Review #1 – The Blending Room

Hello folks.

So today I’m going to talk about The Blending Room, who are a roastery based in Yorkshire.  I found them through a random web search for UK coffee roasters and decided to give them a look.

 

BlendingRoom

The shop design is clear and easy to use and I encountered no problems at all placing my order.  I’ve decided that the best way to comment on individual roasters is to look at what kinds of house blends they offer.  In this instance we had three different ones to choose from.

 

Docker – Which is their dark roast.

Jones – Their seasonal blend.

Beverley – Which appears to be their mainstay blend offered all year round.  This was the one I picked.

 

I ordered one bag of beans from them, which is 275g, a pretty standard amount for most roasters and the perfect amount to fill the hopper of my Barista Express’ coffee grinder.  The Beverley blend was £5 with an added £3.40 in first class postage.  You can also choose second class which is £2.90.

The bag arrived within two days, which I was very happy with indeed.  Unlike some roasters the bags aren’t shipped flat so you either need to make sure you’re in for delivery, have a space set up for your postman to leave parcels, or have a very, very wide letterbox for it to fit or you’ll need to do what I did and collect it from your local sorting office as my postie wasn’t able to fit it through the door.

Here’s what the bag looks like –

BR Bag

And here’s a view of the beans inside –

BR Beans

My first cup was made with the Sage Barista Express as it’s my day to day machine.  Here’s a couple of pictures of the brewing process.  Whenever I get a new bag of coffee my first taste will always be an americano with milk.  Sadly I can’t tolerate black coffee, it turns my stomach!

The Grind –

BR Grind

The finished Shot –

BR Shot

Adding Water –

BR Water

So what did I think of it?  When you grind it, it’s got a rich, slightly fruity aroma that’s very pleasant.

You can definitely smell the caramel overtones and there’s a lingering hint of chocolate as it goes down. Not too harsh, a really pleasant flavour all in all.  I tend to favour a medium roast, and trend towards fruity coffees and this was a lovely mix of fruity and malty, a good starting place if you’re not sure exactly what sort of flavour you like. I’d definitely buy this again as an everyday coffee.

As a latte the flavours are more muted, but still very pleasant, rich without being overpowering. I normally use two shots in the mug up above and in my opinion it makes a lovely cup whether it’s made with water or milk.

My plan is also to try it in the Aeropress and then upload a follow-up review of what I think of it to see how much the flavours differ.

And that’s the end of my first review.  I thoroughly enjoyed my first order from the Blending Room and they’re a roastery I’d go back to and try some of their other blends as well.  I hope you’ve found this little review useful and if there are any other details you’d like me to focus on in upcoming reviews, please let me know.

Thanks for reading!

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