To make the most enticing, alluring and amazing flavours, we have to be absolutely on top of every ingredient and process that goes together in the art and science of brewing to hit the highest notes possible. That is why, when deciding on a breakfast stout to star in our core range using any ordinary coffee was never going to be on the cards, it had to be someone or something special, possibly as crazy as us.
After much discussion with a number of Coffee companies, Origin Coffee from Helston in Cornwall were the ideal partner for us. Their values mirror ours in that they are ridiculously passionate and excitable about their craft and they love to share their amazing knowledge of great coffee. They regularly do extremely well in global Barista competitions and Dan, one of the Barista trainers, recently came 4th in the world, having won the UK round of World Coffee in Good Spirits. This was a competition all about mixing amazing coffee with alcohol, ideal partners indeed.
Armed with a brief to take the roasty, sweet milk and chocolate flavours to another level, James from Origin spent the day talking about the options for getting the ideal brew to put in our beer, and then on to the exciting stuff – tasting!
With a selection of Origin Coffees to go through, it became very clear early on from the aroma what the winner was. But it was worth going through the list, measuring and testing precisely each batch of brewed coffee.
So Negelle Gorbitu (sounds like a character from Ghostbusters) was the head and shoulders winner. This is a deeply complex coffee, fully washed and from Ethiopian heirloom trees. (Often referred to as Heirloom as they are deemed to be from the oldest most original stock from which all other coffee trees are derived). As a light floral coffee with Clementine, Peach & Jasmine aromas it works amazingly with Broken Dream layering the flavours perfectly without that coffee harshness found in some coffee beers.
We are really pleased to be working with such a passionate bunch of people and as their coffees are sourced in small batches only, Broken Dream will be a forever evolving piece of art, changing with the seasons. If this means more coffee tasting sessions then that can only be a good thing.