Covid-19 Announcement

During the supply problems of the Covid-19 lockdown, we are offering a condensed number of extra-special coffees from single origins.

All are priced at £7.50 per 250g / £15.00 per 500g and free delivery for 1 kilo or more.

Where it all began

In our Deli on the edge of the Potteries in 1981 when we roasted beans in a vintage open-flame Uno down in the cellar below the shop, the aroma floating up through grids in the pavement – reminiscent of my first memories of coffee aromas in the 1950’s, when a lot of cafés would roast on the premises in city locations. Several notable city roasters now do the same.

Since that start-up we have run an outside events and exhibition espresso bar company , and supplied coffee wholesale around the UK. Courtyard Coffee wishes to roast really good beans and supply direct to the enthusiast at home, either online or over our retail counter.

our coffee

Sumatra Gegarang

This is a fantastic Indonesian bean with low acidity, but a big rich flavour, making this a great Morning Coffee.

Brazilian Paraiso Inacio Lima Pulped Natural

A natural process Arabica, a tad lighter than the Ethiopian, more toasty nut flavour, buttery aroma.

Ethiopian Kercha Sharo Natural Process

These platforms for sun-drying the beans are known in the industry as Raised African Beds – you will see them in most producing countries with steady sunlight – at night they are covered with sheeting

The Kercha Sharo has the wild funky aftertaste of a great natural – wonderful deep chocolate-fruit tones too.

Colombian Decaf de Caña

A full flavoured, tasty decaf, with a little sweetness on the palate – a remnant of the cane sugar decaffeination process – and the creamy edge of a classic Colombian.

Monsooned Malabar

There are some classic styles of coffee which date from the days of Empire and Colonial trade – such as Old Brown Java, Jampit, and Monsooned Malabar. When coffee from countries of origin was conveyed to Europe by sea, the long journey on board sailing ships had an effect on the flavour. The English developed a liking for the stronger, matured taste. When the time at sea was reduced by steam ships, the flavour changed – and people complained.

The producers in India devised a system to duplicate the sea ageing taste, by storing the raw coffee in jute sacks in open-sided warehouses during the monsoon rains at the point of embarkation for the coffee trade – in the City of Mangalore, on the Malabar Coast, where it is still processed today. Both Arabica and Robusta is monsooned, but we mostly get to see the Arabica in UK.

The coffee itself is grown in the heights of the Western Ghat range of hills, 2,000 masl, in the state of Karnataka. Few single estates are named as producers, but very high standards are kept during the processing, including hand sorting (called Garbling). The beans swell and change colour to a pale yellow/green.

The flavour? A slightly sour, deep leathery, tobacco and cacao taste – perhaps reminiscent of a Gentleman’s Club in Victorian England.

Suitable for all brewing styles, roasted on the Dark Side it makes a cracking espresso. Best taken without milk.

House Espresso Blend

From 3 single origins in Central America and East Africa, a City Roast, easy drinking Espresso of medium weight.

Misty Mountains Blend

The blend has 4 single origin high grown beans from 3 continents – Central America, India, Africa and Indonesia.

Roast level is Medium City, with a Fruit & Nut Roast aroma and a boozy aftertaste – something for everyone.

“We roast in small batches with our Little Red Roaster, made by Diedrich in Idaho”

Presently we roast 5 or 6 Single Origin Speciality arabicas , and will be featuring blends of selected beans: I believe the best qualities of beans can still show through in the cup when chosen with care , and balance the drink.
fresh roasted coffee delivery
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Pack sizes

 250 gram and 500 gram – the larger pack has a gas release valve , and we rest the beans for 36 hours between roasting and packing. Your coffee is likely to have been roasted in the week it is despatched to you via Royal Mail.

minimum order

1 kilo total weight, and we will pay the carriage to UK addresses

OUR ROASTER

We roast in small batches with our Little Red Roaster, made by Diedrich in Idaho. To the right is a visualisation of the process our coffee undergoes to get the very best out of every bean.

OUR ETHOS

We do not have the resources of time and capital to buy directly from growers , so we believe in buying ethically traded coffee from importers who have the interests of the growers and pickers at heart in all their dealings. There are several international bodies who help to maintain this principle – The Fair Trade Foundation , Rainforest Alliance, Max Havelaar, and Utz Kapeh , and many of our coffees have their approval.

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Courtyard Coffee Roasters