Great coffee starts with great farmers.
This simple thought is the inspiration behind what we do at Bean & Bud, and why we do things the way we do! It’s very easy these days to find really bad coffee. In fact, you can buy a very large cup of very bad coffee for very little money almost anywhere. So, when it comes to running a small, independent speciality coffee shop, there’s no point doing things the same way.
When we think about what we do, we always start at the beginning; where the coffee is grown, and the time and effort it has taken to grow it. For us it’s all about respecting the bean. The journey from bean to cup is a long and often arduous one. Months of carefully tending crops, through harvesting, drying and processing to finally shipping, importing and roasting – all of that before we even open up a fresh bag of beans in our shop.
After all of that effort, it would be a shame – if not a crime! – to blow it at the final stage. So, here at Bean & Bud we take our time over every single cup of coffee we make. We’re pretty sure the coffee growers in South America or Africa would prefer it that way. For us, the only way to pay our respects to that tiny little bean is to treat it carefully. That means grinding our coffee with precision, to make sure we preserve as many of the complex flavour compounds as possible. We then weigh the grinds before extracting liquid espresso with just the right amount of water, so as to preserve the integrity of each individual coffee. Then, before we serve it to you, we make sure we texture our milk with an equal amount of care – making sure it’s never too hot – so as not to impart any nasty burnt and bitter tastes.
All this for a cup of coffee? It might sound over the top, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – because the proof really is in the drinking. If you don’t believe us, come and try for yourself. It might take a little longer to prepare a flat white than in your average high-street chain coffee shop, but we reckon the results speak for themselves.
And what stands for our coffee, applies equally for our teas, infusions and hot chocolates. Respect for the bud as much as the bean!
An unfortunate reality of the products we are dealing with is that they have to travel a long way to get here. And in this day and age, where we each have to take responsibility for our own environmental footprints, it’s sometimes difficult to justify our air miles. So, this fact inspires and drives us to do a very best in other areas of our business. Cutting down air miles by only using UK roasters is a starting point, but other aspects involved in the day-to-day running of our business have a much greater impact. Be it recycling, reusing or cutting down on waste, we’re trying to make our little corner of the planet as eco-friendly and ethical as we can. We truly hope you like what we do and the way we do it, and you’ll continue to support us in our endeavours to bring you the very best ethically sourced tea and coffee we can.