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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 thought I'd give you a little breakdown on their specifics. First up is one of the coffees I first tasted back in March on the sourcing trip to Costa Rica from the Las Lajas mill, owned and operated by Francisca and Oscar Chacon. They're known for the quality of their honey and natural processed coffees and are attributed with being the first producer of naturals in Central Ameri...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
Part 1 of our trip report to Costa Rica covers visits to the La Pira De Dota, El Pilon and La Chumeca in the Tarrazu region, then onto Cerro San Luis and Las Lajas in the West Valley region. Stunning farms and micro-mills.
QOTD: "If it smells good, it's going to taste good" Francisca CachonRead more