Why Monmouth Coffee?
We chose Monmouth coffee for Bluebasil because in a nutshell, it’s the best coffee we’ve tasted. I had my first cup of Monmouth coffee at their famous Borough Market shop in London. We then stumbled upon them at a festival and again at one of our favourite boutique hotels. By this stage, we were in no doubt it would be our chosen coffee to serve in our coffee bar.
Monmouth originally started 40 years ago in the basement of their shop on Monmouth street in Covent Gardens, hence the name. Due to growth, they have since moved their roastery to bigger premises in Bermondsey and continue to go from strength to strength.
Monmouth are very particular about their coffee and after speaking to them about using it in our coffee bar they insisted that we visit them at their brand new roastery to learn how to grind and make coffee to their exact standards. a very impressive set up - they really do take their coffee very seriously - they don’t even sell tea at their shops, just coffee, coffee and more coffee!
Making coffee correctly is not simple! It means adjusting the grind to be just right, tapping and tamping correctly and understanding how to control the water contact with the ground coffee. If the grind is too fine, the tap too hard for example - the water will have far too much contact with the coffee and produce very bitter taste. If the grind is too coarse, the tap and tamp too light, it can make the coffee very ‘sharp’, which is very unpleasant to drink. So, it’s our job to ensure all these elements are just right and adjust them to ensure the right balance of the coffee.
Another reason we like Monmouth Coffee is their commitment to sustainability and fair and equal trade. They source and roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. They regularly visit the producers and cooperatives, so they know where their coffee comes from and who grows, picks and processes it. They establish a relationship with the grower and exporter of that coffee so quality, quantity and price requirements can be discussed in an open and equal way.
For Bluebasil we chose their organic espresso bean for our coffee and offer a small selection to retail on the shelf in beans and ground (for cafetière). We use 2 shots as a standard in our regular 12oz cups and 3 shots in a large 16oz cup, so you can taste the coffee! Some coffee shops will simply dilute the coffee in their large cups and not add the extra shot. Fans of Monmouth immediately recognise their coffee and are now seeking us out to buy a cup! We hope you enjoy their coffee too.