Characteristics of Our Brewed Coffee

Our Coffee

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Café Xpresso shares a passion for excellent coffee and a deep rooted respect for its culture and history.

We’re a specialty coffee shop and café in Fairfield County and we have one goal and that is to make you the finest, freshest, most skillfully brewed coffee available in the area.

So whether you’re after an awesome cup of brewed coffee, an Italian-style cappuccino or something whipped in the blender, Café Xpresso is the ultimate for your coffee fix.

We are fanatical about maintaining freshness of roasted coffee as well as the intricate science necessary for perfect brewing.  So come on in and have a cup or buy a pound of coffee that was very recently roasted and just ground in our store.What sets us apart is experienced, local roasters, an unsurpassed coffee selection process and our emphasis on freshness.  Our coffees are roasted in small batches, because it makes a difference. The average age of our roasted coffee is measured in hours, not days or (heaven forbid) weeks. Would you ever buy a bagel or doughnut that was several days or even weeks old?  Most coffee purchased, even at gourmet coffee shops, has been on their shelves for weeks or months.

Burundi Bourbon French RoastAs a dark roast this coffee has the signature bittersweet, caramel flavors imparted by the sugar transformation during longer roasting. The Bourbon variety lends for a deep and rich chocolate flavored coffee. This coffee is a true representation of that with notes of Tropical Fruits and apple like acidity. It is earthy and has a soft mouthfeel. Vanilla and chocolate are present in every part of the cup with a long finish; it is a clear, well balanced coffee.

Columbian Supremo French Roast: Roasted longer and darker than a Full City roast, Colombia Supremo coffee has sufficient brightness and flavor to shine through the process. Colombia Supremo beans are high grown, hard and concentrated. They are well suited to dark roasting because they have a lot of sweetness and acidity. The sweetness is from sugars inherent in the cell structure of the coffee and, when roasted to a darker French Roast level, those sugars caramelize resulting in a bittersweet taste.

Café Xpresso House Blend:

This brew is sweet and mellow, milk chocolate and multi-dimensional.  It is very balanced and clean but syrupy with a nutty aroma. Smooth finish with a hint of caramel.

For our most popular coffee we blend top grade coffees from some of the best coffee growing countries in the world like Kenya and Colombia. Then they are roasted separately to enhance their individual characteristics and develop a complete, balanced, and clean coffee. Café Xpresso’s House Blend is for the person who wants a consistent delicious cup in the morning and for the connoisseur to drink without critique. This coffee is hard to dislike.

Decaf Café Xpresso House Blend:

Milk chocolate aroma, snappy and winey, our Decaf Blend has a smooth with medium body, sweet and nutty on the finish. Our Decaf Blend is lively and flavorful, a decaf coffee worthy of the Café Xpresso’s name. Decaffeinated coffees are getting better all the time due to improvements in decaffeination technology and proper selection of coffees chosen for decaffeination. This blend represents those improvements and allows those who want a quality cup but who may want to reduce their caffeine intake to enjoy a seriously good cup of coffee.

Newtown Blend:

Light clean acidity with spice and maple syrup the Newtown Blend is mild, pleasant and has sophisticated flavors with an earthy, toasty finish.

A blend of Costa Rica full city and Sumatra French Roast, this sophisticated coffee combines Costa Rica’s elegance and balance with Sumatra’s earthy body. This is a bright blend with caramel background notes. Ideally suited as an after dinner brew. This results in a sweet drinkable coffee with a suggestion of dark flavor. When sipping on this coffee give yourself a second to reminisce on the good old days.

Guatemala French Roast:

This French Roast tastes of Cacao, very dark chocolate flavor with a smoky, sweet aroma. The body is mild and creamy with a nutty finish. The spicy, zesty flavor of Guatemala accented with the smokiness of French roasting creates a coffee, which is big and bold. This coffee is a great choice if you like to taste the coffee through cream and sugar.

Italian Roast:

Italian Roast is our very darkest with the most strongly perceived flavor. It has a powerful flavor concentration.  The taste profile is highly caramelized, nearly carbonized tones.  Intense, rugged, robust.  Long finish.  This darkest of roasts is not for the faint of heart.

Iced Coffee Blend:

Carefully blended to taste best cold, with a lower acidity and a clean, strong coffee taste that won’t get lost in melting ice. If you like iced coffee or cold brew, this is one blend you’ll have to try.

Coffee Cultivation

High on a lush, steep hillside, covered with coffee trees, a picker carries a heavy bag filled with a long day’s work.  The bag contains ripe, red coffee cherries. Coffee Beans are the pits of coffee cherries, which grow on the coffee trees. Once the coffee has been picked, processing must begin as quickly as possible to prevent spoilage.

The two main species of commercial coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta.  Arabica plants are more sensitive to temperature and handling, and also more vulnerable to pests.

  • Seventy percent of all coffee beans grown are Arabica, which grows best at higher elevations in tropical or sub-tropical climates.
  • Arabica beans (before roasting) are said to smell of blueberries, giving the roasted beans a sweet smell.
  • Arabica beans are generally more flavorful than Robusta, though not all premium gourmet coffee beans are Arabica.

Robusta are hardier plants, tolerating lower elevations and less favorable climate and soil conditions. Robust are grown primarily in Southeast Asia and Africa.

  • Robusta beans are harsher and are used for most every day and instant coffees, and have about twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans.
  • Robusta beans (before roasting) are said to conjure smells of oats or peanuts, with a grainy and nutty fragrance.
  • Robusta beans may smell burnt even if roasted properly. Some people compare the smell to burnt plastic or rubber.

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We share a passion for excellent coffee and a deep rooted respect for its culture and history.  The pursuit of a memorable coffee experience can only be achieved by adhering to time honored practices and a respect for all those who labor long hours to produce it.  Our Espresso Bar reflects our unending commitment to provide superb espresso based drinks. The blends that make up our espresso are developed for the sole purpose of achieving a unique espresso experience. The development of a great espresso can only occur when all the details from seed to cup are evaluated for their ability to produce a unique flavor profile. Its synergy with milk is also very carefully measured. Our espressos are prepared with purpose, balance and in adherence to the standards developed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).  We measure our beans, our grind, and our water temperature.  The brewing process does not conclude until the flavors are at their peak.  Our Baristas spend countless hours perfecting their skills, understanding the unique qualities of each bean, and making each cup special.