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Have a Panama Christmas

03.12.18

New Coffee Alert (aka Papa Noel): Our first Panama coffee has just been added to the store, Finca Bernardina located near Santa Clara , Renacimiento in the Chiriquí region close to the border with Costa Rica. This is a honey processed Catuai from Felix Aguilar who is the 3rd in his generation to produce coffee, the first being his grandmother 'Bernardina'. In the cup this reminds me of a good washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe: clean, sweet and delicate with ripe stone fruit flavours and florals, pe...

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New coffees and an Exeter exclusive

13.11.18

New Coffees A few new coffees have arrived in the last few weeks and some are already up on the web store so and I th...

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Coffee Roasters Guild Camp 2018 aka "Kiki Bouba"

17.10.18 I've just returned from three intensive and fun days at the Speciality Coffee Associations Roasters Guild Camp in Evora Portugal covering topics such as: Beyond Direct Trade, Roasting for brew method, Roasting for Sweetness, Coffee Fermentation, Can you taste the roasting system ? Multisensory Perception Flavour in Specialty Coffee and a pool party. Read more

Delays and the final countdown for the roasting competition

01.09.18

Next week Crankhouse will be on vacation. Not a coffee farm trip or a short weekend break but a proper holiday, on my bike for a week in the Picos De Europa with my wife.

Before I go I need to roast the final batch to submit to a roasting competition. The coffee is a macerated natural Catuai from Honduras and I'm up against 21 of some of Europe's best roasters. We all have the same coffee and the judges will blind cup all 22 samples against each other on the 14th September. Here's a breakdown of the 9 trial batches I roasted and the incredible help I've had identifying the 'best' from some top coffee professionals.

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Roasting competition update - the geeky stuff

19.08.18

It's now 4 days since my delivery of this Honduran competition coffee was delivered and I roasted the first three ba...

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Risky business

10.08.18

Recently I've taken a few risks. Not in a safety 'if you do this the building might burn down' or 'if you do that all...

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We're in the Muddy finals

14.05.18

A huge thanks to all of you that voted for Crankhouse recently in the Devon Muddy Stilettos 'Best Local Food/Drink Producer' category.

Due to your efforts we’re in the finals along with 4 other Devon businesses in this category.

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London Coffee Festival 2018 highlights

22.04.18 London Coffee Festival 2018 is done and dusted and what an amazing 4 days of caffeine fuelled fun and conversations. Plenty of highlights over the festival and this year the top moments included some fabulous feedback on the coffees we were serving by some of the speciality coffee industry big-guns. The biggest highlight for me was having seven skilled and passionate baristas come and stand behind the Crankhouse counter and then thank me for the opportunity to represent the Crankhouse brand. Read more

Costa Rica field trip - part 2

20.03.18 Costa Rica field trip part 2. Cupping at the Cafe Imports San Jose office, a beautiful unplanned visit to Oscar Medez's Finca Genesis and finally to La Perla De Cafe micro-mill owned by Carlos Barrantes. Two more quotable quotes. Oscar Mendez: "I have a lot of respect for cuppers and roasters, as they know that what they are tasting is a beautiful symphony - a culmination of the world's natural beauty, and the hard work of many different hands", and Carlos Barrantes: If you work hard, you can achieve anything. Read more