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It’s been a very frantic summer, since the WBC’s so much so that I only realised last week this blog has not been updated for a long time. Now we’ve caught up on paper work, got a new barista, there’s going to be more time to do some blogging.

So we have a new menu. Our initial idea was to have a seasonal menu and change it every three months, though this is what we did this time around, we’ve decided for the future we’re going to change one or two items on the menu at a time. With this menu we’ve also welcomed on board two new coffee suppliers Has Bean and Origin Roasters.

So here is a little more information about our new coffee’s and where they come from

Brazil- Capim Branc- Yellow Catuie Varietal – Natural Process – Origin

Fazenda Capim Branco has been in the Andrade family since 1901. It is located in the high, green Cerrado Mineiro in
the north of Minas Gerais state, on the border with Bahia State.
The soils at Fazenda Capim Branco are volcanic and much of the farm is planted with the Yellow Catuaí varietal, which
thrives in this environment.
Tasting Notes: Almonds, Peanuts turning into a sweet sugar syrup.

El Salvador – Finca La Fany – Bourbon – Fully Washed – Has Bean

Finca La Fany has been producing coffee in El Salvador since 1870, and has belonged to the same family from generation to generation. Situated on the Santa Ana Volcano, the farm provides work for 24 families in the community in a biological corridor that stretches for 27 hectares from Mexico to Panama.

Tasting Notes: Sweet, Caramel, Creamy mouthfeel

Kenya – Tegu AA Kirimukuyu – SL-28 and SL- 34 Varietals- Fully Washed – Square Mile

This selection comes from the Tegu Mill – which processes coffee from around 900 farmers in the surrounding area.

Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant and ripe cherry, strawberrry jam and a little tangerine

Nicaragua – Finca Los Altos – Caturai Varietal- Fully Washed – Origin

Family farm run by Erwin Mierisch Buitrago, lots from this particular farm have been in the Cup of Excellence winners, most recently this year. Origin have the UK exclusive on this year on the coffee.

Tasting Notes: Hazelnuts, Caramel with sweet dried fruit finish

Panama – Duncan Organic Kotowa Farm- Bourbon, Typica, Caturai- Fully Washed – Union

The name originates from Alexander Duncan MacIntyre, the pioneering member of the Duncan family who went to Panama from Canada in 1913. His curiosity took him to the mountainous volcanic Boquete region where he fell in love with the area, the people, and the magic of the valley. Now in the fourth generation, Alexander’s family has cultivated and processed in the same traditional way and produces a truly special coffee called Duncan’s. The coffee is aged for three months in special wooden silos.

Tasting Notes: Jasmine, sweet red apple and apricot

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So it’s four weeks today since we’ve opened our doors. With so many brewing methods to choose from it’s taken a bit of time to master our brewing methods. We’ve also have realised that a lot more people than we though use an Aeropress at home. So here are our brewing methods for all our coffee’s and we hope that you can get the same results we get in the shop at home.

Tapped and Packed Aeropress Methods:

We generally brew our press’ at 85 degrees Celsius and with 200 ml of water as well as those two factors we also use the inverted method. Our grind setting is between a espresso and paper filter grind and our press is about 25 seconds  so here are our methods are:

Brazil: 16g of coffee, 40 seconds brewing time

Columbia: 20g of coffee, 36 seconds brewing time

Ethiopia (Union):17g of coffee, 35 seconds brewing time

Ethiopia (Square Mile: 15g coffee, 35 seconds brewing time

Rwanda: 20g of coffee, 37 seconds brewing time

Please keep in mind that we submerge our grounds in a 100 ml of water start out timer and stir the grounds before topping up the water.

Hope this tips will help you get some tasty brews at home or if you know how to make our coffees tastier let us know.

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In addition to our espresso menu, we will be serving a variety of brewed single origin coffees to have in.  Our coffees are supplied to us by our favourite London based artisan roasteries and are constantly changing as new crops come into the country.

Our first selections are:

House Espresso- Climpson and Sons Winter Blend.
El Salvodore, Santa Adelaida Organic Co – Operative,Bourbon Fully Washed

El Salvador, Piedra Grande, Fully Washed Bourbon,

India Monsooned Malabar, Bibi Plantation, Karnataka State, Red Catucai Wet Dry,

Sumatra Kalossi

Single Origin Espresso – Climpson and Sons, Square Mile and Union changing daily, so you’re going to have to ask our baristas what’s on offer.

Specialty Coffee’s

Columbia – Tolima – La Linda – Caturra Fully Washed – Square Mile Roasters

Brazil – Minas Gerais -Lambari Farm- Catuai Pulped Natural – Union Hand Roasted

Ethiopia – Yirgacheffe – Konga Co- Operative – Mixed Heirloom Varietals Fully Washed – Union Hand Roasted

Ethiopia – Yirgacheffe – Mixed Heirloom Varietals Fully Washed – Square Mile Roasters

Rwanda – Maraba – Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Co-Operative- Bourbon Fully Washed- Union Hand Roasted

With these above coffees you’ll be also able to choose a brewing method; filter, cafetiere, siphon or aeropress

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