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Not so much of a blog but more an announcement. Today (Wed 16th) is the final day of roasting at our lovely roastery space at Longdown. When I started Crankhouse I always had in mind that one day there would be a roastery site with a retail component, like many of the fabulous places we used to visit when my wife and I lived in Brisbane. Click the image to see how beautiful it is Great Matridge is a converted barn on the Culver Estate near Longdown about 5 miles west of Exeter. It is a beaut...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
We've just launched a couple of new coffees, one of which is the Spring Classic Blend, a nod to the early days when Crankhouse reflected the close ties that exist between the two worlds of coffee and cycling.
Then we've got our first brew guide up and ready for all you home brewers who'd like a little guidance. Our step-by-step Aeropress guide uses the inverted method and should give you a tasty brew.
Last but not least, we welcome Lewis Tanner to the Crankhouse team.Read more