Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Review of J.L. Hufford Superautomatika® Blend Coffee

Designed for super-automatic espresso machines and featuring a full bodied taste with low acidity, the trademarked Superautomatika® Blend coffee beans offered exclusively from J.L. Hufford has become popular amongst coffee lovers. Several customers have asked why we are one of the only companies who offer a special blend for these super machines. Truth be told, we don’t know of any other coffee company who roasts a similar blend, but here is the story of why we do:

The Equipment-based Reason We Crafted this Blend
Anyone who has owned a super-automatic espresso machine knows that they have both benefits and limitations. Fully automated machines produce consistent beverages with minimal required skills, delivering quality coffee drinks to every person who uses them. One of the downsides to the machines made for home brewing is that they are built so that they cannot be completely disassembled for internal cleaning. Excessive oils from overly dark coffee beans and the residue created from grinding them build up on the grinder components, which will cause inconsistent operation and malfunction. Naturally, we are not allowed to name and shame those notorious brands of coffee, but if your beans have a deep chocolate-to-black color and they stick to each other and surfaces, they are going to cause problems with your machine.

The Coffee-based Reason We Crafted this Blend
Many espresso blends that perform well on traditional machines just don’t produce the same results in super-autos, yielding undesirable drinks. Also, some users want to brew single serving coffee, similar to what a drip maker creates. Super-automatics, however, brew under pressure, and your typical coffee blend or origin is roasted for use in drip machines or alternate methods. These types of coffee, notably those from a more acidic origin, taste very different from how the roaster describes when brewed under pressure. Finally, flavored coffees are not at all suitable for any espresso machine, especially a super-automatic.

The Coffee
To address the problems above, we spent years testing, developing, and perfecting Superautomatika® Blend until it was finally released in 2005. Our proprietary method of roasting Arabica beans of Sumatran and Indian origin at a medium-to-dark level mingled with high grade Robusta delivers a blend with a slight sheen of oil. Both our customers and our team members have raved over the cup quality of Superautomatika® Blend when used in Jura, Saeco, DeLonghi, Gaggia, Krups and other machines. Straight espresso drinks (approximately 1 ounce per shot) extract with a rich, thick layer of crema laden with chocolate and caramel notes. Cappuccinos and lattes still hold onto the aroma, whereas some other coffees disappear entirely into the milk. When brewing a long coffee, the most you can ask for from a super-automatic machine is either a 6 ounce single or a 12 ounce double, and Superautomatika® delivers a rich, smooth body.

The Packaging
Freshness is of the utmost importance when it comes to coffee. We sell several hundred pounds of Superautomatika® Blend each week, so orders have been roasted within 3 days prior to shipment. Once the coffee is ready for transport, we vacuum seal it inside of light and air-tight, foil gusseted bags to ensure freshness the moment you open a bag for your next cup. One pound bags are the most popular size, but you can stock up for months with our 5lb bag size at a discounted price per pound. We would, of course, recommend that you portion, seal, and store what will not be immediately used on bulk orders.

The Tail End of the Brew
All puns aside, when you pair a quality super-automatic espresso machine from J.L. Hufford with our signature Superautomatika® Blend coffee, you will experience the best performance that your equipment has to offer. That being said, individual coffee preference varies wildly, and even the best coffees in the world are not favored by every person. If Superautomatika® Blend just isn’t your cup of Joe; we encourage you to try our imported Italian brands such as Illy or Lavazza. If you own one of these machines and are still searching for its sweet spot, you owe it to yourself to try our most popular coffee creation. Bring home the freshness and decadence of J.L. Hufford signature blends with a bag or two of Superautomatika® today!

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