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...

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 is important to us, not just because it means our Head of Coffee, Will, gets to personally pick the incredible coffees on our menu, but because it allows us to form friendships with our farmers. Plus, cutting out unnecessary means we can pay our producers better prices for exceptional beans....

How to recycle coffee grounds

DIY coffee scrub & other ways to recycle coffee grounds We’re all looking for ways to cut down on waste. Whether it’s fashioning spaceships out of old Fairy Liquid bottles, repurposing yoghurt pots as mini planters, or turning old tatty clothes into cushion covers or dish rags - it pays to be inventive! We’ve thought of some clever ways you can get green with your old coffee grounds, in every part of your home… let...

Pact Coffee ice cream recipe

To celebrate weather’s subtle hints at sunshine, we’ve decided to bring you a (slightly premature) super summery recipe! Enter Pact Coffee Ice Cream. This recipe is so simple and so tasty. But the best thing is, if you’re not ready to embrace icy treats just yet, it keeps well in the freezer. So you can save it for a not-so-rainy day! Ingredients: 300ml double cream 175g condensed milk 30ml Pact coffee 1 tsp vanilla essence...

Espresso martini recipe

Pact Coffee HQ is fast becoming known for more than just great coffee and a cracking collection of old vinyl. Every time we invite customers down to join us, and the sun is past the yard arm, we reach for the cocktail shaker and are soon sipping espresso martinis, and doing our best to look debonair. Espresso martinis are a great way to kick off an evening, not least because of the heady combination of...

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...

The Coffee Bloom: what is it?

If you make coffee following our simple brew guides, you may have read about the “bloom”. This little jargon nugget actually refers to that magical moment when hot water and coffee meet, creating a blooming effect. We fully endorse a jargon-free coffee-drinking experience here, but this moment is kind of cool, so let’s look into it in a little more detail… Blooming occurs in each brew method, with the exception of espresso, and it’s really...

Should you store coffee in the fridge?

It may be controversial, but we’re going to debunk a myth. It’ll prove divisive. Some of you won’t believe us. But gosh-darn-it we owe it to you, your coffee and our own sense of self-worth to get stuck in on the notion that coffee should be stored in your fridge or freezer. Here’s how it all started… A little while back… …We put the question out to our community. We wanted to know where your...

Irish coffee recipe - Pact Coffee style!

There’s nothing better than a coffee, right? Well, unless it’s St Patrick’s Day of course, and then there’s nothing better than an Irish coffee! While Saint Patrick’s Day typically celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, it’s also considered a little time out from any lent-imposed food and alcohol restrictions. Now, we’re not recommending you go back to drinking instant, we’re simply encouraging you to embrace your inner-Irishman! So, whether you’re actually Irish or just enjoy...

How to Make Iced Coffee at Home - Pact Coffee's Recipe

When the weather outside is uncharacteristically not frightful, then a steaming cup of coffee is probably not what you’re after. If the sun has finally...