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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Buying Beer Online: EeBria

Buying Beer Online: EeBria

As has been widely discussed here and elsewhere, the past few years have seen an explosion of brewing in the UK. We crossed the 1000 breweries mark a couple of years ago now, and things show no sign of slowing down – the count has more than doubled in the last decade. Things haven’t gone [read more]

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Waitrose Highland 16 Year Old Single Malt

Waitrose Highland 16 Year Old Single Malt

After something of a delay, I’ve finally reached the last of three own-label single malts from Waitrose. At 16 years old, this is the oldest and, potentially, the best value bottle of the range, currently priced at £32. Once again, the distillery is a mystery although the smart money (including comments from my earlier posts) [read more]

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Coffee: Union Hand-Roasted Guatemala, Liberacion

Coffee: Union Hand-Roasted Guatemala, Liberacion

Union Hand-Roasted are probably one of the best known London roasters. Their coffee, roasted daily in small batches, is now widely available in supermarkets as well as being available online. One slight niggle is that their own website doesn’t seem to match up too well to what’s on the shelves – today’s coffee, for example, [read more]

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On Ageing, Condition and Best Before

On Ageing, Condition and Best Before

As my recent post about Sambrook’s Barley Wine shows, beer can sometimes benefit from time spent in the bottle. Ageing can bring out a real depth and complexity of flavour that makes it worth the wait, no matter how hard that can sometimes be! As an extreme example, I have a bottle or two of [read more]

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Coffee: Cherizena Honduran Las Capucas

Coffee: Cherizena Honduran Las Capucas

Honduras is firmly in coffee growing territory, with places like Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia a geographical stone’s throw away. However, until now I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to taste any of their coffee. This is, perhaps, surprising given that Honduras is now the seventh largest coffee producing nation in the world, [read more]

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