The resurgence of Decaf

Decaffeinated coffee has, for a long time, had a very bad reputation, even being frowned upon by the coffee industry its self. Derided as tasteless and full of chemicals, it has been largely ignored and only offered by roasters out of necessity. However, in recent years, there has been a decaf renaissance thanks in part to the health benefits which are being realised as well technological breakthroughs which have allowed for huge improvements in taste.

There is a large amount of data to suggest that drinking caffeinated coffee a day is perfectly healthy and can be advantageous as part of a physical training programme but decaffeinated coffee has many benefits. Besides the obvious case for pregnant and breast-feeding women many people find that caffeine disrupts sleep, raises blood pressure or makes them anxious. Then there is a spikes and troughs in energy that caffeine can cause if drunk throughout the day and while previously anyone who enjoyed a cup of coffee had no decent decaf alternatives now there are more and more great decafs out there to try.

The advancement of the decaffeinating processes has had much to do with the improvement in taste. Historically there were a lot of harsh chemicals used in the process, like benzene, a solvent now known to be a carcinogen, so roasters would only use the lowest quality beans. There are now 4 different methods used to extract caffeine from beans. Two ?direct? methods which still employ chemical solvents, although at safe levels, and 2 more modern methods that don?t involve chemicals. The Swiss Water process is the best known. It involves soaking Green coffee beans in water, which dissolves the caffeine. The other process Is known as the ?sparkling CO2? method where the coffee beans are soaked in liquid CO2 ? the same gas used in sparkling water ? and under certain conditions the caffeine can be extracted and filtered out, leaving the flavour compounds unaltered. Both modern processes are favoured by independent roasters as they are believed to leave most of the flavour compounds intact.

With roasters finally embracing decaffeinated coffees there are more and more great tasting fresh coffee options available from some of the country?s best roasters. One of the easiest ways to explore fresh speciality coffee is with a subscription, they tend to have flexible delivery options and they get shipped fresh from the roasters straight to your door for an ultimate fresh experience.

Beans Coffee Club is currently the only service which offers a variety of decaf coffees to try from a selection of the country?s best roaster?s in one subscription. So if you are keen to try some of the exciting new decaf coffees available why not take out a decaf subscription today.

What your coffee choice says about you??

Apparently, you can tell a lot about a person based on what type of coffee they drink. So the next time you order a coffee in Starbucks you might be giving away a lot more about yourself then you realised.

Based on an article in the journal?Appetite, people who like their coffee black are more likely to be ?antisocial? and espresso drinkers are hard working. Read on to discover what your coffee choice says about you.

Cappuccino ??If you?re a coffee drinker who enjoys the milky, foamy warmth of a Cappuccino, you are likely to be an optimistic individual. You can be a little sensitive at times (perhaps only when someone forgets to sprinkle chocolate on the top of your coffee?) Cappuccino drinkers are also incredibly sociable and really enjoy spending time with their friends. Although they do have a tenancy to be controlling at times ? so perhaps let them choose the venue for your next catch-up?

Instant coffee ??If you like your coffee in your favourite cup and made quickly in the morning, then you?re a laid back instant coffee drinker. You know how to prioritise in life. You are also probably pretty good at multitasking. Plus, you?re also good with your money ? so any budget is in safe hands with you.

Black coffee ??Ah, a purist. Black coffee drinkers are straight forward, no nonsense people who can be quite stubborn as they?re set in their ways. Despite being occasionally quiet and moody, they will on the whole like to avoid situations involving any sort of conflict.

Latte ??You latte drinkers are lovely people aren?t you? You like to please others, and are generally probably better at looking after their friends and family than themselves. Anyone who loves a latte is likely to be laid back. You also enjoy being comfortable. You?re quite content to spend evenings chilling out, perhaps watching their favourite TV shows

Flat white ??If you?re a flat white drinker, you?re probably the least likely to wonder what your coffee choice says about your personality! You also love to be spend time with friends and are probably pretty close to your family. If you like to change up your order with modern milk choices such as soy or almond milk, you may be adventurous (or just coping with a pesky dietary requirement!)

Espresso ??People who choose Espresso tend to be hard working and confident. They are pretty busy individuals who don?t have much room for ?me-time? in their daily lives. They are also great multitaskers ? so probably make great parents!!

?Double espresso ??Intelligent and sophisticated individuals, double espresso drinkers can have wild imaginations. However, you wouldn?t know that as they tend to be quite private people too!

Iced coffee and Frappuccinos ??Mochas, caramel frappuccinos, the latest Starbucks cookie crumble creation ? people who pick coffees with a twist are young at heart and socially bold trendsetters. They love to have fun and are usually spontaneous. So, get ready to go along with their latest ?great idea? at any moment!

Filter coffee ??Some?of your best attributes are that you are reliable and loyal. You are also likely to be quite a sensible individual. So, if you have a friend who likes to drink Frappuccinos, you?ll be reluctant to go along with all of their many weird and wonderful plans.

Cappuccino ??If you?re a coffee drinker who enjoys the milky, foamy warmth of a Cappuccino, you are likely to be an optimistic individual. You can be a little sensitive at times (perhaps only when someone forgets to sprinkle chocolate on the top of your coffee?) Cappuccino drinkers are also incredibly sociable and really enjoy spending time with their friends. Although they do have a tenancy to be controlling at times ? so perhaps let them choose the venue for your next catch-up?

Instant coffee ??If you like your coffee in your favourite cup and made quickly in the morning, then you?re a laid back instant coffee drinker. You know how to prioritise in life. You are also probably pretty good at multitasking. Plus, you?re also good with your money ? so any budget is in safe hands with you.

Black coffee ??Ah, a purist. Black coffee drinkers are straight forward, no nonsense people who can be quite stubborn as they?re set in their ways. Despite being occasionally quiet and moody, they will on the whole like to avoid situations involving any sort of conflict.

Latte ??You latte drinkers are lovely people aren?t you? You like to please others, and are generally probably better at looking after their friends and family than themselves. Anyone who loves a latte is likely to be laid back. You also enjoy being comfortable. You?re quite content to spend evenings chilling out, perhaps watching their favourite TV shows

Flat white ??If you?re a flat white drinker, you?re probably the least likely to wonder what your coffee choice says about your personality! You also love to be spend time with friends and are probably pretty close to your family. If you like to change up your order with modern milk choices such as soy or almond milk, you may be adventurous (or just coping with a pesky dietary requirement!)

Espresso ??People who choose Espresso tend to be hard working and confident. They are pretty busy individuals who don?t have much room for ?me-time? in their daily lives. They are also great multitaskers ? so probably make great parents!!

?Double espresso ??Intelligent and sophisticated individuals, double espresso drinkers can have wild imaginations. However, you wouldn?t know that as they tend to be quite private people too!

Iced coffee and Frappuccinos ??Mochas, caramel frappuccinos, the latest Starbucks cookie crumble creation ? people who pick coffees with a twist are young at heart and socially bold trendsetters. They love to have fun and are usually spontaneous. So, get ready to go along with their latest ?great idea? at any moment!

Filter coffee ??Some?of your best attributes are that you are reliable and loyal. You are also likely to be quite a sensible individual. So, if you have a friend who likes to drink Frappuccinos, you?ll be reluctant to go along with all of their many weird and wonderful plans.

 

If you love making coffee at home why not check out our personalised subscriptions. With the biggest selection of coffee, from the UK’s best roasters, we? match customers to coffee based on their individual taste and brewing preferences.

So, whether you?re a hard working espresso drinker or a reliable filter drinker you are guaranteed to receive coffee you are going to love. You can get your first bag for only ?1.99 by using the code: BESPOKE.

Take the quiz here to find your perfect coffee match today.

 

Article based on: Sagioglou C. & Greitemeyer T., Individual differences in bitter taste preferences are associated with antisocial personality traits, Appetite (2015), doi: 10.1016/ j.appet.2015.09.031.

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Friends don’t let friends drink bad coffee!!

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Tell your friends, family and work colleagues about the UK’s best coffee subscription and when they sign up you’ll both get ?5 off your next orders. There is no limit to the number of friends you can invite so get sharing for great savings.

You don’t even need to be an existing customer to shout about us – if you haven’t signed up yet simply create an account to get started.

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Here’s a little reminder about why we are worth shouting about.

International Coffee Day

Beans is proud to be involved in celebrating?International Coffee Day.

 

ICD happens every year on 1 October and is a chance for the world to come together to celebrate coffee and recognise the millions of people across the globe -?from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners?and more??- who work hard to create and?serve the beverage we all love.

 

We thought that this event was a perfect fit for Beans as our mission is to make it easy to explore the world of speciality coffee, to discover new amazing roasters and coffees and help brew the world?s best coffee at home.

 

As part of the celebrations we are launching an online event offering 40% off your first bag of coffee when you take out a subscription with us. ?Simply use the code ICD40 at the checkout.

 

This discount will be absorbed by us and will not be passed on to our suppliers.? It is our way to say thank you to all of the farmers, roasters, producers and a way to invite you to experience and explore more ethically sourced and delicious coffee every day.

 

Click here to find out more about the amazing work surrounding this event.

 

Click here to subscribe to our service and explore more coffee.

 

Discount T&C’S: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only one per person. Only available on a personal subscription. Expires on 06/10/2019

Different Brewing Methods ? an easy guide

Do you already have a preferred brewing method or are you new to speciality coffee and keen to explore and learn more about different ways to enjoy your coffee?

Selecting a brewing method is down to personal preference ? if you only drink coffee on weekends and have spare time then the Pour Over or French Press would work for you. If you travel a lot, then the AeroPress is great. If you want to enjoy drinks similar to that in a coffee shop, then invest in an espresso machine.? If you are not sure, then why not try them all?

In this post we will guide you through the basics of some of the most common brewing methods, so you can either learn more about the brewing method you are already using or maybe decide on a new one to experiment with.

Remember: for a step by step guide you can check out our brewing method guides here.

Below is an overview and comparison of each brewing method.

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Pour Over

Manual Pour Overs are a cheap and quick way to start enjoying fresh coffee.? This particular brewing method is good for bringing out the subtle flavours of coffee and lends itself to a lighter roasted coffee. Using a cone and a filter, Pour Overs come in a variety of sizes and options from the cheap plastic, but very effective, V60, to the beautiful ?design classic? Chemex. There are options which allow you to brew for a single cup up to 8 cups. They can be portable, easy to clean and the best entry level brewing method to start enjoying the true flavours of specialty coffee.

 

French Press

The French Press is one of the most commonly recognizable brewing methods and an easy way to make full-bodied coffee. The French Press process allows the grounds to soak in water for four to five minutes before plunging and this allows for a stronger taste and bolder flavours. You can purchase a French Press from most supermarkets for just a few pounds or you can invest in a high-quality press which will last a lifetime. While it can appear to be really easy to make a French Press coffee there are a few tips and tricks to really getting the most flavour of your beans so don?t forget to check out our brewing methods here.

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Espresso

Espresso provides a really concentrated extraction of flavours and is the base for the majority of coffees available in coffee shops ? from Flat Whites to Americanos ? they always start with a single or double espresso. An Espresso machine uses pressure to force hot water through the coffee grounds. ?This method is suitable for coffees which are a bit more robust and carry a bit more flavour so you need a least a medium roast as the delicate flavours of a light roast would be lost and result in a dull coffee. Espresso machines can be very expensive, but an entry level one can start from as little as ?200.

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AeroPress

The AeroPress is cheap, easy to use and durable which makes it the go anywhere option for the adventurous types who enjoy a decent coffee no matter where they are. It uses a paper microfilter it produces a clean, full-flavored coffee and is a great option to have in the cupboard to enjoy at home or throw in your backpack ready for your next adventure.

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If you would like a step by step guide for each of the brewing methods, then please check out our Brewing Guides page here.?

We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the different brewing methods and that it helps you to get the most out of your personalised coffee subscription.

3 tips to making better coffee at home

If you are here on the Beans website ? the only personalised coffee subscription featuring some of the UKs best coffee roasters – then we are pretty sure you already aware that buying fresh specialty coffee beans is really important to a quality cup of coffee but what else can you do to ensure that you?re getting the best experience, whatever your preferred brewing method?

Here are 3 tips to making better coffee at home:

1.??? Use a Burr grinder.

The biggest impact you can have to the taste of your morning coffee is grinding your coffee fresh, grinding whole coffee beans and using them immediately rather than buying ground beans. The reason behind this is that the compounds in coffee start reacting and changing when exposed to air, coffee which has been pre-ground starts to go stale within minutes, no matter how you store it. By grinding your beans at the time of brewing you are going to be getting the best flavours from them and using a Burr grinder rather than a blade grinder will provide a more consistent grind allowing for better extraction of those flavours. Burr grinders can cost several thousand pounds but they don?t have to be expensive, they start from as little at ?50 for a great hand grinder, so if you want to improve your morning coffee this is the best place to start.

2.??? Use a digital scale

Making coffee can be a bit of a science, how to extract the best flavor from the best consistently time after time can take a long time to master. We are aware that not everyone has the time or inclination for this but one small change you can make to ensure that your coffee tastes great every time is to weigh your coffee beans or ground coffee. Follow our brewing methods here for a guide on the different weights to water ratios depending on the brewing method used. Using any common kitchen scale will help bring consistency to your brewing method but some are better than other as they can more accurate or water resistant.

3.??? Use clean water

The water used can often be over looked as having an impact to the taste of your coffee but the quality of your water can vary greatly depending on where in the country you are and as it can make up to 98% of your drink it important to ensure its as clean as possible. Using a Brita Filter to filter your tap water at home can massively improve taste and odour. If you purchase bottled water we recommend spring water rather than simply ?drinking water? and never use distilled water as its lack of mineral content actually makes it corrosive to your equipment.

These easy to implement steps will really help you to explore and enjoy coffee brewing at home. We want to help you get the best experience possible from your coffee subscription so don?t forget to check out our brewing guides here and also check out our store if you want to check out some great grinders and scales to use at home.

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What are coffee tasting notes?

At Beans, with our personalised coffee subscriptions, we try and take the guess work out of exploring the world of speciality coffee. Our clever quiz matches you to coffees we are pretty sure you will love but you are also able to browse all 150+ of our coffees all in one place. If you want to freely explore some of the best speciality coffees from some of the UKs best roasters one of the easiest ways to know if you are going to love a new coffee is to review the coffee tasting notes, but what are tasting notes and how can they help you find new amazing coffees you will love drinking?

?Chocolate?, ?Nutty?, ?Caramel? or ?Peach? are all flavours you might see detailed as flavour notes, but this doesn?t mean that the coffee has been flavoured, they are the natural characteristics of that particular bean and the way it has been roasted and the brewing method used. In a similar way to wine or beer coffee has very complex flavour notes which are impacted by where or when it was grown, processed, roasted and brewed. Arabica coffee can have thousands of unique chemical compounds so if you taste ?Dark Chocolate? in the cup you are tasting a similar compound to that actually found in dark chocolate. Some of those flavours are full in your face and some are much subtler and depending on your own palette you will be drawn to some more than others.? You can try and pick out certain flavours by brewing two coffees side by side using the same coffee brewing method, and trying each one in turn. Go between them and try and distinguish the different flavours between them. A coffee tasters flavour wheel can help you identify certain flavours, start towards the inside of the wheel, with the broader categories, and move towards the outside to pinpoint more specific flavours. It can take practice but can be really fun to do and will help you understand what coffees you should be trying in the future. A flavour wheel can see here on the SCA website. To see more information on coffee brewing methods you can check out our brewing method pages here.