How to choose Your Coffee Beans

Is it about the Beans or is it about the taste? 

From coffee aficionados, to the casual coffee drinker, everyone likely has their own specific coffee taste, espresso taste is mainly signified how it will taste by the Creme sitting on the top of your cup...No creme, generally means a harsh bitter taste, but the frothy coffee drinker hide this with milk, syrup and sugar and only care about a coffee with taste.

Are you a coffee shop chatter (any coffee shop will do as long as it has atmosphere) or a Bean chaser?  If you are a Bean chaser, how do you choose the best beans for your particular taste?  Most often, we grab whatever we think might ‘sound good,’ without really knowing the depth of flavour, and the profiles that can come from those particular beans.

How do you choose a Bean that is good for you and gives you the desire to go back for more?

It’s fair to say that when properly harvested and roasted, most coffee will be good coffee. From there, it’s a matter of flavour's and notes, and overall taste. Everyone’s taste buds respond differently , so it’s important to find which flavour's and notes your palate enjoys the most.

Here at 3Elements Coffee, prior to going to market, we wanted to get our blends to accommodate most or all coffee drinkers. We had over 80 serving military personnel and veterans taste test over 30 different flavours and notes to produce our coffee blends, which has been successful, not only in Australia but in the U.S. UK and India.  

Location & Preparation

We had our floavours and notes developed by using Coffee that is harvested all over the world, as different areas create different flavours. Even coffees from the same region have their own flavours so we let our volunteer coffee tasters decide what sort of depth they were really looking for so we could produce the 3Elements coffee blends, after all we want to stay in the market for a long time to help our ex military men, women and families.

Here at 3Elements Coffee we know that preparation is key, as well as quality. Our Allied Blend, was chosen for it's high grade roast that is a medium to full-bodied blend, with notes of bittersweet chocolate.

We have created a new blend for one of our partners "Scorpion Projects" also a supporter of ex military men, women and families to bring you the "Australian Warfighter Original Blend" being launched late October 17.  This blend has notes of mixed fruits and malt. Both are prepared using only the finest techniques, but it all goes back to your personal preference.

If you’re getting your beans from a quality roaster (which you should be!), don’t be afraid to ask questions, and try a few different types of beans before you settle on the perfect blend to suit your palate. All quality-roasted coffee is good. So, find what’s great for you.

Getting to know you and the Community you support

Here at 3 Elements Coffee, we are proud of the people who serve us and the people who support our cause. We also partner with other organisations to help support their cause.

So through the love of coffee 3 Elements Coffee can help you give back..... Want to know how?

Drop us a line.

Looking forward to hearing from you and how we can support your cause.

The Rosetta Leaf - Cafe Art

Rosetta / Leaf Art

 Reminder: Make sure you pour the milk as soon as possible. Hold the cup on its ear and a slight angle. Start pouring the milk slowly. You do not want to pour to slowly, this will leave the foam behind in the jug. You also do not want to pour too quick because this will break the crema apart. Pour slowly in a few spots in the cup to break through the crema.

Start pouring the milk in to the back of the cup once the cup seems just more than half full.

Move the jug side to side until you see the foam appearing on the surface. Keep moving the jug side to side until you see a pattern appear. Now slowly move the jug backwards whilst still moving it side to side. When you have reached the end of the cup move the jug in a quick straight line through the pattern.

Quick movements from side to side will create a Rosetta with lots of leaves. Slow movements from side to side will create less and thick leaves. 


Latte Art in Australia - How to Create Funky Patterns

Latte art has grown in popularity since the early 1980’s, and it’s practically a sport of its own at this point. But, for the fancy lattes with funky designs we can get at any great coffee shop, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make your own creative works at home? It’s a pretty great way to impress your friends, and it can turn every cup of morning coffee into an artistic experience.

While we won’t go through a step-by-step video tutorial here, we’ll let you know what you need to get started on your own latte art. The good news? It’s simpler than you may think, it just takes a little practise!

Now, let’s get serious!

Be Your Own Barista

It’s unfortunately not quite as simple as having a coffee pot and a carton of milk, but the tools needed to really be your own barista will definitely repay you with beautiful, great-tasting cups of espresso for years to come. In order to create your own funky latte art, you’ll need:

- An espresso maker (including a steam wand)

- A steaming pitcher

- Finely grind your espresso beans the fresher they are the tastier your coffee will be

- Full cream milk is best

- A wide-mouth coffee cup

Start by making your own espresso. While the shots are brewing, you can start on the milk, pouring it into the steaming pitcher and aerating it for just a few seconds on the edge of the steam wand. Then, let the wand submerge completely to the bottom of the pitcher, giving it a swirling motion.

The milk should reach about 150 degrees before you pull it away from the heat. Be sure to give the pitcher a quick ‘tap’ against the counter to help get rid of any excess bubbles. 

For the pour itself, you’ll want to start by pouring the milk high - this will create a thin stream of milk right into the centre of the espresso already in the coffee cup. When the cup is about halfway full, lower your pour. As you reach the top, you can ‘lay your foam,’ which is where you’ll create your design. Designs are made by quick movements of the wrist, so don’t be afraid to try out a few different techniques until you find something you’re comfortable with.

For the love of coffee please post images of your art...

The 3 Elements Team