Summer Is Here

12 July 2015

I can't believe it's been 3 months since our last post!  What it means, of course, is that we've been really busy here.

We've run out of some of our favouite coffees again this year.   It's hard for me to know how much to order sometimes as we're growing like the clappers!  I don't want to order too much of a new coffee incase we don't like it and sometimes if I get samples, by the time I go back to my importer to order, the lot has already been sold.  It can be a bit frustrating but it also makes the whole process fun too!   Always trying new coffees and trying to find something a little different is what keeps it fun.

Extra events so far this year have been:

WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL  The first food fest for the town and it was a huge success.  The weather was good and the town was packed.  We sold out quite early and more importantly for us met lots of new customers.  

DAYLESFORD ORGANIC SUMMER FESTIVAL   Chris always enjoys himself at this lovely event. Beautiful surroundings and really well organised little market.  He said it was really lovely to see so many of our customers there too! It's just so lovely when our customers  turn out to support us.  This  was by invitation from the Great Taste Markets. 

BOX BROWNIE and BROTHERS MCLEOD   This was a lovely evening of drinks and chat hosted at Box Brownie  showcasing some fabulous art work by the talented  Brothers McLeod  The Canines and Coffee exhibition can still be viewed in the coffee shop featuring the star of the show HIPSTER HOUND! 

ALSCOT CHARITY CLAY SHOOT    As most of you know, our roastery is based on the beautiful Alscot Estate.  They are big supporters of local charity and this year held a  clay shoot  in support of  Stratford upon Avon Hospital. We were there making cups of coffee and tea.  It was good fun and although it poured rain all day spirits remained high!   A huge effort from everyone  raised over £26,000!

Cheers everyone and thanks for using us!

We really do appreciate it!

Anne Chris and Will

Suppliers to Sheepskin Holiday Lets

01 March 2015

We are absolutely delighted to be supplying coffee for Sheepskin  for their customer welcome packs.  Sheepskin is a great local holiday let company, based in Chipping Norton, and has the most fantastic portfolio of gorgeous, unique and interesting properties.  Go on have a look! http://www.sheepskinlife.com

The Skint Foodie Christmas on a Budget

14 December 2014

Nothing gives me more joy than to receive a recommendation from  a coffee customer, especially one who writes a food blog  The Skint Foodie   He mentioned liking our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe in an article which was in The Guardian and Observer  in November. Mr Monsoon thinks we should try the Christmas menu ourselves this year.  Maybe we will!   If you look on the blog there's a great piece on Amsterdam. If we visit there in the New Year for the Coffee Fest I will be taking some of his notes with me!

Our Customers have Great Taste!

28 September 2014

Monsoon Estates was awarded gold stars for 4 of their coffees at this years National Great Taste Awards. We are simply over the moon! It is a fantastic result as only 2.9% of all entrants were awards 2 gold stars and we got 3 of them! A fourth coffee was also awarded gold!

This is our 3rd year entering the competition with previous wins in 2012 and 2013 and we are delighted with the results this year. We entered some of our customer’s favorites and it would be fair to say that they have GREAT TASTE!

How does it all work?

Over 400 judges, including 40 specially trained food writers inputting judges’ comments, come together at 50 judging days from April through to mid-July including a week in Belfast, specialist test centres for tea, filter coffee and espresso, with the remainder done at Guild HQ in Dorset. The judges, from all corners of the food world, blind-taste in teams of 4 or 5 ensuring we get a balance of expertise, age and gender.

New Coffee

09 July 2014

Mexican Terruno Nayarita Reserva  - one of only 12 bags produced!  
Terruna Nayarita means 'from my land'.  This coffee is cultivated by a group of cooperative farmers close to the volcano cerro San Juan. It is grown at an average  altitude of 1000m in rich volcanic soil.  Beans are a mix of Caturra and Catuai  mostly shade grown and is a washed coffee. A little bit nutty with good acidity and Mr Monsoon assures me has a little citrus fruit too.  I think this is best in filter/cafetiere but he loves as espresso! Medium roasted, and although not the strongest coffee in the world, has a lovely flavour.

Swiss Water Decaf Brazilian - Great little coffee, slightly sweet and slightly chocolatey.  Here is a little from their web site!    

Brazilians consume a ridiculous amount of coffee – close to 20 million bags a year and growing – second only to the US. Fortunately for us, what they consume is mostly Conillon Robusta and lower-grade Arabica.

We recently upgraded the specs for our Decaf Brazils, now using only 17/18 Strictly Soft Fine Cup (SSFC). The 17/18 screen size has a far more consistent flavor without the pungent fruit notes that can turn up in smaller-bean Brazils (an indication of varying bean maturity). We have selected Cerrado for the region and cup profile – mild and sweet, great body – nice on its own, but also versatile in blends, as an espresso component, or for flavoring.

Swiss Water Decaf Premium Espresso Blend - This has a more complex flavour than the Brazil. See below for their description as I can't better it!

With our Premium Espresso Blend, you get coffee that shows balance, depth and Indo/Asia on bass, liveliness at a range of roasts. Brazil on rhythm guitar, washed Latins playing lead, and a dose of exotic naturals playing tambourine. The tasty result: chocolate and caramel flavors with a touch of natural fruit, just enough acidity to provide a balance of sparkle, and sweetness riding a long, smooth finish.

Pull shots with enough depth and sustaining crema you'll be surprised its decaf. Amaze your friends!

On the way we have some new harvests from Papua New Guinea, a new El Salvador Pacamara and fingers crossed that our beautiful Balmaadi Estates coffee from India is as good as I remember!

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