Let’s start at the beginning. Coffee only grows between the tropic of Capricorn and the tropic of Cancer, and the best beans (Arabica) only grow above 3000 feet. Now, although we wouldn’t use anything but Arabica beans, it’s hard to narrow down your favourite coffee beans to one country, or even one region!
As taste differs vastly from one place to another, everything from soil type, humidity and rainfall, plays a big part in shaping a beans taste. So we could just use an Indonesian bean for its rich chocolate and syrupy taste but why not mix it with a Guatemalan bean to add a little spice and give a fuller flavour? You can see where we are going with this! Basically, most great coffees are blends. Taking all those lovely flavours from 5 or 6 (or however many you like) different countries and packing them into one.
Now here’s the tricky part. Coffee is grown in over 70 countries! How do you pick only 5 countries from all of those? Well, without getting too giddy on caffeine, we went to our local roasters with a strong idea in mind of what we wanted our coffee to taste like, and with their experience and our taste buds, the Java Bar Espresso blend was born! It was hard work (honest!), but we got there in the end.