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Bethany Lees
Coffee Freshness - How Fresh Is Too Fresh?

Coffee Freshness - How Fresh Is Too Fresh?

We’ll walk you through why coffee freshness is so important, as well as some top tips on how to preserve the freshness of your coffee. 

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Jim Kersey
Coffee Subscriptions –  Coffee Clubs, Bean Boxes and In-Shop Subscriptions Explained

Coffee Subscriptions – Coffee Clubs, Bean Boxes and In-Shop Subscriptions Explained

The UK coffee subscription landscape is incredible. Many of the nation’s most established coffee roasters have doubled down on their online subscription models since the pandemic, while a huge number of new and digital-first brands have also entered the market.

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Bethany Lees
Is Whole Bean Better Than Pre-Ground Coffee?

Is Whole Bean Better Than Pre-Ground Coffee?

The vast majority of supermarkets and specialty coffee roasters offer both whole beans and pre-ground coffee. But which is the better choice? 

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Bethany Lees
5 Reasons To Visit A Coffee Roastery

5 Reasons To Visit A Coffee Roastery

A coffee roastery is one of the most exciting places to be if you’re a coffee lover or interested in how the process works. However, there are still misconceptions about what a coffee roastery is and how it relates to the other parts of the global coffee supply chain.

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Bethany Lees
The Beginner's Guide To Different Coffee Types

The Beginner's Guide To Different Coffee Types

There are so many different types of coffee out there, from Espresso-based drinks to fancy pour overs like the Chemex and V60. We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to different coffee types to make it easier for you.

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Bethany Lees
Light Roast vs. Medium Roast - Coffee Roasting Explained

Light Roast vs. Medium Roast - Coffee Roasting Explained

We see ‘light roast’ or ‘medium roast’ on countless packets of coffee, but what do they mean? How does roasting affect colour, flavour, aroma, and brewing method? 

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Jim Kersey
What Is A Coffee Roaster? Wholesale, Subscriptions & Coffee Roasting Explained

What Is A Coffee Roaster? Wholesale, Subscriptions & Coffee Roasting Explained

The majority of coffee shops around the world buy their beans from a wholesale roasting company. But what is a coffee roaster? We explore!

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Bethany Lees
Ground Coffee vs. Instant Coffee: What Are The Main Differences?

Ground Coffee vs. Instant Coffee: What Are The Main Differences?

If you’re looking to brush up on your coffee knowledge or want to make the change from instant coffee to ground coffee, then you’re in the right place. In this post we explore the many differences between ground coffee and instant coffee, including the type of beans typically used for each, caffeine content, shelf life, taste, and the way these coffees are brewed.

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Bethany Lees
Espresso Explained: What's The Difference Between Espresso And Filter Coffee?

Espresso Explained: What's The Difference Between Espresso And Filter Coffee?

What makes an espresso different to filter coffee? Many factors ranging from the size of the drink, the caffeine content, the taste, and even the aroma all play a part. But most importantly, these coffees differ due to the way they are made.

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Jim Kersey
Coffee Tasting Guide – Top 10 FAQs Answered

Coffee Tasting Guide – Top 10 FAQs Answered

There’s a strict protocol to follow if you are coffee cupping, but the general act of coffee tasting can take many forms. Here’s our coffee tasting guide for beginners.

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Bethany Lees
Coffee Tasting Terms Explained — How To Taste Coffee Like A Professional

Coffee Tasting Terms Explained — How To Taste Coffee Like A Professional

Whether you’ve got a coffee cupping session coming up, or you just want to learn how to appreciate your morning coffee more, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on your knowledge of coffee tasting terms.

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Jim Kersey
A Visit from the Producers of El Vergel - What We Learnt

A Visit from the Producers of El Vergel - What We Learnt

From challenges faced by climate change to why they choose to grow specialty coffee over commodity coffee, here’s what we learnt when we interviewed the Tolima-based producers of our popular El Vergel coffee.

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Bethany Lees
Coffee Traceability: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Coffee Traceability: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

The desire for traceability in the specialty coffee industry is growing, with more interest than ever in where coffee comes from, who grows it, and how it gets from farm to cup.

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Jim Kersey
The Cost of Coffee - What’s Behind the Rise in Coffee Prices?

The Cost of Coffee - What’s Behind the Rise in Coffee Prices?

The cost of a simple cup or bag of coffee is connected to so many of the world’s most critical issues, ranging from the climate crisis to the global pandemic. We explore what’s really behind the rise in coffee prices.

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Jim Kersey
Coffee Tasting Experiences - What to Expect During Your First Cupping Session

Coffee Tasting Experiences - What to Expect During Your First Cupping Session

Anyone can taste coffee but 'cupping' refers to the standardised process of evaluating coffees used by the coffee industry. We explore what you need to know before your first tasting (or cupping) experience.

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Decaf Coffee Beans - How Is Coffee Decaffeinated?

Decaf Coffee Beans - How Is Coffee Decaffeinated?

We shed light on what decaf is and how exactly coffee is decaffeinated using methods like the sugar cane decaf process so you can make a more informed decision when choosing your next bag of Colombian decaf coffee beans.

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Jim Kersey
How to Buy Specialty Coffee Beans - A Beginner’s Guide

How to Buy Specialty Coffee Beans - A Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to start buying better specialty coffee with our beginner’s guide. We discuss roast dates, flavours (notes), supermarkets, descriptions on coffee packets, and provide a simple checklist for when you’re in a fix.

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Jim Kersey
Arabica Coffee Beans - Why the World Loves Coffee Arabica

Arabica Coffee Beans - Why the World Loves Coffee Arabica

Arabica coffee beans offer a smoother, sweeter taste than Robusta. And despite being harder to grow, are widely considered to be the superior bean in the world of specialty coffee.

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Jim Kersey
Understanding Different Coffee Roasts - A Beginner’s Guide

Understanding Different Coffee Roasts - A Beginner’s Guide

We all know coffee roasting matters to the final flavour but the reasons why are unclear for many. Does dark mean bitter? Does light mean fruity? Is medium roast a safe “middle ground”? Learn how different roasts influence coffee flavour.

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