4th September 2011

Over the last several weeks at the cafe, I’ve been alternating just two different coffees for espresso. These coffees have been one seasonal blend, Caffe Naturelle (currently featuring coffees from Brazil, Guatemala, and Ethiopia), and one single estate, Finca Las Nubes (Guatemalan washed red catuai varietal). This has partly been because these are currently my two favorite coffees for espresso at our roaster, and partly because I have once again felt the desire to focus on fewer coffees for a while, in an attempt to observe them more closely, fine tune techniques, represent the coffees better, and learn more! I will continue to use these for the next few weeks …and then new things will begin to appear!

Both these coffees are just my thing. Clean, juicy, citrusy and fruity, in different ways and degrees – perfect for the summer too! The punchy yet soft orangey citrus of the Las Nubes, along with its other notes, is stunning. I had to do quite a lot of work at one stage to get this coffee to where I like it best, but have been rewarded. I’m brewing it at about a 57% brew ratio, ideally.

I had another brief visit to London recently. I usually only get the chance to visit once or twice a year, and whenever I’m there I try to visit some of the top artisan coffee shops – some new ones, and maybe some that I’ve been to previously as well. The scene is flourishing in London, and while there used to be just a small handful of places of note a few years ago, there are now amazing places opening up regularly. You still have to know where to go though! Please, if you like coffee, and are visiting London – make the effort to check some of the top places out – you’ll rarely be disappointed – and hopefully very much the opposite! On the Great Coffee Links on the main page of my blog, there’s the London Coffee Map, and the London’s Best Coffee App for IPhone and Android to help you find the right places. This time I visited Nude’s newest shop in the square, and Notes Music and Coffee. Great stuff!

Over the last 9 months or so as we have moved through winter and summer, I think I can say I’ve been making some connections with various subtler aspects of seasonality, particularly with espresso, in relation to issues I was aware of theoretically, but haven’t been able to observe to this extent before. The effects on flavour of seasons both in terms of our seasons here, and, very differently, those of the coffees, dictated by origin, in terms of changes over the duration of their stay.

The Pages on the blog tend to be fairly fixed entries, but these are occasionally updated, modified, or even rewritten as things change, or as I reassess how best to convey the topics…

Nice mention on Stephen Nottingham’s local food blog recently. Looks like a fascinating and extensive blog – great to have people in the area doing stuff like this.

And …There’s a new coffee in at the JGC roastery, which I’m pretty excited about …Kenya Kayu! Can’t wait!

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2 Responses to “4th September 2011”

  1. Professor Philip Burnard Says:

    I love your passion for coffee, Trevor. You continue to make the best in Cardiff and I trust that you will continue to do this. You are one of Cardiff’s gems!

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