The most important question of the entire process is the first one: is this coffee tree suited to this environment? If so then the tree will form its characteristics resulting in what is known as the ‘cherry’. The cherry contains two beans that will have developed their own flavour and aroma. These are your coffee beans.
Different trees are ready for harvesting at different times. In fact, it can take up to four years for a tree to become mature and ready for its cherries to be picked. Even in today’s modern age, the best way to pick these cherries is by hand.
Upon arrival our beans are checked. And then they’re checked again. We then roast a small selection and analyse them to ensure they meet our very high standards. If they pass our test the beans are then cleaned and screened, ensuring they’re ready for the roasting process to begin......
Here we roast our green coffee beans, dehydrating them until their colour changes to a brown or black depending on the requirements for the blend to come. The perfect roasting is dependent on letting it roast for the right amount of time for the coffee variety to express its true nature. Once this is complete the roasted beans are then air-cooled.
Blending involves the combination of certain varieties of coffee and its goal is to ensure that the combination brings forth their individual characteristics to an even greater extent. Blending is a precise process and this precision ensures that our blend is consistent.
Keeping it Airtight
After the coffee is cooled, oxidation becomes the enemy and to prevent this the coffee needs to be packaged in airtight containers. This will guarantee that the coffee remains fresh and keeps its aroma, consistency and overall quality.