London’s coffee future looks bright and it tastes pretty good too
For the sixth instalment of Bureaux Collective’s Taste Of series, we got together to taste coffee from the best roasters in London. Australia’s influence has long been cited as the only reason good coffee exists across the pond but results from last week’s event suggested the Brits might be doing just fine without us.
Each Taste Of event is an opportunity to sample the best coffees each corner of the world has to offer at the Bureaux headquarters in Melbourne. We brew a selection of coffees and do a taste test side by side. Attendees then have the opportunity to vote for a favourite with a show of hands at the end of the night.
In this case, London certainly did not disappoint. To gather the coffees to be tasted on the night, we connected with some old (and new) friends roasting in London and asked them to send us their best filter roasted beans.
For those of you that didn’t have the pleasure of sipping with us, here’s the lowdown on everything we drank at Taste Of: London…
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Muungano / Washed / Bourbon / South Kivu, DR Congo
They say: Wild berries and lime rounded out by a fun cream soda finish
We said: Orange blossom, sweet malt, lemon, creamy body
Around 1600 of Muungano’s members are women, many of them are widowed and the only breadwinners in their families. In a society with deep-rooted gender inequality, where women are at extremely high risk of violence, the Muungano cooperative has worked hard to empower women.
Roberto Ulloa / Natural / Pacamara / Santa Ana, El Salvador
They say: Ripe stone fruits, citric acidity, complex
We said: Winey, tropical fruit, blueberry, caramel
Pacamara originated in El Salvador as a Hybrid between Pacas and Maragogype. It’s renowned for its unpredictable and complex flavours and phenotypes as a result of incomplete pedigree selection (plants were introduced into production as unstable genetic genotypes).
Ramiro Granda / Dry Fermented / Typica Mejorado / San Antonio, Ecuador
They say: A juicy and tropical coffee, with notes of candied citrus and guava. A refreshing lime like acidity creates a crisp finish.
We said: Green tea, dried fruit, orange zest, honey sweetness
In Ecuador’s 2018 Taza Dorada (Gold Cup) coffee competition 5 of the 10 winning lots came from the Pichincha region. This lot from Ramiro Granda is entirely comprised of Typica Mejorado. Translating to ‘Improved Typica’, it has been planted widely after workers at an experimental farm run by Nestlé in Pichincha smuggled seeds of a high-performing variety they believed to be from a Typica selection. Genetic testing on some leaf cuttings undertaken by World Coffee Research point to the variety actually being a cross between Bourbon and Geisha.
Harenja / Washed / Heirloom / Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
They say: Bergamot, vanilla, chamomile
We said: Stone fruit, berries, floral, candy floss
The Harenja farm is located in the Negele Gorbitu area of Yirgacheffe. The farm is privately owned by G & F, the company and export name of married couple Gizaw and Frehiwot. G & F have actively worked on improving processing, quality control and traceability for a number years but only recent political changes have allowed producers to sell directly to European import partners.
At the end of every Taste Of event, attendees have the opportunity to vote for a favourite with a show of hands. By a single vote, the wonderful Harenja from Climpson & Sons came up trumps.
We’d like to thank the five roasters who shared their coffee with us, as well as Moon Dog and Chamellia for keeping us happy and hydrated with beer and iced tea. We’d also like to thank everyone who joined us on the night!
All contributions from ticket sales will be donated to FareShare.
Next up? Taste Of: Singapore. Tickets on sale soon.