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Found 12 results

  1. Applies to all Rwandan coffees. Code is: Rwanda 20
  2. A series of talks by renowned roasters including Union, The Barn, Square Mile and La Cabra. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/edinburgh-coffee-fringe-11096967803
  3. I've previously ordered Union from Ocado, following a thread somewhere that said that the Ocado supply chain is much quicker than the Waitrose supply chain, so your roast date is likely to be much more recent. I ordered some more last week, and when it arrived, it was already 4 weeks post roast. So I froze one of the two bags. Then, just my luck, we all start talking about freezing beans, and how you should tape over the valve. Well I hadn't taped over the valve, so I decided to cut my losses and remove the beans from the freezer. So, to my question. I've inspected the bag, which is a foil bag, and appears to have a valve. When I compress the bag with my hands, I can feel the pressure increase, and there's definitely gas inside (air?). However, there's no release of gas from the valve. So I'm wondering what the score is here. It would seem that the bag was actually hermetically sealed. Alas I've opened it now, and it's delicious. I'm wondering whether with this particular type of bag, roast date doesn't matter too much. It's not vacuum sealed, because I could feel the gas inside, but perhaps it's designed to reduce oxidisation? Side note: whenever I buy Revelation, I find myself wondering why I bother with anything else
  4. Just received an email flier for Union's new Bella Vista No.1 Cup of Excellence. Over £20 for 125g! Worth it? [ATTACH=CONFIG]15068[/ATTACH]
  5. Article on Union and how they started in the business section of the Evening Standard yesterday. http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/growth-capital-forming-a-union-to-source-coffee-thatll-really-stimulate-8594687.html
  6. My palate is still developing and so is my gear. For now I'm happy just to get a consistent espresso in the right proportions which doesn't taste foul. I'd go so far as to say I don't want my mouth bursting with unusual flavours until I've cracked ye olde fashioned espresso which I've regularly had in French cafes over the years. On that basis, I'm working through the perceived stale offerings of the average supermarket stocked beans, and wondered if anyone had any other recommendations for the usual run of glossy packed beans? Here's my thoughts so far: Illy: It's far too expensive so it can stay on the shelf. Six quid odd for 250g in Waitrose - is this a joke? Lavazza (I can only find the beans in the black bag not the supposedly better blue one): The wife and I found this one pleasant enough and not bitter. £3.50 a bag isn't bad. Percol (black and beyond): Much the same as the Lavattza in that it's not bitter and pleasant enough to drink. £3.75 a bag isn't bad either. Taylors of Harrogate - I tried two different types of bean. Both were bitter and pretty horrid really. Each pack was definitely espresso beans, so how they've managed to earn their place on the shelves amongst the Italian big boys is beyond me. Asda's cheap own brand - 10 second gusher per double shot, no matter how hard I tamped, so a waste of money. Actually it wasn't much money - couple of quid a bag. Once bitten... Starbucks. Now this is what appears to be a newer offering, compared to what I bought in tins a couple of years ago. This one is fairtrade and Asda had knocked the price down from nearly a fiver a bag to three quid, yesterday. It's so strong I'm at a loss as to who could like it. I first knocked the usual bean dose down from 16g to 14g, but even that over-extracted and took an age to get through. I then knocked the grinder back a bit and tamped less, but it still took ages and was still so strong I might as well have smoked it. So, whilst my early coffee experiments are no doubt akin to eating toffee with the wrapper on, the three and a half quid bags of Lavazza or Percol are ahead of the pack at present. Shaun
  7. just interested in what people are into right now.. No single origins, just espresso blends thx
  8. thomss

    Want Beans TODAY!

    Hey all, I've just taken delivery of my Classic and some other bits but don't have any beans, and would like a play tonight! I only have a blade grinder for now (will be upgrading this ASAP) But, I would like to be able to have a play and drink tonight.... so options in town I have: Starbucks, costa, Pumphrey’s and a few places like Fenwick & Morrisons. Any thoughts what would be the best bet for a temp coffee until I have a chance to look around on-line for better beans, thanks. Thomas
  9. Not sure this has been posted, but just had a discount code sent. 20% of all coffee when you use the discount code LOVE
  10. brun

    Illy

    I've been visiting Patisserie Valerie outlets lately quite a bit, best cakes ever, but I've got a question for you guys as you seem to know everything, I've really enjoyed the americano coffee I've had there and I'm wondering what kind of similar coffee is out there for me to make at home, all the beans are always described in weird and wonderful ways, lots of adjectives and food stuff comparisons, but at the moment as I'm new to this I've no idea what the illy 'flavour type' is To the best of my knowledge all the ones I've had have been made from beans, not pre ground from the tins you get at the supermarket I've only ever seen illy beans in cafes, never a shop
  11. 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?
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