One of the great things about writing a food blog is trying out artisan local produce and shouting about the amazing things that we produce here in Devon and it appears that Salcombe is becoming a hub of foodie producers with a growing reputation amongst the chattering foodie classes.
A few weeks ago, we were sent a couple of samples from Salcombe Brew after I connected with them on Twitter. Product reviews are few and far between on Eating Exeter, so I was over the moon when they agreed to send us some samples to try out for ourselves. I was so taken with the coffee itself that it has taken me a while to finish off the review! So sorry to Salcombe Brew for the time it took, but you guys have really hit the mark.
If you’re already a fan, or want to know more about their blends visit their website http://www.salcombebrew.co.uk
I’m not a massive coffee drinker, so I enlisted the help of the Eating Exeter Graphics/Illustration department – aka my better half Tori – to try out some of excellent coffee bags. We were also sent some Nespresso cups as well which EE Assistant Ed. Lauren who used with them with her machine.
Union Street – We had the chance to try coffee bags of their two varieties and this was my favourite. A light blend with a nutty nose and a milder taste to the usual blends that we’ve had before. I found it quaffable – it’d be a coffee I could have multiple cups of throughout a morning without that bitterness that you get with some of the more intense blends.
“High grown, high quality coffee beans from Central and South America combine to produce a wonderfully balanced blend that is both satisfying and full of flavour. Sweetness and maltiness come through well and adding milk develops more caramel and toffee notes. A perfect brew to be enjoyed anytime of the day to suit your mood.”
It has a complex taste, especially as it is a blend rather than a single bean, and one that I am quite fond of. I would agree with the description above that there are definite caramel and toffee notes and for me this was a big attraction.
Tori is a hardcore coffee drinker and although she enjoyed it, she would have left the bag in for longer to increase the strength. Like me, she loved the nuttiness of the blend which gave it a more-ish-ness (for lack of better words). I like lighter strength coffee so for me this was perfect.
The Union Street felt like more of a morning coffee, something you could sip throughout the day without feeling that you were drinking rocket fuel.
Sunny Cove – Ultimately with coffee bags you can choose how strong you want to have it by how long you steep the bag. Both brands give you a time on the packet, which is great if you’re not completely au fais with the concept of coffee being in a bag!
“Sweet, syrupy and nutty with a flora, perfumed aroma. Notes of peanut butter and butterscotch can develop through espresso as well as sour gooseberry and grape tannins”.
The Sunny Cove was for me a nice cup of coffee but not my preferred from out of the two. Although I didn’t get peanut butter or butterscotch notes, it was defintely more floral than the Union Street. This felt like more of a special coffee you might keep for special occasions, maybe it was a bit stronger?
This blend says to me that it might be enjoyed outside, I could imagine have a french press outside on the balcony reading the Sunday papers.
Salcombe Brew is one of many micro-roasteries across Devon who are producing a vast range of different artisan roasted coffees. Each product appeals to different coffee drinkers as would wine drinkers prefer different vineyards.
We like Salcombe Brew’s coffee and the fact that they come in Nespresso pods too is a big bonus, Lauren felt that having a local brand as a Nespresso pod was particularly convenient. They are on the lighter end of the scale for coffee lovers, a quaffable brew perfect for any time of day.
If you like the sound of Salcombe Brew then you can head over to their online store, using our exclusive discount code RNLI10. Remember that a percentage of sales of Salcome Brew is donated to the RNLI Salcombe.