How to Choose your Coffee

We appreciate that all the coffee lingo can sometimes seem a bit daunting, so we've put together this simple guide to help you navigate through the maze of coffee beans. Remember, there's no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your beans. It's all about finding what tastes best for you. Our team are happy to help on 01773 252052 if you need any further advice. Hopefully the useful tips below point you in the right direction.

Arabica vs Robusta

In simple terms, beans are typically made up of a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans.

Arabica: These are pricier, high-quality beans. They have a smooth, sweet flavour with hints of sugar, fruit, and berries.

Robusta: Cheaper and easier to grow, these beans are strong and nutty with a hint of chocolate. They have double the caffeine of Arabica.

You'll often find blends that combine Arabica and Robusta. These blends aim to offer the best of both worlds - the smooth, pleasing taste of Arabica and the strong, robust punch of Robusta.

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Coffee Flavour Notes

Sometimes you'll read that a coffee has "notes" of something, like chocolate or wood. This doesn't mean someone tossed a chocolate bar or a bit of timber into the coffee during processing. It's a way to describe the subtle flavours you might taste in the coffee besides the standard "coffee" taste. For example, a coffee with 'notes of chocolate' will have a slight chocolaty taste in addition to the usual coffee flavour. Same for 'notes of wood' – expect a flavour reminiscent of something toasty or earthy.

Coffee is naturally abundant with a multitude of flavours and scents. These are best categorised as follows: 'Chocolate and Caramel' are flavours that emerge prominently during the roasting process. 'Nuts and Spices' embody the aromas of sweet spices like cinnamon and allspice, along with flavours akin to toasted almonds and macadamia nuts. 'Fruit' encompasses the often-found fruity notes in many coffees, which is unsurprising given that coffee beans are the seeds of a fruit. Coffees that have been processed naturally tend to exhibit these fruity notes. Lastly, 'Citrus and Floral' include the zest of citrus flavours and the fragrance of flowers.

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Intensity & Strength & Roast

Intensity: Refers to the richness and depth of flavour, influenced by the bean type, growth location, and roast. Strength: Indicates how darkly the coffee is roasted, affecting the robustness of the coffee's flavour. It does not relate to caffeine content.

Coffee roasting significantly influences the taste of your brew. Essentially, it's the roast that shapes the perceived intensity of your coffee. For instance, when brewing espresso (which can be used in a Latte, among other things), a medium or dark roast is advised. The medium roast strikes a harmonious balance between acidity and body, allowing you to appreciate the coffee's intrinsic flavours while enjoying the fuller body produced by the roasting process. On the other hand, dark roasts are famous for their robust, rich chocolate undertones. The flavours in a dark roast are predominantly imparted by the roasting process itself.

We've produced a combined score out of 10 for our top selling coffee blends, this is based on intensity and strength combined. This is not an indication of quality or preference. This is displayed in the table below.

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Our Guide

Name Score Blend Tasting Notes Notes
Amber Coffee Co FUEL 6 25% Robusta
75% Arabica
Rich dark chocolate and caramel notes Top Selling Own Label
Amber Coffee Co RUSH 8 33% Robusta
67% Arabica
Subtle hints of dark chocolate notes Great for all day drinking
Amber Coffee Co House Blend 9 Robusta & Arabica Blend Notes of caramel, cedar and dark chocolate Fantastic value option
Lavazza Gold Selection 5 30% Robusta
70% Arabica
Honey & Almond
Lavazza Super Crema 6 40% Robusta
60% Arabica
Hazelnuts & Brown Sugar Top Seller
Lavazza Expert Aroma Top 6 100% Arabica Cereal Note & Dried Fruit Aftertaste 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance
Lavazza Expert Aroma Piu 7 40% Robusta
60% Arabica
Honey & Dried Fruit
Lavazza Expert Crema Classica 7.5 60% Robusta
40% Arabica
Dark Chocolate & Spices
Lavazza Gran Espresso 8 60% Robusta
40% Arabica
Cocoa & Black Pepper
Lavazza Expert Crema and Aroma 8.5 60% Robusta
40% Arabica
Dried Fruits & Precious Woods Top Seller
Lavazza Expert Gusto Pieno 9 80% Robusta
20% Arabica
Roasted & Precious Woods
Lavazza Expert ¡Tierra! Bio-Organic Intense 9 Arabica and Robusta mix Dried Fruit & Aromatic Wood UTZ organic and Rainforest Alliance
Lavazza 'Dek' Decaf Decaf 40% Robusta
60% Arabica
Roasted cereals and barrique. Decaf

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Discover the exclusive Amber Coffee Co experience — premium quality without the premium price. Our name is inspired by our Derbyshire roots and serves as a reminder of the unique taste and feeling it brings. We don't claim to be coffee roasters or machine manufacturers. But we've worked hard to develop, craft and select our range with an array of expert suppliers. Available now for your business, exclusively from Vending Superstore.

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Lavazza Coffee

Over 120 years since Luigi Lavazza's humble grocery store beginnings, the Lavazza brand has become synonymous with exceptional Italian espresso worldwide. Lavazza provides coffee varieties from around the globe to a diverse range of countries and cultures. Luigi's legacy of blending different coffees to cater to his customers' preferences lives on today, reflected in Lavazza's vast selection of offerings.

As proud distributors in the UK, we supply an extensive range of Lavazza coffee beans, including the professional range, at competitive wholesale prices.

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Common Questions

From a 1kg bag of coffee beans, how many cups can you extract?
If you're content with a single shot, a 1kg bag can provide 142 cups, each utilising 7g of coffee. However, if you're amongst the majority who prefer a double shot, you can anticipate about 71 cups, each using 16-18g of coffee.

What is the cost for delivery?
If your total expenditure exceeds £75, congratulations! We will shoulder the cost of delivery. However, if your purchase falls short of this, there's no cause for worry. For orders less than this amount, our delivery charge begins at a reasonable £5.95 + VAT. While the expected timeframe is 3-5 working days, most parcels reach their recipients in even less time. This is what we like to refer to as swift service!

Can you place your trust in our website and our company?
Having started our operations in 2015, we've been supplying high-grade tea and coffee to countless satisfied customers each year, all from our distribution centre located in Derbyshire. Being an independent, family-operated venture, we are passionate about our work and are dedicated to supplying the finest products and service. Additionally, as an authorised distributor of Lavazza, you can rest assured that our products are authentic. Hence, you can enjoy your beverages worry-free!

Which Lavazza variant is the finest?
The optimal selection of Lavazza coffee largely relies on your individual taste preferences. Given the wide array of blends on offer, the decision-making process can seem daunting. However, there's no need for concern. Our guide simplifies the differences between each blend, enabling you to make an educated choice.

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