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Adventures in Coffee… February Hasbean

My subscription to Hasbean is fantastic. It means I always have coffee and because I’ve been reducing the amount I drink to one or two cups a day it lasts me two weeks!

The coffee I got for February was the Bolivia Finca Canton Uyunese. 

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I really enjoyed this coffee. It was smooth and sweet and made a great black coffee from the french press and a slightly more acidic coffee through the filter cone. I think leaving the oils in during the french press brew keeps it slightly more mellow.

The notes said to expect honeydew melon, chocolate and white grapes. I definitely got the sweetness of the melon and the acidity of the grapes, but without reading the notes, I wouldn’t have known these were the flavours coming through. I could do with paying more attention.

I need to get better at watching the In MY Mug videos as drink the coffee each month, but February and March have been crazy busy so I didn’t get the chance. I’ve included the video here for my future reference. I’ll schedule in some time for March’s coffee.

Adventures in Coffee… Harrods Continental Blend

My christmas present from my sister was some fantastic coffee from Harrods. Finally someone listened to me when I say if you ever buy me a gift coffee or books are great!

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So first up is the Continental blend. This is described as a coffee for daytime drinking, which I would agree with. it’s nice and smooth and creates a lovely crema when brewing over a filter cone. The french press was also a good way to brew this coffee. I didn’t try it as espresso, but I think it wouldn’t have been bold enough.

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I enjoyed this coffee black over with milk. It had a nice bite to it and no lingering bitter after taste, so it was great for at work for me.

If this was valuable at my local supermarket I would get it again, but for the cost and the bag being on the small side, it made a nice change, but I’m not worried about having it again.

 

Adventures in Coffee… January Hasbean

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January’s coffee from my Hasbean subscription was the Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Canario Pulped Natural. It was a lighter and drier bean than I’ve had before, but the smell was amazing.  The description says there are chocolate, caramel, and toffee tones, which I would agree with, but they were not heavy. I didn’t get the peaches that it also states, but there was definitely a lightness to it. I think this is my first Brazilian coffee.

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“Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890 and recently celebrated its 108th crop. It is located in São Paolo state, just 3 miles from the border with Minas Gerais state. It enjoys the typical characteristics of the mountainous Mogiana and Sul de Minas regions and is located at an altitude of 1,100-1,250 metres. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias is one of Brazil’s leading agronomists. His family owns several farms which border each other in this area. With a total area of 417 hectares, Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has a coffee plantation area of 165 hectares. On this farm, everything is done manually since its topography does not allow any kind of mechanisation. The mill is located close to the spa town of Poços de Caldas, which is 45 minutes from the farm.” Hasbean In My Mug

“The beans are harvested on a sheet and prepared by the ‘pulped natural’ process, which separates the greens. After harvest, the beans receive the maximum attention possible so as not to lose any of the body and cup qualities for which this region is famed.”

I still love the videos and the details that are behind the coffees. I love reading about them and learning more each time.

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I’ve mainly been drinking this coffee at work in a small french press, but at the weekends I have really enjoyed it through the pour over. It creates this lovely crema and smells divine. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this as I thought it would be too light, but given the right brewing it was a very enjoyable mug of coffee, especially good in the afternoon at work.

 

Adventures in Coffee… December Hasbean

I’m a bit behind on my coffee subscription. I want to get to the place where I open the coffee the week it arrives and then maybe in the future I will get to the point where I can justify trying the weekly subscription and be in line with the In My Mug videos and be able to try the coffees as they come out.

So in January I received a bag of Columbia Finca Los Laureles Washed Caturra.

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This is a new coffee to the site, so I was excited to try it.  The description pulls out plums, black cherries, and red grapes as well as red apple sweetness. . I enjoyed this coffee mainly using a french press. I found it had a an interesting taste, which was calmed by adding milk. There was an interesting aftertaste that lingered after finishing each cup. I had mixed feelings about this, there was something that didn’t sit well, which is surprising as based on the description it would be one I would chose. Maybe it had something to do with the processing method, which I am still learning about.

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I also tried it using my espresso machine and found it an interesting shot. It was quite strong, but not as lingering this ay. When added to hot milk it was mellowed and work better for me served this way.

I always find the videos extremely interesting to find out more about the coffees I’m trying, and I found this fact interesting – the coffee is sun dried in a greenhouse. I feel about of date on these things though, so I want to get myself back being more in time.

Adventures in Coffee… Whittards Christmas Pudding Coffee

This time of year brings out all the Christmas themed gifts and food and coffee is no exception! I found in Whittards christmas pudding flavoured ground coffee!

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It’s pricey for what it is but I had to try it! It smells lovely and spiced, almost, but not as strong as chai. The downside is the bitter aftertaste. I don’t know if that is from the flavouring or the beans, but it is disappointing as I would love to love this coffee just because I am a christmas pudding fan.

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I do hope the American style coffee shops start to appear in the UK. I would love to find a Peets or Stumptown, or even different good brands in the supermarket that do flavoured coffee.  I will have to remember this for next time I see a christmas pudding coffee as I’m sure I’ve had one before and found that it didn’t live up to expectations.

I’ll still be finishing this off as I bought it and in a latte it might lose some of the aftertaste :)

 

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