Coffee: Cafedirect Colombia

Coffee: Cafedirect Colombia

Cafedirect have quite a wide range of coffees (not to mention teas and hot chocolate, too), covering both blends and single origin. They were the first UK coffee brand to carry the Fairtrade label, and probably remain the most recognisable national Fairtrade supermarket coffee. Their packaging suggests to me that they’re reaching for whatever the [read more]

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Monster Beer: Summer Wine Kopikat Caol Ila

Monster Beer: Summer Wine Kopikat Caol Ila

Talk about craft beer for long enough and eventually the awkward issue of cost rears its ugly head. Craft beer is, almost by definition, pricier than mainstream (‘craftless’?) beer, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the components are undeniably more expensive; a 6% hop explosion clearly needs more raw ingredients than an insipid, 3.5% hop-free [read more]

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Whisky Wednesday: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila Batch 1

Whisky Wednesday: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila Batch 1

There’s something very self-consciously ‘cool’ about That Boutique-y Whisky Company (henceforth to be known as TBWC, or “te-ba-wuk“). From the funky name to the “cultish graphic novel-style” labels, it all makes the craft beer movement look staid and veers dangerously close to hipsterism. All this would normally leave me cynically expecting it to be a [read more]

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Coffee: Taylors Indonesia

Coffee: Taylors Indonesia

Taylors remain one of my ‘go-to’ supermarket coffee brands, so my curiosity was well and truly piqued when I noticed a new range in my local store.  Apparently released back in February, either their ‘Origins’ range have only just reached our Waitrose or I’ve been in too much of a coffee-deprived daze when wandering down [read more]

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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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