New Products: Buono Drip Kettle and Cafeor Dripper

January 28th, 2013

We’ve just taken stock of some new Hario products: The Buono Drip Kettle and the Cafeor Dripper.

hario buono kettle with cafeor dripper

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New Department: Tea Brewing Equipment

January 17th, 2013

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you might have seen before Christmas that I alluded to us stocking tea brewing equipment in the future. Well the future is here and we’re now selling a range of teapots and tea infusers.

new range of QDO teapots

We’ll also soon be stocking our very own range of loose leaf teas. More on this to follow.

With all these new tea products, maybe we’ll soon have to consider change our name!


New Products: Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper and Mini Mill Slim Grinder

December 19th, 2012

We’ve just taken delivery of some new products from Hario. As well as the plastic V60 coffee drippers, we’re now stocking some lovely white ceramic drippers too.

Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper

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New Product: Handpresso Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set

November 29th, 2012

Another new Handpresso product this week: the Handpresso Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set. This set is quite possible the ultimate portable espresso kit – the only thing it’s missing is a grinder (a Porlex would go nicely).

handpresso wild hybrid outdoor set

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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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