At Neighbours we want to change the perception of coffee.
We know that excellent coffee, that is coffee where every stage of its production from growing to brewing is respected, is a sensory delight. We are the champions of flavoursome and pleasurable coffee.
So what is specialty coffee?
The simplest answer is that it is special coffee. But special compared to what? It is special as compared to the everyday standard. For too long coffee in France has been an afterthought, something that is considered a fixed product with a fixed flavour. Something that is seen to caffeinate or give a bitter slap at the end of a meal. It is universally the same with standardised production. The problem is that it’s poorly made with very low quality coffee beans meaning that it is accepted to be bitter, insipid and it requires a dose of sugar just to make it drinkable.
But imagine that just like wine, the flavour of coffee is a result of terroir, varietals, harvest and production. But unlike wine, it is not a matter of just opening the bottle: you need to have a skilled barista to finish the journey and prepare your coffee. At Neighbours we create specific recipes to ensure that your coffee gives you an amazing sensory experience.
All our coffee is made with high quality specialty graded coffee beans, that are freshly roasted. Using specialty coffee, besides guaranteeing that the flavour is of a high quality, means that the coffee is sourced directly, paying the farmer a fair price that is reflective of its quality rather than a market set commodity price.
Our house espresso is seasonal and always of a single origin. We create a flavour profile that is easy drinking, sweet, round and soft in mouthfeel with a gentle acidity that is both perfect as straight espresso or as a base to milk coffee.
Alongside our house espresso, we run a guest coffee on espresso and filter that showcases the complex and nuanced flavours that coffee can deliver. Changing often, we source from acclaimed roasters.
For those times where we want the flavour of coffee without the caffeine we have a water processed decaffeinated coffee that is enjoyable black or with milk.
However, specialty is not just about coffee. It is about constant improvement, refinement, questioning “how can we do better?”.
Specialty is a movement: we invite you to come and join us on the journey.