4th January 2011

Happy New Year!

La Candililla geisha at home over Christmas was WOW! (really)

Santa also brought my new scales for work, and it’s been interesting today to finally put some figures to what I’ve been tuning-in over the last couple of weeks with the present blend. As suspected, I seem to aiming for a brew ratio of around 41-45% with it, which I think must be an unprecidented figure for me, and partly explains why it took a while to get there! This coffee, and brewing it in the way it seems to most enjoy, has been unusual, rewarding, and challenging in many ways, and caused various useful lessons to be learned and investigated, throughout the camp, which is all part of the fun!

2 Responses to “4th January 2011”

  1. Rachelle Says:

    Hello! I’ve just discovered your blog & I think it’s really awesome! You are very passionate about coffee & all things about it, so I thought I might ask you for a bit of advice. I love coffee, coffee shops and have worked in the restaurant industry for a couple of years. Now my brother, his friend and I are thinking about opening a shop. The thing is — my brother & I know pretty much nothing about brewing coffee. We are looking at barista schools and trying to do as much research as possible – can you lend a hand with good resources/good schools to look at? Also, we know we should be working in a cafe of some sort so don’t worry we’re planning on that 🙂

    Sorry for the super long message…hope you can find some free time to respond. Thanks so much!

  2. thebeanvagrant Says:

    Hiya – thanks!

    Much of it depends where you are – in London you are spoiled for choice, as that’s the heart of the emerging ‘3rd wave’ (for want of a better term) espresso and coffee culture in the UK, but even outside of London, you are often not too far from one of the handful of fantastic artisan microroasters, and it often makes sense to go with one nearest where you are, if you like what they do, and they will be able to give you lots of advice along the way – roasters like Square Mile and Monmouth in London, James’ Gourmet Coffee in Ross on Wye, Has Bean in the midlands, Origin in Cornwall, etc.
    There’s the London School of Coffee for courses, who I understand as being one of the top places to go, but there are many other places like Absolute Espresso and Clifton Coffee doing good barista training as well.
    Check out great artisan ‘3rd wave’ cafes near you (if there are any – still few and far between in some places!), and go in and chat to the baristas if you can.
    Also, my ‘Links’ on the blog are now quite a good one-stop-shop for all sorts of fantastic coffee info and blogs, worldwide, as a resource.
    Good luck! 🙂

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