Coffee Craft: Harvesting the Cherries

It takes approximately 3 or 4 years for new coffee trees to begin to bear fruit. The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a deep and bright red when ripe and ready to be harvested by the farmer.  In most countries, the coffee crop is picked by hand, a labour-intensive and arduous process. Picking is done in one of two ways:

Strip Picking - the entire crop is harvested at one time, either by machine or by hand.  In either case, all the cherries are stripped off the branch in one go.

Selective Picking - only the ripest cherries are picked individually by hand. Pickers rotate amongst the trees every 8 - 10 days, picking the cherries only at their peak ripeness. Because this kind of harvest is labour intensive and therefore more costly, it is used to harvest the finer Arabica beans.


Brazil Rainha Estate Yellow Bourbon Roasted Coffee Beans 250g

Net Weight: 250g

A regular finalist in the International Cup of Excellence, the yellow bourbon coffee of the Rainha Estate in Brazil is the result of perfect growing conditions a, producing a mellow and nutty cup.

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Fazenda Rainha [‘Rainha Farm’] has belonged to the Carvalho Dias’ family since 1890. Social and environmental aspects are fundamental, with a programme to plant native plant species to maintain the eco. balance.

About 280 hectares of the 450 hectare farm are used for coffee, area being harvested manually because of the mountainous topography. It's on the border of the Minas Gerais State in the south east, larger than France and the principle coffee region of Brazil.

The Yellow Bourbon coffee is grown at an altitude between 1100 to 1500 metres, and benefits from an average annual rainfalls of 1800 to 2000 mm, and average temperatures of 19°C – ideal conditions for coffee growing.
Farm workers live on the green and hilly plantations, where full infrastructure has been developed, including housing, healthcare, schools and leisure facilities.

Manually processed by these workers on the day of picking to avoid risk of fermentation, the cherries are first washed then sorted - only the ripe cherries are pulped - and then dried on terraces.

It’s the care and attention from nursery right through to storage that means that Rainha Farm Yellow Bourbon coffee is revered and prize winning around the world.
A very uniform, easy-drinking coffee.

With mid-levels of citric acidity and a light, smooth almost tea-like body with nutty, dark chocolate notes,with hints of lime and green grape.
With a smoothness of body and nutty, chocolaty notes, one or two of our Chilli, Chocolate Chip and Cherry biscuits goes very well.
The following guidance assumes the use of a cafetiere – we can provide other grinds if you prefer.

Freshly ground Brazil Rainha Estate coffee to a course grind.

Use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 220ml [an average mug or large cup size].

Filtered water is best, poured on the coffee just under the boiling point.

Brew for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you would like you coffee beans to be freshly ground by our team, please add your requirement at the checkout.

Grind level options are:

1: Extra Fine - for Turkish
3: Fine - for Espresso Machine
5: Medium - for Drip
7: Medium-Course - for Home Coffee Maker
9: Course - for Cafetiere
Origin: Brazil

Bean: 100% Arabica

Body: 2/5

Acidity: 3/5

Roast: Full City Dark Roast
We are happy to grind your beans for you of course - your ground coffee will remain at its best for a few weeks once opened. If you plan to use over an extended period, we recommend buying whole beans and to then grind only the exact amount required for each drinking occasion. Using a 'burr' grinder avoids heating up the beans as regular blade grinders do.

Store your beans or your ground coffee in an airtight container, in a cool [not refrigerated], dark place, away from other flavours. This will best preserve your coffee’s freshness and flavours.


The Story of the French Press

A little like the tea bag, what came to be known as the French Press was probably invented by accident.

Legend has it that an unnamed Frenchmen was preparing a pot of coffee on an open fire in the 1850s, when he realised he forgotten to add the coffee first. Adding it later meant the coffee grounds sat on the surface and wouldn’t brew properly. So, with a metal stick, he pushed a small piece of metal screen to the bottom, carrying with it the coffee grounds. Expecting the worst, the coffee was the best he had ever had. A new way of brewing coffee was invented.
Maybe that’s what happened.

What is true is the first patent issued for a coffee making device that closely resembles the modern French Press was by Attilio Callimani in 1929, an Italian from Milan, by which time Italian’s referred to it as a Cafetiere.

Nowadays, cafetieres are generally made with Borosilicate glass, which is very strong, together with stainless steel. It’s a cost effective and easy way of making an outstanding cup of coffee.

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  • FAQ

    What is the difference between Robusta beans and Arabica beans?
    Robusta and Arabica are simply the 2 main species of the coffee plant. Arabica is thought to be indigenous to Arabia and grows best at higher altitudes with shade and rainfall required, thus tending to be a little more expensive than the easier to grow Robusta. Arabica now accounts for the majority of coffee consumed, because the flavour is smooth and has a natural sweetness, with chocolate and berry undertones, whereas robusta can be quite bitter with a slightly burnt after taste - but is higher in caffeine and produces a better crema in an espresso.

    What sort of grind should I buy – I know there are different grades. Or should I buy beans?
    If you are an occasional coffee drinker then you probably don’t have a coffee bean grinder, in which case, the grind to buy depends on how you intend to brew your coffee. A French Press or Cafetiere requires a course grind and a longer brew, whilst making in the Turkish style means extra fine is required for this distinctive very strong brew. Do make sure you keep your ground coffee in a cool, dark place, well wrapped up. A coffee grinder can be good investment that allows you to buy beans which stay fresher for longer.

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