Every new year seems to go the same way. You come in with high expectations; you’re going to lose 20 pounds, learn a new language, and travel to all seven continents. And then, by the time February 1st rolls around, you’ve already given up on everything you want to do.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we’re all guilty of biting off a little more than we can chew.
But it only takes a little change to see big improvements in the new year. Self-care is about more than just extravagant trips and thousand-dollar gym memberships. Self-care means wanting the best for yourself, even when it comes to the little things, like high quality coffee beans.
We’re Cooper’s Cask Coffee, and coffee is our favorite thing in the world. Over half of all Americans drink coffee every day. For many people, coffee is a major part of their daily routine. But that doesn’t mean it’s treated with the respect it deserves.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with a pack of freeze-dried coffee—it’ll do in a pinch. But we think that it’s important to prioritize quality whenever you can.
As you’re starting your day, half-awake, trudging through the kitchen, you need something to look forward to. And we don’t think stale, tasteless beans are the key to a great morning. So learn how you can up your coffee game with high quality coffee beans.
Coffee Done Different
The idea for Cooper’s Cask Coffee formed after our founder, John Speights, learned about aged tea in wine barrels.
John began to wonder if coffee could be aged in a similar way. So, he tracked down a few whiskey barrels and tossed in some Sumatra beans. After letting them sit for a while, he sent them off to anyone who was interested.
The reviews that followed were unanimous: John’s coffee was spectacular. John didn’t need to hear anything else. He got to work building Cooper’s Cask Coffee from the ground up.
It was slow-going at first, but John didn’t start Cooper’s to make money. He started Cooper’s because it was fun!
We weren’t always roasting our beans in a state-of-the-art roastery. When we kicked things off, we were roasting beans in a garage. But we were having a blast, and people started to take notice. Cooper’s Cask Coffee stands out because no one does it quite like us.
Options, Options, Options
Our process is designed to bring out the natural flavors of the coffee beans and infuse them with hints of bourbon, wine, rum, and more. We never aimed to be a single-minded business. Instead, we felt that it was important to cater to a varied palette.
No one’s in the mood for the same thing every single day, so we began to research different kinds of beans and how they might taste infused in different barrels.
The world of coffee is massive, so parsing through the different single origin beans was a long process, but it was rewarding!
A Whole New Taste
Cooper’s Cask Coffee is all about complex flavors, but we want those flavors to be apparent immediately. When you try a cup of our coffee, the bourbon taste should come through instantaneously. That’s because we really take our time infusing the coffee with that distinctive bourbon taste.
The beans are stored in bourbon barrels for over a month—45 days, to be exact. This is just enough time to ensure that the flavor really shines through without overpowering the coffee. The high quality coffee beans’ taste should still be a prominent part of the flavor profile.
Coffee and bourbon are both delicious in their own right, but it’s when we combine them that the magic happens.
Quality whiskey means quality coffee
If we’re going to be talking so much about whiskey, maybe we should address where that whiskey comes from. We source our barrels from Bully Boy Distillery, Sons of Liberty, Thomas Tew, and more.
We love their bourbon, and their American oak barrels are perfect for infusing our coffee beans. But bourbon isn’t the only flavor we use, either. We also infuse our beans in wine barrels, rum barrels, malt whiskey barrels, and rye barrels. These high quality coffee beans run the flavor gamut. Some are sweet, some are smokey, but they’re all delicious.
Around the World in 80 Cups
Where you come from matters. Your home, in many ways, is who you are. It informs your growth! And the same is true for coffee beans. We’ve done our research, and we can pinpoint the home of every one of our coffee bean varieties.
At Cooper’s Cask Coffee, we want to take the guesswork out of your coffee. You won’t have to squint at the package, hoping to find some fine print that may or may not lead you in the right direction. We say where we source our beans, and we say it proudly.
Because when you understand more about your coffee, you can make a better cup every time.
We import our high quality coffee beans from countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Peru, and many, many more. As surprising as it may seem, geography greatly influences the flavor of coffee beans.
But it’s not just about location; it’s about soil, it’s about sunlight, it’s about the water! With a change in geography comes a change in several important environmental conditions.
Once you change a coffee’s country of origin, you change the taste! How will you know if a region’s coffee is the right choice for you? Don’t worry—you won’t have to go in blind. We do our best to describe our beans’ flavors in as much detail as we can.
We explain the coffee’s notes and aromas in a way that even the most uninitiated coffee drinker can understand. In that way, you can taste our coffee before you even drink it!
Rise and Grind
Some of our customers are a little intimidated when we tell them that we recommend buying whole coffee beans. Lots of people who are attempting to broaden their coffee horizons have never grinded their own beans before. It might seem daunting, but grinding our high quality coffee beans is the key to a high quality cup of coffee!
You can buy our coffee beans ground, but it’s not our preferred choice. Grinding your own beans is a process that many people are quick to dismiss. It’s certainly easy to scoop a packet of freeze-dried coffee into boiling water, but you’re not going to experience the same complex flavors as you would when you grind our high quality coffee beans yourself.
You may be surprised when you notice just how much fresher the coffee tastes. The grinding process allows more of the water to extract more flavor from the bean itself, meaning the taste will be much stronger!
Find Your Flavor
Hopefully you now know a little more about our process for finding and aging our high quality coffee beans, but how can you find the right flavor for you? People define themselves by their coffee preferences, and we can’t exactly blame them—we built our business on coffee, after all!
Because we wanted to expedite the process, we helped design a custom coffee finder tool. Just answer a few questions, and we’ll send you a personalized coffee recommendation. It’s really quick and it’s really fun, so give it a try now!