Espresso- Gold / Silver or Bronze?
Although the NYC is down over this week to c 215 c / lb, it is still historically high and in such a climate roasters often become ‘adventurous’ with flavour families
A flavour family is really nothing more than a basket of green beans, from different origins, which taste and perform in a similar way
An easy example, would be a Colombian tasting like a cheaper Central American Grade 1, such as a Guatemalan coffee
However, as economic pressures mount, flavour families have become extended… and so within the Colombian or Centrals basket you may now find (especially for non accredited coffees) East African Burundi or even Vietnam Arabica! Now there is nothing wrong with these beans…but the reality is that you the customer expect to get what you think you are paying for…..not a facsimile
Having said that Vietnam and Burundi could work quite well in a cheaper ESE espresso pod…perhaps some ideas for Monkey and Monster to think about there…!
I will write more on flavour families in another blog… but I mention this only because blend engineering is nothing new!
Espresso coffee originates from the Southern Mediterranean territories of Europe… Italy lays the biggest claim to be the home of espresso…but Portugal / Spain and even Austria can also proudly point to a historical espresso culture