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There are some days when you just want the simple things in life. You know, when you really can't be bothered with all the frills and extra little bits, you just want something basic and good. Today is one of those days. I'm a coffee lover (not literally, I don't "dip my wick" so to speak, might be a bit painful in a hot cup of coffee!) and I?ve tried all sorts of coffee, Latte, Cappucinno, Americano, Machiato, Espresso, Espresso con panna, Mocha with cream, Mocha without, cocoa and cinnamon on top, marshmallows on top, iced coffee, chilled coffee, skinny coffee (skimmed milk for those of you who don't know!) the list is endless. All of them have their merits, and most of them are very nice, assuming you go to a good coffee shop that is, it's amazing how poor a cup of coffee you can get from some places! Anyway, I'm wandering off track (again!). Sometimes you just fancy a simple, plain, no frills cup of coffee. And I don't mean any of that instant muck either. I mean a plain cup of filter coffee, simply made with a cafetierre of filter coffee machine. Add a splash of milk and curl up with the newspaper or a good book. Perfect relaxation. To do this properly, you're going to need some good ground coffee (well, tea leaves aren't exactly going to do the job are they!) But what sort is best? Let's face it, there is a vast array of coffee out there and whilst they all have their merits, all beans aren't suitable for all types of coffee. A bean that will make a good, strong espresso isn't really what you want for a quality filter coffee, it will be too strong and bitter. For top quality filter coffee you're going to need a fairly mellow bean, one that likes to kick back and relax and never gets to stressed. You need a laid back coffee bean! And finally we get top the subject of this review, the bean itself! Well, the best tasting filter coffee I've had in a
while was made using the Guatemalan Rainforest Coban bean. Never heard of it? Me neither until I stumbled across it at Whittard (quite literally in fact, I fell over the tin that was on the floor of the shop!). It is currently their 'Coffee of the Month' which means it won't be around for ever and once it's gone it's going to be tricky to get hold of, so snap up their stocks whilst you've got the chance. So, why is it so good for filter coffee then? Well, it's classed as a medium strength coffee, so it's not too strong and it's not too weak (hey, I never said drinking coffee was rocket science did I!). The blurb on the Whittard website says it has a "monsooned coffee" taste, because the bean is picked and processed in the wet season. Now, I've no idea what a monsooned coffee is supposed to taste like, but this one tastes good! It's quite a mild taste, but with a little bit of bite. Rather than leave a lingering bitterness in your mouth, it has a long, smooth taste that stays in your throat for a while, without ever being unpleasant. I've tried it in a number of coffee's, cappucinno, Latte and espresso amongst them, but it only really works well in a simple filter coffee. It hasn't got the bite needed for a good espresso, so will not work in the others I mentioned as they are all based on an espresso. It has a wonderful aroma, and attracting all my house mates out of their slumber to the kitchen when I was grinding my beans this morning. And believe me, being students it can take a lot to drag them away from their beds! Speaking of grinding, an important note if you want to get the best out of this bean. When selecting coffee it's important you choose the correct grade of grind for your coffee maker, if you get what I mean! For an espresso machine, you should buy finely ground coffee, for a filter coffee maker you need medium ground, and for a perco
lator or cafetiere you will need coarse ground coffee. I'm not exactly sure of the reasons why, something to do with getting the best flavour out of the coffee according to the machine you use to make it. You can your coffee ready ground, either in a packet from a supermarket or from a shop such as Whittard, or there are some places (Whittards again!) who will grind the beans for you. Better still, buy yourself a coffee grinder and do it yourself! So, back to the subject at hand, a conclusion on Guatemalan Rainforest Coban! More of a specialist than an all rounder. It's not really suited for anything but your plain and simple filter coffee, but boy does it make a cracking filter coffee. Kick of those shoes, put the fire on and wrap up in a warm blanket on a stormy night, grab a cup of this (better still, grab a cup of this THEN wrap yourself up!) and relax. Mmmmmmmmmmmm Available from Whittards (and no I don't have shares in the company!) £2.40 for 125g £4.80 for 250g £8.64 for 500g www.whittard.co.uk
"The taste has more than Guatemala’s classic “dark chocolate and honey” style. It has a ‘monsooned-coffee’ smoothness, because it is picked and processed in the wet season. In fact it is wet all year round in these mountains, so the bushes, rooted in rich volcanic soil, can’t fail to be happy and give us their best "