Coffee: Cherizena Fairtrade Guatamalan

Coffee: Cherizena Fairtrade Guatamalan

Guatemala is one of those countries that challenges my geographical knowledge. In my mind, it sits in the same, vaguely defined “South American” zone occupied by places like Guyana and Nicaragua – although my brain still refuses to believe that Suriname isn’t in Asia somewhere. In fact, Guatemala is in the middle of Central America [read more]

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Waitrose Islay 12 Year Old Single Malt

Waitrose Islay 12 Year Old Single Malt

I shall never understand why own-label bottlings are so often deliberately vague about who actually produced the whisky. I assume it’s a restriction imposed by the distillery, but I’ve never been able to work out why they feel the need for secrecy. This is particularly puzzling, because the bottlings nearly always come with heavy hints [read more]

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Coffee: Alma De Cuba

Coffee: Alma De Cuba

When I think of Cuba, several products come to mind. Music. Cigars. Rum. Nuclear missiles. But not, curiously, coffee. Historically, Cuba was a big coffee producer; in the 1950s, exports were exceeding 20,000 tons. Post-revolution nationalisation took it’s toll, and these days Cuba actually imports twice as much coffee as it produces – small wonder, [read more]

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Fourpure Brewery Tour-At-Home

Fourpure Brewery Tour-At-Home

Fourpure are one of the Bermondsey Breweries; that strange cluster of beermongers nestling under the railway line out of London Bridge. They’re a little further down the line than most, and are actually based in an industrial unit rather than directly under the arches. They started brewing last year, and at the time of review [read more]

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Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Beer

Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Beer

Chocolate and beer have a long history together. I confess that when I wrote that statement, I was thinking of the long history of chocolate stouts. Traditionally, the ‘chocolateyness’ of such stouts has come from the roasted malts used to make them rather than actual chocolate, although some modern versions actually add chocolate products to [read more]

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Coffee: Marley Lively Up!

Coffee: Marley Lively Up!

Marley Coffee was founded by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan. All their coffee is organic and, as you might expect, they have their own estate in the Blue Mountains, in Jamaica. However, they also source beans globally from Ethiopia and Central America which makes it unclear precisely what goes into each of their three blends. This [read more]

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