Puro Coffee contacted me to ask if I would review their coffee. The ethical stance of Puro interested me and I do love a good cup of coffee. The package arrived beautifully presented in a rustic style.
Puro Coffee is Fairtrade, which means that the coffee farmers get a better price for their produce. Puro also contribute 2% of turnover (rather than profits) to The World Land Trust. Their contribution has so far resulted in the purchase of 5,600 acres of exceptionally diverse rainforest. They also invest in social initiatives such as Trees4Schools in Africa which has planted trees and vegetable gardens helping to feed some of those most in need in Africa.
This is all great and a business that works so closely with charity to make the world a better place should be commended and supported.
If you are going to buy a coffee though you need to know that it tastes good. My review sample contained the three blends Noble, Organic and Fuerte. You can also get Noble as a decaffeinated coffee.
I make my coffee with a stove top espresso maker and like it made with half very strong coffee and half hot milk. What would you call this if you ordered it at a well known coffee house? A latte? A cafe au lait? A Flat White? I never know and I am too scared of the efficient barista to ask.
What I look for in a coffee is a dark roast with a kick of fieriness, a touch of bitterness and plenty of body. So my favourite of the Puro range is the Fuerte, made with half Arabica and half Robusta. The Organic blend is 100% Arabica and the Noble is 80% Arabica and 20% Robusta. Having said that the Fuerte is my favourite, the other two are fine coffees. If you prefer a lighter roast then Organic is the blend for you.
Puro coffees are available in the UK at National Trust cafes, Leon and the Royal Parks among others. The range will also be available to buy online direct from the Puro At Home website soon.
If you would like to learn more about the social initiatives that Puro are involved with you can watch a video here.