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!
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.
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.
This was a random find in Brighton in April. I have been following lots of coffee shops on Twitter and Instagram and Small Batch was one of them, so when I passed it while out shopping with friends I had to pop in and get myself some beans as well as trying a cold brew on a super hot day.
I was a little disappointed in the selection and because the shop was so busy on a Saturday afternoon I felt the staff weren’t really able to spare the time to help a growing customer, so I just went with the blend that sounded nice from the packaging.
For some reason I stopped having a morning espresso before work for a while so buying this got me back in the habit and I really enjoyed it. The blend of bens from three regions was nice and worked well for me. I liked the smoothness of espresso as well as the slight bitterness of the aftertaste. A lovely blend to start the day with.
im no sure how I missed this one, but I finished this coffee back in January and never posted about it.
This was a single original coffee and one I was recommended as one for drinking in a French press and black. I mostly drank this in a fresh press, but also I have tried through the pour over. I think this is my first Cuban coffee. I probably need to make a searchable list to check out what I have tried and what I haven’t tried. I can’t say this was one I would get again, but it was differnt and I like different. It wasn’t as smooth or bold as I was expecting a itch the tasting notes being nutty, chocolate and smokey. I found it a bit Erie acid is than I was expecting. I will be going back to Rave in Juen to pick up another blend and another single origin to take me into summer.