What’s the best coffee to enjoy in the summer months?

What’s the best coffee to enjoy in the summer months?

With summer so readily upon us, it’s about time we prepared ourselves. For most of us in the UK, I’m pretty sure much of this preparation will be for disappointment. However, there’s always a small chance that we’ll have some nice weather coming our way, so now’s the perfect time to position yourself one step ahead of the game! 

Many of us will be planning on entertaining guests. Stocking up on food is the first thing that springs to mind, but before you lather yourself in sun cream and attempt to remember how to operate the barbecue, we urge you to have a tactical think about what refreshments you might need. In particular, we’d like to focus on our favourite refreshment… coffee!

Of course, there’s a strong chance you’ll be opting for iced coffee – this is a great way of transforming a hot, morning cuppa into a thirst-quenching, refreshing beverage to be enjoyed in the sunshine. However, you’re probably well aware that not all coffee drinkers like iced coffee, so what should your plan of action be? Well, what if you didn’t need to ‘transform’ anything? 

We think the trick is to be very selective about the coffee roast itself. This way, it can be enjoyed hot or cold. Coffee is arguably just as seasonal as food, so some roasts lend themselves to sunny afternoons, just as others are perfect for chilly, spring mornings. To help you make sense of this, we’ve identified a few key characteristics to look out for when choosing coffee for the warmer months. 

Generally, we recommend sweeter roasts. Light bodied coffees tend to work best, especially those with floral, fruity tasting notes. Made with 100% Arabica beans, our single origin Peruvian roast is one we’d highly recommend. It’s refreshingly light, with subtle hints of walnut and caramel, followed by a sweet, milk chocolate finish. Expect a soothing, well-rounded experience to complement the lovely weather.

For something slightly fruitier, we’d suggest going with our single origin Ethiopia Sidamo roast. Comprised exclusively from high-grown Arabica beans from the Sidamo Province, you’ll be met with a balanced fruit acidity, lovely citrus notes and a light, chocolate mocha body. Click here to read our article about what makes this roast so sought after amongst coffee connoisseurs worldwide.

If you’re already familiar with our range, you might have noticed that the two we recommend most are both medium roasts. We find that the bitterness more commonly associated with darker roasts just doesn’t feel as invigorating or thirst-quenching, but please feel free to experiment!

If you’d like to learn more about our selection of premium coffee roasts, feel free to click here to browse our full range. Everything we sell is 100% Fairtrade certified, so you can be sure that everything you’re sipping has been sourced ethically and sustainably. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.