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Lost Sheep Coffee’s secret micro-lot

You’ve probably seen the queues out of the door at the Lost Sheep Coffee shop at McArthur Glen Outlet in Ashford. And well there might be. The driving force behind the brand is owner-founder Stuart Wilson who is far from lost and nor is he in any way sheep-like, challenging status quo and tackling the coffee industry in a completely new way.

There’s coffee and there’s Lost Sheep Coffee. Lost Sheep Coffee’s new Brazilian Cachoeira Coffee beans will blow any preconceived ideas you have about Brazilian coffee out of the hot water.

This grade 1 speciality coffee scores an impressive 85 out of a possible 100 points (most chain high street coffee is only grade 3). Brazilian Red Catuai Peaberry beans are extremely rare and sourced directly from a super small microlot on the Barbosa family farm, situated in Minas Gerais (1105m) in the Cachoeira region of south east Brazil. Wanting to try something different, it was the owner Danilo Barbosa who decided to grow this extraordinarily high quality fruit, to see what sort of coffee it produced. He discovered it was exquisite and incredibly special.

Flavour-wise it has a soft warming body, with a light spiced nectarine acidity and a sugary sweet finish. Only available from independent fine food storesacross the south east or online from www.lostsheepcoffee.com  from £8.95 for 250g bean or ground. Thiscoffee is best served black as a filter coffee using the pour over filtermethod, Aeropress or traditional cafetiere.

“Unlike many UK coffee roasters, we work directly with the Barbosa family and its farmers, Danilo and Victor Marcela and our personal relationship gives us access to the best quality. We are the only roasters in Europe selling coffee from this exceptional Cachoeira microlot.”

Says Lost Sheep Coffee co-founder Stuart Wilson.

“For us, coffee is always personal. By cuppings (taste testing) all the coffee we roast it allows the Lost Sheep team to gain a greater understanding of the different elements that make our coffee great and ensure that only the best most extraordinary coffee makes it into our customer’s cups.”

Lost Sheep Coffee is an independent Kent based speciality coffee roastery with shops in Canterbury, Ashford McArtherGlen outlet and the roastery is based in Whitstable. Lost Sheep Coffee is a member of Produced in Kent & the Speciality Coffee Association. The Barbosa farm and its produce are proud members of the Rainforest Alliance and the Brazilian Speciality Coffee Association.

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AJ is a food writer, editor and PR.