At Van Houtte®, we have roasted the finest beans for close to a century. It’s safe to say we know a thing or two about coffee.
For the best coffee, you must use the finest beans.
At Van Houtte®, we have sourced the finest Arabica beans from the same producers for decades - some haven’t changed since the time of Albert-Louis Van Houtte. It’s this long history that enables us to deliver high quality coffees.
Our Master Roaster tastes each batch of beans to ensure they meet our quality standards.
Upon arriving in Canada, the beans are subjected to a series of tests to assess their quality. And then they’re tested again. Only the best beans are roasted and end up in your cup.
Roasting gets the most
out of each bean.
Roasting is the most delicate part in crafting a delicious coffee.
During roasting, the beans change color, lose weight, and gain volume. The heat also helps bring out flavours and aromas. The darker the roast, the more sugars and proteins caramelize, resulting in more bitterness and less acidity.
We roast our coffee with traditional European small batch roasters even though it’s more time-consuming than the industrial method. However, the result is a much more flavourful coffee.
Albert-Louis Van Houtte’s expertise is still central to our process, and put to use through advanced equipment that offer absolute control of roasting temperature, cooling time, and humidity for each batch.
Whether light, medium or dark, our beans can be roasted to the exact flavour we have in mind. A lighter bean will release a more pronounced acidity, while a darker bean offers a strong and bitter taste.
Our most famous blend dates
back nearly a century.
Blends combine beans of different origins and flavours to create a unique taste for each recipe.
At Van Houtte®, we create our blends after roasting, allowing full control of the flavour. This innovation, developed by Albert-Louis Van Houtte, also allows us to blend several types of roasts in one product. The Original House Blend, marketed for the first time in 1919, consists of three quarters of light beans and one quarter of dark ones.
All this work gives each coffee a unique
flavour and character of its own.
Depending on origin, roast, and blend, our coffees can be anything from acidic to spicy, smooth to bold, or bitter to sweet.
To help you find the coffee that best suits your taste, we have classified our coffees by twenty notes. Find them in our coffee selector.
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