I'm rather pleased to say that the classical rules that limited what was served as an espresso 10-15 years ago have largely gone out of the window, with baristas serving us up all the variations we can dream of in coffee bars across the world. We know our customers have personal preferences running from lightly roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain to the oily Voodoo Comet and everything in between.

Traditionally, an espresso roast might be described as the moment of quiet after the 'first crack' has finished and just before the oils start to form. We've selected a range of coffees that we feel perform best at this roast, including our exclusive blend, Nero, loved by espresso purists.

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    Above the altar in Lincoln's magnificent gothic cathedral you'll see a small stone figure. To this day, the stone imp stands frozen in place or at least until no-one is looking, when he often indulges his taste for a fine cup of coffee by visiting one of Lincoln's other magnificent Norman buildings, home to Imperial Teas. Not content with helping himself to a drink, he also likes to turn up the heat in our roasting room. Seeking out the strongest coffees he submits them to his own special inferno roast to produce a coffee that is devilishly good!
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    Hacienda Sajonia produces very high-quality coffee generally but in our search for coffee perfection, we like to go one step further. To this end, the estate produces a small amount of their absolute best beans called Sajonia Reserva Familia. We think it yields one of the best darkly roasted coffees in the world. Darkly roasted coffees tend to trade the nuances of aroma for the big, bold character and the bittersweet, syrupy cup demanded by those who love very intense coffee. The Reserva offers something more though, with tones of rich, milk chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, Brazil nut, orange zest and molasses. Hacienda Sajonia is located in the beautiful El Diablo nature reserve high up in the relatively cool, cloud forest-clad mountains between Matagalpa and Jinotega in northern Nicaragua, placing it right in the middle of Nicaragua's premier coffee growing region. The estate covers an area of 1,000 acres, of which over half is primaeval rainforest, home to an incredible array of flora and fauna.
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    When sourcing coffee from Peru we look for coffee that can deliver a complex array of flavours. Typically we would hope to find notes of cream, caramel, lemon zest, marzipan, dark chocolate, pineapple, lemon, lime, pomegranate, bergamot, nutmeg, blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry, cane sugar and cocoa. We buy from different producers in Peru depending on quality and availability. They are all from worker's co-operatives and where organic, sustainable farming methods are used. In fact, that is quite easy as I am yet to see an offer of coffee from Peru that is not produced in this way. Recently we have been supporting the Cafe Femenino project.