How to Pick Tasty Coffee Beans
The best tasting coffee beans are usually the freshly roasted ones, rested about 2 to 3 days, give or take a day or two. As a quick tip, you would want to get the Arabica bean blends over the Robusta ones. Arabica beans typically contain more than 60% more flavourful lipids and are typically twice in natural sweetness as compared to their Robusta counterparts.
The reason for the higher cost of Arabica is because it is slower-growing than Robusta and have a lower-yield which lends to the premium pricing of this tasty variety.
Geeky fact: Arabica is a lower-yield bean type for farmers because it grows at much higher elevations 3000 to 6000 feet, and at a much slower rate because of lower oxygen levels and lower temperatures — which in some ways makes its flavours more intense given the same weight of bean.
Keeping it Fresh For You, Always
At Splendour Coffee, we roast our beans and pack them within the day for dispatch to our beloved customers the following day. Simply adhering to this religious schedule of roasting, packing and delivery, we ensure that our beans arrive to your office, business or home fresh.
This means that you don't have to worry about running out of beans, having stale beans or simply needing to run to that boutique cafe joint every 13 days because your 200g pack (if you're lucky, 250g) is about to empty.
So if you're still sitting on the fence about coffee for your Aeropress, Moka Pot, V60, Chemex, Turkish Pot, French Press, Espresso, Drip, Cold Brew etc, look no further! You can skip to our bean collection or read on about why we roast some of the most flavourful beans on the island.
We Know You Are Here Because You Know You've Tasted Great Coffee At Cafes
I'm sure you haven't stumbled on this page by accident. You arrived here only because you are interested in getting the most out of your coffee and you are most likely on a lookout for a credible and reliable local roaster.
The typical whole-bean roasts you find on the store shelves at your supermarket will never give you authentic freshly roasted flavours you will get with any of our Splendour Coffee Blends you can find on our store. It's not something we brag about, because we are simply trying to educate our visitors that you cannot escape the effects of time and chemical/organic changes.
If you just bought a fancy new grinder and a single-group espresso machine and can't wait to pull some fantastic shots, you will should know by now that just grinding freshly roasted coffee beans alone, releases the captivating aromas of those wonderful arabica roasts.
Stale beans that you typically pick up at the grocery store won't have these beautiful aromas. In fact, they even add flavouring to their blends to make it more palatable and disguise their age with flavourings like "caramel" or "vanilla". I've had a well-meaning friend who bought me such a pack. I gave it a fair shot but was thoroughly disappointed. And had to spend some time to actually clean the muck off my rather expensive grinder!
But the truth is, most off-the-shelf packages will show a "use-by" date that is 2 years from the day you pick it up. Roasted beans, despite whatever mass-coffee roasters claim, will only retain their delicate flavours for up to 28 days. This includes the much-hyped capsule coffees that promise you all sort of exotic flavours at the press of a button.
Here's a little secret. Once coffee is ground from bean to powder, it only retains flavour for up to 3 minutes. So packing it into some fancy capsule doesn't actually mean the flavours are going to end up in your cup. You may taste coffee, but it's never going to beat freshly roasted coffee, where the flavours are dissolved in your drink, waiting in anticipation to tantalise your tastebuds. Wondering if your coffee beans are stale? Check out our article "How to Tell If Your Coffee Beans Are Stale".
You cannot magically defy the laws of organic chemistry. Roasted beans only have a limited shelf life just like certain foods only taste great within a few minutes after preparation. You can't just take your favourite meal and freeze it and thaw it, then reheat it and claim it tastes exactly the same. No it doesn't and I think it might be a little dishonest to make that claim.
Buying Local Ensures Freshness
If you made it so far in this read, you will understand why buying from local roasters is the best way to ensure you won't be disappointed with your next latte or black coffee.
Most overseas roasters will always face the challenge of getting roasted beans fresh to their customers if they are outside their immediate delivery zones. My brother is someone who loves Black Cat Coffee from Intelligentsia (which I adore as well) but I'm pretty sure that in the 2-3 week delivery transit to Singapore most of the delicate flavours might have been lost with bean degradation.
I've tasted a pack or two of Black Cat, but somehow, the fresher roasts we do at Splendour Coffee still tastes better because of the undeniable freshness. Not to any discredit to them, Intelligentsia are one of the finest coffee roasters I can think of in the world. Well, we all try to do our best to deliver the best value to our customers but therein lies our limitations.
With our clockwork schedule of roasting, packing, and door-to-door delivery, we ensure that the beans we roast get to our customers within 3 working days. You won't believe the difference freshness makes!
You know that hipster cafe that you went to for brunch and tasted that delicious cup of latte? Yep, those guys use fresh roasts, and why shouldn't you? And better yet, you can get to enjoy that high-quality caffeine beverage anytime, any day, in the comfort of your own home.
Why Choose Splendour Coffee Blends?
Freshness and cost. We are able to use our computerised roasting profiles to deliver consistently beautiful roasts for our various blends and we can do it at scale where it means that we pass on the savings to our customers like you. This means you actually might end up paying less than you currently are for other coffee beans, and better flavours to boot!
Take for example, most good local cafes will display a pack of 200g roasted beans for about $14 to $22. Guess what, we do 500g packs at $20 to $26 (running time-limited discounted rates right now so please feel free to check it out here and buy the freshest roasted coffee beans online here.)
If you are an average drinker of coffee, you would typically go through 200g in about a week. Our 500g packs delivery greater value because it means you don't have to worry about getting more packs every week, and they stay fresh for up to 3 weeks (sometimes I notice they still great up to 4 weeks)
Plus the most important thing — Quality and affordability so you keep enjoying you coffee and keeping more change in your wallet for other things in life.
What About The Flavour?
We now have 7 different coffee blends that serve different taste buds.
Classic Blend - Leaning towards the more traditional tasting coffees great as a all-day working day cup
Premium - A blend of Arabica beans for a layered taste profile, like unveiling flavours upon flavours
Supreme - A medium bodied flavour blend with South American and Ethiopian Arabica beans. Great for people who enjoy the classic bodied flavours and fruits on the top.
Roaster - A single-origin Ethiopian Sidamo roast, a uniquely-flavoured medium bodied coffee bursting with exotic notes of berry and wine.
Nicaraguan - Specially sourced from Matagalga - Jinotega region, you will get fruits and florals with a balanced bodied cup.
Sumatra Mandheling - Clean and smooth finish with signature Indonesian region bean flavours and a lighter-bodied coffee.
Nicaraguan S Blend - A blend of the fruitiness and florals of Nicaraguan and the exotic and almost rice-wine overtones of our Ethiopian.
We roast them with amazing precision for consistency and also add a delicate artisan's touch to ensure that they deliver the most desirable flavours to our most discerning audiences, with body and soul.
Update 2 Jan 2020: We've managed to get a rare supply of Nepal - Gulmi Region beans and there are a couple of bags left, so snag yours before their's all gone! We hear these region has a limited harvest and crop quantities are low. (taste notes: lovely balanced with peach overtones)
What Our Singapore Customers Love Drinking From Splendour
Looking at what our popular picks are for the home drinker in Singapore, they tend to favour the Supreme Blend and Premium roasting coffee blends. Well, to be honest, these are some of my favourite afternoon picks too because they really deliver that lift to get past the post-lunch hump and have that aromatic complexity that lingers even after that last sip.
They work great as espresso, espresso with milk, lattes, cappuccinos, long blacks, flat whites, lungo, ristretto. I'd stick to the Nicaraguan, Sumatras if you're into V60s, Chemex, drip or doing cold brew, those brewing methods tend to get the best coffee from more acidic coffees.
Well, to each his own! There's no right or wrong when it comes to coffee, and you'd just have to experiment with what works best for you, your grinder, your machine and your favourite drink.
To be completely honest, I'm a coffee schizophrenic and jump from one coffee to another just to mix it up and keep my tastebuds surprised.
Save Your Money for Fresh and Tasty Roasts
As the world marches on to new experiences, coffee-drinkers alike, are desiring more out of their coffee experience. This goes along the same trend as local food, wine or any other dining encounters.
The third-wave coffee is coming out from the US and Europe and even China where very specific micro farms are exclusively tied to major coffee institutions like the Cup of Excellence where they get first pickings on these very unique bean crops from remote locations in South America and Africa.
You might have heard of fantastic roasters like Stumptown, Intelligentsia and Blue Bottle from the United States and their drinking their roasts leaves mainstream outlets like Starbucks out in the cold.
But honestly, at Splendour, we don't go out of way to get exotic blends for the sake of bragging rights, but we truly believe that majority of drinkers just want fresh tasty coffee with complex flavours and don't want to pay $100 for a 500g bag.
Having said that, it no longer seems acceptable to drink an ordinary cup of joe from the percolator and gradually Nespresso, despite all their marketing efforts, might still be faced with the fact that coffee fans like you are getting more particular with how their coffee should taste.
You might be longing to start your morning with pure delicious coffee that just permeates through every cell in your body and delivers an out-of-this-world experience so your body and mind are ready for the day's challenges and rewards — and that's what we strive to achieve and keep in mind every day when we're roasting our coffees for folks like you.
What About Beans For The Office Pantry?
Most offices are using superautomatic machines, popular brands include DeLonghi, Saeco, Jura and others. Most of these machines have built in grinders (albeit with limited grind settings) and typically work best with medium to dark roasts.
So if you're into the exotic single origins like our Nepal Gulmi you might want to stick to our medium and darker range of roasted coffees. Popular picks include our Classic (packs a whole of of punch and a cupful of aromatics.) Most customers tell us they like the classic because it really is the blend that sits in the middle of the road between the older management folk that swear by local drink choices like "Nanyang Kopi" and 3rd-wave coffees.
Push-Button Easy Coffee Solutions For The Office
If you also want to have delicious coffee at the office with a push of a button, we also have office leasing packages (serving 50 to 200 cups a day) that come with a years supply of 48 packs of 500g coffee. Check out our office packages here. You might need more depending on the number of coffee drinkers in your workplace!
Hey, I hope you've been convinced to let us help you with your coffee fix. If you're a cafe or restauranteur and would like to do bulk purchases for your fresh local coffee bean supply in Singapore, we have some amazing large-order discounts waiting for you too!
Hit us up at our contact page. Let's have a chat on how we can support your coffee distribution.
We hope you give us a shot, and let us know what you think about our coffees! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a note or message us using our chat! We'd reply you as soon as we get off the roasting floor.
Your Friendly Local Coffee Roaster,
p.s. Thank you for reading and it means a lot that you ❤️support local coffee roasters like me. When I'm roasting coffee each day, I'm encouraged by customers like you that send me messages and emails about how you feel about your coffee. Trust me, making you happy is what keeps me going.