Coffee: Pact San Marcos Timana

Coffee: Pact San Marcos Timana

This week’s coffee takes us back to the folk at Pact. After the first offering in my renewed subscription, I’ve got some high expectations – so let’s see if they can continue to impress. San Marcos Timana is from the southwest of Colombia – San Marcos being the region within Timana from which the coffee [read more]

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Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Whisky has a habit of being occasionally tricky to pronounce for us non-gaelic speakers – none more so than those that hail from the island of Islay. The island’s name itself can trip up the uninitiated, correctly spoken as “eye-la” rather than the more obvious “is-lay”. Of course, this problem works both ways; when I’ve [read more]

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Coffee: Pact Fig Pudding Espresso

Coffee: Pact Fig Pudding Espresso

I had a subscription with coffee-mongers Pact last year, but for a couple of reasons it wasn’t destined to be a long-term thing. Firstly, their coffees were generally on the weak side for me and secondly I simply couldn’t keep up with a new coffee from them every fortnight in addition to all the other [read more]

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Coffee: Bird & Wild Raul Mamani Peru

Coffee: Bird & Wild Raul Mamani Peru

We’re used to coffee being branded by style or by region, or even by the farm of origin – but I think this is the first time that I’ve had a coffee simply branded with the name of the man who grew it. Raul Mamani‘s family smallholding is in the Tampbopata region of Peru, close [read more]

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Coffee: Bird & Wild Yeti Farm Forest Coffee

Coffee: Bird & Wild Yeti Farm Forest Coffee

One of the curious aspects of the coffee industry is the huge range of badges and certifications. As well as the urbiquitous ‘Great Taste’ award – that black and gold sticker that seems to adorn the majority of coffee packets – there’s Organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, to mention a few. Today’s coffee introduces me [read more]

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Belvoir Brewery Tour-At-Home

Belvoir Brewery Tour-At-Home

Belvoir Brewery is a Leicestershire brewery, just a stone’s throw from Melton Mowbray – home of pies and cheese fairs. It’s now 20 years old, which isn’t ancient by any measure but certainly means it pre-dates the craft beer revolution. They have a number of beers in their core range – the website lists 8, [read more]

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