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I wrote this late last night.. I didn’t get a chance to post it but better late.. Tonight I roasted some coffee (shhh don’t tell you know who). It's been 5 weeks to the day that I roasted the last batch on the Petroncini before dismantling it for the move. The first batch was a throwaway test to see how the new setup behaved. The Afterburner (AB) sat comfortably at 420C+ rising to 445’ish towards the end. Difficult to see any visible smoke from the stack (since it was dark outside) but downw...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