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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...Read more
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.Read more