But first, coffee…
Supporting independent local businesses
These are a few of my favourite things, which meant that element coffee was always going to be a perfect match for me, really.
Coffee is not a luxury in my house, it is a necessity.
Being a mum of a six-year-old who still seems incapable of sleeping through the night and also being a night owl – no matter how many times I tell myself I need an early night – the caffeine really helps get me going in the morning. I am however trying to cut back on the endless stream of instant coffee I’ve been drinking, so I decided to find a good coffee that makes that one (or two) cups a day worth it.
You may not know but I used to work for Starbucks many moons ago (boo hiss, I know). But despite all the bad things you hear about them they actually had their perks when working for them. One reason is that you’d get discounts and free drinks obviously (not great for the waistline granted), but I also learnt a lot about the how, the when and the why of all things coffee. The process of roasting coffee. The differentiation of flavours between different origins and blends and the ethical sourcing of beans.
I also learnt to froth the most perfectly creamy milk and make a mean cup of whatever you wanted and hope my barista skills haven’t entirely disappeared, just in case everything goes to shit and I end up back there.
Anyway, I digress…
What I’m trying to say is, I think I can just about pick out the good from the bad or just ‘meh’ coffees and oh my goodness, is element coffee one of the best I’ve tasted? Hell to the yes.
Its blend of Brazilian, Costa Rican, Peruvian and Honduran beans make it caramelly sweet with a smooth silky mouthfeel (try not to giggle children). It is a perfect medium roast so you can drink it at any time of the day and it’s not overpowering in any way. It smells delicious with no hint of bitterness anywhere to be found like so many high street brands. It’s so smooth in fact, that I drink it black, which isn’t something I’ve done since my barista days.
As an added bonus element coffee is a family run business and is sold just down the road from me, ground for my cafetiere or kept as whole beans (i’m lusting after a bean to cup machine right now) in the most gorgeous packaging. Show me some pretty typography and i’m already a lifelong fan! They also supply more than the sleep-deprived mums in the playground, they supply to local coffee shops and provide training to get the perfect cup too.
If you fancy trying out their delicious life-elixir, then take a look at their website and get in touch with them, your taste buds will thank you for it.
Disclosure: I have not been asked or paid to write this post. I just love the coffee!