For our Cold Brew Coffee, we have selected the perfect bean.
Cold brew coffee is different than hot brew in a few ways, and requires a special bean to ensure you get the best tasting cold brew possible.
1. Coarse Ground - You can select our cold brew in Whole Bean or Coarse Ground. If you choose to grind your beans, we highly recommend you grind very coarse. Cold Brew takes place not over a few minutes, but over 8-24 hours. The beans are thoroughly soaked. A finer grind than coarse can result in a muddy coffee. Coarse grind will release all of the coffee into the water while retaining its form.
2. Single Origin - Blends or single origin can be used for Cold Brew Coffee, but after trying several we have found the perfect bean. It is a semi-rare bean from Guatemala that is processed in a special way. It's called Honey Process, but it doesn't involve honey at all. When the coffee cherries are picked, the outer cherry is usually removed to reveal the bean. The beans are then washed and dried. The Honey Process leaves the outer cherry intact and the beans are dried whole. The cherry is then removed after drying. This process is more time consuming and involves more work, but what it does is basically marinate the bean in the cherry. The sweetness and flavors of the cherry naturally infuse into the bean and the result is just amazing. If you've never tried honey process coffee before, you'll be in for a treat. If you have, you already know.
3. Small Batch Artisan Roasted - For cold brew, because it brews so long and is stored in the fridge for a few days, a dark roast is not recommended. The dark roast is akin to toasting a slice of bread to really dark. You taste more of the toast and less of the bread. For cold brew coffee, a light to medium roast is best. Light roast actually has a little more caffeine because it's not roasted off as much as dark roast. The result is a full-bodied, smooth cold brew that has all the flavors and nuances of both the bean and the outer bean cherry. This is one to really savor and enjoy.
4. Fresh Roasted - We roast all of our coffee in-house and ship it freshly roasted to you, many times on the same day it was roasted! Fresh is better. Period. If you purchase coffee in a grocery store, it's often the same great quality coffee that you could get in a local roaster, but it's been sitting in a warehouse for awhile, and sitting on a shelf for who knows how much longer. Just like any food item, if something is cooked and sits around for awhile, it tastes more and more stale. Coffee is relatively shelf-stable, but if you can get fresh roasted coffee delivered right to your door, why wouldn't you?
If you love Cold Brew Coffee, we are certain our Cold Brew will become your new favorite.
Region: Central America
Cupping Notes: Cane Sugar, Watermelon, Strawberry, Fig and Aromas of rose, plantain, cherry and honey. Flavors of strawberry rhubarb, sweet brown sugar, peach, cranberry juice, honey, hazelnut. Fruit penetration from Natural processing is mild to medium and balanced.
- Country: Guatemala
- Region: Antigua, genuine and certified
- Farm: Finca Medina
- Altitude: 1,600 meters
- Varietal: Bourbon & Marsellesa
- Processing: Full Natural, dried in the cherry
- Drying: African beds for 28 to 30 days
Farm profile: Finca Medina has been producing coffee since 1842 and today farms about 1000 bags of coffee per year. We visited the farm some years ago and were impressed by a farm wide irrigation system they had installed to remove some of the detrimental variations of weather and, in particular, the off years that are caused by lack of rainfall. The farm ownership has a social and environmental consciousness, among other things providing for their community through school scholarships and materials for children of farm employees as well as donations to a local orphanage which offers care to disabled children.
This plantation is a member of the Rainforest Alliance that awards its seal for thoughtful land use and sustainability. 10% of the farm is dedicated forest, regenerated with native species. An intensive environmental program is being conducted throughout the rest of the farm to identify additional opportunities for environmental care of the land. The farm is fully irrigated. They are a member of APCA, the organization certifying Antigua farm authenticity.
About Blessed Bean Coffee
We are a family-owned and operated small business, located in Longwood, Florida. What started as a curious hobby has become a passion and a way of life for us for well over a decade. We bring you the finest coffee from all over the world. Some are favorites, and some are unique or microlot that you won't find many other places. We love to try new coffees and to support small farms and co-ops. We thank you for your support and we strive to exceed your expectations with every order.