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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 origin trip to this fine country and this time getting to see a different area than I did in 2022. I was particularly excited for this trip because we’ve been buying from Raw Material for a while now and I’d be visiting a couple of the farms/associations that we have been buying from, Villamaria and El Fénix, and they did not disappoint.    I arrived on Monday 6th at Bogotá ai...

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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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Fermentation workshop and stories by the camp fire from Colombia


Last week I was in Colombia attending the first fermentation workshop run by Lucia Solis, a coffee processing consult...

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7 days


Last Friday (Platinum Jubilee weekend) the new owners of our faithful Petroncini arrived and together we dismantled i...

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