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  1. I'm wondering, has been anyone got a good shot following the recommended recipe for this blend? Brew Recipe Recommendation Dose: 18.8g Yield: 32g Time: 31-34 seconds https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/black-blend I find it very very strong. I don't find it drinkable without milk or water. Ratio is 1:1.7 I don't know if it's me or what. Anyone like it this way? Also, who is designing these recipes? Steve? 18.8 dose? Not 19 or 18.5? 18.8! really?? The Red Blend also have weird numbers: Brew Recipe Recommendation Dose: 19g Yield: 37.4g Time: 33 seconds 37.4 ?? Come on...
  2. I've bitten the bullet and decided to roast my own beans. We use Kenya AA or Peaberry for cafetiere and Malabar for espresso. My disappointment has been growing recently with the varying quality of bought roasted whole beans. I've currently got a kilo bag of roasted Malabar beans from a well known high street chain and the quality is noticeably different from the last purchase. I keep the beans in the freezer and only grind what I need for a day or so. The beans give a good crema but depth of flavour is lacking hence the decision to roast my own. I was given a freebie kilo of beans along with my purchase of a Gene roaster and also bought some Honduras beans. I know raw beans have a long shelf life but I would welcome some advice. Is it necessary to know how old the raw beans in order to be in a position to know how long I can store them? Also, being pointed to pukka suppliers would also be welcome.
  3. Hi all, After my Ascaso Dream packed up yet again, and after much deliberation I have just bought a Silvia from Has Bean. After emailing Steve to check stock etc I ordered it about 11.00am yesterday and 10.00am this morning it arrived! Unbelivably good service! Got it all set up and can't belive how strong it feels, the portafilter alone is heavy enough! Spent the afternoon playing with my new toy, shots are getting there, need more practice/coffee The only thing I did notice when pulling a shot was a slight water leak from the grouphead, maybe not tightening enough or too much coffee in the basket? Any tips from Silvia owners about using/living with one of these would be most welcome as I think I have taken a big step (forward hopefully!) Just tried the steam wand-- you could do some serious damage with that! Regards Mike
  4. Well, after sticking my interactive CV online, and sending out a couple of emails. I know have what seems to be rather hopeful news. I have a meeting at Fernandez and Welles in Soho at 3pm on Monday regarding a supervisor position. So please, I need all the luck I can get!
  5. Hey all I'm really knocked out by Has Bean. The Ethiopian Guji natural was awesome and the Brazil Perfetio is just as nice in my opinion. Just wondered if you've tried the Brz Perfetio what you cab taste? I can taste soothing weetabix with hot milk, ovaltine and a little Jameson whiskey in there. Very malty indeed. Honestly I'm not taking the P. That's what I can taste!! Here's one I made earlier. Anyone else???? Stuart
  6. Hi guys, A quick question about free on loan coffee equipment here in the UK. I'm Australian and have come from an establishment in Melbourne where we got through 60-70kg+ of coffee a week, and our wholesaler supplied my employers with everything: Barista training, tamp, grinder, cups, custom painted La Marzocca FB/80 (everything!) Now I'm doing my own thing, targeting a small space in Hackney, London and I'm trying to establish which boutique suppliers might offer a free on loan machine/grinder and how many kg's I might need to get through to interest them. If not, whether anyone has had experience with rent to buy, loaning machines or something similar? I'm still a little while off starting this project and don't want to waste time of suppliers I might deal with in the future, so I though I'd try and ask here first! I've loved what I've tried from Monmouth, Has Bean and Volcano coffee in various places if anyone has experience with any of these guys. Cheers
  7. For years I've been happy with ready-ground Illy red in a moka pot. Now I'm exploring other things and have a new Rhino grinder, a Handpresso, some scales and a Has Bean espresso starter pack. Just made a cup of Jailbreak and it is effing revolting, with or without milk. Horrible sour taste and a smell of something like cellulose. I am seriously cheesed off. I bet I will hate all 5 beans in the starter pack. What a waste of time and money. Even McDonalds coffee is far nicer.
  8. dfk41

    HasBean challenge

    Dear HasBean, over the years, I have bought your beans many times, but over the last few years, rarely. Not because there is anything wrong with your product, but because my equipment and taste has changed, and I am now firmly in the dark roasted camp. Can I challenge your roaster, to try and come up with something for us dark boys? Some roasters have had a go and all they have done is take a selected bean a couple of stages further, and ruined it....so, the skill sets you put into your roasting style, expand it and include us dark boys!
  9. http://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/mugs-and-cups/products/has-bean-red-demitasse-and-saucer I have 3 of these to shift. They would be >£17 delivered from Has Bean. Im looking for 13.50 delivered.... Anyone going to the grind off can have them for 12 quid. cheers!
  10. Pro musician and coffee addict here! I've been a customer of Hasbean since they started but my love of coffee began in 1970, my then girlfriend was from East Africa and her relatives would send beans over to us, yummy. I'm looking to get new machine and am looking for either another Sylvia or something similar....
  11. I think there are several IMM subscribers on the boards, so I thought it'd be good to have a thread to discuss the current beans separate from the 'What's in your cup this morning?" thread - compare tastes and brewing methods etc. This weeks - Bolivia Copacabana 2012 How's anyone getting on with this? I was looking forward to it as the tasting notes sounded right up my street, but I'm struggling to get any peaches, mangoes etc. I've tried it in a chemex and V60 and though by no means bad tasting, it just seems a bit flat and dull. I'll try it in an aeropress next.
  12. Apologies if this has been posted but I searched and couldn't see it: Sprudge have reported that Ozone and Has Bean are combining ownership.
  13. The coffee gods were looking down on me today, all my deliveries came earlier than expected and all within half an hour of each other! Thanks to @DaveP for the packaging the Mignon so well and sending so promptly and thanks to @Juba for sending his left over acrylic pipe to make a single dose hopper - You've got to love this forum! Now how long will the four bags of HasBean last...
  14. That's right! For my first coffee in charge of LSOL I've managed to get my hands on a rather special and exclusive coffee from Has Bean! Guest slot sign up is below but there is now a 500g-per-month subscription option available priced at £40 per quarter on top of the original 1kg-per-month now priced at £70 a quarter. Sign up here!!! There is no limit on the number of guest slots yet but one may be imposed depending on how many new subscribers we get. 500g of this exclusive and super exciting coffee is £14.50 delivered! 1. @foundrycoffeeroasters.com 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  15. There is a lot of excess stock which was destined for a cafe , however building work has delayed opening and as such there are bags of rested coffee which need a home ..... All roasted on 16th or 17th Jan (so perfect for espresso and still tasting darn sweet for filter ) 2 x 1Kilo Brazil Cachoeira PN £18 each posted SOLD PENDING PAYMENT 2 x 250g Brazil Cachoeira PN £5 each posted SOLD PENDING PAYMENT 1 x 250g Brazil Cachoeira PN Decaf £5 posted SOLD PENDING PAYMENT 2 x 250g Ethiopia Chelelektu Natural £6 each posted SOLD PENDING PAYMENT 2 x 250g Sulawesi Tana Washed Typica A £5 each posted SOLD PENDING PAYMENT no offers. Updated : all gone , just waiting on 1 address PM
  16. So I appreciate that currently my setup sucks BUT... First beans I bought from HB were costa rican SO's and they tasted amazing. Based on reviews on HB's coffee I ordered... Breakfast Bomb, Philter (not opened yet) and 1973 Mk4. And no matter how I brew or espresso these beans they just taste...rancid. Like dishwater. They smell bad too. I'm guessing my equipment is not good enough ( I made a new thread on this but no one answered) so shall I just throw them away and go back to Single Origin?
  17. Christiangaz777

    Hi guys

    I want to buy an espresso starter pack from Has Bean. It usually takes me 2 months or so to get through the pack. How long would you recommend usage of each pack. Regards
  18. My 4 x 250g bags of Colombia El Meridiano Rioblanco Colombian SC Decaffeinated from Has Bean is nearly rested and I'm looking for something a little darker roasted for a taste comparison so would appreciate any supplier/bean recommendations that anyone can give. Before anyone challenges my question, yes decaffeinated is really what we want!
  19. Just had to write a little note to the forum to praise the excellent customer service at Has Bean and in particular Chris who has been brilliant in sorting my issue. Essentially my IMM La Toma never turned up, which it seems was a Royal Fail issue and has been lost/stolen along the way. I wonder if plain packaging would prevent so many getting lost on route? Anyway, I was going to order some bits from HB so Chris agreed to throw in a replacement bag for free. We got into quite a lengthy email off about brew methods and advising me against buying a certain bit of kit and I ended up ordering the Scott Rao book on brewing. I have been wanting this but thought I may as well take the plunge. He also threw in some V60 filters for free, even though they don't actually stock them. All in all, despite it not being their fault they provided above and beyond service including free replacements plus, and far from the usual painful customer service process it was actually enjoyable to discuss coffee with a clear enthusiast and exchange tips. It make such a difference when people are passionate about what they do and gives me confidence to use again and again. I would confidently recommend anyone to use Has Bean (not that I wouldn't before)!
  20. Hi everyone, I went onto the Espresso Warehouse website and had one of their catalogues delivered. They've got some really good stuff and I have my list ready to order a tamper, Espro jug and other stuff - I have now been told by them that they are a "business to business" company and so I cannot order from them. Does anyone know of any websites which well the majority of their products?
  21. Lovely bright sunny day up here in the North-East, and I'm starting off with an espresso from Hasbean's 2010 Premium Blend. I roasted these on Thursday, going a little bit darker than I normally would, and it seems to have suited the blend well. A subtle sweetness to the aftertaste. What's everyone else drinking?
  22. Godders

    Has bean

    I’m a satisfied coffeebeanshop customer but feeling adventurous thought I’d give hasbean a whirl. Along with some jailbreak (which I’ve yet to crack open) I ordered a bag of Guatemala El Bosque Amatitlan washed red boubon (the tasting notes looked like it would be up my street). Using my usual aeropress method I made a cup this morning and it was a bit unsatisfying. It was “nice” with some interesting flavours and fairly well balanced but it didn’t have any real punch, it was almost like I wasn’t drinking coffee if you get what I mean (and I’m not a fan of super strong, dark roasted coffee btw). Is this just an effect of the light roasting HB are known for? Is there anything the coffeeforums hive mind would recommend to get the best out of this bean? I’m all for experimenting but if I can focus this a bit more it will hopefully mean I waste less. For aeropress I usually dose around 15g and grind pretty much in the middle between espresso and drip (using a porlex) and minor tweaks aside this has produced consistently good results with other beans I’ve tried.
  23. Hi there, Have been experimenting a bit with my bean choices lately and have just got my hands on some of the Kicker 2014 Mk II from Has bean Now I know it's not going to be to everyone's taste and has a reputation for being 'difficult' but I've found it rather special -I obviously like bright lively espresso. Just thought I'd post my brew parameters in case its of any help to anyone else out there: I'm using Miss Silvia pimped with an Auber PID and an MC2 grinder. Boiler surface temp 105 C Doseage: 18g ground Extraction time 24-25 secs Yield : 37g The one thing I noticed was that I had to grind much coarser than my standard go-to set-up (Artisan Roast Janzsoon) -about 10 half-turns on the MC2, but the results are pretty nice, really zingy, I can still feel the effervescence on my lips ! I'm sure others will have refined this further to get more of the subtlety out but it might be a useful starting point. -unless I'm completely wrong ! Richard
  24. Has Bean are doing a monthly guest espresso subscription again this year. A bit different to last years (where each month had a unique blend and packaging) but instead are sending out bespoke blends that they produce for coffee shops to cut down on the effort involved, first one is Acidity Squirrel that's in The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse Link here
  25. Congratulations to Alejandro who put in a stunning performance to fend off stiff competition from 5 other top baristas to be crowned World Barista Champion of 2011 Watch online here Alejandro partnered with Steve Leighton of Has Bean coffee roasters to produce the award winning roast of Ernesto Menendez's Finca La Illusion - grown on the slopes of the Sanata Ana volcano in El Salvador Here's Steve's tasting notes from his website http://www.hasbean.co.uk/pages/El-Salvador-La-Ilusion-COE-Number-1.html The other finalists who represented their countries and did themselves proud are; 2. Pete Licata - USA 3. Matt Perger - Australia 4. Javier Garcia - Spain 5. Miki Suzuki - Japan (#1 female barista) 6. John Gordon - UK John, you did us all proud tonight. The result could have gone either way. Top 6 - wow - huge respect!
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