Premium Filter Coffee
OK, so there is a lot to read here.......but it's important to understand the distinction between 2 different styles of roasting coffee, we encourage you to absorb as much as you possibly can so that we can make the Filter Style coffee experience enjoyable.
UPDATE - November 2017. We are pleased to announce a complete overhaul and change in the way we prepare Filter Style coffees from the middle of November 2017 onwards.
This significant change to our roasting has a long time in the planning, testing and development. We have installed a specialized platform that is dedicated to roasting small batch filter coffees as a major investment in this important and growing category.
Our Filter Coffee offering is a smaller subset of our entire coffee portfolio - there are only just a couple of coffees we make available roasted for filter style. As Filter style is growing at a faster rate than espresso, we anticipate as demand increases over time, we can add more coffees to the Filter Style list. There is no real limitations upon us other than ensuring we turn over the coffees within 48hrs, such is our obsession with freshness.
We sell around 2 tons a week of espresso roasted coffees, however, for filter it's much smaller and therefore our #1 focus, just like our espresso coffees is to manage the freshness. Therefore, we won't be holding high inventory levels of roasted filter coffees, just small batches roasted more frequently.
It's important to understand that not all coffees are suitable for filter roasting or the application for filter brewing. Generally, the coffees must display something exceptional and typically they are higher grade microlots we know work well in a filter brew situation through our extensive testing.
Roasted lighter, it's fair to say that Filter Style coffees are not always suitable for espresso extraction, unless of course you have high quality machines, grinders and skill levels used to dealing with lighter roast styles, or you don't intend to drink your coffees with milk as this can alter the finished beverage. Filter style coffees through espresso lack body, flavour, viscosity and finish.
Those with Chemex, Kone, Aeropress, V60, Pourover's, Cold Filtered brewers such as Yama, etc, Syphons or any of the various non-espresso brew methods, I encourage you to give our new Filter Coffees a run.
Preparing filter coffee is one of the most delicate methods of brewing coffees - bringing out the true character and clarity of flavours. Mostly, it's a big experiment where you are changing grind, dose, temperature, contact time, etc..
Please be aware of the following guidelines regarding our Filter Style Coffees as these differ from our general purpose espresso offerings:-
Coffees on our Filter list are different to our non-filter coffees and they are also more expensive both in terms of sourcing and production costs.
At any time, we are only roasting and holding a small level of stock for each of the filter coffees, therefore if the system shows the coffee as "back order", it means there is none available at the time you placed that order and it will be scheduled for the next filter roasting production, likely the following day.
Orders placed for in-stock and back-order items will ship when the full order is ready.
IMPORTANT - Filter coffees are not offered as "a la carte" roasting, e.g. please don't send us requests asking to roast coffee X, Y and Z as filter roast, or ask us to roast it for you lighter or darker when they are not currently on the Filter list. There is a science, engineering and precision behind what we offer, it's not just fly by the seat of your pants.
Turnaround time for filter coffees may at times be slower than our current portfolio of super-fast same-day dispatch. If the filter coffee is showing as "back order" it will be roasted when the next production of filter coffees is run. Generally, this will be the following business day but could extend to 2 business days at certain periods when our schedules are over-loaded.
The coffees have been extensively tested to achieve the "best balance" across the wide spectrum of light roasted coffee brewing. It's not Nordic light and it's not old-school US dark, it's a spot we think works as devotees to Aeropress and V60 we undertake regular testing and analysis.
PLEASE, Please, please be sure you know exactly what you are doing when ordering Filter Style coffee, if there is any doubt please reach out and contact us. These are generally not suitable for home coffee machines or the older-style percolators and Melitta Drip-o-laters that prefer a darker roast style.