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The year in numbers - 2 0 1 8

29.12.18

1735 roasts 8675 Kg green 7547 Kg roasted 55 different coffees 5 blends 50 single origins 14 naturals 31 washed 6 honeys Here are the coffees that have been on the Crankhouse list this year, in alphabetical order (rather than chronological or any other): Brazil RECANTO BRAZIL Sitio Arabela BRAZIL Sitio Serra Negra Brazil Vale De Lua Burundi SHEMBATI Lot 11 (LSOL Exclusive) Burundi SHEMBATI Lot 20 CH8.5 Blend CH9 Blend CH9.5 Blend Colombia  Planadas Colombia Burila Colombia El Tambo Ca...

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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 ...

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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