Bath-based coffee company Colonna has collaborated with renowned bar owner Tristan Stephenson to create the Bartender Series, a range of espresso capsules designed specifically for use in cocktails.
Colonna has taken flavour profiles from the world’s best boutique producers and roasted and prepared the coffee using capsule technology.
Three different capsule coffees, each tailored to different spirits, have been developed: Earth, Sweet and Fruit.
Colonna Earth is sourced from Indonesia, where the coffee is famous for its deep, earthy characteristics. It is “herbal and sweet with mild spice”, and according to Tristan, pairs well with agave-based spirits such as tequila or mezcal.
Colonna Sweet, on the other hand, is sourced from Piripitinga, a small farm in southern Brazil. The coffee, which couples with rum, has been specially selected for its “bright, sweet and rich body” and notes of caramel, pecan and chocolate.
Rounding off the trio is Fruit, an Ethiopian coffee known for its “bold fruit flavours and strong aromatics”. Colonna and Tristan recommend pairing it with vodka.
To showcase the different flavours and recommended spirit pairings for each coffee, Tristan has created three cocktails: Ember, Tradewind Highball and Vodka Martini (recipes below).
Tristan said: “The Bartender Series by Colonna is a landmark collaboration between barista and mixologist, enabling better tasting and more consistent coffee based mixed drinks.
“Maxwell and I have spent months exploring the potential in flavour pairing specific coffees with different styles of spirits, with the goal of elevating the role of coffee in cocktails well beyond the generic and in to the fantastic.
“We think that this approach to implementing coffee in a cocktail bar environment has the potential to revolutionise the manufacture of drinks like the espresso martini as well as myriad other coffee based drinks.”
1 prepared capsule of Colonna Earth
25ml Italian sweet vermouth
5ml Dark agave nectar
Stir the ingredients in a mixing beaker with plenty of ice, strain in to a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a bay leaf.
Tradewind Highball (Sweet)
40ml Blended aged rum
1 prepared capsule of Colonna Sweet
120ml Coconut water
5ml Demerara syrup
Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with plenty of ice. Give a brief stir and garnish with a pineapple leaf.
1 prepared capsule of Colonna Fruit
10ml 2:1 sugar syrup.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with plenty of ice for 5 to 10 seconds. Strain in to a chilled rocks glass.