Girls Who Grind Coffee - Dr Congo - Coffee Review

Now it is definitely no secret that I love the girls over at GWGC, they are babes, and whenever they release something new, whether it be stickers, mugs, coffee, I am there. 

Recently they released 4(!!!) (that's right, 4!!) different coffees, great for me, not so great for my ever declining bank balance, but I asked them which two they recommended, and they came back to say the Congo + Nicaraguan, so naturally I ordered both, and so kindly they also popped in a bag of the Colombian, which I am so so so grateful for!!!

Today I am writing a review about the absolutely wonderful, Dr Congo 

Since receiving it, being the first one I tried out of the three, I haven't even tried the others yet, because this one is so so so delicious!! I'm actually very close to the bottom of the bag, which after pay day, I will be ordering some more (or possibly 3 bags to make sure I have it at all times)

I tried it through V60 and Aeropress, I really couldn't say which I liked more, the V60 gave it a more fruitier taste, where the immersion from the Aeropress gave it a more tangy taste, both of which I am loving. 

As usual the girls offer whole beans, as well as also offering pre-ground coffee for pourovers, french press and aeropress, if you don't have a grinder of your own at home. 

The beans: DR Congo, Idjwi Island, Lake Kivu
Variety:  Bourbon
Process: Washed
Taste Notes: Milk Chocolate, Floral, Tangy Marmalade, R.E.S.P.E.C.T
Producer: Rebuild Women's Hope

If you want to read more about the way this coffee is supporting the Rebuild Women's Hope Programme, Click Here


The recipe I used to brew: 

Grind: Medium Fine
Grams: 19g
Water: 300ml
Time: 3 Minutes, 25 Seconds 
Bloom: 55g, 28 Seconds

Tasting Notes (My brew): 
Aroma: Floral-y aromas
Acidity: Tangy with a smooth + clean finish
Body: Light on the tongue, very smooth and crisp
Flavour: Chocolatey, tangy with floral notes, and a smooth clean finish


The recipe I used to brew: 

Grind: Slightly Finer Grind
Grams: 14g
Bloom: 30 Seconds
Time: 2 Minutes 35 Seconds
Push: 30 Seconds

Tasting Notes (My brew): 
Aroma: Floral aromas with spicy tones
Acidity: Tangy and crisp
Body: Light floral after taste, left on tongue
Flavour: Better immersion, more chocolatey, tangy.

With both of the brews I tried, I really couldn't give an answer if you asked me which one to brew it through, because either way you're going to get a banging cup of coffee.
I cant wait to try the other two coffees because through no doubt they're going to be amazing too.

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Yarer Forest Ethiopian - Beanpress Coffee Co - Coffee Review

Christmas 2017 I was ever so kindly gifted a lot of coffee, and one of the brands I knew I was getting (as my mother seemed to call me to ask me what was the difference between the espresso blend beans and the single origin) was Beanpress Coffee Co
I have tried numerous amounts of single origin coffee's from this company, and this one, definitely did not disappoint, I'd even go to say that it's the best one I've tried from beanpress. 

I received a 100g bag, enough for quite a few coffees which makes me happy that I get to try different brew methods with this particular bean. 

The only thing that I think beanpress (or the shops that sell them) could improve on, is to put more information on the packaging, as you can see if came in a little see through bag, with very minimal details about the coffee, and no date on when it was roasted. But you cant have it all.

The Beans: Yarer Forest Ethiopian
Variety: Unknown
Process: Natural 
Taste Notes (From The Bag): Rich Gingerbread, Spicy/Floral

The Recipe I Used To Brew

Grind: Medium Fine
Grams: 17G
Water: 250ML at 85 Degrees
Time: 2 Minutes 45 Seconds
Bloom: 75G, 25 Seconds

(We'll ignore how awkward these cups are to hold with their TINY HANDLE)

Tasting Notes, My Brew:
Aroma: Floral-y aromas, 
Acidity: Low acidity, smooth, and lingered
Body: Full and heavy bodied coffee, flavours lingered on the tongue
Flavour: Floral and spicy flavour notes

Have you tried any coffee's from beanpress? If so what did you think?

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2018 Goals

2018 is a year, that I have a lot of hope for. 

I had a lot of goals in 2017, that got pushed back a lot for numerous amounts of reasons, and as I am definitely not one of these "new year, new me" people, I write a list of goals I want to achieve rather than a "resolution" list. 

So instead of them getting pushed back because I didn't write them down, I thought no better than to blog the goals, to look back later on in the year and kick myself if I haven't started them. 

2017 was a crazy year, with lots of ups and downs, I pushed myself out of my comfort zones a lot, and I expect 2018 will be no different (or I hope anyway) 

Here is a list of the goals I'd like to achieve in 2018

Keep blogging consistently

Over the past couple of years, I've had numerous blogs, that I have created then just completely disregarded either because I didn't have the time or I just wasn't interested as I really didn't know the direction of where I wanted to take it. So 2018 will be the year that I blog consistently and not give up on it. 

Write some more

Every year, I say I'm going to do lots of writing, and maybe even start writing that book that I've been meaning to write since 2012, maybe 2018 will be the year that I actually try to commit with something as extravagant as that. 

Bullet Journal

 Bullet Journalling is something I toyed with a lot in 2017, but endlessly failed with half used months and not actually planning it out, but 2018, is set up, it's a new year, new month and I am excited to (try my hardest) to do it everyday (or realistically every other day) 

Read some more

2017, was a shit show for reading, I think in total I read around 3 books, starting them then getting distracted in the process and discarding them to watch some netflix, but 2018 is not going to be like that. I plan on reading 12 books (essentially 1 a month) if I read more, great. To help with this goal I will be tracking them on the GoodReads app

Do Something Amazing

Now this one isn't really one that I can place my finger on what I'm going to do, it could be something planned, something spontaneous, I don't know, I just know I want to do something really amazing, to make myself proud.

Travel More

Now I am definitely not one to travel, but in 2018, I want to see more places, explore more and definitely add more places to my scratch map, which at the moment, is looking very, very sad. 

Go to more events 

In 2017, I attended quite a few coffee events (Read about them here) and 2018 I want to be no different, although I might be branching out more job wise, it wont stop me going to coffee events, London Coffee Festival is a top one on my list as last year, it was filled with anxiety and although it was an amazing day, I'd like to go and properly enjoy it. 

There are a few more goals I want to achieve, but I feel like this blog post has definitely gone on for long enough. 

I hope everyone has had an amazing New Year.

Make 2018 a year to remember.