Hackney Coffee Kingsland

The Hackney Coffee Company has only been in business for a couple of years, housed in a family-owned premises that has over the years seen service as a garage, depot and even brewery before entering the world of coffee. Their coffee blends are all named for local landmarks or history, which certainly helps root them… Read more »

Greenall’s London Dry Gin

Greenall’s is produced by G&J Distillers, who claim to be the oldest distiller in Britain – although if I had a bottle from every distillery that said that, I could open a bar. The original recipe – still in use today – was created in 1761 by Thomas Dakin, which certainly predates any distillery I’ve… Read more »

CaféDirect Tarrazu Reserve

CaféDirect have had a bit of a rebrand recently; the packaging certainly looks crisper and more modern, and they’ve dropped the rather curious “made the small way” slogan that bemused me so much when I reviewed their Colombia coffee a few years ago. Then again, they’ve replaced it with “Ridiculously Good Coffee” which is, while… Read more »

Liverpool Gin

Liverpool Gin started life as a small independent gin distillery in 2013, set up by John O’Dowd and Mark Hensby (of the Liverpool Organic Brewery). By 2016, it had become part of the Halewood International empire; a large drinks producer and distributor that already had a number of gins in its portfolio, along with vodkas,… Read more »