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The Naked Story

Bean Around Town uses Naked Espresso coffee, which is one of Melbourne’s leading boutique coffee roasters.

Here is The Naked Story… Established in 2011, Naked Espresso now supplies over 40 cafe’s in Victoria. We strive to obtain the best seasonal coffee’s available from around the globe and personally visit the farmers where possible to ensure maximum quality in the cup. Inspired from our passion for specialty quality coffee, we believe good old fashioned ‘customer service’, goes along way! We are driven by offering ongoing support and guidance, in every aspect of operating a successful café venture, and we have the knowledge, experience and passion to get you started and keep you going.

Single Origin

Single Origin

Single-origin coffee is grown within a single known geographical origin.

Bean Around Town has selected some of the best “in season” beans and had them roasted to perfection for the ultimate flavor experience.

Call now to find out which Single origins are available!

Black Blend

Black Blend

Profile:
Medium roast; 100% Arabica Beans

Tasting Notes:
Bright red with current acidity; Dark Berry aromas; Clean choc finish; Perfect as an espresso

Origin:
Ethiopia, El Salvador, Honduras

FTO Blend

FTO Blend

Profile:
Certified Fairtrade Organic; 100% Arabica Beans; Medium to dark roast

Tasting Notes:
Bright apricot with natural sweetness; Milk chocolate

Origin:
Ethiopia, Colombia, Honduras

White Blend

White Blend

Profile:
10% washed robusta; Full bodied and dark roasted

Tasting Notes:
Strong butter and toffee flavours; Light stone fruit acidity with a full body; Amazing with milk

Origin:
Brazil, Columbia, India

Mega Choc Blend

Mega Choc Blend

Profile:
Premium Blend; Medium/Dark roast; 100% Arabica

Tasting Notes:
Sweet with a nutty texture; Milk chocolate & toffee flavours; Rich dark coco finish; Enjoy with milk

Origin:
Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia

Decaf Blend

Decaf Blend

Profile:
Certified Fairtrade Organic; 100% Arabica Beans

Tasting Notes:
Swiss Water Process used and certified; Balance of fruit flavours with a touch of sweetness

Origin:
Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala

The 10 Steps from Seed to Cup

Planting
A coffee bean is actually a seed. After following these 10 steps it is used to brew coffee as we know it. Firstly if the seed is not processed, it can be planted and will grow into a coffee tree.

Coffee seeds are generally planted in large beds in shaded nurseries. After sprouting, the seedlings are removed from the seed bed to be planted in individual pots. They will be watered frequently and shaded from the sun until they are ready to be permanently planted.

Planting often takes place during the wet season, so that the soil around the coffee plant remains moist while the roots become established.

Harvesting the Cherries
Depending on the variety, it will take approximately 4 – 5 years for the coffee trees to begin to fruit. The fruit is called “a coffee cherry”, it will turn a bright, deep red when it is ripe.

In most countries, the coffee crop is picked by hand, a very labor-intensive process, though in places where the landscape is relatively flat the process has been automated. Whether picked by hand or by machine, all coffee is harvested in one of two ways:
– Strip Picked: The entire crop will be harvested at one time.
– Selectively Picked: Only the ripe cherries are picked. This process MUST be done 100% by hand.

Processing the Cherries
Once the coffee has been picked, processing must begin as quickly as possible to prevent spoilage. Coffee cherries can be processed one of two ways:

The Dry Method
– The freshly picked cherries are simply spread out in a large sunny area to dry, In order to prevent spoilage the cherries are raked and turned throughout the day and are covered by night to prevent moisture reaching the product. This process can take from 8 days to 11 weeks depending on the season.

The Wet Method
– The wet processing method first removes the pulp from the cherry and is then dried with only the parchment skin left on. The steps involved using this method are:
– Passing the cherry through a pulping machine
– Separating the beans by weight using water channels – the lighter “unripe” beans float and the heavier “ripe” beans sink
– Passed through multiple rotating drums which separate them by size
– Then transported into large fermentation tanks, depending on condition, climate and altitude for a period of 12 – 48 hours
– Rinsed and the dried

Drying the Beans
The beans must be dried until 85 -90% of the moisture is depleted in order to properly prepare them for storage. This can be done by either Sun drying them on tables or floors and regularly turned or can be done using machines spinning them in large tumblers. The coffee is now referred to as parchment coffee.
Milling the Beans
Before exportation, parchment coffee must be processed using the following steps:

Hulling
Machines are used to remove the parchment layer from wet processed coffee. Hulling dry processed coffee refers to removing the entire dried husk.

Polishing
This process is optional in which any skin that remains on the beans after hulling is removed by using a polishing machine. Some people consider polished beans to be superior to unpolished but really there is very little difference.

Grading
Before exportation, the coffee beans will be more precisely sorted by size and weight. They will also be closely evaluated for color flaws or other imperfections.

Sorting
Defective beans need to be removed. This process can be accomplished by machine or in many countries; it is done by hand while the beans move along an conveyor belt. Beans of unsatisfactory size and color are removed.

The Coffee is now referred to as a green bean.

Exporting the Beans
The green beans are ready to be shipped around the world. Green coffee is shipped in either jute or sisal bags which are loaded into shipping containers. Approximately seven million tons of green coffee is produced worldwide each year.
Tasting the Coffee
At every stage of its production, coffee is repeatedly tested for quality and taste. This process is referred to as ‘cupping’.

Firstly the taster carefully evaluates the beans for their overall visual quality. The beans are then roasted in a small roaster, immediately ground and infused in boiling water, the temperature of which is carefully controlled.

The taster will first use the sense of smell to experience the aroma, a very important step in the evaluation of the coffee’s quality.

After letting the coffee rest for several minutes, the taster “breaks the crust” by pushing aside the grounds at the top of the cup. To taste the coffee, the taster “slurps” a spoonful with a quick inhalation. This way the full flavour of the coffee is rushed through the entire mouth in 1 swift action.

An expert taster can try hundreds of samples of coffee a day and still taste the subtle differences between them.

Roasting the Coffee
Roasting transforms green coffee into the aromatic brown beans that we purchase and use. Most roasting machines will maintain a temperature 270 – 300 degrees Celsius. The beans are consistently moving throughout the entire process to keep them from burning, they begin to turn brown and the oil will begin to emerge.

When the beans are removed from the roaster, they are immediately cooled either by air or water. Roasting is generally performed in the importing countries because freshly roasted beans must reach the consumer as quickly as possible to ensure quality.

Grinding Coffee
The objective of a proper grind is to get the most out of the coffee. How coarse or fine the coffee is will depend on the method by which the coffee is to be used. Coffee ground for use in an espresso machine is much finer than coffee which will be brewed in a drip system.
Brewing Coffee
This will depend on which brewing method you choose, as there are many different ways to enjoy your favourite brew. These may include:
– Percolator
– Aeropress
– Chemex
– Cold Drip
– Pour over
– Espresso machine
– And many more!

But before you brew your coffee, take a moment to think of the many processes that these beans have gone through since the day they were hand-picked and sorted in their origin country.

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