Situated on the coast, 12km North East of Dublin city in Ireland, Malahide is where I was born, bred and still reside. No matter where you go in the World, anybody who knows of Ireland, invariably knows of Malahide with its famous postcard worthy amenities, famous residents, and famous Community Spirit. It’s like a desert oasis, where residents might never need to leave for anything, because every type of shop, and almost every type of sports facility known to man and woman, is here
To recreate and spread a little bit of the Malahide spirit we're launching the Malahide Village collection firstly with a luxury coffee, and throughout the Summer of 2021 we'll be adding other luxurious products to the range.
Having MalahideVillage.com as the brand carrier, comes with an extraordinary sense of duty to convey and uphold the high standards for which Malahide is so well known. Mindful of this, I’ve been very careful and super diligent, in firstly determining the luxurious coffee cherries that Malahide Village and its inhabitants, can be forever proud of.
I wanted an extension to the Parent brand of Malahide Village for the coffee, and for that to depict a child of the Village, whilst also echoing the experience ‘customers would have during their engagement with the brew.
Throughout tastings, family and friends were encouraged to indulge in mouth-swirling, to savour the flavours and the standout texture of the coffee. I noted their expressions, as well as how they frequently articulated a repeatedly surprised satisfaction.
The very common reaction was a very pleasant “Oh, it's Soft" So there you have it…. Malahide Village Oh coffee was born.
Probably just like you, I’ve tasted hundreds of different coffee blends over the years, and hopefully, without becoming a cliché coffee snob, I have developed an appreciation of really great coffees, and in particular, what makes them.
You won't be surprised to hear that a great coffee balances on the two precarious pillars of Recipe and Bean. The signature texture of Oh coffees result from a cooking process which sweats luxury coffee cherries at a relatively cool temperature, as well as for, a very long time. This Lower & Slower method enables the unburnt flavour capture, postponing its eventual release for where it should be… Your own home kitchen.
Texture & Flavour
The coffee cherry for Oh Smooth is grown at an eye watering, and oxygen deprived altitude, of 5,900 feet in Guatemala. At that height, the beans have evolved to keep everything in, particularly flavour. This bean's cultivation involves the cherry husk being sliced and the mucilage (like a thick sticky syrup) being left intact, for the drying phase, which seals in the flavour before roasting. Expect notes of hazel-nutty chocolate which root the flavour of this brew.
Solid bodied in texture, and grown at a still dizzy altitude of 1450 meters, the Oh Kick has an initial kick in its dance, and then savour a few seconds to find notes of chocolate and summer citrus fruits. This cherry’s origin is the Huehuetenango region of Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes in the South-Western region of Guatemala.
Bonus ... Owing to their softness, Oh coffees mix extremely well with warmed dairy and plant-based milks. So go ahead all lovers of black or white coffees, because this little green bean gives you a big green light.