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Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Sometimes its hard to know where to start when it comes to gifts for coffee lovers, which is why we've put together a few tips to help you find the perfect gift this Christmas.   Brewing methods A good place to start is to find out what type of home brewing methods they use. Do they have a French press, V60 or maybe Aeropress? Sussing this out will help decide on what coffees will work best.  If coffee isn't your thing it can maybe seem a bit daunting when researching all the different coffee types and beans. Whether you prefer your Americano with milk, or a Flat white over a filter, everyone has their favorite and its the same with brewing methods     In...

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The coffee challenge for non-coffee specialists

Fourth wave…fifth wave…V60…extraction ratio… It’s hard to deny that there is a lot of change within the coffee world and that it can be hard to keep up, even for the specialist coffee operators. Driving this change are the three Ts – Tastemakers, Technology and Transparency.

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2017 review: a year of coffee highlights

So it’s that time of the year – a time to overindulge in mince pies, to say hello to long lost friends and family and to take stock of the year as a whole. For us, that means looking back over the year in coffee, so we’ve asked the team for their coffee highlights from 2017.

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Christmas gift guide for Coffee Lovers

When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas gift for coffee lovers it can be hard to know where to start, we've put together a collection of tips to help you find the perfect gift Firstly, find out what type of home brewing methods they use. Do they have a French press or V60?  This will make it easier to decide on what coffees will work best.  Coffee types  Espresso blends and Single Origin coffees are best for espresso or immersion brewing methods like Home espresso machines or French Press   Brewing method Pour over brew methods like Chemex or V60 work best with Single origin or Microlots. Something festive For seasonal stocking fillers, there are Christmas Coffee Blends that can really...

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‘THE RIGHT THING TO DO’ - Coffee Traceability and Transparency in Ethiopia

Jan Komarek, our Green Coffee Buyer and Head of Quality Control at Bailies Coffee Roasters shares his insights on Ethiopia and the difficulties associated with traceability and transparency. With the introduction of our Ethiopian microlots we felt it was appropriate to disclose why our newly launched Microlot coffees from Ethiopia are not traceable to the washing station or the farmer. Yes, not traceable but read on to learn why. Behind every coffee label is a great story. So, when Jan scheduled the Ethiopian Sidamo microlot coffees for roasting, we couldn’t help reflect on what it took to get it here and the challenges that exist in Ethiopia. It all began before Christmas 2016 when Jan announced he was travelling to...

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