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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...Read more
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.Read more
“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.Read more