Coffee Selection Guide - Choosing Your Coffee Beans
What's Your Brew?
Arabica coffee beans are considered higher in taste along with the flavour notes of chocolate, sugar with high acidity. We choose to source high quality Arabica beans whether they are washed or naturally processed. The care is taken on all levels of processing to obtain a clean sweet finish that we and our customers enjoy drinking. Generally good quality Arabica coffee is high grown which takes more time for the cherries to develop, leading to uniformity in cup characteristics. If you are looking for your morning brew you can not go past the delicious and sweet flavours of Arabica coffees.
Single Origin or Blend?
Single-origin beans come from a single estate with their distinctive flavour profile. They are traceable to a particular farm and farmer and have a very unique profile. These types of coffees are interesting on the palate. We source single origins for their fruit driven and toffee like notes. Our roastery stocks a bundle of different single origins from all around the globe. If you are a black coffee drinker or prefer small amount of milk in your coffee, these single origins are for you.
Blends can create a unique, full bodied, rich and bold profile in the cup. We roast and blend different single origins in a different way to bring out a coffee that suits your morning or afternoon latte, cappuccino or flat white. All of our blends are suited for milk based beverages. Our High Beam, Sweet Georgia and Ghetto Blaster blaster blend will fit into your daily coffee!
The degree of roasting actually determines the taste of your cup. Light roast beans are mostly of light brown colours preserving the unique and original flavour and characteristics of a bean. These also hold most of the caffeine. This roasting profile sees coffee spending less time in the roaster and would lead to the coffee shining with its true cup flavour.
Medium roasted coffees are brown in colour, and they showcase a balanced flavour, aroma and acidity. This roasting profile sees the coffee roasting differently due to more time in the roaster resulting in a more developed body in the cup, but still retaining the true characteristics of the bean.
Dark roasted coffees are full brown in colour. This profile pairs well with milk based drinks as it contains less acidity. As this coffee is taken deeper into roasting, some notes are lost in the tasting profile but lead to a big body in the cup.
Freshly Roasted Coffee
To guarantee maximum freshness, try to finish your beans within three weeks of their original packaging. Our coffees are all roasted on demand and left to degas for up to 7 days before we ship our coffee to you. This creates more stability when it comes to extracting the coffee. If the coffee is very fresh, you will experience a bubbly extraction with the coffee notes not appearing that well CO2 gases dissipate after a few days so this is the reason we allow our coffee to sit for a week before you enjoy it.
Research the Processing and Origin
Processing matters as some coffees are dried in wet processing (washed) without the cherry, and some are kept naturally (unwashed) with the cherry. Washed coffees will give high acidity levels, while natural coffees will contain fruitier flavour as the fruity sugars develop within the coffee seed.
By choosing washed and natural South American you experience a clean, delicate, crisp and sweet cup. Every country has wonderful clean coffee. It all comes down to the processing of the coffee. To make these coffees shine in flavour and to keep them from spoiling they must be picked and processed in the same day. This retains quality beans from spoiling and fermenting. This is where specialty coffee comes into play. Proper hand picking of red cherries only as they are sweet. If they are picked before reaching maturity, this may lead to a sour note in the cup.
To get more fruit and floral complexity, go for African washed or natural. The soil and heirloom varietals can create notes of blueberries. strawberries , plums and wine.
Choosing an Asian coffee will offer profiles such as chocolate, spice and herbal flavours. One such coffee is from Sumatra. Heavy bodied and syrupy offering chocolate, butterscotch and red fruits. So if you enjoy milk based drinks this one is for you.
At Gridlock Coffee Roasters, we guarantee freshness and a broader choice of single origin, filter and blends.
We provide a wide variety of best quality coffee beans in Melbourne. It ensures perfect roasting and experiments with various blends to make one's experience memorable. Whilst shopping for coffee beans, you can shop for brewing equipment from the Gridlock Coffee Roaster online or at our retail store at 8 Beatrice Avenue, Heidelberg West.
Enjoy your quality and distinctive coffee from Gridlock Coffee Roasters to experience the guaranteed freshness.