Category Archives: Coffee

Adventures in Coffee… Southsea Coffee

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.

Adventures in Coffee… Rave Recap

Fudge Blend

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.

Adventures in Coffee… The Missed Ones

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!


Adventures in Coffee… Starbucks Reserve East Timor Ermera

The second of the reserve samples I got from the London Coffee Festival. I have continued to use this mainly for espresso before heading off to work each morning. 

This was slightly more acidic than the No 11 reserve, but again had a lovely crema coming out of the espresso machine.  I would say this was a lighter coffee than I would normally go for. For me lighter means more acidic and less smooth. It had a lingering after taste that I find a little too much. As always it’s nice to try something different.


Adventures in Coffee… Starbucks Reserve No 11

This is first of the coffees I got from the London Coffee Festival. 

The Starbucks booth was giving out samples of their reserve collection. The last time I tried the reserve roast was in Seattle. I know a lot of people stay clear of the big brands, but I think they have made coffee accessible to the masses in a way that small coffee roasters would not be able to do. But then once people enjoy coffee that can do as I did and start searching for local or independent coffee roasters and get the next experience from there. 

I have to say also that the Starbucks booth was one of the best at the festival as they had plenty of staff to talk to about the coffee. Most so the other stalls were so busy you couldn’t get near a actual person, which was the one disappointment of the festival for me. But the coffee was amazing at every booth I went to!


The No 11 reserves was a nice. I really enjoyed this as an espresso and a French press. It was smooth and had a lovely cream come through the espresso machine. It was nice to get access to the and another three reserves to samples. 

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