RYO Coffee was South Africa's first dedicated Micro-lot distributor of raw coffee beans and has since branched out to include a range of fresh, pre-roasted coffee, along with a variety of the tools required to make your ultimate home, or office, coffee.
RYO Coffee works with global coffee traders who understand the importance of fair and ethical trade and who appreciate the journey of the bean from its origin, to your cup.
We love single origin coffees, so our standard range includes Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Nicaragua. Our signature RYO Blend has 3 single origins, roasted perfectly and individually, then blended together, We never compromise our product by including Robusta beans in order to bring the price down. We only use quality Arabica beans.
Our aim is to provide customers with a coffee experience. A coffee love affair. It's up to each consumer to figure out what they like best. Which origin, roasted in which way (if home roasting is for you), and brewed with which home brew tool.
Customers can buy our raw beans in brown Kraft bags and roast and blend their own coffee, or they can buy our roasted beans, packed in classy white heat sealed, quality food grade, foil lined bags, with a one-way release valve, and our signature ZIP LOCK, to guarantee maximum freshness once its been opened.
Our coffees are available at Spar stores in the Western cape, most popular online retail outlets, or directly from our website.
All coffee equipment sold by RYO Coffee is only available through the various online sales channels.
For hospitality rates, please contact us directly.
RYO Coffee. Coffee sold by coffee lovers, for coffee lovers.
ARABICA VS ROBUSTA
There are many coffee bean varieties, however only 2 are used to produce coffee. Arabica beans and Robusta beans. The two varieties differ in taste, growing conditions and price. Arabica beans tend to have a sweeter, softer taste, with tones of sugar, fruit, and berries, and their acidity is higher.
Robusta beans generally have a strong, harsh taste, with a grain-like overtone and peanut aftertaste. They contain twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans, and are considered to be of inferior quality. Some Robusta’s, are of high quality and value especially in espressos for their deep flavour. Robusta beans are easier to grow, they can grow at lower altitudes than Arabica’s, and are less vulnerable to pests and weather conditions. They produce fruit more quickly than the Arabica’s, which need several years to come to maturity, and yield more crop per tree.
Most supermarket, instant and cheap ground coffees are extremely high in Robusta.
Ultimately it's a question of personal taste. Some all-Arabica blends are too high and floral for some people; some of the rich, dark harshness of Robusta can be a good thing in a blend.
RYO Coffee only offers 100% Arabica coffee beans.