asks London-based Meantime Brewery - the creator
of a coffee porter-style ale.
Made with dark malts and Fairtrade coffee beans, it makes an ideal digestif, a spokesman says. "Coffee bitterness is balanced by a vanilla sweetness to create a lingering espresso cum mocha experience that fills the mouth in a way that coffee alone rarely manages," he says.
The initial version of the beer - which uses Fairtrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda's Ab ahuzamugambi Bakawa co-operative - was the first UK-brewed beer to carry the Fairtrade logo. But a recent reformulation of the malt and roast coffee flavours means Meantime can no longer get enough coffee in each bottle to qualify for Fairtrade status.
Meantime's chocolate-flavoured ale also rounds off dinner , according to the brewery. "Chocolate and beer, are we mad? We'd rather say passionate. This is a beer for your more self-indulgent moments. Great for long evenings, it is best served chilled with your feet up, watching the sun go down," a spokesman says.
Meantime Brewery 020 8293 1111