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Costa Ri-ca-ca


I’ve just returned from visiting producers and cooperatives in Costa Rica with our import partner DR Wakefield Coffee. Those of you that have been hanging around Crankhouse a while will possibly remember that I visited this country back in 2018 and was blown away by the beauty of the farms and mills visited back then. That meant that this time around I had expectations for the trip, and we all know that invariably reality doesn’t quite match expectation. Wrong ! This was a fabulous trip showi...

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2023 wrap up


By way of tradition, here's the last post of 2023 with a review of our year, highs and lows and what's to come. New ...

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Jack's Colombia trip with Raw Material 2023


Colombia, a stunning country that produces stunning coffee. Thanks to Dave and Raw Material I headed out on my second...

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Once upon a time I wrote a post about a dream


That dream became reality back in 2019 when Crankhouse secured a 6 year lease for the basement level of an old indust...

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Why I didn't win the UK Roasting championships (or how many excuses can I come up with)


Recently I competed in the SCA roasting championships. It's the first time since 2019 that the SCA have run the event...

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Public cuppings and home barista classes


Public Cuppings We hold monthly public cuppings in our dedicated training and education space. This is an informal t...

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2022 wrap up


In this last post of 2022 we thought we'd give a little review of our year in and out of coffee: our favourite momen...

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Colombian coffee I get.. arepas not so much


Last week I was in Colombia with a special group of coffee friends being hosted by Raw Material. We've been buying fr...

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Caffe Culture 2022 debrief


Just over a week ago we took a stand at the 2 day industry event Caffe Culture held at the Business Design Centre in...

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