If you think you know Taylors of Harrogate for roasting accessible ‘supermarket coffee’, then prepare to have your expectations shattered. Their Discovery
micro-roastery is a little bit different.
Set up as a platform to source, roast and deliver small quantities of unique and rare coffee, collaborate with other creators and conduct experiments exploring the future of coffee, their small team of buyers, roasters and brewers are focused on expanding the possibilities of the humble coffee bean.
They are back at London Coffee Festival for a second time, brewing up three stand-out coffees for you to taste, alongside a festival-exclusive preview of a brand-new coffee vodka. Here’s what you can expect at their stand.
On Filter: Enzymatic Red Gesha
Produced by Colombian coffee experimentalist Mauricio Shattah, this Gesha microlot has been passionately grown and meticulously processed using an anaerobic technique called enzymatic fermentation, which only a few farms across the world have been able to successfully apply.
The result is a multidimensional cup in which every sip brings a slightly different taste experience. Clean, sweet, delicate, vibrant and aromatic, with a long, clean finish and a silky-smooth body – it combines the best attributes of any Colombian you’ve ever tasted. Mauricio’s first coffee for Taylors, Colombia Red Gesha, was a real hit at the last festival, so we’re really looking forward to hearing what you think of his latest creation.
On Filter: Black Moon Gesha
Part of a two-coffee series from Johel Alvarado exploring the Costa Rican honey process, this ‘Black Honey’ processed Gesha is a real head turner. Complex and satisfying, with a layered sweetness and a cola-like acidity, you can expect to find notes of blackcurrant, blood orange, cinnamon, cocoa, cranberry, green apple, and red wine.
On Espresso: Silvio & Luz
From Taylors’ long-term producer partner, Colombia San Sebastian, and two of the region’s rising star smallholder producers, this washed Caturra has a lively, sweet and clean profile - with juicy mango and orange notes, subtle hints of black tea and florals and a vanilla-caramel sweetness.
Part of our Sustainable Coffee Flight
, this coffee is the result of a 12-year relationship between Taylors and the smallholders of San Sebastian, which has seen the funding of a climate change monitoring system for the producer network, training to help them deal with waste-water in a climate-friendly way, virtual classrooms that can be used to learn about farm management, and new drying beds for the two producers that created this lot.
Coffee Vodka: Huila Spirit
A partnership between Taylors Discovery and distillery Harrogate Tipple, this vodka is also made with their beautifully balanced ‘Silvio & Luz’ coffee, further cementing their relationship with the smallholders of San Sebastian in La Plata, Huila.
Taylors have worked with the distiller on a host of trials to find the perfect recipe, aiming for a vodka that lets the coffee, rather than the sugar, shine. They’re bringing it to the London Coffee Festival for an exclusive first taste, so make sure to pick up a shot and tell them what you think
Head over to the Taylors Discovery stand for your chance to win a coffee and brewing kit bundle, including Fellow Stagg Kettle, Hario V60 drip scales, V60 coffee dripper and filters, a selection of Taylors Discovery coffee beans and a bottle of their yet-to-be-released coffee vodka, Huila Spirit.