Wake up and smell the wild coffee
The first UK coffee brand to be certified as Bird Friendly® is now available from newcomers to the coffee scene, Bird & Wild. Dedicated to discovering rare and exotic coffees from sustainable forest farms around the world, Bird & Wild are ones to watch.
Bird Friendly® Certification guarantees the coffee is certified organic and grown in the shade of natural forest, preserving habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife.
This provides a host of benefits. The soil is fertilised by fallen leaves, birds protect the coffee plants by eating pests, and the rustic farming techniques can result in surprising and interesting flavours because of natural cross pollination of varieties.
Bird & Wild coffee was recently awarded a 2 Star Gold Great Taste Award by a panel of judges who blind tasted entries from the UK’s best food and drink producers.
Its first coffee from Ethiopia has a rich treacle flavour, with sweet almond and spicy notes. Medium roasted, it tastes great as an espresso, a filter or cafetiere coffee.
Business founder Ben Roberts says: “Bird & Wild started after I found the Ethiopian Yeti Plantation in 2012. After asking for a sample of their green coffee, we roasted it, loved it and decided that we wanted to focus more on finding great coffees from forest farms around the world.
“We don’t blend our coffees and we roast them slowly to ensure that each batch retains its individual character and unique flavour. We are not about sameness, we are more interested in discovering the individual character of each batch of beans, and each harvest. We believe forest grown coffees offer some of the most interesting and individual coffees you can buy.”
He adds: “Our growers receive premium prices for their coffee, and by working with them seasonally, we can be sure that our customers can always enjoy coffees that are not only delicious but also highly sustainable.”
Bird & Wild coffees are available exclusively online at www.birdandwild.co.uk in packs of 2 x 227g for £10.90 plus p+p.