best quality.