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Audio musings in a “podcast”
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:26 AM - 4 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - Steve Leighton's HasBean Weblog
I really think I don’t produce enough content, and I feel its important to have you listen to my voice at least once a day. This is untrue in both statements, but I do sometimes have thoughts that pop into my head that I would like to share with you. I have used this audio boo… Continue Reading

Flashback Friday
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 03:13 PM - 4 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - Steve Leighton's HasBean Weblog
All the best ideas come over coffee or beer. This one was over beer last night with Dale. We decided that and every friday, were going to look back at a photo or a blog post or something that was happening during this week over the previous years. I’m very excited to start this, I… Continue Reading

Ibrik / Cezve
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:22 AM - 4 months, 1 week ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - Steve Leighton's HasBean Weblog
As I’ve already said I have kind of neglected this blog for a long time. But I have still been creating content, lots of it. One of the most popular things we have done is our brew guides. Now a brew guide is not a verbatim way to make all coffee (as some guides will… Continue Reading

A small post on Bolivia Machacamarca
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 10:06 AM - 4 months, 2 weeks ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - Steve Leighton's HasBean Weblog
So as that title say’s this is going to be a very small post, but sprucing up this blog, I read over some of the older posts (I really think you should too, I used to write some ok stuff), and I realised I had not told you there latest news and what is happening… Continue Reading

Kenya season
Monday, July 07, 2014 - 10:31 AM - 4 months, 2 weeks ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Kenya season
We are excited as always for the beginning of Kenya season and it is looking to be a very good season indeed with plenty of tasty coffee coming up! The first offering we have for you comes from the Kaiguri factory in the Kaiguri sub-location of the Nyeri district. We have a few different coffees coming from the Kaiguri factory; this, the first, being the Peaberry and it is delicious! It has a heavy dried fruit and plum sweetness which, when coupled with plenty of tangerine, blackberry and blueberry notes reminds us of a baked fruit tart. All this heavy syrupy sweetness is balanced out nicely with a refreshing grapefruit acidity. Click here to grab a bag, and keep an eye out for more offerings from the Kaiguri factory and other Kenyans being released soon!

Viva El Salvador
Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 10:48 AM - 4 months, 2 weeks ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - Steve Leighton's HasBean Weblog
I am a very happy boy, I am very happy as my first of the two El Salvador containers have arrived. This year its taken an awful lot of work, a lot more work than normal. We have quite a few relationships in El Salvador so that can make it hard, and all of them… Continue Reading

Costa Rica, February 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 04:43 PM - 5 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Costa Rica, February 2014
Each year I travel to Costa Rica to cup with our exporting partners and visit the farms that we buy from, a trip that this spring resulted in a full container of delicious coffee which just landed in our roastery. Across the next few months we’ll be releasing one coffee after the other, some as filters, some as espressos, and some as components in Red Brick. Never ending samples to evaluate Piles of bags ready to process and export Hand sorting at Exclusive As well as revisiting old friends, this year we discovered some new gems on the cupping table, and we’re really excited to introduce you to them. While waiting to taste, here are some photos from my trip to show you some of the people we are working with this year! STA ROSA 1900 Micromill, Finca Macho Macho the dog! LOLA Micromill Don Danilo Vega Cupping with Don Danilo and JJ GRANITOS DE ALTURA DEL ORTIZ Micromill, Finca Ortiz 2000 The girls running Granitos; Johana, Diana, Joice, (me), Dona Yorleni, Jocksi and baby Jocksi! Coffee in the kitchen with Dona Yorleni JUANACHUTE Micromill, Finca Higueron LA LIA Micromill, Finca El Dragon El Dragon in the distance Test plots at La Lia Luis raking the patios HELSAR DE ZARCERO Micomill, Finca Magdalena PUENTE TARRAZU Micromill, La Pena

Finca Filadelfia
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 02:58 PM - 5 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Finca Filadelfia
This year I went to Guatemala to participate in the annual Cup of Excellence that was held at Anacafe in Guatemala city. This was great fun and we tasted loads of tasty coffee, it’s always interesting to taste so many coffees from the same country side by side. After the competition I had the chance to go to Antigua with our friend Marta Dalton from Coffee Bird and visit her family farm, a farm that we have been buying from for a couple of years now – Finca Filadelfia. Finca Filidefia is just a little north of Antigua and takes about 10 minutes to drive there from Antigua. Warning – Short post, I took most of these photos on the back of a horse and hence this prevented me from taking too many notes! Bosques de san Francisco comes from the plot on the right. Finca Filadelfia is owned by the Dalton family and has been in the family for generations. Great great grandfather Manuel Matheu was one of the first coffee farmers in Antigua, and started farming on the estate 148 years ago. Manuel Matheu is the man in the image in this picture. After a trip to London, Manuel Matheu was commissioned by the President to show small farmers in the area how to grow coffee on their land. This passion for coffee has been passed down 6 generations. Francis Dalton with his siblings took over running the farm from their mother Elisa, who ran it until she was 94 years old! Today Francis runs the farm with his brother Bobby and sisters Marjorie and Jean. View from the hill on Finca Filadelfia overlooking the farm. With Volcano Agua hiding in the clouds. Bosques de san Francisco on the left with Acatenango Volcano on the horizon. Nursery at Finca Filadelfia. Collection point where fresh picked cherries are delivered to, they are then weighed and sent to be processed and dried. The images on top are the processing facilities and the drying patios are below, the entire production is dried on these patios over the harvest season. More of our coffee next to sorting tables where zero defect coffee like ours is sorted to assure it’s free from defects. That’s our future coffee in the back ground waiting for us to approve the pre-shipment samples before it’s loaded into a container to be shipped. Bosques de san Francisco is on the left of the driveway and the farm on the right is Monte Maria, which last year was almost completely wiped out by rust, all the trees had to be cut down to ensure the rust didn’t spread. This year we will have all the coffee this farm produced which is 5 bags in total! Monte Maria trees making a come back after last years rust attack. Marta from Coffee Bird surveying Bosques de San Francisco. Since I came back our samples were approved and the container has been loaded up ready for shipping. I’m excited to taste the coffee from this farm and the other farms around Guatemala that Coffee bird have sourced for us.

El Salvador Cup of Excellence cupping
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 04:20 PM - 5 months, 1 week ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
At the end of April John went to El Salvador to participate in his first Cup of Excellence as an observer. We have managed to get all 30 coffees that went to auction last week and will run a cupping of all of these in the same way the Cup of Excellence is run. We will set all this coffee over three rounds with optional scoring and a quick discussion afterwards. This will run on Saturday the 28th of June from 11:30 Tickets are £15 and there will be limited numbers, they are available here to purchase.

Barista Guild of Europe – Camp 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 02:16 PM - 5 months, 2 weeks ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - WBC 2007 World Champion James Hoffmann's jimseven
Barista Guild of Europe – Camp 2014
Today was the day the Barista Guild of Europe launched, at the SCAE show in Rimini, and they started selling tickets to the first event organised under the BGE banner: Barista Camp in Greece. I’ve been a fan of barista camps since I got to attend one in the USA a couple of years ago, organised by the Barista Guild of America. While I’m obviously a fan of barista competitions, they are expensive affairs that don’t necessarily have an even distribution of value to all involved (this is the nature of competition of course!). Barista Camps are interesting to me because everyone who attends can have an amazing experience, you can’t really “win” a barista camp… I’m a little bit involved in this event, I’m the chair of a working committee, but I’m not for a second claiming any credit for making it happen. Isa Verschraegen is doing all the very hard work, with great support from people like Dale Harris, Kalle Freese, Andrew Tolley and others from the working group. You can read a bit more about the camp on the website here: (You can buy tickets there too!) I just wanted to post a few things about the ideas behind the camp: - We wanted it to be as accessibly priced as possible. For food, drink, accommodation and education (with certification too) it starts at €400 right now. I think that is great value, and I hope this price point encourages some cafes to buy a ticket for a staff member – or at least support them financially if they want to go. - There are three different education tracks available, but also group lectures for everyone. I think it is going to be great to mix up more specialised education with moments where everyone comes together to learn and taste things. - There are opportunities to volunteer. You can offer to volunteer on the website. You’ll need to get yourself there (which isn’t too expensive at that time of year), but otherwise you won’t pay anything. We expect to get more offers than we can accommodate, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself a little bit if you’re applying. - The full program isn’t published yet, so keep an eye out as we announce various speakers and other fun stuff! I hope I’ll see a lot of people there. The opportunity to get together always results in great things. I like the idea of 150 baristas going back to 150 shops afterwards, and then making better drinks and giving better experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe. Grab your ticket here! Tickets with more info about each track here .

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