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Are you sometimes a little unsure whether you should be buying a medium, dark or very dark roast?
Our roaster explains: “I for one will avoid the very dark roasts where the bean is starting to turn black with a little charring and usually quite a shiny surface. At this point, almost all the actual bean flavour has left the bean and all you’re getting is the taste of the roast. I point blank refuse to roast to this level and fail to see the pint of selecting a superior bean and then charring this to a point when you can’t taste it. One can expect far more bitterness and a acrid, smoky flavour. Look out for labels names Italian Roast; French Roast or even a Continental Roast. It’s quite sad really, I doubt if any French and Italian barista’s will use coffee like this and yet the carry the name!
On the other end of the scale are the very light roasts which often have a high acidity and a grassy or wheaty flavour.
Expand your coffee experience
What are single origin coffees anyway?
The world of coffee has almost gone a full circle, starting with basic home roasting hundreds of years ago, coffee lovers then flocked to coffee houses. After fighting the naysayers and the lawmakers, coffee lovers prevailed and the sought after beverage soon became one of the most traded commodities in the world, second only to oil.
The artisan roasters struggled. Faring poorly against the might of automated mass production and the dehydrated or freeze dried version of the beverage labelled ‘instant coffee.’
Tired of stale coffee which has been travelling around the world for weeks before sitting on a shelf?
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Coffee is a foodstuff and such, it is at it’s best when freshest. After roasting, the coffee bean is left to de-
We have launched our connoisseurs range of quite special coffees, aptly named Roasters Reserve. Within this range we have speciality blends and single origin coffees such as a Kenyan Blue Mountain, a new Burundian speciality microlot, a long-
There is nothing quite like the sound and the smell of freshly roasted coffee being dumped into the cooling tray after being roasted by the experienced team at EL Coffee.
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Milk that is too hot or poorly frothed can ruin a good coffee.
Coffee machine rentals for office or shop
Serving good coffee has become the new norm in South Africa and is now expected in both the workplace and retail outlets. In addition to the typical restaurant or coffee shop application, the growing popularity of coffee makes it sought after in Hotels, B&B’s, show-
Announcement: We now sell green coffee beans to customers for home roasting. Please contact us for more information.
July 2018 Coffee Machine for sale
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