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Great Taste 2 Star Award Winner - Rich Italian Espresso Roast. 

“Best beans in Berkshire. Incredible taste, smooth and delicately balanced. Great service“. - Thanks Alex! 

A carefully crafted selection of coffees, deliciously dark roasted for a full-bodied taste.

  • Small batch roasted to order for maximum freshness
  • Championing small farmers - grown on 2.5 hectare farm
  • 100% natural, Rain Forest Alliance Certified, high quality coffee beans
  • Fully resealable & recyclable bags, to stay fresher for longer
  • Tracked delivery via Royal Mail, shipped same day

“Truly excellent coffee. Tried this company and it's Rich Italian coffee beans recently in our eternal quest for delicious coffee at home and it didn't disappoint! The coffee is gorgeous and every interaction with the company impressive. My new favourite without a doubt!” - Thank you Lea! 

What you need to know:

  • Full bodied blend giving a creamy mouthfeel, notes of caramel, cookie and nut, with a powerful kick
  • Strength 4/5
  • Acidity - Soft
  • Great taste judges comments - "Good roasting, full-on nuts with no ashy carbon flavours creeping in, which we enjoyed. With milk added it gives it an unctuousness, akin to praline that demands a second sip."
  • Sustainable - we plant trees - over 2,000 planted so far! 

Perfect for:

Latte, Flat White, Cappuccino, Espressos, Americanos, stronger Filter coffees & Bean to cup coffees. Particularly good for espresso based drinks. Stands up well to milk and oat/dairy alternatives. 

Once opened, consume within 3-4 weeks for best results.

“Lovely rich coffee! The smell wafting from the kitchen did not disappoint the taste test. Smooth with no bitter acidic aftertaste. Bonus was the Italian coffee with Panetonne - pure heaven.” - thank you Katarina! 

Finer Detail & The Main Coffee Farm (Guatemala):

A sweet and balanced coffee with flavours of aramel, nut and hints of cookie, low acidity, good body and clean tasting finish.

OWNER - Erica Sanchez

ALTITUDE – 1700 - 1950 meters above sea level


LOCATION – San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

PROCESS – Washed

VARIETY – Bourbon & Caturra

FARM SIZE - 2.5 hectares

SCA SCORE – 86

Ericka Sanchez is the owner of 2.5 hectares of land in the San Antonio Huista area of Huehuetenango. The farm, La Montaña, is planted with Caturra, Bourbon and Pache, and sits at 1700masl. Ericka is part of the Red de Mujeres, or 'network of women' in English and she manages her farm using organic fertilizer which she produces onsite. Ericka doesn't use any chemical inputs and has diversified the other crops she grows on the land to safeguard for a sustainable future. The fermentation method she uses is fairly unique and is now been passed on to other members of ACODIHUE. Ericka lets the coffee dry ferment for a longer period of time in controlled conditions in order to accentuate the characteristics in the cup.

The Red de Mujeres, or 'network of women', is a large group of female coffee producers covering five different areas of Huehuetenango. The group is made up of 830 women. Within the entire community of women there are 8 different Mayan languages spoken, highlighting the diversity of culture and language in this area of Guatemala.

All of these women have been either widowed during the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala, or were left when their husbands fled the country during the coffee crisis between 2001 and 2004. Since Huehuetenango was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis, many people decided to give up altogether and find work elsewhere, leaving their families behind.

POSTAGE COST

For U.K. mainland we operate a free shipping service for all orders over £20, £3.95 for orders under £15. For international shipping please email us for a quote - hello@wbroast.co.uk.

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE DISPATCHED?

We work on all orders in the order that we receive them. Normally we dispatch parcels either the same or next working day. However during very busy periods it may take an extra day or two for your parcel to be dispatched.

All our parcels are sent using First Class Royal Mail or DPD delivery service. If you are out when the parcel arrives, it can be collected from your local Royal Mail depot. 

Please contact hello@wbroast.co.uk for any returns. Returns can be made for any unsatisfactory products and full refund given. Please contact us within 5 business days of receiving your purchase to allows us to look into your query.

If your order becomes damaged in transit, we ask for you to provide photo evidence so we can process the refund through Royal Mail. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What strength is the coffee?

We advise this coffee to be a strength of 3.5 out of 5. Punchy but not over powering. 

Are the beans oily? 

No, these beans are not oily, if you have particularly sensitive machine/equipment, these beans should be perfect. 

Where to store the coffee?

We recommend storing the coffee in a cool, dark, dry cupboard, before you open them. Once opened, reseal the bag and they can be safely stored in the packaging, and we recommend to consume them within 4 weeks of opening.

How many coffees do the bags serve?

250g - serves 13-15 coffees. 500g - serves 26-30 coffees. 1kg - serves 55-65 coffees. We recommend one kilo bag to serve 2 coffees a day, to last a month.

What's the best before date?

All our coffees are roasted to order, meaning they couldn't be fresher. We advise a best before date of 6 months from the order date. 

Why plant trees?

  1. Restoring animals’ habitats, which, in turn helps increase biodiversity by giving endemic species the chance to thrive
  2. Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by putting it back into the plants and soil, and therefore helping to reduce global warming
  3. Cleaning the air by removing pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone by trapping these gases in their leaves and bark 
  4. Restoring local ecosystems that have been destroyed by deforestation or other external factors
  5. Reducing the impact of flooding and soil erosion, which helps to protect nearby communities and their livelihoods 
  6. Providing an income for tree planters in lower income countries.

Brewing espresso is a lot like brewing tea; if we leave our bag in too long we risk over-brewing the tea and extracting “stewed” bitter flavours from the leaves but if we do not leave it long enough our tea risks being weak and insipid. This means we must exert control over our brewing process to ensure that we extract all of the desirable flavour compounds whilst leaving behind the compounds responsible for unwelcome bitterness and astringency. This is easy with a teabag – we can take it out whenever we choose – but achieving the same control with espresso is slightly more complex.

Coffee does not extract homogenously during its brewing cycle. Most extraction occurs during the first third of its brew time. Typically fruit acids and bean fragments that contribute towards body extract first, followed by sugars, and then bitter compounds.

‘DIALLING IN’ OUR ESPRESSO

Understanding your grinder is the key to achieving desirable DOSE and BREW TIME. Whether you are using a modern “on-demand” grinder or a more traditional “dosing grinder” you should be able to control both DOSE and GRIND TEXTURE, both of which are critical to brewing balanced espresso. Here’s how...

Using scales, weigh a consistent dose of ground coffee into your double espresso basket -16g - 18g is a sensible choice for most espresso machines.

Aim for 36-40g of liquid espresso (single espresso) or roughly a ratio of 1:2 (18g of ground espresso to 36g of liquid espresso). 

Is it within your target brew time window? We recommend 20 - 30 Seconds.

Yes = SUCCESS!

Your espresso is probably well brewed and should taste full, sweet and balanced.

No = If you haven't extracted 30-40ml of liquid espresso, in 20-30 seconds, your grind is too FINE and your espresso will most likely taste thin, bitter & ashy.

Coarsen your grind slightly then grind and discard at least 20g of coffee to remove traces of the previous grind setting

No = If you have extracted too much liquid espresso (over 30ml for single espresso, over 60ml for double). Your grind is too COARSE and your espresso will most likely be weak and sour.

Make your grind slightly FINER then grind and discard at least 20g of coffee to remove all traces of the previous grind setting

Customer Reviews

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LM (Kensington, GB)
Perfect for all occassions

This is a great general purpose bean providing strong, smooth and tasty coffee which works great as an americano (I have my coffee black so taste is really important to me) and also as an iced americano in these warm summer days. I have also used it for cold brew and it retains the smoothness in the steeping too. A great all-rounder!

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Aqib (London, GB)
My go-to coffee!

Consistently brilliant

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Leann Strang (Chesham, GB)
The best at home coffee

Just perfect.

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Christine Wah (Goffs Oak, GB)
Fantastic taste

Great coffee, really enjoy the freshly roasted beans. Quick service too! Thank you.

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Paul Hutchin (Liverpool, GB)
Disappointed ☹️ 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Was Expecting a lovely dark roast Italian but what I got in my opinion was a very light roast strength of maybe 3 I prefer strong full rounded Italian coffee a good 5 would of been great..Probably won’t even drink it..☹️ Or am I preparing if wrong because I have just read the other reviews and it’s a great coffee 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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Heather Johnston (Reading, GB)
Beautiful taste. Strong but not bitter.

This is a much puncher coffee than the signature gold. Lots of flavour, strong but definitively not bitter. Beautiful blend.

We use this in a sage oracle touch machine on a grind of roughly 22 and brew time of 30 secs.

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Leon de Beer (Amsterdam, NL)
Great coffee, great service

Discovered this company a few months ago and just keep using them as their coffee is excellent (I've tried the Italian one) and the service is brilliant. That whilst using a small local company is just great. Thanks Alex!

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Steve (Rhyl, GB)
Lovely smooth Italian blend

It's been a while since I've had a dark roast, and this was just what I was after. The kind of blend that got me hooked from the start. This is a beautiful dark roasted blend which I've been using for cortados and flat whites. It has that classic Italian taste, better than any of your chain coffee shop rubbish 😁. Brew ratio 1:2.1(16g in 34g out) on my Sage duo temp pro with IMS double basket. Brew time 26-28s. Starts to become bitter after 28s. Just lovely. What more can be said...

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Big John (Northolt, GB)
Dark but not bitter...

...even when brewed in my ancient Bialetti stovetop pot! Add just a dash of warm milk and hey presto, the perfect pick me up to start my day.

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Melanie McColgan (Barrow upon Soar, GB)
Awesome local coffee

I love the Rich Italian coffee, it has a gorgeous smooth and rich coffee taste with no bitterness. I love it in my flat white, it packs a huge flavour punch!

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