Archive for July, 2013

Newest Guest Roaster at the plan cafe: Union Hand Roasted

July 24, 2013

So, our newest Guest Roaster for espresso is rested, tested, and will be on from tomorrow!

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This is Union Hand Roasted (a London-based artisan roaster). 

Whilst they’ve certainly been on my radar as one of the roasters to try for a long time, this is our first time with their coffees.

We have two different in-season blends from them that will be on as our espresso over the next two weeks, with some James’ Gourmet here and there and at weekends in between as well.

I have (predictably!) gone for the less deep end of their available variety of roast spectrum (which is going to be deep enough!), with their Bright Note and Rogue blends.

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First up is Bright Note.

This is currently composed of two coffees from the Lambari farm in Brazil (a pulp and a full natural), Rwandan Gashonga, and also Cobahue from Guatemala.

Later on, we will also be brewing Rogue espresso, a blend composed of Brazilian Fazenda Bob-o-link and Colombian Asprotimana.

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Bright Note shot.

I could string together some more, or less, useful sentences where the phrase ‘Italian’ would crop-up (positively) several times, but won’t.

Whereas from James’ Gourmet roasters, there will be the latest incarnation of the Caffe Naturelle espresso blend in between, after finishing the last of their Colombian SOE Finca La Paz today (tomato!!).

And from JGC for French Press (or filter beans for home), we have Cup of Excellence Brazilian Serra Dos Crioulos, Kenyan Kirimahiga, and the Habesha Ethiopian blend, featuring two Yirgacheffes (one washed, and one natural; Aricha Keble), with one Limu.

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15th July 2013

July 15, 2013

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Heat wave = over ice, at home. Japanese Method

The plan in July …Images

July 9, 2013

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Fun with new phone – just playing!

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Naturelle seasonal organic espresso. Currently featuring Guji Shakiso (washed single farm/Coop in the Guji mountains, Oromia region, southern Ethiopia) combined with Finca Bourbon washed Guatemalan single estate. 

And, I’m pleased and excited to announce that Caffeine Magazine will be available at the plan cafe from later this week – for all our customers!!

Also (rare non coffee related news allowed on my site – sorry!), Cardiff Comedy Festival 2013 continues at the cafe: Every Thursday evening in July, the plan is hosting Storytelling, with a different theme each week. 6pm. £3.50 on the door.

And, New Guest Roasters for our espresso approaching …fast! Watch this space.

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Rested and Dialled to… ON position!

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July 4, 2013

Populations…

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Grounds… I could look at grounds all day. Sometimes I almost do!

Shapes, size/s… populations…

Laser particle sizing completed (for the time being). Now reassessing with… eyes, fingers, and mouth! 

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(Tanzania, Rocky and Santos grinders. Brazilian Crioulos COE, and Kenya Kirimahiga)

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Keble Aricha espresso, as it was meant to be…

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Simple Tulip pour.

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Kirimahiga AA 2013