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Taste Bud


Meet your friend, Taste Bud. Taste Bud allows you to explore the different flavours and varieties in coffee and compare them, in smaller doses. Our goal is to allow you to define your taste preferences and better understand the nuances in coffee culture in a relaxed homely manner.

Who is this for?
For the 'connoisseurs' of the cafe world. 
For the 'working from home' looking for a bit of variety. 
For the 'this is my first coffee experience' friend.
Or you just simply don't know where to start?

What's in this pack?
Taste Bud comprises three x100g bags of our current Single Origin coffee offerings, we hand pick coffees in a manner we feel will help you discover the intricacies or differences in our selections. Offerings will be updated regularly based on fresh stock. Talker card with easy-to-scan QR code included.

If this is a gift, please let us know in the comments on the checkout page!
Coffees included
Read more about them

Ethiopia Shawo (100g)

Origin | Guji, Ethiopia
Variety | Local Landraces & JARC varieties
Altitude | 2070-2120 masl
Process | Natural

Taste Notes | Elderflower, Blueberry, Brown Sugar


Peru Frontera San Ignacio (100g)

Origin | Nambale, San Ignacio, Cajamarca
Altitude | 1350-1890 MASL
Process | Washed
Variety | Typica, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Bourbon, Catimor

Tasting Notes | Chocolate Orange | Butterscotch | Walnut


China Aqi Badu (100g)

Origin | Menglian Dai, Lahu and Va Autonomous County, Yunnan
Variety | Catimor
Altitude | 1350 masl
Process | Natural

Taste Notes | Red Grape, Maple Sugar, Ceylon Black Tea

What is 'Process'?

The term Process refers to how the bean is removed from the cherry. The way coffee is processed impacts the flavour profile you experience. Environmental factors such as rainfall and sunlight play an important part in how coffee farmers decide to process their coffee.

In this box we focus on two processing methods - Natural and Washed - used to extract the bean and develop flavour.

Natural Processed
This is the oldest and most traditional way of processing coffee which was used in Ethiopia. Natural processing involves drying the cherry with its skin (mucilage) intact in the sun, the cherry 'raisin-ifies' around the bean. The complex flavours created by the cherry drying against the bean come through with every sip, natural coffees tend to taste more complicated than other processes with strong sugars and interesting dark but bright fruity notes, often resulting in fun contradictory flavour assessments .

It is also a lot more environmentally friendly as it does not require water to pulp the bean. Some people prefer this processing method as the bean has had more time to interact with the natural sugars from the cherry. 

Washed Processed

Washed coffees are dried without the cherry and mucilage (de-pulping). The aim is it lets you taste what's inside the bean. Both the origin and environmental factors play a huge part in the taste. This type of processing leads to bright and acidic flavours. The beans are soaked in water and fermented over 12-72 hours to remove all remaining berry and mucilage.
Following this they are dried in the sun often on raised beds. This process provides a bright, clean and crisp taste with clarity of flavour.
After being hand-picked the coffee cherries are pulped on the same day and fermented overnight. They are then washed with clean water and sun-dried for up to 2 days (48 hours), after which the parchment is mechanically removed and the beans left to dry in the sun until optimum moisture content is achieved.

Honey Processed (for reference)

This type of coffee is halfway between natural and washed coffee, the coffee bean is de-pulped but allowed to dry naturally without washing most of the cherry is gone but the remaining sticky mucilage is similar to honey - alas the name! This is a relatively unique way of processing coffee that requires attention to detail, when done correctly, Honey processed coffee will display the sweetness of natural coffee and the brightness of washed coffee with a nice balanced acidity. An eco friendly process also as it uses less water than traditional processing methods allowing for the dried fruit to be removed physically during the milling process.

Grab a cup and join us! Keep an eye out for what your Bud has next time!

Images are not representative of the current coffee offering, please refer to the 'Coffees included' dropdown.