Which is the best coffee - arabica coffee or robusta coffee?

You’ve seen “100% Arabica!” emblazoned on packaging, but what does it actually mean? And what’s the alternative? Arabica and robusta are just two of over...

Health benefits of coffee

You may have considered taking a swerve past your usual cup - or cups - of coffee. But before you consign yourself to a drab, dragging, coffee-free day you might want to read on… 1. Coffee and health problems - it’s a myth Most people restrict themselves to a couple of cups of coffee a day, but the experts suggest that drinking more could be beneficial in a number of ways. Miriam Nelson, a professor...

Affogato recipe

Affogato coffee - an Italian dessert to impress In Italian, ‘affogato’ means ‘drowned’ - which, when you read the recipe, makes perfect sense. To be honest, though, we’re not really bothered what the name means, we’re just grateful they exist at all. And why wouldn’t we? It’s coffee. With ice cream. Need we say more? Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 2 minutes Ingredients: 1 shot of espresso 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream 1...

Single origin coffee - what is it?

If you’re into coffee, chances are you’ve come across people talking enthusiastically about ‘single origin’ coffees. But what does ‘single origin’ mean and what’s so good about it? Single origin simply means the coffee comes from a single farm. You might think all coffees come from one farm the same way a tomato you pick up from the supermarket comes from a single vine on a single farm. But actually a lot of the time...

Finca Filadelfia: the coffee born of three volcanoes

You might be wondering, while you enjoy your Pact Coffee, about its homeland, and those who grew it. Wonder no more! The latest addition to our coffee menu is one of Will’s (our Head of Coffee) favourites. Here’s why: Super tasty coffee. There are plenty of juicy pineapple, orange and ripe tropical fruit flavours which match beautifully with the juicy mouthfeel and syrupy sweetness. With all of the intense sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel and flavour it...

Epiphanie Mukashyaka and Bufcoffee

Rebuilding with coffee The story behind one of our favourite Rwandan coffee producers is one of triumph over adversity for Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a widow of the Rwandan genocide and civil war of 1994. Epiphanie took on her husband’s farm with little knowledge and built it into something remarkable. Today, the washing stations she built process coffee cherries from as many as 7000 small farms in the Bufundo region of Rwanda, but back in 2000 the...

Direct Trade and why it matters…

We’re proud of the fact we buy our coffee directly from the farmers. For us, it’s the right thing to do, and that’s why we’re now highlighting it right there on our coffee bags. Through Direct Trade we’re involved in the journey of our coffees from harvest to home. Why is Direct Trade so important to us? It means building lasting relationships with the farmers who grow the coffee we sell, rather than some far-removed...

From coffee cherry to green bean

Once they’re harvested, the cherries are processed one of three ways. Even the savviest coffee lovers might not be aware that there are three different processing methods used to take coffee from the cherry that’s picked off the tree to the green bean that’s ready to be roasted. They are ‘washed’, ‘pulped natural’ and ‘natural’ and they can really alter the taste of a coffee you end up with. Here’s how: Washed coffees …Have clarity...

Your questions to farmers answered…

Last month we asked you to give us your questions to put to the farmers we work with. And since our Head of Coffee, Will, and Pact Founder, Stephen, were heading to Brazil on our latest coffee-sourcing trip, we had the perfect Pact-fact gathering mission. They’re back now and full of answers to your questions, which ranged from asking about farming techniques to what farmers like for dinner. Read on to find out more about...

Marcus Carvalho and Fazenda Chapada

Marcus works on Fazenda Chapada. If you’re a loyal Pacter, you might recognise that name from our coffee menu on our website where regularly features....

How bananas make the best coffee

It’s true, bananas make the best coffee. But don’t go putting bananas in your Bialetti just yet, the true story is more fun! Coffee comes...

What's the best time to drink coffee?

Conventional wisdom says that caffeine and sleep are unhappy bedfellows. For the most part, that holds up. But say you’re to start a big project in half an hour and you’re feeling groggy; what should you do? Quick coffee? A power nap? It’s both! Studies suggest that having a shot of espresso, for example, before quickly nodding off for no more than 20 minutes, is far better than either napping and coffee on their own....

Best coffee tasting guide

All you need to try ‘coffee tasting’ is A) a cup of coffee and B) your memories of flavours you’ve experienced before. This blog will help you out with that, but it’ll also explain how professional coffee tasters do it (and why they call it “cupping”!). Flavoured coffee? Forget your vanilla syrup and chocolate sprinkles - we think coffee has enough flavour in it already. If you don’t think so, it might be because you’re...

Five ways to improve your cup of coffee

Tip 1: Moisture is your enemy. The instructions on some supermarket coffee bags advocate storing it in the fridge, but it’s not something we go along with. In fact, there’s a well- documented debate on our blog about the whole in-fridge/out-of-fridge issue. The reason we can’t get behind it, is that the frequent change in temperature results in the buildup of condensation. You can’t usually see condensation forming on coffee, but if it’s there it’ll...

Alcohol-infused coffee: our tips and tricks

Espresso martinis aren’t the only to bring coffee beans and booze together. Check out our top tips for infusing coffee with alcohol (we’d say vodka, rum or - ideally - the Brazilian spirit cachaca!). The slow and steady method (which most people tend to do): Put 50g of whole coffee beans into 700-750ml of your chosen spirit. Some people choose to crack the beans slightly between two spoons in order to speed up the process...

Fresh coffee test, fresh egg test & more!

In the beginning there was food and the food was fresh. But if it’s edible it degrades and since fresh tastes best you get to eat better when you know the signs. So here are a few good-to-know tips for eating fresher and getting the tastiest experience from the food you buy. Have any more tips up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments. 1. How to tell if your eggs are fresh or...

Espresso coffee pancake recipe

You love coffee, you love pancakes. Why do they have to exist in isolation? Coffee-infused pancakes are an excellent option for an extra-caffeinated, ultra delicious breakfast. Or brunch, lunch, dinner, or midnight snack for that matter… Ingredients: 120g flour 2tbsp sugar 1tsp baking powder 1tsp baking soda 1/4tsp salt 240ml buttermilk (give it a shake) 1 large egg 2 shots Pact Coffee espresso 1tbsp unsalted butter. Method: Melt butter in the microwave and allow to...

How we best supermarket coffee

When new people sign up for Pact deliveries our Customer Champion team tend to get a lot of questions about how we do things here. Most people are used to supermarket coffee, so entering the wonderful world of Pact Coffee deliveries inevitably leads to comparisons… Supermarkets are excellent places for stocking your cupboards fast and with minimal effort. They’re also good for working on upper body strength, developing skill at steering uncooperative wheeled objects and...

How to roast coffee beans - according to Pact

We often receive this question from our customers: “Why are our coffee beans so light, shouldn’t they be darker?” The answer: We deliberately roast our beans lighter than the industry average. Why do we do that? What does it mean for the strength of our coffee? And what does all this have to do with toast? Those are three questions we’re going to answer. Right here, right now. We roast our coffee lighter. We do...

Fairtrade Facts: why it’s ok that we’re not certified

As you might know by now, we make being a direct trade company a huge priority at Pact. Going to origin to source our beans...