Roastery & Wholesale
Thirdwave coffee roasters, wholesale retail and mail order coffee subscriptions.
Exceptional Ice cold coffee. On tap.
Now on the counter at our Trumpington St. Shop, our first foray into the world of nitro coffee is an incredibly creamy, ice cold coffee. Forcing nitrogen into our highest scoring single origin coffee and serving it through a stout tap creates this silky smooth beverage. Imagine all the body and mouthfeel and sweetness of a flat white, but from a black coffee. All of the beautiful aromas and fragrance of these excellent coffees are trapped in the tiny cascading bubbles, ready to be released on the first sip. The finish is just as smooth with the caramel and chocolatey roasted coffee notes coming through in the aftertaste.
This is different to our ever popular cold brew. our 90+ Nitro is brewed hot and crash-chilled. Those subtle and complex flavours extracted by hot brew processes can make iced coffee a little sour- but the creamy sensation produced by Nitro balances the drink perfectly.
This means we can now celebrate our most exciting premium coffees even when the temperature soars!
Interested in serving this in your shop? Read more here: 90+ Nitro
ETHICALLY SOURCED, SEASONAL COFFEE
From seed to harvest to processing, Coffea Arabica requires a lot of labour and hard-work on the farm to produce a crop with a high quality, distinct flavour. We try to respect this effort at the roastery, carefully controlling the many variables so we can share the coffee we’re excited to taste and talk about. We roast using a 15kg Giesen roaster which is linked to data logging software Cropster. This software gives us a lot of feedback, plotting charts for all the variables, such as drum temperature, airflow, flame temperature, speed of the drum etc. This essentially maps out how the batch has been roasted, we taste the results and adjust the course of the roast accordingly until we get the flavour we're looking for. With all this useful data we can closely monitor how the beans develop and accurately control the roast, ensuring the same level of quality with each batch. We enjoy exploring single-origin coffees from around the world, each origin will produce a crop with it's own unique profile, the result of many different compounds being produced during it's life cycle, which are then altered in the roast process to become the aromatics and flavours we enjoy. So when we roast we're aiming to develop those flavours just enough to bring out their full potential, without masking them with roasted flavours which can occur in darker roasting styles.
WHO WE ARE
Hot Numbers is an Independent specialty coffee company established in 2011 with two successful coffee shops in Cambridge. Our Roastery was established in 2012 as the next step in our quest to produce the best coffee possible.
We roast ethically sourced, speciality grade coffee (100% Coffea Arabica.) The aim with our roast process is to tease out all the flavour that the green bean has to offer, without masking any of those notes with bitter burnt or charred flavours you get from darker roasting.
We've removed the guesswork.
We use two state-of-the-art Giesen Coffee Roasters, each roast feeding into Cropster (data logging software). This means we can precisely control every one of the hundreds of variables which affect flavour and always have a record to replicate our results and produce consistently high quality coffee.
ETHICALLY SOURCED, SPECIALITY GRADE.
We source our coffee through suppliers who deal direct with coffee producers around the world. They select the highest quality Coffea Arabica each origin has to offer, with the most desirable flavour attributes and free of defects. This is what is generally meant by "speciality grade coffee."
- Speciality Grade fetches a higher price, reflective of it's higher quality (not determined by global commodity prices which are based on much lower quality and easier to grow coffee like Coffea Canephora,or disrupted by political and economic factors.)
- Direct trade ensures the money goes into the producers pockets & that farmers are treated fairly.
- Offering better prices for farmers creates a stronger impetus for improving quality further and helps to safeguard the future of coffee. (which currently is very uncertain.)
- Better for the environment- higher prices reduce the need for intensive and pesticide reliant farming practices. (The majority of the coffee we roast is organic, even though farms are not always be able to pay for the certification.)