‘Tis the Season for Chocolate: which coffee should you drink this Easter?

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Whether you celebrate Easter or not, everyone can agree that it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in a big heap of chocolate – egg-shaped or otherwise. The weather’s still a bit murky, you need a bit of encouragement to push through to summer… it’s a great time for a pick-me-up.

And a long weekend of Crunchies, Flakes and Galaxy Bars deserves a coffee to match. So how do you know what to go for?

Pact Coffee flavour notes

We give you a bit of a helping hand with our coffees. Head of Coffee Will tastes them first so you know whether to expect hints of gooseberry and grapefruit, or chocolate-coated toffee.

But don’t get us wrong – you shouldn’t expect something that tastes like Malteaser-brand hot chocolate, when we talk about malt and milk chocolate notes. These are underlying hints, like a citrusy white wine or a spicy red.

But for when we’re not there to help you work out what’s going to gel best with a breakfast of Creme Eggs, here’s a few pointers…

Why are some coffees chocolatey?

For most people, the universal ‘coffee’ flavour is chocolatey, creamy and from… Brazil! Why is that? Partly because Brazil is the largest producer of arabica – it’s what most people come into contact with, so it’s assumed to be what coffee tastes like.

Flavour comes from a variety of factors, from local terroir to processing method – influenced by the sugars in the cherry flesh that coats each bean, and how that’s removed. Different altitudes and climates also affect flavour, so there’s a lot at play.

This default coffee flavour is also affected by roast level. Most coffee is over-roasted (or… burnt, in our opinion) which creates a uniformity, even if it’s a bad one.

Why are some coffees not chocolatey?

Coffee didn’t taste chocolatey and creamy originally. Ethiopia, birthplace of arabica coffee, still produces coffees that taste not unlike they would have all those years ago – tea-like, floral, suited to light roasts and utterly fragrant. So it’s not what you’d usually expect from a cup of joe.

So whether you’re looking for a chocolatey hit to appease those cravings in a more calorie-friendly way, or you want something fresh and fruity, you’ll find something that works on our menu. Check it out here.

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