We recently offered samples of premium quality to the lucky Cardiff-based food and drink blogger, Kacie Morgan. Kacie blogs under the name The Rare Welsh Bit, and this post was originally published there.
So, what did she make of Coffee Bay…?
A couple of weeks ago, I was kindly sent some samples of Jackson Green Coffee to review on my blog.
Having recently celebrated its first birthday, Jackson Green Coffee is a Cardiff-based wholesaler supplying premium quality coffee beans, ground coffee, teas, syrups, biscuits, coffee machines, grinders and barista training to premium businesses and coffee connoisseurs throughout the UK.
Jackson Green Coffee was set up by Craig Jackson, who was inspired by his grandfather, John Green. Around thirty years ago, John opened a small coffee shop in London with the dream of importing the world’s finest coffees. His coffee shop grew to become hugely popular and, today, he is considered one of the UK’s most respected independent coffee roasters, supplying a number of prestigious venues throughout the UK.
Branded under the name of Coffee Bay (originally established by John back in 1981), Jackson Green’s coffee is roasted in-house by hand and is available in a range of strengths and flavours to suit all tastes, including Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-certified varieties. The quality of the Coffee Bay brand helped it to become an official supplier to Smart Hospitality for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I received three different coffees to try (all ground, for use in a cafetiere): Fairtrade Peruvian, Fairtrade Organic New Guineau Espresso and Mocha Italian (pictured below).
Fairtrade Peruvian (£4.50 per 250g*)
The Fairtrade Peruvian smelt delicious and had a rich, aromatic taste, but it was just a touch too bitter for my liking. Traditionally farmed in the Peruvian Andes, this multi award-winning coffee is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-certified, and produced entirely without the use of artificial pesticides and chemicals. The farmers who grow these beans are part of a co-operative, which means they’ll always receive a fair price for their beans, in addition to training on how to achieve the best organic farming conditions.
Fairtrade Organic New Guinea Espresso (£5.00 per 250g*)
Just the thing to wake you up in the morning, the Papua New Guinea Fairtrade Espresso is a hand-picked coffee of single origin. Like the Fairtrade Peruvian, it is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-certified. In Papua New Guinea, coffee production largely consists of small-holdings and some bigger farms. As the land is very fertile, even farmers who own only a small amount of land can grow and sell organic coffee beans. This is the most expensive of the three samples I received, but personally I would be happy to pay the extra £1.50 or so considering that it is grown organically, and it is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-certified.
Mocha Italian (£4.00 per 250g*)
Last but by no means least is the Mocha Italian; my favourite of the three samples. An all-Arabica blend of Indian Mysore, Ethiopian Mocha and Central American Coffees, the Mocha Italian is a medium roast. With a delicious, slightly chocolate-y smell, it has a mild yet rich taste that leaves me wanting another cup.
Marketed to elite venues in South Wales and throughout the UK, Jackson Green Coffee is currently available in Cardiff at the prestigious Park House and at The Custom House restaurant in Penarth. By the end of the year, Jackson Green Coffee hope to introduce their brand to more local businesses.
This blog post originally appeared on The Rare Welsh Bit.