What goes into the Perfect Cup of Coffee?

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What goes into the Perfect Cup of Coffee?

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What goes into the Perfect Cup of Coffee?

#The following is a sponsored post from the coffee experts at Taylors.

Any coffee drinker knows that finding a great cup of coffee goes far beyond using the best beans. But just how far? Taylors of Harrogate’s coffee sent their man Dom Dwight crossing the globe to chase down the ultimate cup of coffee.

Today, 8 out 10 people in the UK drink coffee. It’s getting harder to fool people into believing their coffee is good when it’s not. Sales are up 19% and more people are developing a sophisticated taste for coffee. At Taylors they know you expect the best, and that’s why they’ve gone above and beyond to create a supremely delicious cup ofcoffee.

But just how far did they go and what exactly goes into a Taylors coffee that makes it so good?

The Beans

First up: the beans. The right beans are crucial for an outstanding cup of coffee. Taylors could have gone to one of several countries in South America, Asia, or Africa. But they chose Kenya. All beans are grown with utmost care and each is either Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, or Fair Trade certified which means they are sustainable grown.

The Roast

Roasting is just one step we coffee drinkers don’t think much about. It’s an important process in what will create the flavor profile of the drink when it’s brewed. In order to eliminate any bitterness and bring out the positive qualities like accentuating the sweetness and acidity, the beans were brought to the mountain peaks above Chamonix, France. Why there? It’s one of the highest locations in Europe. Beans roasted at super-high altitude require a lower temperature to roast, which brings out the superior characteristics of the beans.


The Water

The main ingredient of coffee? Water. Using the purest water in the world is going to contribute nicely to the ultimate cup of coffee. The water should also low in minerals, especially magnesium and calcium. Where to go to get some of the world’s purest water? Finland. Water is sourced from a spring in Finish Lapland where the remote wilderness is far from human-induced impurities.

The Milk

Happy cows produce good quality milk. Milked by hand and kept in spacious quarters, these cows are raised by the Hare Krishnas. Milk is important to source locally, and England has some of the greenest pastures and freshest dairy products in the world. This farm is Watford Farm, bequeathed to the Hare Krishnas by the late George Harrison.

The Grind and Brew

This last and absolutely crucial step is often fumbled by amateur coffee makers. Not at Taylors. Here they’ve been producing tea and coffee for over a century. The beans are precision ground and brewed in a coffee siphon.

There you have it, the ultimate cup of coffee. You could say Taylors went the extra mile to create this perfection, but actually they went 12,999!

For this quest for the ultimate cup of coffee, Taylors sent 36-year-old Dom Dwight, who has a lifelong passion for coffee. Dwight said, “The chance to travel the world, sourcing ingredients identified as the very best, then sharing the fruits of that crazy labor with people back home, meant this whistle stop world tour really was the trip of a lifetime.”

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

5 Comments

  1. Noah says:

    After tasting the crud that has resulted from cost-cutting measures at our national coffee chain, and tasting a microroasted coffee locally, I can say that what they say in this article is true!

  2. mike ahuja says:

    I saw the title …and being a coffee addict..i had to click lol, after reading this…I want to try this coffee so much…do they have it in the states? its been awhile since i have been in the UK…i never thought of the UK as good coffee..

  3. Franca says:

    What perfect timing to read this piece, exactly whilst I’m sipping my second coffee of the day. Being a coffee lover and addict, I couldn’t resist clicking 🙂

  4. Brilliant! I love coffee. I really, really do. I don’t put any sugar in it, sometimes a little bit of milk. I do want to taste and smell the full aroma. It took me a while to find a good coffee in Chiang Mai, but I finally did it. I’m moving to Vietnam next and can’t wait for the strong Vietnamese coffee there.

    • Juno Kim says:

      Vietnam has great coffee. We loved it so much, we bought the coffee filter! Southeast Asia is hard to find good coffee or tea because they use too much sugar (condensed milk). It makes it even more special when you find it!

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