There's a coffee for everyone! Coffee is such a complex and diverse fruit that there's a myriad of flavours and characteristics in each bean.
We tend to source a good choice of coffee, with contrasting tasting notes in order to cater to different preferences, as well as encourage exploration.
Your choice of brew method will complement certain tasting notes;
A Drip brew method, using the V60 as an example, will bring a lot of clarity and cleanliness to the cup. This is thanks for its paper filter. This suits a wide variety of coffee, from the more chocolate, caramel, and earthy tasting notes, to delicate florals, or intense fruity notes.
Brew methods focusing on Immersion, such as the French Press, will yield a stronger and bolder cup, as the metal sieves that filter the grounds won't absorb any of the coffee's natural oils. This gives you a richer and fuller bodied mouthfeel.
The Aeropress is a popular and widely loved among coffee brewers around the world. It utilises Immersion and a paper filter. It is such a versatile and fun brewer that there's numerous brewing recipes and styles listed by home baristas to Aeropress Competition champions around the world! We're able to brew all sorts of coffee with this brewer.
Cold Brew is another example of an Immersion style brew method, the only difference is temperature! We enjoy a lot of our coffees with chocolates and earthy notes as we feel that the cooler brewing temperature complements these tasting notes better. That said, we've had lovely fruity coffees on cold brew, as well!
Stovetop and Espresso are traditionally enjoyed with darker roasts of coffee, that usually have more brown notes (think Chocolates, Brown Sugars, Spices). But we're seeing more and more brewers use lighter roasts with an emphasis on florals and fruits for their espresso's.
Because of the intensity and concentration of espresso, brewing with darker roasts is much more widely accepted, with lower acidity in most. Using lighter roasts will yield a brighter and juicier cup, with more pronounced acidity.
You'll probably notice that all these brew methods are able to suit a wide variety of coffee. The most important is knowing what each brewer brings to your cup, and which coffee suits your taste preferences better.
If you'd like to know more on our brew guides, head over here: Hook Coffee Brew Guide