5 Exciting Coffee Experience Trends To Explore in 2024

by Bewild Produce

Innovative processes bring out nuanced flavour notes from the coffee bean. In frame: Anoxic fermentation of freshly harvested Robusta cherries at the Poomaale Estate, Coorg, Karnataka

Coffee as we know it, is still dominating the beverage industry globally with about 2 billion cups of coffee being consumed every day! As such, coffee is a culture on its own and has influenced major things in the world, like the birth of coffee houses, which popularised print media,  the invention of the webcam and so on, but what goes into making sure you’ve got the best coffee experience? Here’s a list of our top 5 coffee experience trends ranging from single-origin coffee to coffee sustainability. Bon Appetit!

1. Flavourful Coffee Mocktails

Faiz Ali teaching team Blyton Bungalow at Poomaale Estate in Coorg, cool coffee mocktail brewing.

Adding more taste to your coffee experience guide are flavoured brews!
We have come a long way from pumpkin-spiced lattes and hazelnut-flavoured coffees. In 2024, coffee lovers are turning into coffee explorers, taking the reins and creating niche flavours that resonate with their tastebuds, culture and individualities, and this is leading to a plethora of diverse coffee pairings being born. Speciality coffee, known for the way it is delicately crafted, is now widely enjoyed with a range of brewing methods that bring out the nuanced flavours of the beans.

Our tasting menu at the World Coffee Conference 2023 is a testament to the experimentations that are being well-loved and appreciated. From our cherry blossom tea and vanilla layered cascara to a warm pour-over on a bed of betel leaf, raw honey and lime juice, homogenised in a magnetic stirrer, we love to push boundaries with our coffee as our name suggests! Look forward to authentic brews with Bewild Speciality Canephora Coffee as we work on our different experiments with coffee flavours. 

Got a barista in you? Make your own flavourful coffee brews for the best coffee experiences with your tribe.

2. Single-Origin Coffee 

Ready-to-harvest robusta coffee cherries from the Poomaale Estate, Coorg.

With experimentation of flavours comes a thirst for high-quality coffee, and this desire, nurtured by the arrival of speciality coffee, has led to a huge number of coffee enthusiasts turning to homegrown coffee. More and more coffee explorers today are looking for coffee from specific countries, regions, processes, climates and coffee varieties (such as arabica, robusta, liberica, etc) to ensure diversity in flavour profiles, reliability of the sources and coffee sustainability. One such example is our Bewild Coffee, which finds its origin in Coorg at our 128-acre Poomaale Estate nestled in the majestic Western Ghats, which, delightfully, is open for visits as well through our wilderness homestay - Blyton Bungalow - to blend your taste for single-origin coffee with the best travel coffee experience.

Whether at your favourite local cafe or in mysterious rainforests, single-origin brews are a great way to experience different flavour profiles while getting a taste of the region they come from.

3. Processing Method

Koji fermented experimental nano lot from the 2023-2024 harvest of the Poomaale Estate, Coorg.

Understanding the processing method of your coffee is like unlocking the secret to your perfect cup. Different processing methods, whether washed, natural, or honey-processed, influence the coffee beans in unique ways, shaping their flavours and aromas. Washed processes often bring out a cleaner and brighter taste, while natural processes enhance the sweetness and fruity notes. Knowing the processing method allows you to tailor your coffee choice to your preferred flavour profile, ensuring that each sip is a delightful journey into the nuances of the beans. It's a small detail that makes a big difference, letting you have the best coffee experience crafted just as you like it.

Coffee processing is also the key to bringing out the most delicate flavour notes, even from coffee varieties that are conventionally deemed strong, bitter and earthy, such as robusta coffee. Find how coffee processing can be the game player in innovating novel robusta coffees from the story of Bewild Speciality Coffee.

4. Coffee Tasting (or Cupping)

Blyton Bungalow guests getting ready for a coffee tasting session of 

Bewild Speciality Canephora Coffee from the Poomaale Estate, Coorg

Ever fancied wine tasting in the picturesque countryside of France? Our beloved coffee bean is not far behind the fine wine when it comes to connecting connoisseurs with the art of tasting and savouring the diverse flavours of uniquely crafted coffee, from unique locations. Coffee tasting is a wholesome experience - from examining the aesthetics of fresh coffee grounds, taking in their aromas, brewing them the right way, and exploring how a world of complex flavour notes can be deciphered from just a small (but perfectly brewed) cup.

Today, there’s a rising wave of coffee cupping sessions hosted by local and regional boutique cafes as well as international coffee houses, which makes it one of the best coffee experience trends to look out for in 2024. Has your favourite coffee house been hosting regular coffee-tasting sessions? This is your cue to make some plans with your fellow coffee-loving friends!

5. Coffee Sustainability

Pruning & shade-lopping - a regular maintenance activity in coffee clocks for healthy growth. Shot at the Poomaale Estate, Coorg.

Environmental consciousness is rapidly on the rise. More and more consumers are taking steps to implement sustainable practices in their lives, and these decisions inevitably also trickle down to the coffee they are consuming and the sustainable stance of the brands they are endorsing. This has led to a consumer shift to more homegrown, single-origin estates that majorly have more ethical and sustainable approaches from coffee growing to processing, also extending to eco-friendly packaging and innovative waste management. While organically grown coffee is already a preferred choice for eco-conscious coffee drinkers, many speciality coffees are being produced through regenerative agriculture methods, which goes beyond organic coffee cultivation and includes the whole coffee estate ecosystem - from the soil to soul.

At Bewild, we started by growing coffee sustainably by reimagining our coffee plantation as a layer of the tropical forest ecosystem of Coorg. Our Poomaale Estate’s Canephora Coffee is not grown in isolation but rather in harmony in a 128-acre forest-friendly setting, where abundant wildlife and a nature-loving community live harmoniously, innovating fine coffees year after year.

Whether it is the delectable flavours, the innovative processes or the sustainability ethos of coffee estates, coffee is always a part of great stories. 

Wondering which of these coffee experience trends you can try at home with your loved ones? Why not start with a clean pack of single-origin Bewild Speciality Canephora Coffee, perfect for exploring flavourful brews!