Casa: Our Signature Espresso Coffee - Great Taste Award Winner

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Our Casa Espresso Blend has just won a silver medal at the Great British Food Awards 2023 and been previously awarded a UK Great Taste Award and buckets of praise from coffee lovers everywhere.

This is what the judging panel said about our coffee: "There are some wonderfully pronounced toasted peanut flavours in here, evocative of Pad Thai. Smooth, well balanced and gentle milk chocolate flavours run into the finish. Clean and pleasant."

Brazil: Elio Uliana
El Salvador: Las Mercedes

We've worked hard to perfect our iconic blue label Casa. Given that speciality coffee is all about seasonal harvests, we can confidently reproduce our taste profile with Brazilian and Central American Arabica beans.

We use for the base the incredible Catuai Arabica coffee varietal from the Espirito Santo region. This Brazilian bean has an amazing caramel sweetness with milk chocolate and apple notes, yet the punch needed to cut through milky espresso-machine based drinks. So, its the ideal base for our Casa Espresso blend. It's also ideal as a stand alone single origin, for those of you who like extra body in the cup.

As its bezzy mate, we've chosen the typical chocolatey flavours of an El Salvador Arabica. It's a Bourbon varietal, a favourite of ours and a delight to roast. Honestly, we're spoiling y'all with this unbelievable house blend. (Don't take our word for it though … just look at what you're saying on the REVIEWS).

So what's our objective? We want...

- A coffee that's got boldness through an espresso machine as an unadulterated espresso, yet has the body and punch to compliment all milky drinks
- A blend of 100% single-origin Arabica beans that tastes amazing, without any hint of the astringency you'll find with Robusta coffee
- To remain committed to using farms whose produce is fully traceable. With this provenance, we can rely on an excellent crop from each harvest. And in this way, we can reproduce a consistent roast profile and keep you smiling
- A taste profile that has good balance, a full-mouthfeel, with nutty and chocolate notes and a refreshing fruity finish

Brew Method: Made to measure for an espresso machine. If you have a home espresso machine, then our "blue label" is an essential companion. It's also absolutely cracking to use with a stove top - see our range of Bialetti - a great way to start the morning that keeps to a tight budget. As we say in Cumbria: “Champion”.

More info: Casa - Espresso Blend

Component 1 - BRAZIL: Elio Uliana

Country: Brazil
Producer: Elio Uliana
Region: Brejetuba, Espirito Santo
Altitude: 800-950 MASL
Varietal(s): Red and Yellow Catuai
Process: Pulped Natural
Tasting notes: Sugarcane, caramel, apple and grape

We've sourced a pulped natural Brazil for a clean and smooth, yet punchy brew. Working with Elio, this Catuai varietal has a typically distinctive milk chocolate flavour, paired with notes of apple, grape and caramel. It was a challenge sourcing a bean that lives up to the deliciousness of our previous Jacinto Hoffman, however after a careful process involving the cupping of a multitude of Brazilian offerings, we are proud to present to you this beauty.

This Brazilian coffee is a perfect choice espresso-based drinking, being full-bodied and balanced. It's also fabulous for a stove top or pour-over, maintaining a complex versatility. It's a delight for us to roast as one of the very best single origin Brazils you'll find.

Component 2 - EL SALVADOR - Las Mercedes

Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Varietal(s): Bourbon, Pacamara, Pacas and Marsellesa
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1350 - 1700 MASL
Region: San Salvador, Volcan
Tasting Notes: Chocolate, red apple and caramel

We have been on the hunt for an El Salvador that can stand up to our beloved Santa Leticia. After many cuppings, sampling an abundance of offerings, we decided on the delicious El Salvador Las Mercedes. We've waited so long for this incredible coffee, so we've reserved enough stock for a year. It's a key component of our Casa Espresso Blend as well as an incredible stand alone single estate coffee.

Central American coffees are among our favourites when it comes to single origins and this El Salvador Las Mercedes offering does not disappoint! This coffee brings chocolate notes with a caramelly aftertaste, it makes a delightful pour-over. It has a bright "acidity" (liveliness in the cup), excellent balance and smooth mouthfeel.

Altogether, a coffee that deserves your attention - so stand up and salute it.. a stunner!


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