A few videos31 May 2018
A few little videos that some people have made featuring us.
I just thought they deserved to be shared!
Hope you enjoy!
Our lovely friends Emily Barker and Lukas Drinkwater (fantastic musicians) with Jon Carroll on a recent road trip. Showing their love of coffee!! I found this really funny!
Coffee on the Road
This one from Kasia, a bundle of energy, a foodie and coffee nut and lovely soul who wanted to do a little video and showcase our new roastery!
Things about Roasters
Another foodie and coffee nut visiting us from The Netherlands, watch his expression when we introduce him to a big, bold coffee. Hilarious!
Dijon visits the Roastery
We even had some music sent to us from the lovely, talented Ceinwen to soothe me!
Monsoon Malabar Blues
March Update31 March 2018
WE'VE FINALLY MOVED!
THE STUDIO ALSCOT PARK CV37 8BL
We're still a bit rough and ready but we're in and loving it.
The location is beautiful just wait until you see it!
The new layout works so well for us, separate roastery, packing room and store!
As some of you are only too aware, the markets in Stratford and Warwick were cancelled this weekend due to poor weather. Really sorry for the inconvenience but quite thankful for extra days off!
Mr Monsoon and I had an over nighter in London early in the week to visit our importers, cup some new coffees and learn a bit more about Fairtrade. Look out for a new Sumatran coffee in April, we hope!
Sumatra is suffering from bad weather this year and new crop could be 50% down. Yes this means some coffees won't be available and others might have quite a price hike but this is when we often find great new alternatives!
We missed out on the trip to Myanmar couple of weeks ago as we were in the throws of moving the roastery. It looks like an amazing place and we hope to visit another time.
Maybe we'll go to Brazil later in the year or slight possibility to visit some coffee farms in Papua New Guinea. Watch this space.
DATERRA SWEET COLLECTION is back due to public demand. It is a beautiful, clean, sweet, elegant coffee and will be back on the webshop next week.
MEXICAN TERRUNO NAYARITA is returning also due to popular demand. A milder coffee, haven't roasted any of latest delivery yet so tasting notes to follow.
PERUVIAN APRYSSA is here and selling like hot cakes! Another milder coffee slight coconut, nutty and chocolaty. Fairtrade and organically grown coffee.
We're always on the look out for new and exciting coffees.
Keep up to date with us on Facebook. Twitter or Instagram
Little Video of our New Place
Keep warm and drink more coffee!
Website Changes24 September 2017
We've been waiting for this for a long time!
For those of you who know us, you'll know that for some time, we have been talking about making some changes to our website. Well it has finally happened!
Beautiful new illustrations to our coffee page by the wonderful Claire Henley.
Also the long awaited coffee subscription page is live! This will change and evolve as we use it more.
You can view the subscription page here
Thanks to all who heard our mention again on Radio 2 Simon Mayo Show last week and let us know!
Thanks also for your patience and for buying your coffee here!
We couldn't do it without you!
New coffees coming soon including more Colombian honey, naturals from Ethiopia - Harrar, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe and our Myanmars too!
Happy Autumn as the trees around us at Alscot are just starting to change colour, beautiful time of the year!
New Coffee16 July 2017
Hello everyone. It's been a while and I just don't know where the time goes! Sorry for shoddy newsletter writing, one day I might get the hang of it and be a bit more regular too!
First coffee to get a mention is our long standing, big favourite, Indian Monsoon Malabar. Regulars for this coffee know it changes a little over the year and from season to season. Our importers are now offering a more traceable coffee. Coming from the Sakalespur area Manjarabad region in India. It is a dry processed coffee and is monsooned just like our past supplies. (Exposed to the monsoon wind and rain which changes the raw coffee beans flavour and lowers their acidity) What this means for you is that the coffee, hopefully, will be more stable and consistent. It's not quite as bitey as it used to be and a little smoother.
Another favourite El Salvador Pacamara from Finca Las Delicias is back. These beautiful beans are on the milder side (like all washed coffee from this region) sweet and delicate with vanilla and milk chocolate. Some people get florals and citrus. See what you think!
The long awaited Nicaraguan Maragogype (elephant sized bean) is back in stock. Haven't roasted any yet but looking for sweet nuttiness with great body. Be on the site this week.
Our newest coffee and a first for the UK is from Myanmar (Burma). I have a natural and a washed coffee coming this week. Really excited to try this very new offering. If you take a look at our Facebook page you can see some info on this new and exciting project or simply look at news post under this one! Monsoon Estates Facebook
If I ever get time off roasting this may be a great origin for me to visit as we have been following the project closely since it's beginning. Watch this space.
Finally, we have been able to get our hands on more of the beautiful Colombian honey processed from La Esperanza. Be with us soon. I promise!
So you see, lots of exciting new coffees on the way.
Hoping too that you're all having a fabulous summer. Today's been a good one here with Roger Federer winning Wimbledon and Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone. Glass of fizz as I write this before early to bed. I think it's going to be hot in the roastery this week so early starts!
The Chin Litaï Project06 April 2017
We visited the London Coffee Festival this year and if you're into coffee you should visit this annual event at least once. We also paid a visit to our importers to hear about a new coffee project in Myanmar (Burma) that we are involved with (in a very small way)!
Priscilla, our lovely trader at DRW Coffee, explained some of the background. “A closed country that has spent half a century under oppressive military rule, Myanmar has finally come in from the cold. After liberating itself and democratically voting in the LND party and with it The Lady Aung San Suu Kyi, the region has opened its doors to the rest of the world, embracing free speech and global friendships with partners eager to help Burmese society prosper.”
“Like many developing nations, agriculture in Myanmar still plays a significant role in the economy, representing 38% of GDP and 25% of exports. Coffee – while not a substantial cash crop – is being cultivated across the country and represents a fantastic opportunity for young, entrepreneurial farmers. Ever mindful of the agroforestry and environment, coffee cultivation is seen as means of sustaining the local environment, along with the cultivation of elephant food (yam of all things!)”
DR Wakefield (our importers) jumped at the chance to collaborate with Nat Coffee and their first visit to the Chin State region in the country. There, we’ve sought to help set up a new farmer-led co-operative in partnership with Chin Hill Ecosystem".
Watch this video of the project by Nathalie Manac'h to hear about the project. Nathalie is the driving force behind the whole thing and she has involved other partners including our imprter DRWakefield. If you would like to follow the progress of this project check out our Facebook page
We cupped some coffees from Myanmar on this recent visit to our importers and although it's early days, some coffees showed great promise. We also learned of a very young and enthusiastic group of coffee farmers who are keen to learn and want to grow and export some wonderful coffees. We have ordered a couple of sacks which should be here soon! Very exciting times! Maybe a trip for Monsoon to Myanmar one of these days!