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Coffees of the World Gift Set

I bought recently a Whittard Coffees of the World Gift Set because I wanted to try new types of coffee, so I’ve decided to make a coffee-tasting event at home. This could make a great gift set, of course, but, for me, it’s perfect if you want to try something different. I would suggest comparing at least 2-3 kinds of coffee, to see the difference between them. Here is the link. Their coffee is fair trade.

Coffees of the World Gift Set

As there are 9, I used the smallest cups in the house, so we don’t drink too much coffee. Also, I’ve decided to make the coffee the Turkish way. More on that a bit later. In the gift set there is a mix of dark roast, medium roast, medium-dark roast, light-medium roast, and light roast. That’s exciting and there is a noticeable difference in taste between them.
We marked the coffees from 1 to 10, the score for each coffee is an average between our two marks.

Coffees of the World Gift Set. The coffees are, from left to right, top to bottom:

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe – light roast – single origin coffee – pomegranate notes. This is grown near the town of Yirgacheffe, southern Ethiopia. It’s wet-processed in a traditional way. We gave it 8.

Sumatra – dark roast – single origin coffee – rich chocolate notes. The beans are grown near Lake Aceh and are semi-dried in the sun. We gave it 9.

Dominican Republic – medium roast – single origin coffee – nutty aftertaste. The soil is rich in limestone and this, obviously, gives it an unique taste. We gave it 8 (from 9 and 7).

Santos & Java – dark roast – blended coffee. It’s the only blended coffee in this set. The Santos beans are grown in southern Brazil. The Java coffee grows on volcanic slopes. We gave it 8.5 (from 7 and 10).

Kenya Peaberry – light roast – single origin coffee – cherry brightness. It is made with peaberries, a specific type of coffee beans. It has a cherry smell to it. We gave it 9.5 (from 9 and 10).

Mocha Djimmah – light-medium roast – single origin coffee – notes of cocoa and nuts. Mocha beans are grown in the region of Djimmah and they are small and round. We gave it 8.

San Agustin Colombia – medium roast – single origin coffee – aromatic and citrussy. Grown in small farms around the town of San Agustin in the Andean mountains, the plants are shaded by banana and rubber trees. We gave it 7.5 (from 8 and 7).

Guatemala Elephant – medium-dark roast – single origin coffee – oversized beans. This type is grown on volcanic slopes of Lake Atitlán. We gave it 7.

Monsoon Malabar – dark roast – single origin coffee – matured in the monsoon storms. An Indian coffee with protected status in Karnataka and Kerala. The beans are left in the storms until the beans’ colour turns into a pale gold. We gave it 8 (from 7 and 9).

So, my favourite were Santos & Java and Kenya Peaberry. I would also like to buy again Sumatra and Monsoon Malabar.

Coffees of the World Gift Set. Tasting session

How I prepared the coffee:

I am used to drinking Turkish coffee. Usually it’s made in a small pot over the hob, but the coffee is not boiled, just added when the water starts to boil, after that is removed from the hob. The trick is to add a dash of cold water to make the coffee grounds go to the bottom of the pot. They also make the sand coffee, which is, as the name suggests, coffee made in heated sand.

To make it easier as I was preparing 9 types of coffee, I’ve added coffee grounds in the mugs/cups (top-left). I poured hot water over the top, left it for a minute or two (top-right). After that I stirred with a tea spoon (bottom-left). You can see the difference in how the coffee looks after stirring it and the grounds are going to the bottom of the mug. To finish it off, I’ve poured a few spoons of cold water over the coffee (bottom-right).

Coffee

I keep the coffee in the fridge after opening. As I didn’t have enough clips, I’ve used some pegs instead. They work just fine.

Is this gift set something you might consider buying?

7 Comment

  1. I love this! My partner is a big coffee fan, I’m sure he would love to try something like this. Might be a good idea for his birthday!

    Corinne x

  2. So interesting to read about your experiences tasting different kinds of fair trade coffee. I always prepare the coffee the Turkish way at home but when out, I typically order an Italian espresso.

  3. What a fun project! Did you cleanse your palate with water between tastings? I think it’s interesting that of your two favorites, one was dark roast and the other light. I tend to buy medium roast coffees, but will drink any.

    I’ve bought loose tea samplers before, but never fixed them all at once for a comparison.
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    1. Yes, I had a bit of water in between tastings. I just forgot to mention it. It’s very interesting and I will do it again with tea. I was very surprised to see that one of my favourites was a light roast when I usually go for dark roast if available.

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