Coffee: Sea Island Geisha Costa Rica

Coffee: Sea Island Geisha Costa Rica

This week I’m returning to Sea Island, by way of their Geisha Costa Rica coffee. The ‘Geisha’ in the name is actually the variety of coffee bean; an Arabica bean that was introduced to Costa Rica from Ethiopia in the 1950s, and has recently been making something of a comeback. This coffee comes from the [read more]

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Whisky Wednesday: Teeling Whiskey

Whisky Wednesday: Teeling Whiskey

The Teeling family has been involved in Irish Whiskey for over 200 years; in 1782, Walter Teeling set up a distillery in Dublin and began a family tradition that continues to this day. The current generation of Teelings – brothers Jack and Stephen – founded the Teeling Whiskey Company in 2012, having both learned the [read more]

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Coffee: Decadent Decaf Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling

Coffee: Decadent Decaf Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling

After being so impressed by Decadent’s Kenya coffee, I resolved to explore their stronger offerings. After all, if it tastes as good as a regular, caffeinated coffee then there’s no harm in having a good decaf in the cupboard for those days that call for mug after mug! Decadent Decaf have a small but decent [read more]

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Jura Tastival 2014

Jura Tastival 2014

Jura is a distillery I’ve always struggled to love. This is frustrating because in general I love island distilleries, and being right next to the whisky heaven of Islay, it should be a perfect match. Then again, it’s possible that those very expectations are what cause me such trouble. Jura isn’t Islay, and it doesn’t [read more]

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Coffee: Percol Nicaragua

Coffee: Percol Nicaragua

I know that you shouldn’t judge a coffee by the package any more than you should judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Percol is an example of this; it’s a widely available coffee brand that you can find in just about any supermarket. It’s reasonably priced. It’s all [read more]

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Coffee: Black Sheep Robusta Revival

Coffee: Black Sheep Robusta Revival

Coffee beans fall into two broad varieties – Robusta (Coffea canephora) and Arabica (Coffea arabica). Of the two, Robusta is an easier to grow, higher yielding crop – which translates to cheaper beans – while Arabica is considered to have more refined and less bitter flavour. For these reasons, most premium beans are Arabica while [read more]

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