This Coffee Tastes Disgusting

Fortunately, this is something we rarely hear but we suspect that independent shops following the current trend for super light roast hear it more often. As well as gourmet suppliers with light acidic coffees, there are other reasons a cup of coffee can be a disappointment. Chains offer high roast coffee made weakly, or low-grade Robusta, to boost profits…

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Coffee prices still through the roof

Frost is the enemy of coffee plants. With the Brazil frost season now over uneventfully, coffee roasters (and drinkers) are breathing a sigh of relief, hoping for a drop in the sky-high wholesale prices we have suffered since the frost in Brazil last summer. So far that has not happened and in the next few weeks Coffee may even…

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Birds and Bee`s Help Boost Coffee Crops Growth

Bee`s Help

A new study involving real-world experiments at 30 coffee farms has found that coffee fruit health and production is dramatically improved with the increased presence of both birds and bees. The research underscores the need to support agroforestry systems in coffee farming — as opposed to deforested monocrop systems — in order to support biodiversity, plant health, and potentially…

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All about the milk

We know there is a wide choice of milk nowadays. Almond and soy are our best selling after “real ” milk. But what do we mean by “real ” milk? It’s easy to forget that cow’s milk comes in several forms: skimmed, semi skimmed, full cream, and each can be homogenised although this is much harder to find. After…

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It’s a no brainer

It’s extraordinary that almost no-one has heard of coffee juice. Or coffee cherries for that matter. This could be the next big thing, and we don’t say that lightly, if fact in the cautious world of coffee we have never felt the need to use that phrase. The coffee cherry is the heart of the issue. It surrounds the…

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Organic is Booming

The UK organic market is booming 12.6% up year on year. This is the highest growth since dip that followed the 2007 financial crisis – the total market has now reached reaching £2.79B. Growth is led by online sales during the Covid pandemic, say the Soil Association: “organic is now rightfully recognised as the cornerstone of a resilient food…

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Roast is more important than origin

In choosing your coffee you should look out for two factors: roast strength and origin and in our opinion roast strength is the more important. If you are confused by the wide range we offer we would advise you to identify the roast you prefer and only then decide on the origin or blend. So for instance if you…

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It’s the Economy, Stupid

A massive thank you to all our loyal customers. Thanks to you we have maintained 70% of our pre-lockdown turnover in our shop. That’s by day. Meanwhile by night Portobello Road has been mentioned nationally as a place attracting unwelcome partyers, but don’t worry we are closed by then. Like most businesses our customers range from the very worried…

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Message from a long way away

We get a steady trickle of customer emails thanking us for prompt service, and we don’t usually blow our own trumpet so flagrantly, but in this case the destination caught our eye… Message Body: Hi, Thank you. Order arrived very promptly today. Great service and coffee. All the best from the wilds of the Hebrides. Cheers JLL

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A corporate coup?

The government lockdown to control the Covid virus is the most draconian event since WW2. We call for a government of national unity. Instead it looks as if, in a replay of 2008, all the government’s big corporate backers will get handouts enabling them to survive and then prosper, eventually swallowing up another big chunk of the economy as…

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