One of the things we love the most about our work, is the opportunity to meet various people and businesses within the coffee industry. In particular, we especially like meeting new coffee roasters and getting to sample their various products and blends. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Anthony from That Coffee Company in Essendon Fields. Anthony’s business is the definition of a boutique coffee bean roasting company, but size is not a limiting factor to variety. During my meeting with Anthony it became apparent that he is a specialist coffee blender, and I loved the large variety of blends that he has available for sale. Sampling all of the blends in Anthony’s range could take months, so I decided to begin with three blends recommended by Anthony. The three recommended blends I sampled were Anthony’s “Golden Brown”, “Number 9”, and “CBD”. Each of the blends I sampled were freshly roasted and full of flavour and character. Overall I was impressed with the variety of flavours that Anthony had assembled and it is clear that Anthony is a master of his art. Golden Brown is produced from a blend of Indonesian Coffee beans. It is described as “luxurious coffee with chocolate tones, and a deep syrupy body”. I sampled this blend in my usual morning cappuccino, and it blended very well with milk. Golden Brown is a strong flavoured coffee, and is perfect for that first cup of the day. Golden Brown has a long flavour, I drank it slowly in order to appreciate the detail that it presented. Number 9 is a sophisticated blend that is produced from Columbian coffee beans. It is described as having “a medium body, with a balanced acidic finish, and loads of flavour”. Of the three blends that I sampled I liked Number 9 the most. I found the blend to be medium flavoured with lots of subtle highlights. I would describe Number 9 as a good after dinner coffee, that can be drank with or without milk. The exceptional nature of this blend was not immediately apparent, especially after drinking a strong flavoured coffee, but it really stands out when you are accustomed to the flavour. CBD has been specifically developed for Melbourne’s bustling city and is produced from Brazilian and Guatemalan coffee beans. The blend is described as being “designed for chocolate lovers, with caramel and citrus tones”. Once again I sampled the blend in my morning cappuccino, having noted that the blend is specifically designed for mixing with milk. Personally, I preferred the long and sophisticated flavours offered by Anthony’s Golden Brown and Number 9 blends. For me the CBD blend was too generic, but this may not be evident to all that sample the blend.
Our staff at Just Coffee Cups are coffee industry experts, combined we have over a decades experience working in the coffee industry. Therefore we have dedicated this section of our website to sharing our knowlege. We hope to update this section of our website as frequently as possible, so that we can develop a large body of knowledge and experience.
The perfect coffee begins with the perfect bean. While different tastes are associated with differenet types of coffee bean, all beans must be stored in the same way in order to preserve their quality and usefulness. When considering coffee bean storage a distinction must be made between whole beans and ground beans. For the perfect coffee ideally one is grinding their own beans prior to making the coffee, therefore we will begin by discussing storage of whole beans. One generally obtains their whole beans in freshness preserving foil bags. Foil bags are great for storing whole coffee beans because they create ideal climatic conditions for storing coffee beans. Climate control is important when storing coffee beans because they prevent the bean from spoiling due to moisture, heat or contaiminants. When beans are removed from their original packaging, it is imporant to transfer them into a vessel that will also be able to provide a climate controlled environment. A suitable vessel for the storage of coffee beans could be a plastic container with a lid or a metal container with a lid. Once you have transferred you coffee beans into a suitable vessel, it is good idea to store the vessel in a cupboard. We recommend that one stores ground coffee beans for the shortest period possible, ideally you should be grinding fresh beans before every cup of coffee that you make. You should grind fresh coffee beans before each coffee you make, because the grinding process breaks down the coffee bean. When a coffee bean is broken by grinding it becomes more susceptible to environmental influences. One of the biggest environmental factors affecting the quality of a ground coffee is moisture. Ground coffee that is too moist will not travel through your coffee machine (Group Head) at a correct rate (Flow Rate), which ultimately will have a negative effect on the qaulity of your coffee. The biggest mistake one can make when storing ground coffee is to store it in the fridge!! If one chooses to store ground coffee always do it for a short time, grind fresh where possible, and store the gound coffee in an vessel that keeps it free from environmental influences.
The water used to make your coffee will have a significant impact upon the final taste of your coffee. Therefore it is important to filter your coffee water prior to brewing. Filtering your water does not need to be a complicated procedure. A basic filter that is capable of removing metals and simple contaminants, will make a positive contribution towards the flavour of your coffee. At Just Coffee Cups we are particularly fond of double filtering your coffee water. Double filtering coffee water can be made simpler by using a coffee machine that incorporates a water system. Water filtration also contributes towards the longevity of your coffee machine. Through the boiling process that walls of the boiler in your coffee machine become coated with contaminant residue. When contaminants accumulate on the walls of your boiler the effectiveness of the boiler is compromised and the water being boiled is more likely to become spoiled. By filtering the water you place in your coffee machine, you can prevent the accumulation of contaminants upon the walls of your coffee machine boiler, and also help to improve the quality of the water being produced by your coffee machine. At Just Coffee Cups we always recommend maintaining your coffee machine in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations, which includes descaling your boiler regularly.
At Just Coffee Cups we are determined to help you create the best customer experience possible, which is why we are passionate about coffee cups with multiple walls. We love multiple walled coffee cups because they offer the greatest level of insulation. Insulation is important in a coffee cup because it prevents the transfer of heat from the beverage to the customer’s hand. By preventing heat transfer you make it easier for your customers to handle your coffee, and therefore create a better experience for your customer. The enhanced customer experience created by the “more walls are better” principle, will give you an advantage over your competition and cement your brand in the customer’s head. When referring to multiple walled coffee cups we are specifically referring to double and triple walled coffee cups. Double walled coffee cups are the minimum standard, because double walled coffee cups feature an air break between their layers. An air break between layers creates space between the beverage and customer’s hand, therefore preventing heat transfer from the beverage and customer’s hand. In theory direct contact between the beverage and customer’s hand creates the most discomfort, conversely the smallest amount of contact between the beverage and customer’s hand creates the most comfort. The triple wall coffee cup represents the pinnacle of the Just Coffee Cups brand because it offers the greatest levels of insulation. In conjunction with the air breaks found in our double wall coffee cups, the triple wall coffee cup contains an extra layer of paper. A third layer of paper offers greater levels of insulation because it allows the cup to absorb increased levels of heat. Theoretically if the coffee cup is able to absorb heat the amount of heat flowing from the beverage to the customer’s hand will become reduced.
The manner in which you handle and store your coffee cups is important, because it ensures the integrity of the cup and ultimately contributes towards your customer’s satisfaction. At Just Coffee Cups we have been investigating the best methods for handling and storing our coffee cups, and our conclusion was that it is easy create an environment that produces the best performance from our coffee cups. In the paragraphs below we have detailed our suggestions for storing and handling our coffee cups. The manner in which you store your coffee cups has a direct impact upon the life and quality of the coffee cup. Obviously you do not want to store coffee cups in moist or damp conditions, as moisture acting on the unsealed components of the coffee cup have the ability to saturate and spoil the coffee cup. We do not recommend that significant amount of weight are place on coffee cups when they are being stored, specifically we do not support placing other boxes on top of your coffee cup boxes. At Just Coffee Cups we ship all of our coffee cups in stacks that are packaged into plastic sleeves, we strongly recommend that our coffee cups are stored within their plastic sleeves, because our plastic sleeves act as a barrier between outside elements and our coffee cups. It is important to handle your coffee cups with the appropriate level of consideration to the nature of the product. We recommend that users remove coffee cups from their stacks with the appropriate level of force and feel. When too much force is applied while removing cups from their stack, sometimes the outer sleeve can become detached from the inner cup. By massaging a difficult cup from it’s sleeve, as opposed to using excessive force, it is possible to avoid ruining the coffee cup. Being mindful of the coffee cup lip is one of the best ways to maintain the quality of the coffee cup, because the coffee cup lip interacts with the coffee cup lid. Always try to prevent damage to the coffee cup lip from occurring, so that your lids will securely attach to your coffee cups.
Our staff at Just Coffee Cups sampled many different varieties of coffee bean throughout 2015. We found that our experiences were diverse, pleasing and exciting. Of course there were a few standout experiences, and these we would like to share with you now. We would like to award a gold star to the team at Café Uffizi in Caulfield, with special mention for Ian and Gil. Situated next to Caulfield Park, Café Uffizi offers a stylish café experience and killer coffee. The man putting smiles on early morning faces is Ian, the head barista and Java king. Ian and his team are clearly paying attention to what they are doing, their coffee shots are full of flavour and highlights. The small cappuccino is the selection favoured at Just Coffee Cups, we find that the amount of coffee and milk to be blended perfectly. Well done!! 2015 was an amazing year for the Australian Coffee Industry, in particular we would like to acknowledge the bean suppliers and roasters. For us at Just Coffee Cups 2015 was the year of the variety explosion, we literally tried so many different brands and varieties. We especially enjoyed our visit with Sam from Ciano Coffee. Ciano Coffee are setup to impress, their café styled showroom is located in Oakleigh and offers a comfortable setting for sampling their coffee bean. Sam informed me that their beans are sourced directly from the manufacturer in Europe, I sampled the Devils Blend, and found it to have a strong beginning and a flavoursome ending. At Just Coffee Cups we aren’t embarrassed to admit that we love our Saeco Xelsis, it is just so darn convenient! If you are using a similar fully automated machine and not getting the results you were hoping for, we would strongly recommend that you further investigate your machine setup. The bean of choice running through our machine during 2015 was the Signature Blend from Mio Coffee. We liked so many things about Signature Blend from Mio Coffee, we especially like its medium flavour which is packed with depth and length. Thank you Mio Coffee and keep up the good work, with a special mention being awarded. 2016 has only just begun and we are excited about what it may bring. At Just Coffee Cups we have many exciting plans for 2016. Already we have introduced a new style of double wall coffee cup, one that features a list of coffee styles that will assist communication down your production line. Additionally, in response to popular demand we are reintroducing our Matte Black Vertical Bar coffee cup. With many more exciting things to come, including the launching of our new website, be sure to check in with us again throughout the year.