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 »

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 »

Empress Ale

I have to admit to being nervous whenever I hear that a beer has been designed for a specific market or niche. Experience has taught me that the resulting drink often bears all the hallmarks of being created by a committee composed of the Marketing Department and the Finance Department resulting in, well, a less… Read more »