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Which coffee beans are best?
Which coffee beans are best?

We’re sure many would have an opinion on this one, and the obvious answer would be… any Neighbourhood beans!

But to be more specific: it all depends on what you’re looking for. The best coffee types for moods, drink concoctions, flavours and textures are all different. While we’d always recommend trying a wide variety and simply finding your favourite, there are some things that many agree on when it comes to appropriate coffee.

The best coffee beans for morning, noon and night

For a delicious morning motivator, espresso is going to be the boost you need – and for that, you’ll want an espresso blend. These are normally dark-roasted, finely ground coffees, suitable for using in an espresso maker or a Moka Pot. The combination of bitter and chocolatey flavours go very well with a croissant or two.

If you’re after an afternoon pick-me-up, try something punchy like our Ethiopian Born Sippin’. This smooth brew has notes of white chocolate and licorice to light up your taste buds like no other.

For after-dinner refreshment, something fruity and light will be the bean for you.
(I can’t get no) caffeination is a Colombian variety with notes of chocolate and cherry. And it’s decaf – so you can sleep soundly, dreaming of the next day’s coffee.

The best coffee beans for Aeropress

Aeropress is one of the best inventions ever. Who’d have thought a simple plastic contraption could be responsible for some of the world’s finest coffee?

 

The versatility of Aeropress means you don’t need to be precious about which variety of coffee you choose. As long as you get the right grind size (Aeropress grind if you’re buying Neighbourhood) you’ll be good. An Aeropress will bring out the best in a smooth, rich coffee, so you might want to try something like an Anything You Can Brew, I Can Brew Better – fresh from El Salvador. 

The best coffee beans for cold brew 

This one’s up to you. Cold brew is a process that provides a less acidic, slightly sweeter type of coffee. As long as you use coarse-ground coffee (‘cafetière’ grind if you’re buying Neighbourhood), you’re free to experiment with whatever works. Try something with chocolatey or toffee notes – such as our Guatemalan Grind Control to Major Tom – and squirt a bit of whipped cream on top.

The versatility of Aeropress means you don’t need to be precious about which variety of coffee you choose. As long as you get the right grind size (Aeropress grind if you’re buying Neighbourhood) you’ll be good. An Aeropress will bring out the best in a smooth, rich coffee, so you might want to try something like an Anything You Can Brew, I Can Brew Better – fresh from El Salvador.

The best coffee beans for cold brew – this one’s up to you. Cold brew is a process that provides a less acidic, slightly sweeter type of coffee. As long as you use coarse-ground coffee (‘cafetière’ grind if you’re buying Neighbourhood), you’re free to experiment with whatever works. Try something with chocolatey or toffee notes – such as our Guatemalan Grind Control to Major Tom – and squirt a bit of whipped cream on top.

The best coffee beans for cocktails

Alcoholic coffee cocktails aren’t just espresso martinis – although you can’t go wrong with such a classic. For example, a hot White Russian can be made from freshly brewed filter coffee (try a smooth filter coffee like Aeropress), coffee liqueur, whipped cream, and vodka. You could use a drip method like Chemex, although the delicate flavours brought out in such a process might be lost in the rich mix of this one.

But you can always be more adventurous, with something like a Siciliano – vermouth, amaro, cold-brew coffee, syrup, sparkling water, garnished with a wheel of orange zest. The cold brew coffee in this one would suit something strong like a coarse-ground Ethiopian. 

Try a Love, Love Me Brew.

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