Coffee: Taylors Good Morning

Coffee: Taylors Good Morning

Coffee is a vital component of a good morning, being roughly 7 times more important than breakfast. However, not everybody wants the same thing from their morning coffee – while I might want a big, bold, caffeine-laden start to the day others may prefer a softer, gentler beginning. This time-dependent labelling is a tightrope that [read more]

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Import vs. Brewed Under License

Import vs. Brewed Under License

“Brewed Under License” is the beer industry’s way of describing out-sourcing. This is either done when a brewery lacks the capacity to do all their own brewing – Brewdog being a recent example, temporary farming out production of Punk IPA to Thwaites – or as an alternative to exporting their beer. This second example makes [read more]

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Coffee: Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia

Coffee: Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia

I’ve come across Grumpy Mule at various foodie shows over the years, and I have to confess I’ve been underwhelmed – then again, drinking hastily-brewed coffee out of a small paper cup while standing in the middle of a large, crowded exhibition hall filled with a thousand different aromas probably isn’t the ideal tasting experience! [read more]

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Whisky Wednesday: Banoch Brae

Whisky Wednesday: Banoch Brae

Banoch Brae is a blended scotch produced as an ‘own label’ whisky for Nisa. Nisa is an association of small independent retailers, a national ‘brand’ for your local corner shop, as it were. They have been around since 1977, but I must admit that I’ve only really become aware of them in the last decade [read more]

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Coffee: Threesixty Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Coffee: Threesixty Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Having bemoaned the busy and chaotic packaging of a previous coffee, this week is at the other extreme – an almost plain brown paper bag, with a simple, single colour label on the front. ThreeSixty take the concept of coffee origin to an extreme, by putting an exact latitude and longitude on the labelling. This [read more]

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Home Brewing: AG12 – Bramling Best

Home Brewing: AG12 – Bramling Best

It’s all very well brewing fancy IPAs and delicious Coffee Porters, but the one thing my homebrew cupboard was missing was a good session bitter. I also had an alarming quantity of Bramling Cross hops from the garden. When I bought myself a hop plant, I didn’t really appreciate the volume of hops that a [read more]

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