At Brown Bag Coffee Roasters, we wanted to focus around single origin beans. Single origin coffee is grown within a single known geographic origin. We have focused our beans from Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia. We believe these give us the best flavour profiles we are looking for. Each brings unique and subtle nuances. While we try and focus on a single farm within those origins, these are not always available. Crop dates and crop sizes will determine which we can source. We try and include as much information on our site and coffee bags as we can so you know exactly where and what you are getting.
We also use these origins to create our blends - both drip / French press and espresso. A blend allows us to marry the benefits of each bean, bringing out a completely different flavour profile. A lot of time is spent in testing out blends to find just the right combination. From the amount of each bean, right down to mixing of those beans before roasting or after to find exact profile.
Why have we chosen the origin of beans we did? Ultimately, it's to give our customers the capability of experiencing all the different flavour profiles found in the major coffee countries. While there is no hard and fast truth to what a flavour will be like from a certain country there are some characteristics that remain.
Brazilian: Brazil is rated as the largest coffee producing country in the world. Renowned for it's natural or pulped natural processed coffees these have pronounced nuttiness in the flavour, with a heavy body. This makes them a favourite in blends, especially espresso. Chocolate and spice after notes make this a very flavourful and robust coffee experience that will linger in the mouth longer than most other coffees.
Colombian: When someone thinks about a traditional coffee experience and something from South America they are typically talking about Colombian and rightfully so. Colombia is one of the top 3 coffee producing countries in the world. Typically, Colombian coffees bring a mellow acidity with caramel and nutty undertones. Medium in body and a slight sweetness, this origin of coffee bean has been a favourite in North America for a long time.
Ethiopian: Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Coffee traces its roots back to the area now known as Ethiopia. Ethiopia is know for both it's natural and washed beans. Natural means the cherry pulp is dried around the bean before being removed where washed means the cherry is removed within about 12 hours of being picked. At Brown Bag, we have focused on washed Ethiopian which produces a clean, and refreshing coffee that finishes with hints of jasmine and lemon grass. Some say it has a finish with notes of tea a well. Regardless, if you are looking for a unique coffee experience this is not to be missed.