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.

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.