An idea has been brewing in Leighton Buzzard for coffee infused beer

Jon d'Este-Hoare of the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company with Zuzana Finnerty from House of Coffee
Jon d'Este-Hoare of the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company with Zuzana Finnerty from House of Coffee

Two independent Leighton Buzzard businesses are full of beans having collaborated over the production of a new coffee infused beer.

Speciality coffee roasters and blenders House of Coffee of Peacock Mews have provided the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company of Grovebury Road with fresh coffee beans to produce the new beer; Coffee House Porter.

Jon d’Este-Hoare of the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company told the LBO: “I have wanted to add a coffee infused beer to our range for a number of years and always thought that it would be great to work with the House of Coffee to source the beans.

“At the town’s beer festival in June, we had two coffee porters available and they were two of the quickest selling beers, so I know it is a popular style of beer around here!”

Nick Stagg, owner of the House of Coffee, said; “When Jon approached us to discuss the beer, we thought it was a great idea and were keen to get involved. Jon explained to us that whole coffee beans are placed directly into each cask of beer and left to infuse for up to three weeks before being opened and served. After a little consideration, we have advised Jon to use the Monsoon Malabar bean from India.”

The Monsoon Malabar coffee seeds are exposed to the monsoon rain and winds for a period of about three to four months, causing the beans to swell and lose the original acidity, resulting in a flavour profile with a practically neutral pH balance. This results in a blend which is heavy bodied, pungent, and often described as dry with a musty, chocolatey aroma and notes of spice and nuts.

Jon added: “Nick provided us with both lightly and heavily roasted beans and for the first brew we have experimented with different blends and quantities of these different beans. We plan to launch the beer on September 15 at the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company brewery tap when we will have four of these different combinations of the beer for customers to try and provide feedback on.”

The House of Coffee will also be at the brewery that afternoon to discuss and sell coffee beans, including of course the Monsoon Malabar.