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What's in a name

24.05.20

  A few years back at Coffee Festival I was waiting for the water to be poured on a bunch of Natural Ethiopians on an importers cupping table. I got chatting with one of their traders and I asked about the quality of the coffees that harvest and mentioned that I’d already had one of the coffees on my list from another importer a couple of months before. He looked at me and exclaimed “that’s not the same coffee”. Ethiopia is a little tricky because of traceability issues but the two coffees h...

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Operational changes during COVID-19

29.03.20

We, like everyone else have had to make some changes to the normal day-to-day of operating our small roasting busines...

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Evolution

16.02.20

The name came first. Borne out of a my two passions in life, Cycling and Coffee. The look and feel came next. A des...

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Go through it.. not around it

21.11.19

I wrote this late last night.. I didn’t get a chance to post it but better late.. Tonight I roasted some coffee (shhh...

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We're moving

16.10.19

Not so much of a blog but more an announcement. Today (Wed 16th) is the final day of roasting at our lovely roastery ...

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Competition and growth

22.09.19

A few weeks ago I competed in my first coffee competition, the UK Roasting Championships. It was taxing and stressful and fun and exhausting, I met some fabulous coffee professionals and we shared the experience and a few beers along the way. I didn't win. I didn't expect to. I did come 5th out of the 14 competitors and on reflection that's pretty good. This rather lengthy blog post is a detailed report on the weekend and how the points were easily lost. I'd like to think I'm a better roaster now than I was before the competition.

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Coffee, bikes and dreams

28.07.19

Crankhouse was started with a desire to connect my two passions, cycling and coffee, perhaps with a goal one day of o...

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From budget to boutique, a grind uniformity love story.

25.05.19

“what was he expecting ?  an EK for £100 !".

Budget home grinders vs high end cafe stalwarts. With the help of a Kruve, VST refractometer and a competent barista we ran an experiment too see which came out on top and if customer complaint was truly justified.

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Potato…Patahto

21.05.19

Excuse me, there's potato in my coffee?!

 

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