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What to look for when buying coffee

With so much coffee to choose from these days it can be a little confusing if you are not sure what to look for on the bags and labels. We have put together a short guide to help you choose the best coffee for your money. If you can afford it, purchase a grinder. In our opinion a grinder is the single most important item when making coffee. Even a cheap grinder […]

Costa Rican ‘Don Alfonso’ Peaberry now available

‘Don Alfonso’ Caturra Peaberry is now available. We get notes of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut in the cup and love it in a V60, Coffee Gator or a cafetière. Equally as good in an Aeropress. This special ‘Don Alfonso’ coffee represents the very best of the harvest from the famous Aquiares Estate in Turrialba, Costa Rica, which sits high on the fertile slopes of Turrialba volcano.

White Nile Washed Organic Coffee – Coming soon!

We are pleased to say that we have a few bags of White Nile washed organic beans in the roastery and these will be available soon. This was one of our most popular coffee last year so when some became available from this year’s harvest we couldn’t wait for them to arrive. Our first cupping gave us hazelnut and grapefruit notes. We will be doing a cupping of two different roasts tomorrow […]

Our new Holkham Bay Espresso Blend

Our new Holkham Bay espresso blend is now available and being served at The Black Apollo Coffee House in Holt. The new blend consists of 1/3 La Falda del Centro, Colombia, 1/3 White Nile (organic), Uganda & 1/3 Mimba AA, Tanzania. The taste we get in the cup are hazelnut, honeycomb and cherry giving a sweet, smooth coffee. We change our espresso blends three or four times a year depending upon what […]

New Victoria Arduino White Eagle installed at The Black Apollo Coffee House in Holt.

We installed a brand new Victoria Arduino White Eagle T3 at The Black Apollo Coffee House in Holt last Tuesday, 1st May 2018. I think you will agree that the 2 group machine in Steelux looks stunning. We have now had a few days to get used to the new machine and we all feel that we are making even better coffee and that the temperature and pressure of the White Eagle […]

Where did the history of coffee begin?

The historic origin of coffee is relatively recent compared to other widely consumed beverages such as tea and beer. Common consensus and folklore have it that coffee originated in the highlands of Ethiopia anywhere between 800AD and 1000AD. The legendary tale of the discovery of coffee is that a young Ethiopian goatherd by the name of Kaldi noticed how frisky and animated his goats became after eating the red berries from a […]


On our FACEBOOK page we are offering a fabulous prize of 2 bags of 250g freshly roasted coffee each month for a year, a Coffee Gator (a simple way to make delicious coffee), a glass Keep Cup and 2 Black Apollo Coffee House cup & saucers. The value of this prize is minimum of £292.00. The Coffee Gator is such a simple way of making delicious coffee. It is our favourite way of […]

Holkham Christmas Food Fair 2017

Norfolk Coffee Company at Holkham Hall Festive Food Fair The weekend of 16th and 17th December 2017 saw us attend the first ever Holkham Christmas Food Fair. The event was held in the magnificent Lady Elizabeth wing of the hall. Many of the best local and regional food producers and stalls, both inside and outside the venue. Luckily we had a stall inside as the weather was bitterly cold on the Saturday […]

Sally’s Blend

5th October 2017: Today we launched our new Limited Edition coffee Sally’s Blend. Sally’s Blend is an espresso blend of two special microlot  coffees from Colombia, Finca Las Brisas and La Fortuna. Priced at £10, £1 from every bag sold will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.


Here at Norfolk Coffee we love a good Colombian coffee, as do so many coffee drinkers. In our experience from selling coffee beans at our shop, The Black Apollo, that a majority of people are drawn to a Colombian coffee without even knowing what the tasting notes are, or which area it is from. This is no bad thing and probably stems from adverts over the years and consumers knowing that Colombian […]

Customer service

Our first blog is all about customer service, or seemingly the lack of it at some establishments. This appears to be a constant talking point for customers at our little coffee house here in Holt, Norfolk. I would even go as far to say that it is a bug bear for some, me included. Perhaps putting some of the issues out there and setting them down in writing may even make them […]