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Found 11 results

  1. I am looking for a nice natural process central american coffee but my usual stockists don't seem to have any.......any pointers would be most recommended....thanks
  2. On reflection this year (2017) so far out of all the coffees I have had tried I have noticed that the ones which have given me the best results have all been from Costa Rica. currently I have been drinking the Finca Salaca from Hasbean and all I can say is this has come up trumps for me (chocolate tea) I wondered if anyone else had noticed the Costa Rican coffees have been exceptionally good this year or is it just me . or have you favoured coffee from other countries ?
  3. Nice coffee when brewed but........... Currently struggling a little with this coffee. Last espresso shot was 20g to 45g (2.25 ratio) in 35 secs at 96°C in a VST 20g basket on the brewtus and super jolly combo, using charcoal filtered tap water (Plymouth water being pretty soft). I just can't seem to shake off the sourness. beans were roasted on 23rd by the way. I've had some really tasty results with the aeropress doing 15g coffee to 200g water for 1 minute 30 secs off boil) and i'm really liking the coffee this way, but espresso just isn't doing it for me yet. Should I just try grinding a bit finer and extracting to the same ratio which will equal a longer extraction time or should i try a different tack? My mrs tasted one of the 20g-20g shots in 35 sec shots i was going to bin and even then she didnt think there was much bitterness so im struggling to figure out what i can do. anyone out there have any advice for parameters I should give a crack? cheers
  4. I've never really known where I stand on Starbucks. They terrify me, on the one hand, because they're taking over. But they supposedly participate in Fair Trade and boast global responsibility and what not. But then again, they failed to pay taxes in the UK for about fourteen years. And then there's these absurd Starbucks conspiracy's saying their logo is Queen something. Anyway, if anyone has any input to sway me one way or another, let me know. My most recent post on the matter was the purchase of their first coffee farm in Poas, Costa Rica, seemingly a positive move. Admin: link removed due to shameless self promotion of a blog in every post!
  5. Could a thread asking for your top 3 favourite beans/blends of 2010 provide both some interesting reading and some interesting suggestions for the new year. It will also give members an idea of others tastes and preferences. Mine are:- 1 Frontside Grind Espresso Blend-----USA roaster 2 Blakes Blend----------------------Hasbean 3 Monsoon Malabar-----------------Hasbean Ian
  6. Wow, what a stunner this crop is (for me at least) I picked up a bag (roasted 04 May) at the Tea and Coffee Festival and opened it tonight The aroma is playful and just hits you lightly, but lingers, inviting you to take another sniff, and this time you get a deep gutsy bouquet that fills the senses. The next piece of magic happens when you grind it. You get a red ochre shade of coffee in the portafilter, and when tamped & lightly polished looks like red marble I ground this quite fine and used 17.5g to extract 28mls. The mottling was amazing and the espresso viscous In the mouth there were little explosions that led to a rich textured dried fruits taste (if not a little figgy) then a surprising finish, a wee bit crisp and zesty. I made a flat white for my wife straight afterwards and the milk enhanced the sweetness, but the smell is still lingering in the kitchen, so that's where I am headed. Roll on 8am, I know what I'll be extracting in the morning Buy now (not sure how much is left - so be quick) and check out the artwork too
  7. Needs no introduction to regulars on this site. Steve's approach sets a benchmark for customer service. Rapid response to E Mails (does he never sleep?) consistent quality of products and delivery as promised. Typical of Steve's approach was when my Behmor roaster broke down, he shipped out a new one before I had sent the broken one back to him.
  8. Swifty

    Bonjour

    Hi Guys/Guyettes I thought I should say Hi and introduce myself to you fine folks. I'm a North Devon based surfing espressomaniac. They say the first step of dealing with an addiction is acknowledging it, well I aknowledge it but have no intention of overcoming it. In fact judging by my joining the forum I would appear to getting in deeper. I currently have a Fracino and C3 that I am getting to grips with and couldn't be happier:) Enjoy your day and the first drop:coffee:
  9. Over the past 3 weeks we have been drinking El Portillo, the Costa Rican Cup of Excellence #19th placed coffee, expertly roasted by the team at Square Mile Coffee Roasters. The beans settled quickly once they arrived, a bit gassy at first and volatile to extract, but after 3-4 days they settled to pull consistently for the past 2 weeks, with no sign of the initial challenges. This is a crisp, clean coffee with a hint of sweetness. The tasting notes aptly sum up this coffee. Don't expect this coffee to last long, and buy it whilst you can. My wife requests this coffee in the afternoon, and it has been paired well with shortbread, chocolate digestives, walnut cake and lemon drizzle cake.
  10. Today we visited the St Ives (Cambs) farmers market and couldn't resist picking up a Lemon Drizzle Cake to have with our El Portillo (Costa Rican Cup of Excellence - #19) that arrived from Squaremile yesterday. The pairing couldn't be better, with the tasting notes on the coffee being '...golden syrup sweetness, that turns to toffee and fudge as it cools...orange like acidity without being citric...' The tastes complement each other so well that we had to have seconds of both! As this coffee will still be in the house next week I am already thinking about pairing it up with another treat from the next farmers market we visit next weekend.
  11. The only place in the southern zone of Costa Rica where you can get a premium espresso and a fresh baked croissant. More...
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