Available as Wholebeans - Ground Medium Fine for filter machines - Ground Coarse for Cafetieres
Ground Fine for use in Espresso Machines.
Like one may have a glass of brandy after dinner, our Brandy-flavoured Coffee is the perfect conclusion to a night among friends and family. Its rich, enticing flavour and equally alluring aroma make for an excellent talking point, time and time again. Nevertheless, our Brandy Coffee can be enjoyed at all hours of the day depending on your personal preferences. It is a medium-roasted Coffee of the finest quality, overcoming the popular, though false belief that all Flavoured Coffees are of lower quality.
All of our Coffees, including our Brandy Coffee, are roasted using the latest state-of-the-art Neuhaus Neotec fluidised air-bed system, which primarily uses convection heat transfer to roast the beans. We have roasted Coffees for over 30 years, demonstrating our experience - and the upon first sip of our Brandy Coffee, our professionalism, too. Once roasted, all of our products are packed fresh to order here in our Pluckley-based factory, which is nestled away within the enchanting vistas of the Kentish countryside. So, why not be the life and soul of the party with our Brandy Coffee?
But why choose a medium-roasted Coffee? And what exactly is a medium-roast? Often, determining the type of roast applied to a Coffee is as easy as looking at its colour. When it comes to roasting here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we have four kinds of roasting choices: Light-Medium Roast, Medium Roast, Medium-Dark Roast and Dark Roast. Roasting Coffee Beans brings out the aroma and flavour locked inside. Before the roasting takes place, Green Coffee Beans bare little resemblance to their roasted counterparts, with none of the characteristics of a roasted bean. Instead, Green Coffee Beans are soft and spongy when bitten, and smell grassy.
A natural chemical change takes place when Coffee reaches very high temperatures during the roasting stage. Knowing when this natural chemical change has created the desired roast, such as a medium-roast for Brandy Coffee, requires years of expertise, as well as the ability to "read" the beans, often making decisions with split-second timing. When the desired roast has been attained, the beans are quickly cooled to stop the process. Roasted beans smell, unmistakably, like Coffee, and also weigh less owing to the reduction of moisture during the process of roasting. They are crunchy to bite, and most of all, ready to be ground then brewed.
Yet one question still begs: what's the difference between a Medium-Roasted Coffee and, say, a Dark-roasted Coffee? Coffee beans pop, crack and expand when subjected to heats between 350 °F – 400 °F, a phenomenon known as the "first crack". As a rule of thumb, lighter roasts are seldom roasted beyond the first crack, while medium-roasted Coffees, including Brandy Coffee, are produced following the first crack but just before the "second crack" at heats from 410 °F - 430 °F. Dark-roasted Coffees, meanwhile, are subjected to heats from 465°F – 485°F, which coincides with the end of the second crack, sometimes beyond.
However, it is important to note that Medium-roasts lend themselves to additional flavouring. Hence why one might choose a Medium-Roasted Coffee for the making of Brandy Coffee. Arguably, Medium roasts are the most common roasts. At the very least, they are an immensely popular choice made by Coffee connoisseurs, their taste best described as well-balanced, less-acidic and notably smooth. Our Brandy Coffee is, of course, no exception and, in fact, enhances these qualities through additional flavour.
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