This month I have worked through the big stash of Rave coffee beans I bought last month and it’s good that I bought extra as I have not been that way since. I will be making a special trip in the next week or so to pick up their Christmas blend.
The coffee I’ve just started is my first Christmas Blend from Taylors. It’s nice and dark and warming. It’s not a complex taste and surprising smooth for a pre-package coffee.
Tea wise I treated myself to teapigs winter spiced tea and am loving it. It’s so warm and spicy on a dark evening and smells divine.
This month has really been about trying out my new toy – the Bodum pour over! I really want a big chemex, but saw this when was out shopping and couldn’t resist for £15. I love the pour over method for brewing coffee as it just takes a bit more time and makes it a bit of a ritual.
Plus I love the way it looks while brewing!
I also found a new purple version of my french press. Mine has been splitting at the bottom for a while and I’ve been worried it will break. I’m going to keep it though as it will be useful tot make places where I won’t mind if it does get broken.
This is my favourite time of year for coffee and tea.
I’ve decided to streamline my posts so am bring together my adventures in coffee and tea into a monthly update to share with you all.
There has been a nice selection of drinks I’ve been having the last month or so.
First up I got a free sample from Starbucks and I liked it a lot. I have a preference for Guatemalian coffee so this was a nice freebie to get. I tried it in both my espresso maker and as a pour over and both were very nice.
Next up I was lucky to win a Twitter competition by Hope and Glory to try their Honduras coffee. This was a nice change for me I found it lighter and more a six than what I would normally go for. I tried it a variety of ways and found the French press with milk suited this coffee for me. It left the oils in and could be made quite strong and then the milk added some balance.
Also in October I took a trip to Cardiff to visit a fried s and we went for late lunch at Barkers Tea House. I had the house blend breakfast tea and it was lovely. I also had a sandwich and came, both of which were excellent and we are planning to head back for a proper afternoon tea before Christmas.
I’ve been working my way through a stock of Bluebird tea I have and the first one is coffee pu’erh. I really like this. It’s a strong smoked tea and the adoration of whole coffee beans gives it a deep flavour that isn’t quite tea, but also not quite coffee. I refit sky recommend trying this one if you love both coffee and tea. It’s great on a weekend morning when I can’t make up my mind of what I want.
I also found the Hot Cross Bun tea I bought back in April! This one was okay.mots not my favourite, but was it was nice to try some ring different and I do like to have a rooibos tea for the cold evenings.
I found this one, but I’m sure this is a multiple from last year, but is definitely a favourite from Bluebird as it feels like a guilt free mocha drink.
This was the month of finds of the tea I got last winter and the. Didn’t finish before it got warmer. I think I meant to give this one as a present, but nevermind. This has felt nice on an evening while cosying up with a good book as its dark and rainy and turning to winter. I don’t normally like ginger based drinks, but as long a only lightly brew this works great for me.
I also treated myself to new mug of my Halloween trip to the Harry Potter Studio. This is a great size mug!
While in Portsmouth for my swim I explored the local area and with a search found an independent coffee shop in Southsea, who use Hasbean Coffee.
It was a busy Sunday morning but worth the wait for a flat white and a cinnamon bun in the sunshine. I didn’t realise they did brunch, otherwise I would have planned btter, but the coffee and cake were fabulous.
It got busier as time passed so I didn’t feel I could linger with my journal. I would love to go back during a quieter risk to really soak in the atmosphere and try a few more of their options.
I would recommend heading out of the main town area to find this coffee shop. I know I’ll be going back next time I’m in the area.
This is my new favourite coffee. It is strong, but smooth. It works well in both espresso and filter form and I enjoyed the whole bag so much that within the same month I bought another, bigger bag and am enjoying that too.
Brazil Fazenda Irmas Pereira Single Orgin
This was an interesting one. I wanted to try a different nuts blend, but they didn’t have it available so went for this one instead on the recommendation of the staff. It was nutty, but I also found it has an acidic after taste, especially in the espresso form. Pour-over was better as I also added milk to those drinks and that mellowed it out quite a bit.
Mocha Java Blend
On my second trip of the month to Rave along with the large bag of Fudge Blend I decided to try the Mocha Java Blend as it was on offer the weekend I visited. This is nice, a little bitterer than the Fudge, but a nice strong blend. Leaving my espresso to cool slightly before drinking makes it smoother I have found, but could just be me.
I have found out Rave do some coffee workshops and I intend to book on the next time they become available. I really want to learn about the proportions of water to coffee and how to make café coffee at home. I will be so excited when I get booked on so I hope it’s not too long to wait.
I’ve been so rubbish at keeping up with my coffee reviews and even my own notes I keep for my own benefit. It was easier when I had a subscription, but I stopped that a while a go and have yet to find another one to take it’s place. So I thought I would round up the ones I missed into their own post. I think they are form the last 6 months, but mainly since the London Coffee Festival.
A third example of the Starbuck Reserve selection from the London Coffee Festival.
The new roaster I found at the London Coffee Festival from Freehand Coffee.
The fourth Reserve from the Starbucks collection from the London Coffee Festival.
A single origin from Rave coffee, way back from January!
I was also given some free Taylor’s beans, the Kilimanjaro blend, and enjoyed, but not as an espresso. I’ve also been picking up sale beans from my local Whittard’s outlet shop.
I’m missing going out and finding new coffees to try and want to make this part of my exploring and travelling again. I’m going to find some roasters and shops I can visit on weekends over the next few months and also get back to my coffee blogging again. I also want to look at brewing methods and equipment as I know I am being lazy and want to start making amazing mugs of coffee overtime. So I also need something I can take to work to do this as well. Lots to think about!