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A decade of learning


If you read the last newsletter you'll know that I've just been away on a course called 'Plant to Port' in Colombia, organised and hosted by our import partner Raw Material. The pic below was taken on the first day walking around Raw Material's own development farm and community wet-mill El Fenix, where the group spent the first three days. There is no filter applied. The cherries were really this vibrant red. Over the 10 years since starting Crankhouse I've taken part in a number of courses...

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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...

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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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