Product Details

Espresso Vertical Break

Cup profile and tasting notes

Very rich tasting espresso - toffee, chocolate and berry fruit acidity - great straight and wonderful with milk where the toffee and chocolate notes shine through.

Coffee El Salvador El Manzano / Ethiopian Limu / India Sethuraman Estate
Percentage 25% / 35% / 40%
Variety Bourbon / Heirloom / SL9


Average rating

from 12 reviews
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We are still drinking Vertical Break, and it is still by far our favourite coffee! I can recommend it to anyone! Wouldn't change it at all.
Tony J
tried and tested in my new Sage twin boiler, great rich and tasty espresso and goes perfect with micro foamed milk. Such a better taste than when I used to have my Jura..... its a superb espresso blend
A very memorable coffee. Chocolate, toffee, nutty notes makes this coffee pure goodness.

We have always bought and loved Gone For Lunch, and I thought this time I would try another type and bought Vertical Break. Wow! we were so impressed with this (we make lattes with it) that I think we will be ordering just this in future. Probably worth 6 out of 5 stars!!!

Ann barrack

Totally gorgeous coffee!!!

Andrew Williams
Chocolate with a fruity finish leaving a lingering aftertaste, great with milk too. Service second to none also.
Russ Evans
You definitely get the fruitiness in this blend. It complements the dark chocolate well and there is bright finish. Fine in milk too.
Russ Evans
Another pleasing espresso. I good mix of fruit sweetness and dark chocolate. Good in milk. Not the best but certainly enjoyable.
Vertial Break is really quite exceptionally delicious
Michael Mazour
I would like to update my earlier review, which originated as a tweet and somewhat lacks detail. I am pulling this as a short shot, about 19-21s to get perhaps ~3/4 oz (from 18-18.5g) of sweet, rich, velvety crema with almost no liquid beneath it. It is so utterly marvelous as this sort of ristretto that I haven't been able to break away from it to try making more conventional shots. One day no doubt I will. In the meantime, for my own tastes this is simply a five-star espresso, and likely to be my 'house blend' whenever I'm not indulging my hobby of trying as many different coffees as I can.
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Our Delivery Policy

Where do we deliver?

We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:

UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

How long will it take?

We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.

All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.

Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day

UK Mail Next Day  - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.

If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.

How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.

Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.

Do we meet our delivery deadlines?

We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.

Why don't we offer free postage?

Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.

Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders

We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.

Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed.  During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them.  You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email.  If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.

Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations

You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.

Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must  have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.

Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.

If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.

We cannot cancel your purchase when:

The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.

To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:

In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.

If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.

Additional Information

We designed the blend and Rew Arrows named it.

If you are lucky enough to visit the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton and get into the crew room and throughout the site you will be drinking this blend.

Taste wise - all we can say is that this blend flies in the face of adversity using a very tight formation:

40% - El Salvador - El Manzano -:  this coffee punches out toffee and chocolate, and a fat mouthfeel.
35% - India - Sethuraman Estate -: SL9 Pulp Natural – gives the blend a huge body along with nuts and dark chocolate.
25 % - Ethiopian - Limu - washed -: provides the acidity and berry fruit.

We have been told by many of our G-force pulling customers that it hits the spot.

What more is there to say....

Brewing Notes

Coffee Dose Weight    20.0 g
Brew Temperture 94c
Shot Time 28
Extraction Yield    18.6 %
TDS    10.3 %
Shot Weight    37.0 g
Liquid Retained Ratio    1.16 g/g