Let’s talk about feel good coffee. We’re all here because we love that special brown bean juice, but in this day and age it’s about more than just the end product in our cups. It matters where it comes from, how it’s produced, who it’s produced by, and what impact that production has on the surrounding countryside.
Enter Bird & Wild, a company that specifically sets out to produce environmentally conscious coffee that directly supports animal conservation/protection through donations to the RSPB, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre and the Fairtrade Foundation.
If you’d like to know more, I’d suggest checking out their About Us page on the website which goes into a fair amount of detail about their ethos and their coffee, it’s nice to see a site put so much out there.
The site design is a lot busier than now-traditional look of many other third wave coffee sites which tend to go for that black on white minimalist look. I don’t mean this as a negative in any way, I hasten to add. The site is easy to navigate, everything is exactly where you’d expect it to be and as mentioned before there’s an absolute wealth of information to be found about their business and their coffee. I encountered no problems at all finding what I wanted.
They have three coffees available to purchase in sizes ranging from 200g to 1kg bags and if you really need that coffee fix you can even buy a case of 6x200g! The coffees on offer are –
- Espresso Roast
- Seasonal Blend
- Signature Espresso Blend
Prices range from £4.99 to £29.99 and standard UK shipping is £2.99.
This is the second of my random finds at TK Maxx, and it’s the Seasonal Blend we’ll be looking at.
I know it’s not an easy thing for a company to pivot their packaging from one type to another, but I wonder if, with all this emphasis on conservation and the like, if Bird & Wild have/are considering a move to the biodegradable bags? They’re becoming more common now so it’d be nice to see them ditch the plastic packaging and move to something a bit more eco-friendly.
This coffee was tried in all three of my main coffee makers, the Barista Express, Bodum cafetiere/french press and the Hario Syphon. All this talk of protecting birds and shade grown coffee is all well and good, but as with my previous review of “Change Please Coffee“, it’s all for naught if the coffee isn’t any good.
But it is. Is is good, very good in fact. It’s not often I find a coffee that works in all three makers, providing a lovely cup every time.
Dangit. Again I forgot to take photos of the others. Too busy taking beauty shots of the siphon, I think (It is very pretty, though). Now the tasting notes on the bag talk about ‘floral aromas’ and while they are there, they’re not overwhelming and while the siphon did enhance them (as it tends to bring out whatever the top notes are) they weren’t overpowering. This was a rich, smooth, and simply lovely coffee that I have no hesitation in recommending at all.
Regardless of how you make your coffee, the Bird & Wild seasonal blend will not let you down.