Archive for July, 2011

24th July 2011

July 24, 2011

I’ve had my first tastes today of the newest coffee from the Operation Cherry Red project via James’ Gourmet Coffee. I was monstrously excited about this one, as word was it was similar to the first and oh so exciting coffee that I tried from OCR back in 2008-9, and used in my first year of barista competition. It has been described as ‘crazy’ ‘ridiculous’ and ‘amazing’. It is! I had to play around with this a little to get it right …but then Wow! Fantastic, mental coffee. It was like being transported back in time two years as well – albeit to somewhere rather different!

Meanwhile at the plan, the selection of coffees I’m predominantly using for espresso currently offer varying shades of summery, floral, citrusy, soft-fruity juiciness. Perfect for our classic British summer.

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18th July 2011

July 18, 2011

Enjoying some ridiculously good Kenyan coffee from Square Mile at home at the moment – their Kangunu Mill AA. The raspberries, blackcurrant, cranberry and other promised fruits abound deliciously. Well worth the higher price tag, as a treat (a visit from mum as the occasion – good excuse!). I’ve missed great Kenyan coffee over the last few months! I’ve been aiming for about 2 mins 40 secs for a single cup with this. My mum had hers with cream and sugar, as always… but liked it very much as well! 😀

Tomorrow I’ve got Brazilian Fazenda Solum back on at the cafe for the espresso for a day. This was my favorite coffee for espresso a few weeks/months back – but Naturelle’s returned since then, so how will it compare?! Can’t wait to see. And pssst! Three letters. OCR..!

11th July 2011

July 11, 2011

I replaced the burrs on our Anfim Super at the end of last week, and the difference has been something of a revelation! A variety of issues were arising, increasingly so in recent weeks, and after some head-scratching, I went for a new pair of gnashers. Pretty blown away – even initially, before full seasoning, by the differences. Then a totally enjoyable, ripe melon-sweet shot! *Relieved*

I’ll have at least four different coffees (two blends, and two S/O estates) going through these burrs over the next two weeks!