Coffee Brewing Guide

Gourmet Coffee

There are many ways of making coffee:  filter, cafetiere or espresso machine, among others.

Here are 7 things to bear in mind:

1. Always use coffee that is as fresh from roasting as possible.
2. If you have wholebeans, grind them just before brewing for maximum freshness.
3. Freshly drawn water is essential.
4. If using an espresso machine ensure coffee grind is set to the espresso roast.
5. For cafetiere users, leave the boiled water for 10 seconds before using.
6. For cafetiere users, let the coffee brew before plunging.
7. Filter coffee users be aware that coffee stews if left on the hot plate too long.

For our Catering Coffee Customers we do have a full Barista Manual available for use with Traditional Espresso Machines. How to make coffee!  Training by our own barista is available.

History of Coffee

The Origins of Coffee

Legend tells us that once upon a time a shepherd in the Ethiopian Highlands noticed that his goats were restless having eaten from a plant with red, yellow and green berries. Upon trying the beans, the shepherd realised that they were a source of energy and from there the story of coffee began.

Up until the middle ages coffee was only grown around the Arabian Peninsula. With the expansion of the Ottoman Empire the drink started to spread and it was not until the 17th century that the coffee plant was introduced to the parts of the world that today produce the most coffee i.e the East Indies, West Indies, Southern and Central America.

In the late 19th century the coffee species robusta was discovered in the Congo Basin. In the early 20th Century instance coffee was first produced in Japan and the decaffeinating of coffee started.

In the last twenty years the phenomenal growth in coffee bars around the world have made coffee even more prominent.

Buy Coffee Online – from our Extensive range of Kentish Roast Coffees!

  • Single Origin Coffee
  • Blended Coffees
  • Espresso Coffees
  • Rain Forest Alliance Coffee
  • Flavoured Coffees
  • Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

We have been roasting coffee for over 30 years and pride ourselves in producing freshly roasted, finest quality coffees which are consistently roasted. Kent’s finest!