New Product: Handpresso Auto E.S.E. in Car Espresso Machine

November 8th, 2012

We’re now stocking the Handpresso Auto: the World’s first in car espresso machine. Running off a car’s 12v (cigarette lighter) socket, it can make an espresso in less than 3 minutes.

Check out this video of the Handpresso Auto in action (sorry it’s a little cheesy):

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Updated: Brewing Guide to Stove-top Espresso Makers

October 24th, 2012

We’ve just updated our brewing guide to stove-top espresso makers. So if you’re wondering how to brew coffee with one than check out our handy guide.

Click on the diagram below to visit our updated brewing guide:
how to make coffee with a stove-top espresso maker

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Able Disk – Reusable Filter for the AeroPress

September 25th, 2012

For all you AeroPress fans: we’re now stocking a stainless steel filter which you can use as an alternative to the normal paper filters.

Able disk, reusable filter for aeropress

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Coffee Descriptors – Good or Bad?

September 17th, 2012

A bit of a debate kicked off last week about descriptors and whether they’re the best way (or even a good way) to help sell coffee. First we had this thread started over in Coffee Forums (UK) and then a post by James Hoffmann touched on it too.

The main problem with descriptors is that they don’t always match what we actually taste. This is for two reasons:

  1. Taste is very personal. We all perceive tastes differently; it’s down to our genes: which is why we like some foods which other people dislike. We also describe tastes differently, based on our experience. Tastes and smells trigger memories and memories are very different in each of us. For example a keen gardener may relate tastes to smells around their garden.
  2. There are several different variables when brewing coffee that affect taste, such as: the chosen brew method, age of the coffee, degree of roast, water to grinds ratio, coarseness of the grinder, water makeup, water temperature, brewing time etc.

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Unscientific proof that fine coffee makes you faster, higher & stronger

August 29th, 2012

With the Paralympics starting later today, I thought it was the perfect time to share with you some completely inconclusive and unscientific proof that drinking good coffee will make you a super-awesome, podium-topping athlete.

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How to Brew Ice Coffee: Japanese, Cold Brew and Hybrid

August 17th, 2012

enjoying ice coffee in ThailandI’ve been holding off writing this post for weeks now as I didn’t want to jinx the summer. But seeing as summer’s nearly over and we still haven’t had much sun here, I’ve decided now’s the time to bite the bullet.

I first fell in love with ice coffee many many years ago when I was in Thailand. Something cool, refreshing and also stimulating was perfect for travelling round a hot tropical country. It was also super sweet, which made it moreish; as Thai ice coffee is usually made with condensed milk. Whilst I thought this style of ice coffee was fantastic back then, my palate has developed a little since and other than as a very occasionally guilty pleasure, I’m now after something a bit more sophisticated, less like a dessert.

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Home Espresso Machines – to Buy or Not to Buy?

July 19th, 2012

There was a great interview with Stephen Leighton in the Observer last Sunday called: “How to brew proper coffee.” If you’ve not seen it already it’s definitely worth a read as it’s full of useful advice.

However there was one thing he said which I don’t agree with:

“I firmly believe that espresso should be left in the coffee shop. Let the professionals do it because there are so many things that can go wrong and the equipment is so expensive. Brewed coffee, on the other hand, is something you can do brilliantly at home, if you follow a few very basic rules.”

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Two Videos about Coffee

July 13th, 2012

What better way to relax on a Friday afternoon then watch two videos about coffee. The first one is an oldie, made in 1961 by the Coffee Brewing Institute. The second, part of a lecture by Steven Johnson

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New Product: Randwyck Verona Cafetieres

June 28th, 2012

We’ve just taken stock of two new colours of the Verona cafetiere: green and red. Although exactly the same as the La Cafetiere Verona, these coffee presses are branded under the name Randwyck.

verona cafetiere range

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World Barista Champion 2012 – Raul Rodas

June 18th, 2012

Congratulations to Raul Rodas on winning the World Barista Championship 2012. If you haven’t seen his performance yet, you can still catch it here along with all the performances from the final round.

raul rodas WBC 2012 Champion

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