Many people like to start the day with a coffee, but not all coffees are equal. Recently I’ve been trying out some exceptional coffee beans from Strangers Coffee Company.
I love going out for a proper barista-made coffee, but I drink a variety of coffees at home. Sometimes I’ll use my french press with pre-ground coffee beans, or I might fire up the Nespresso for a quick shot of espresso. But until recently I’d never tried grinding my own coffee at home. When Strangers Coffee Company offered to send me some of their beans, I thought it was time to have a go!
Strangers is a Norwich-based company which was established in 2009. They run a coffee shop in Norwich, which has been named amongst the top 9 speciality coffee shops in the UK. They import coffee from around the world, and roast the beans on site in their own roastery. You can either sample the coffee in the shop, while indulging in their soups, sandwiches and cakes, or buy online from the Strangers coffee shop. The beans can be bought whole or in a variety of grinds suitable for aeropress, filter machine or espresso pots.
The beans are packaged in a foil-lined pack that can be resealed with a press-close seal to preserve freshness. I was sent two different types of bean to try out at home.
The first is Shakiso, an heirloom coffee which is grown 1900-2100m above sea level in Ethiopia. The Strangers’ website gives a little information about how the coffee beans are grown, dried and processed. The website and packaging also have tasting notes to help you choose your coffee beans. Shakiso is describes as having flavours of “strawberry, blueberry, candied fruits and chocolate with a clean orange finish”.
First, I ground the beans using a Krups electric coffee grinder. I then used my french press to brew the coffee. The Strangers website gives detailed instructions on how best to brew their coffee – I’m quite tempted to get a Chemex to try next!
There’s definitely a difference when you use freshly ground beans, and the Shakiso beans gave a really smooth cup without any bitterness. The berry notes definitely came through, and the fresh flavour of Shakiso makes a great morning coffee!
The second coffee I tried was the Los Congos variety from Colombia. I like how the Strangers website tells you a little about the producers of their coffees. It’s an attention to detail which shows how passionate they are about the coffee.
This coffee was described as having “refreshing citrus notes, hints of caramel, chocolate and sweet orange”. Again, I ground the beans at home and brewed the coffee in my french press. The chocolate and caramel notes really come through in this coffee, and I really enjoyed it.
The Strangers online store sells coffee equipment as well as beans and ground coffee. And if you prefer a cup of decaf they do sell one decaffeinated variety. Standard delivery is just £2, and you can get free delivery on all orders over £25 using the code ‘FREE25)