The Story Behind the Brew
Yolk is one of the few coffee shops in the Philippines that carry “specialty” coffee. We carry 2 types: (1) “Yolk House” brew, which is a combination of 2-single sourced beans from Columbia and Sumatra; and (2) “Queen City”, which is a single-sourced bean from Ethiopia.
In terms of taste, Yolk House is mellow, buttery and like baker’s chocolate, best enjoyed with milk. Queen City is slightly more acidic and has flavors of bergamot, strawberry, black tea and spice, best enjoyed as an espresso. Both are freshly roasted and delivered regularly by Dutch Colony Co., a specialty-coffee roaster based in Singapore.
What is the difference between “specialty” coffee versus “mainstream” coffee?
The difference is primarily in the quality of the green beans used to produce the end product, which is reflective in a better tasting beverage. Specialty coffee specifically differs in (1) traceability; (2) variety; (3) availability; and (4) freshness of the roast.
Every stage of processing can be traced all the way back to it’s origin—not only the country of origin, but also the region, and farm or estate where it is grown. These known quantities guarantee that we are getting a quality product. In contrast, information about mainstream coffee will generally end in the continent or country of origin.
Our specialty roaster provides all the details of the farm, the bean varietal (or varietals if it’s a blend, as well as the percentages) and the cupping or tasting notes to guarantee quality.
Our coffee varietals excel only in specific microclimates, the nature of which means that there is only a finite volume of high quality or specialty coffee that can be produced at any one time. In contrast, the aim of mainstream coffee is to mass-produce large quantities of coffee to meet supply.
The freshness of the coffee also impacts massively on flavor. A general guide is that coffee tends to peak in flavor 7-10 days after roasting. Roast date is not relevant to mainstream coffee. It is highly unlikely it will be consumed after roasting, and is processed to endure long-term storage