Most espresso is made from a blend of several coffees from different countries. The point of blending is to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts – a skillfully constructed blend has complex flavours that are balanced and integrate well together. Our goal is always to build interesting profiles that work harmoniously in espresso (unlike some mass-market coffees that are blended to achieve a different objective, to mask the use of cheap ingredients.)
In contrast, we believe that coffee blends that are rewarding to drink result from using high quality green beans, and then blending to achieve flavour balance and complexity.
Of course, there is wide and healthy divergence of opinion in the coffee industry about the principles of blending, and about what makes the best espresso. Let taste be your guide!
See our New Zealand Blend selection here.
See our Australian Blend selection here.
Much like hops for craft beer or grapes for fine wine, beans for specialty coffee are a product of their unique growing environment. Altitude, soil conditions, shade, sun exposure and rainfall – the terroir of where a particular coffee is grown – combined with the coffee varietal produces flavour profiles unique to the region coffees are cultivated in.
Origin makes a huge difference to what characteristics one finds in a coffee – certain growing regions are singled out for the particular taste profile they offer. The farmer’s hand and expertise, when and how the coffee is picked and processed each exert considerable influence on the final cup profile.
Offering good coffees unblended is an important part of what Supreme does. Roasted to get the best from the coffee, rather than for a particular brewing method, our Single Origin coffees offer an enjoyable and educational drinking experience. It takes only a few samplings of different origins to appreciate the difference that country, region, and terroir make.
Discover our New Zealand Origin selection here.
Discover our Australian Origin selection here.
Rare and Interesting
Not all coffees are created equal. Some offer taste experiences that blow your mind while others are nondescript. Our “Rare and Interesting” selection of specialty coffees are the former and offer our customers an affordable luxury that can be enjoyed everyday.
The coffees that make up our R&I menu are small lots of exceptional quality beans that we have secured in rather limited volumes. We taste dozens of samples before selecting which to offer. Each coffee tells a particular story that reflects the care and attention taken in its cultivation – these are coffees really worth celebrating.
View our New Zealand Rare & Interesting selection here.
View our Australian Rare & Interesting selection here.