Darkwoods coffee excellence!

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If you follow me on any socials, you will likely know I love my coffee. I love good quality and appreciate the nuances as a sommelier appreciates wine.

I have qualified this as a product review post as there are some delightful tastes I need to share with you, however, this was an experience alongside a fabulous exposure to quality coffee.

Darkwoods have been in operation for 4 years now. They are a local firm that exudes the quality of a connoisseur whilst simultaneously catering for a palatable mid range smooth coffee.

The invitation for a coffee tasting surpassed my expectations. I had envisaged drinking copious quantities and leaving with a caffeine induced tremor and possibly an afternoon on a buzz. What we experienced was far beyond this. The information delivered by Paul was akin to a University lecture condensed into a very short morning.

As we arrived in the car park of this bespoke and artisan roasters nestled into the vale just outside of Huddersfield, the air was filled with the aroma of cooking coffee beans. The constant roasting delivers an intoxicating heady mix of the perfect room fragrance which defies you to leave empty handed.

We began with a simple espresso and felt white made with a mid roast bean namely Under Milk Wood.

Paul who is a co contributor of the Coffee Guide and an expert in his field, explained that a mid roast of this quality bean produced a flavour neither too citrus in taste nor too bitter. An easy to drink unchallenging coffee that is creamy and silky like a galaxy chocolate.

What happened next was fascinating. Paul took us through the actual process for competition coffee tasting and how the professionals sample for tasting notes.

Each bean sample is weighed out to an exact measure. This is then ground to the same precise coarseness. An exact measure of water heated to an exact temperature is then added to the cup and left to intensify for an exact amount of minutes. The method is not dissimilar from that of a cafetière brew minus the plunger. After the allotted time span the coffee is scraped from the surface and the cup is cleaned leaving behind an infusion of exact measure. This allows a level playing field for comparison of flavours and qualities. You then work your way through the cups tasting each one with a deep soup spoon and aerating each mouthful to activate the olfactory senses. An imperative element to the taste sensation. As the cups of coffee cooled the flavours altered, each rotation of tasting produced subtle nuances of flavour development.

In our cupping experience we tried a Mexican coffee,

an Ethiopian,

 

 

 

 

 

And a lastly a coffee from Panama.

The Mexican coffee was first up and described as a coffee tasting coffee! It was extremely easy to drink and very smooth. Caramel was definitely on the taste buds but with a nutty undertone. I felt is was delivering notes akin to a Ferrero Rocher. Praline in nature.

The Ethiopian coffee delivered an almost opposite end off the spectrum. Fruity and almost Ribeena esque with a floral overtone. The coffee cherry and the wash type has a factor in the production of this unique coffee. Not for everyone I feel, as it could be quite challenging and perhaps your Sunday morning needs to be easier and more relaxing.

The final coffee from Panama is currently the worlds most expensive coffee, working out at $5000 per KG which is equivalent to £1 per bean. I was almost nervous to taste it.

How much is this 1 cup worth? I estimate around £20-£30 for just the one cup!!!! Strangely this coffee has a hint of ale. Hoppy beer flavour like a dark stout. Unsurprisingly Darkwoods have combined with local brewers Magic Rock to make a coffee porter. I am not a beer drinker but the smell had that similarity of a brewery.

After this tasting we had a tour of the roasting facility and saw the precision scientific system that is used to identically replicate each roast to the perfection that has been formulated.

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Precise temperatures, precise times and the all important first crack!

Perhaps you will have heard of Green coffee extract as an up and coming health supplement. All coffee beans begin life as a green fibrous vegetable type of product with an organic earthy smell which I likened to silage! I think hay would have been a more appropriate description however, I was a little overwhelmed by the aroma as I leaned over the hessian sack.

In this picture you can clearly see the difference between a good quality bean and a lower grade of coffee bean. The lower quality have a mix of colours and the same is more foisty and mouldy. The beans have rotted and are then ground. The uniform colour of the good quality bean has a fresh hay smell.

The science and expertise that combine to produce the perfect bean with the perfect roast is as vast as the coffee combinations you could have. Each bean would taste differently when roasted for a different length of time, then the coarseness of the grind will effect the flavours, the temperature of the water, the length of brew time and the complimentary milks and sweeteners. As Darkwoods have mastered the excellence of production, a novice may not reveal the brilliance of the bean if they cannot master the brew.

If you wish to sample Darkwoods coffee please visit their website, they also provide an in house Barista course and if you purchase the coffee for your cafe or coffee shop they ensure you get all the best advice on how to deliver it to your customers. As a product available in stores locally through to Harrods there is guaranteed to be something for everyones taste and budgets. The quality is guaranteed irrespective of the product you buy.

Dark Woods Coffee: Specialty wholesale coffee roaster

If you live nearby and fancy trying before you buy, keep your beady eyes on their social and on their website for the ever popular pop up coffee shops that they host.

Whatever way you decide to sample this great product I would love to hear what you think x

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If you follow me on any socials, you will likely know I love my coffee. I love good quality and appreciate the nuances as a sommelier appreciates wine.

I have qualified this as a product review post as there are some delightful tastes I need to share with you, however, this was an experience alongside a fabulous exposure to quality coffee.

Darkwoods have been in operation for 4 years now. They are a local firm that exudes the quality of a connoisseur whilst simultaneously catering for a palatable mid range smooth coffee.

The invitation for a coffee tasting surpassed my expectations. I had envisaged drinking copious quantities and leaving with a caffeine induced tremor and possibly an afternoon on a buzz. What we experienced was far beyond this. The information delivered by Paul was akin to a University lecture condensed into a very short morning.

As we arrived in the car park of this bespoke and artisan roasters nestled into the vale just outside of Huddersfield, the air was filled with the aroma of cooking coffee beans. The constant roasting delivers an intoxicating heady mix of the perfect room fragrance which defies you to leave empty handed.

We began with a simple espresso and felt white made with a mid roast bean namely Under Milk Wood.

Paul who is a co contributor of the Coffee Guide and an expert in his field, explained that a mid roast of this quality bean produced a flavour neither too citrus in taste nor too bitter. An easy to drink unchallenging coffee that is creamy and silky like a galaxy chocolate.

What happened next was fascinating. Paul took us through the actual process for competition coffee tasting and how the professionals sample for tasting notes.

Each bean sample is weighed out to an exact measure. This is then ground to the same precise coarseness. An exact measure of water heated to an exact temperature is then added to the cup and left to intensify for an exact amount of minutes. The method is not dissimilar from that of a cafetière brew minus the plunger. After the allotted time span the coffee is scraped from the surface and the cup is cleaned leaving behind an infusion of exact measure. This allows a level playing field for comparison of flavours and qualities. You then work your way through the cups tasting each one with a deep soup spoon and aerating each mouthful to activate the olfactory senses. An imperative element to the taste sensation. As the cups of coffee cooled the flavours altered, each rotation of tasting produced subtle nuances of flavour development.

In our cupping experience we tried a Mexican coffee,

an Ethiopian,

 

 

 

 

 

And a lastly a coffee from Panama.

The Mexican coffee was first up and described as a coffee tasting coffee! It was extremely easy to drink and very smooth. Caramel was definitely on the taste buds but with a nutty undertone. I felt is was delivering notes akin to a Ferrero Rocher. Praline in nature.

The Ethiopian coffee delivered an almost opposite end off the spectrum. Fruity and almost Ribeena esque with a floral overtone. The coffee cherry and the wash type has a factor in the production of this unique coffee. Not for everyone I feel, as it could be quite challenging and perhaps your Sunday morning needs to be easier and more relaxing.

The final coffee from Panama is currently the worlds most expensive coffee, working out at $5000 per KG which is equivalent to £1 per bean. I was almost nervous to taste it.

How much is this 1 cup worth? I estimate around £20-£30 for just the one cup!!!! Strangely this coffee has a hint of ale. Hoppy beer flavour like a dark stout. Unsurprisingly Darkwoods have combined with local brewers Magic Rock to make a coffee porter. I am not a beer drinker but the smell had that similarity of a brewery.

After this tasting we had a tour of the roasting facility and saw the precision scientific system that is used to identically replicate each roast to the perfection that has been formulated.

IMG_6867

IMG_6865

IMG_6864

Precise temperatures, precise times and the all important first crack!

Perhaps you will have heard of Green coffee extract as an up and coming health supplement. All coffee beans begin life as a green fibrous vegetable type of product with an organic earthy smell which I likened to silage! I think hay would have been a more appropriate description however, I was a little overwhelmed by the aroma as I leaned over the hessian sack.

In this picture you can clearly see the difference between a good quality bean and a lower grade of coffee bean. The lower quality have a mix of colours and the same is more foisty and mouldy. The beans have rotted and are then ground. The uniform colour of the good quality bean has a fresh hay smell.

The science and expertise that combine to produce the perfect bean with the perfect roast is as vast as the coffee combinations you could have. Each bean would taste differently when roasted for a different length of time, then the coarseness of the grind will effect the flavours, the temperature of the water, the length of brew time and the complimentary milks and sweeteners. As Darkwoods have mastered the excellence of production, a novice may not reveal the brilliance of the bean if they cannot master the brew.

If you wish to sample Darkwoods coffee please visit their website, they also provide an in house Barista course and if you purchase the coffee for your cafe or coffee shop they ensure you get all the best advice on how to deliver it to your customers. As a product available in stores locally through to Harrods there is guaranteed to be something for everyones taste and budgets. The quality is guaranteed irrespective of the product you buy.

Dark Woods Coffee: Specialty wholesale coffee roaster

If you live nearby and fancy trying before you buy, keep your beady eyes on their social and on their website for the ever popular pop up coffee shops that they host.

Whatever way you decide to sample this great product I would love to hear what you think x

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