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New Coffee: Villa Loyola, Colombia
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 12:52 PM - 4 years, 1 month ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
New Coffee: Villa Loyola, Colombia
Villa Loyola, Colombia 100% Caturra, Fully Washed (£7.50/350g) This 100% Caturra lot from Gerardo Arango’s 2008 Cup of Excellence Colombia winning farm, Villa Loyola, brings an abundance of dense fruit sweetness in the guise of raisins, prunes and figs, while a subtle but integral apple-like acidity really brings the cup to life. A well-structured base layer of molasses means the coffee finishes well and lingers pleasantly. Around 10 hecatres of this 18.5 hectare farm is dedicated to 40% shade-grown coffee production – this lot being exclusively Caturra variety. The farm itself was a gift from Manuel Delgado to the Compania de Jesus church over 100 years ago – Gerardo Arango being the Priest Director of the church – who remain the farm’s owners to this day. Over the last 20 years, a greater attention to coffee growing has seen quality improve dramatically. With Eduardo Valencia as administrator of the farm, a combination of an elevated focus on technological advancement, as well as seeking help and advice from the Committee of Coffee Growers of Narino, Villa Loyola placed first in the 2008 Cup of Excellence Colombia competition. Improvements to the salaries and living conditions of Villa Loyola’s permanent and temporary workforce continue, and children are not permitted to work on the farm, having to attend the local school, instead. Around 7 hectares of the farm has been dedicated to growing ‘guadua’ – a large, thorny bamboo – by the Environmental Control Center of Narino, to be used as a construction tool in coffee farms in the region. For more information, and to order, visit the web shop here: .

New Coffee: Blackburn Estate – Clouds of August
Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 12:15 PM - 4 years, 2 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
New Coffee: Blackburn Estate – Clouds of August
Blackburn Estate – Clouds of August 2010 Microlot, Tanzania Kent & Bourbon Varieties, Fully Washed (£9.00/350g) Last year we were delighted to offer a wonderfully vibrant and juicy microlot from the Blackburn Estate in Tanzania, called Shades of September. This year, we’re exceedingly happy to be able to offer another microlot from the same farm – this one being called Clouds of August. This Blackburn Estate microlot from producer Michael Gehrken brings notes of clove, cashews and toffee in the cup, tied together by a silky raisin, Medjool date and molasses sweetness. Rounded out by a hint of Middle Eastern spices and baker’s chocolate, this coffee is simple, sweet and delicious. Clouds of August was picked from August 3 – 13, 2010 by around 65 of Michael’s 138 staff, who were supervised by experienced pickers Christian Burra and Amsi Demay. Trained to pick only the ripest cherries, the pickers collected a total of 2,228 ‘tins’ of coffee, weighing 54kg each, over the 11 days. With their own wet mill on site, the day’s cherries were pulped each afternoon, then fermented for 14 hours before grading and washing in spring water from Mount Oldeani. The harvested cherries were then carried to raised African drying beds, and sun dried to 11.5% humidity, before being conditioned in bins, and finally transported to Moshi for dry milling Production roasts of this coffee begin Monday, February 7th, and will roast every subsequent Monday and Thursday from then. For more information, and to order, visit the web shop here: Blackburn Estate – Clouds of August .

New Coffee: Toarco Jaya, Sulawesi
Friday, January 28, 2011 - 01:34 PM - 4 years, 3 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
New Coffee: Toarco Jaya, Sulawesi
Toarco Jaya, Sulawesi Jember S-795, S-33 Washed Peaberry (£7.50 / 350g) We’re very pleased to welcome this most recent addition to our range. An unusual coffee given it’s provenance, this Toarco Jaya peaberry selection contradicts a great many of the stereotypes surrounding Indonesian coffee. While outstanding in its own right, this coffee took us somewhat by surprise, and it’s on very high rotation in the Square Mile morning brewing rota. Wonderfully clean and complex, in the cup this Sulawesi peaberry has the dense, sweet, citrus quality of Sicilian blood orange, while on the nose expect fresh-baked butter croissants and just a hint of milk chocolate. Combine this with the Toarco Jaya’s marshmallow mouthfeel, and the resulting cup is layered, balanced and complete. This coffee constitutes something of a rarity, in that it’s a fully washed coffee from Sulawesi, where the more traditional wet hulling process is nearly ubiquitous. With this coffee, we see the results of a partnership between a Japanese coffee company and local investors to establish a wet mill in Sulawesi, resulting in coffees with greater complexity and more clarity of flavour than is usually seen from Indonesia. Coupled with this processing, this coffee benefits from being grown at significant altitude. While the Toarco Jaya wet mill is at around 1000masl, a great amount of the contributing smallholder farmers have their farms between 1250 and 1750masl, making them some of the highest growing coffee trees in Sulawesi. Toarco Jaya also provides on-going education and training to their smallholder farmers, assisting them in maintaining their trees through good farming practice, and helping train their pickers to select the ripest cherries from the tree. We think that the combination of altitude, education, and exemplary growing and processing practices really strips away the negative characteristics people have come to associate with coffees from Indonesia. More information. (pdf) Available now in the web shop:

Christmas Webshop & Opening Hours
Monday, December 20, 2010 - 01:22 PM - 4 years, 4 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Christmas time! We’re excited because things get so busy, plus we get to grab a few days off in amongst the madness. The webshop will roast and ship on the following days: Monday December 20th – OPEN – WEBSHOP AS USUAL Thursday December 23rd – OPEN – WEBSHOP AS USUAL Please note that while Royal Mail are delivering on the 24th, only Special Delivery orders are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas. Monday December 27th – CLOSED – NO WEBSHOP Thursday December 30th – CLOSED – NO WEBSHOP Monday 3rd January – CLOSED – NO WEBSHOP (Public Holiday) Tuesday 4th January – OPEN – We will be roasting and shipping what would have been processed the day before. Thursday 6th January – OPEN – Webshop resumes normal scheduled service. We’ll try to keep on top of any enquiries between Christmas and New Year so if you have any questions just drop us a line at Have a great Christmas! We’ve some very exciting coffees coming up in the New Year that we’re really looking forward to sharing with you!

Congratulations to Indie Coffee
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:27 PM - 4 years, 6 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Congratulations to Indie Coffee
We’ve been a bit slow to post this but congratulations to Peter Duggan of Indie Coffee for winning the British Street Food Award for best hot drink. Indie Coffee are located outside on Church Street, near Edgeware Road and has quietly being serving oustanding coffee , and getting nothing but great reviews . He also has one of the best carts in London – a repurposed Indonesia Jewellery cart! If you’re in the neighbourhood we’d strongly recommend stopping by – open Tuesday to Saturday.

Limited Edition Espresso: Sweet Shop
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 04:09 PM - 4 years, 8 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Limited Edition Espresso: Sweet Shop
Last year we created a fun espresso blend called Juice . This year we’re doing a one-off roast of a blend we are calling Sweet Shop . The idea was to blend for a different reason – to see how far we could go, to see how much sweet delicious fruit we can cram into a cup. Some may say there is too much in here – for us there’s never enough! The blend takes three of our favourite coffees – each capable of a different range of vibrant sweet flavours – and blended them together in equal parts. Some may be nervous about the acidity in the espresso but these coffees are roasted very careful to showcase their sweetness above all else. (Though if you prefer low acidity espressos then this probably isn’t for you.) The recipe is: 1 part Kangocho AA (Kenya) 1 part Tegu AA (Kenya) 1 part Yirgacheffe (Ethiopia) In the cup look for notes of: Refreshers, pear drops, cola cubes, blackcurrant fruitella, cherry lips and sherbert lemons. This is an intensely fruity espresso blend, very sweet and with a balanced and pleasing acidity. (click for full size - and you can expect a t-shirt of this very soon too! Artwork courtesy of David “El Grifo” Gibbons) A few very important things – please read before ordering: We are roasting a limited amount of this on 31st of August only. If you place an order for Sweet Shop that has other items the whole order will be held until that date, then fulfilled. As we say above – this is a limited run. We expect to sell out of it in the next week, as it has been available to pre-order already to our newsletter subscribers and over 70% has already gone. (We like to say thank you however we can!) Sweet Shop Espresso – £9.00 (350g)

Changes to Webshop
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 11:38 AM - 4 years, 8 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Just a quick post to let you know that we’ve slightly changed the cut-off time for our webshop orders. We roast and ship on Mondays and Thursdays, so for a Monday roast we must receive the order by midnight Sunday and for a Thursday roast by midnight Wednesday. If you have any questions or comments then do please let us know.

Penny University – Press Release
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:20 AM - 4 years, 9 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
In early May, our friends at Aesop offered us use of one of their spaces for a three-month period, and Square Mile Coffee Roasters were suddenly presented with an opportunity to create a retail space of a starkly original nature. We thought first and foremost about what we could bring to the London coffee community that had until now been absent. We debated amongst ourselves over what we could create that would be focussed, different, precise, and yet welcoming and approachable. What we came up with was Penny University. Forsaking espresso entirely, we set about bringing to Londoners a side of coffee that had until now been tremendously underrepresented in a commercial environment, despite its near fanatical following amongst coffee professionals and devotees alike. Through Penny University, we brought filter coffee to the forefront, and aimed to portray it as accessible, lingering, constantly evolving, and most importantly, delicious. Since opening our doors, the positive responses from our guests has been truly overwhelming. Similarly, the number of home brewers and grinders that have made their way into people’s homes through our store is truly wonderful and very encouraging. We have learned a tremendous amount about our coffees, the brewers that we stock, and most importantly about just how receptive to new ideas and the nuance of great coffee the London public are. But now, in mid-July, that three month period is coming to a close. Despite having the opportunity to continue Penny University for a longer period, we’ve had a tremendously difficult decision to make. After a great deal of debate, and careful, considered deliberation, it’s with slightly mixed emotions that we announce that Penny University will be closing for business at 4:00pm Friday 30 July. We genuinely feel that Penny University has burned very brightly, and served a great purpose in the London coffee community. We also feel that there are opportunities now for us to expand upon what we have started, tested, and learned from at Penny University. When and where those opportunities are likely to arise and be deployed is still largely unknown, but we eagerly look forward to the opportunities that await us in future retail endeavours. It would be remiss of us not to deeply and sincerely thank the following people: Tobias Cockerill, for diligently and tirelessly working one of the most demanding and exhausting coffee bars in the world, and for representing both our company and the craft of coffee brewing in the most professional, yet approachable way possible. Alex Goforth and Gwilym Davies, for also working the bar despite their already busy schedules, and doing so with great competence and affability. Anette Moldvaer, Jessica MacDonald and John Gordon, for providing the essential, yet often thankless and overlooked support of sourcing, roasting, production and build-out. Paul Stack of Marco Systems, for unwavering technological generosity and support, and everyone at Aesop for being such wonderful hosts. And finally our deepest thanks to each and every guest who took a seat at our bar, placing their trust in us as both baristas and hosts, accepting and embracing our limited range and policy of no condiments. We hope that we managed to show you just how easy it can be to produce simply wonderful and delicious coffee at home, and we hope that your time in our store was rewarding, informative, but most importantly, enjoyable. In months to come we will be exploring future retail opportunities, and fully expect that our Penny University bar will be featured prominently in the next project we undertake. For now, however, we’d like to say concisely and succinctly, thank you. Tim Williams & James Hoffmann Square Mile Coffee Roasters

Webshop closed Thursday 24th June
Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 02:59 PM - 4 years, 10 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Due to our commitments at the WBC we won’t be able to roast and ship coffees as we usually would on Thursday 24th June. We’ll be roasting again on the Monday 28th as usual, and tomorrow’s roasting (21st) will also be as usual. Sorry for any inconvenience caused!

Opening drinks at Penny University
Friday, June 18, 2010 - 11:54 AM - 4 years, 10 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Opening drinks at Penny University
Thanks to everyone who came down to help us celebrate the launch of Penny University. It was busier than we expected, and we were pleasantly surprised so many people wanted to drink coffee rather than the free beer! With the WBC coming to town next week we expect things to be a little busier than usual, but there should be some great conversations at the bar – which we’re all really looking forward to. Keep an eye on the Penny University twitter for updates of guest coffees, new lots hitting the menu and everything in between. Penny University Website

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