Castle Coffee Culture – Meet the Precious ‘Diamant’ of The Castle Hotel
Bean by bean, coffee has ground its way firmly into the hearts of Britons. According to The British Coffee Association (BCA), 55 million cups of coffee are consumed per day in the UK. And that’s not so hard to believe when you see coffee shops popping up on every corner. Even Taunton town centre has two Costa Coffee’s – TWO.
And with the growing popularity of this hot drink, comes a growing curiosity. People want to know where the beans are from, what the quality is like, and if they’re using the best machine for their coffee.
We’ll admit, at The Castle, we’re a little obsessed with these things, too. And as far as espresso machines go; well, we’ve got the best.
Meet the ‘Glass Diamant’. It’s one of three state-of-the-art machines of its kind in the UK, and aside from looking beautiful, it produces one hell-of-a-good brew.
For all of you coffee aficionados out there: it’s got a group temp and shot timer, an auto steam arm, lever steam valves and a full machine data display. Dreamy, right?
But even the best machine needs the perfect coffee to make a heavenly brew. Our coffee suppliers are Devon Roast, who have been supplying roasted coffee in South West England for over 50 years.
“It all started in Costa Rica. A Costa Rican farmer had two sons, and sent them both to the UK; one to Cardiff and one to Torquay,” says Peter Blake, owner of Devon Roast.
“They bought some machinery for coffee roasting, and Dad would send the beans and they would send back the cash. It was lucrative in the 40s and 50s because Torquay was on our English Riviera; it was very glamourous. The Costa Rica Plantation Co. is still going strong today as a speciality group coffee producer, even after changing hands four times.”
The company exports nearly two million sacks per year during their December and January harvests, and also buys beans from Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil, who is their biggest producer says Peter.
Peter also advises that coffee should be consumed like wine, in that it should have a beginning, a middle and an end. The Castle’s roast is made primarily from three types of beans; Peru (with its fruity notes), Honduras (with its chocolate notes) and India for a smooth finish.
And for tasting the coffee’s flavours, Peter says to: “Let it bloom and slurp; the more noise, the better, thanks to the air. Just like a fine wine.”
To Your Good Health!
Drinking coffee also has a lot of benefits. We contacted Elizabeth Bray, a registered nutritional therapist from Body Balance Nutrition to find out more.
“Coffee drinking and caffeine prepares the body for peak performance by stimulating the nervous system,” says Elizabeth.
“This facilitates muscle contractions and in turn may enhance muscle tone. Stamina is also maintained longer, and some skin care products also contain caffeine for its skin enhancing properties. The antioxidants in caffeine attack free radicals that are responsible for premature skin ageing, wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity.”
But as with everything (and even something as heavenly as an Americano), too much of a good thing can be bad.
“Too much caffeine may produce symptoms of restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, increased heart rate, insomnia and tremors,” says Elizabeth.
Top 5 Coffee Benefits, as advised by Elizabeth Bray
- Boosts energy levels, reaction times, mood and cognitive function.
- Caffeine can boost your metabolic and increase fat burning.
- Improve physical performance through increased adrenalin levels in the blood.
- Contains important nutrients such as pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
- May lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Studies have shown a 65% reduced rate of the disease in coffee drinkers.