Introducing the Colombian ….

This week I thought I’d chat about our house coffee that we also serve. Although we are obviously a tearoom – we do allow coffee on our premise too!

Our problem was trying to find a really good blend – as we are tea specialists and not coffee specialists, we only offer two types of coffee – our house blend and our decaf coffee. When offering only one choice, it is essential to get the blend spot on. It has to be strong, but not too strong. It needs to be bitter but not to take the roof of your mouth off. It should be intense but not lose a taste of fresh liveliness and then what kind of roast do we want? Aagghhhh! So many aspects to think about! Also, it’s not just about my taste buds; I want all my coffee drinkers to be happy with our choice.

So, how to solve a problem like this? After a lot of tastings from a variety of coffee houses, I eventually found Butterworth and Son – a tea and coffee merchants. Based in Bury St Edmunds, they are a family run business whose interests in tea and coffee stem back to the nineteenth century – they certainly know a thing or two about their specialist subject!

They introduced me to their Colombian blend which was recommended as an all round great coffee; enough potency and interest to keep coffee connoisseurs happy but not too strong a taste to put others off.

Our Colombian coffee

Our Colombian coffee

The Colombian (information taken from their Butterworth & Son’s website –

Cooperative: ASOGUAR Association
Altitude: 1700-2000 masl
Location: San Agustin, Huila
Preparation: Wet processed
Varietal: Caturra
Owners: 104 smallholder families

Clean with good sweetness. Lemon notes with hints of butter caramel that transform into sweet orange on the finish. Light to medium body.

SCAA Score: 85.25

Agustino Forest

ASOGUAR was established in 2006 with an aim to promote coffee growing to the smallholder communities rather than producing crops for the illegal drugs trade. The cooperative has a strong focus on environmental conservation and the belief is that coffee cultivation is the way to achieve this by counteracting the effects of illicit drug production and the sale of timber in the area. It is currently made up of 104 families who are growing coffee on the land surrounding the ancient forests of South Huila, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with the archaeological park of San Agustin. This site contains some of the country’s most important remnants of pre-Hispanic culture and it is the protection of this site and the land surrounding it which is at the core of the ASOGUAR Association. The smallholder farmers involved with this Association are given access to the speciality market along with technical training and funding for tree planting and improving local infrastructure in return for commitment by the smallholder’s involved to protect the local environment and the ecosystems surrounding their farms.

The Association members hand pick ripe red cherry and deliver it to their own micro wet mill where it is pulped and washed. The washed beans are then either dried on patio’s underneath sliding covers in case of rainfall or in a parabolic dryer with the sides open to improve airflow. The dry parchment coffee is then sent to the dry mill to first rest and is then milled to remove the parchment before being graded and packed.

We love this coffee. Not only is it a real crowd pleaser but ethically it supports our beliefs and attitude at the Cragg Sister’s Tearoom. Tea and coffee should be enjoyed by all, not just the consumer, tearoom owner and merchant but the growers and pickers too. We can’t solve all the world’s problems, but in our own small ways, and by supporting ethically led business, we can all make a difference.

So pop in and see us and thoroughly enjoy a cup of our fabulous Colombian cafeteria coffee.

From Aldeburgh with Love, Emma X


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