Untold Coffee Box 4

Now a fair warning, this box is an absolute beauty

This box contained a hefty 6 (!!!!) coffees

4 from Girls Who Grind Coffee, and 2 from Untold


(James also really kindly sent me a sample of the Heist hot 
chocolate handies (which are yum!))


Were going to start with the Girls Who Grind Coffee - simply because, I've done a whole other blog post on the 3 El Salvadors - 
Read that here

I ended up doing a giveaway with the 3 El Salvadors because I didn't want them to go to waste, and I definitely couldn't get through 2 bags of each! 
So they were packed up and sent to another home to be enjoyed by someone else (lucky them!!)






Guatemala

Region: San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenago Guatemala
Varietal: Pache, Bourbon, Caturra
Process: Washed
Flavour Notes: Cherry Pie, Vanilla Cream



This delicious little number, was super fruity, stone fruits to be specific, and hella smooth, with next to no acidity, and had really sweet, syrup-y undertones, I mean what more could you ask for? Guatemalan is definitely up there in my top 5 go to coffees, and this definitely makes the cut.




Untold Coffee


Jeremy Abadi

Region: Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
Varietal: Castillo
Process: Washed
Flavour Notes: Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Tangerine




As soon as I took a sip, chocolate notes hit me in the best way, it's not very often you get a coffee that has the most delicious, defining chocolate notes, but damn this is it. with a sweet after taste, this is definitely my new go to "pick me up" coffee for the afternoon. 




San Luis Community Microlot

Region: Tarrazรบ Co-operative, San Luis, Costa Rica
Varietal: Caturra + Catuai
Process: Washed
Flavour Notes: Milk Chocolate, Orange





Again this coffee had a lot of chocolatey notes as well, but with loads of citrus undertones, (like a chocolate orange in coffee form!!!) it's got a slight acidity to it, which I really love in a citrus coffee because it pairs so well. It's also one of those coffees that has a taste note that I literally cant put my finger on what it is.. Anyone willing to give me sensory lessons because honestly I suck.




As usual I used the same measurements I have been for every single box whilst doing these mini reviews for the boxes

Aeropress, inverted 
16g of coffee
245ml of water 
30 second bloom
1 minute 30 brew time
30 second plunge



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Untold Coffee Box 3

It's been a long while since I have done an Untold box blog post, number 5 will actually be arriving soon, which means we have 2 boxes to catch up on! 

Exciting, as number 4 will be posted very quickly after this blog post goes live.

So lets get straight into it, and begin with box number 3.

This box contained 3 coffees - one from Untold themselves and 2 from River Coffee Roasters


So without hours of me rambling, I'm just going to jump straight into them, since it's so late and no body actually wants to read about them anymore (oops)


Like boxes 1 + 2, I'm keeping the recipe pretty consistent and using the same for all 3 coffees. All using the aeropress.
16g of coffee, 245ml of water, with a final brew time of 1 minute 45, and a bloom of 30 seconds and the plunge 30 seconds.




Untold Coffee

Rebuild Woman's Hope
Region: Idjwi Island, Lake Kivu, DR Congo
Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Flavour Notes: Maple Syrup, Black Cherry




Anyone who knows me will know that I am in LOVE with any Congo coffees, it's definitely been the top of my coffee choices for most of 2018, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. 
One thing I love with every Congo I have tried, they're always so true to the taste notes, meaning that it comes through consistently with tastes for pretty much everyone. I love that.
It was super sweet and syrup-y, with very subtle berry undertones, it was well rounded, so freaking smooth and all around a delicious cup.





River Coffee

Alejo Castro
Region: Central Valley Region, Costa Rica 
Varietal: Caturra
Process: Washed
Flavour Notes: Apricot, Mandarin, Caramel

I actually took this coffee to work with me / 
hence the lil cute jar

This coffee was super smooth and mellow, with some defining tangy citrus flavours, it was super delicious, and I had to stop myself from drinking about 6 of these. It had a super light mouthfeel with a crisp finish from the citrus notes, yum! 




Endebess Estate
Region: Northern Rift Valley, Kenya
Varietal: SL28, SL34, Batain
Process: Natural
Flavour Notes: Blackcurrant Jam, Sweet Blueberry, Red Grape Acidity

(In typical Jass style, she always misses one photo, yeah hello I'm a terrible blogger, I know) 


This coffee was super, super fruity, you could definitely taste the acidity in the aftertaste, but it was pretty delicious, I love me a good fruity coffee - but I'm used to fruity coffees being quite mellow, so this was a pleasant surprise that you also had the darkness and acidity coming through. 





I apparently didn't get a very good picture of when the coffees arrived in the box, and normally that would be the top photo, but I feel it just looks very crap, so if you love crappy photos you're in for a treat. I'm sure if I was even some what skilled in the photoshop area I could make it look ok, but alas, we're just stuck with a very mediocre photo 






Thank you for reading if you've got this far, and again, I'm sorry its almost 2 months late! 







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100 Things I Really Like

Recently I saw a post over on Smaggle (if you've never heard of Carly, what are you doing she's pretty rad) of 100 things she really liked. I thought this was such a cool idea, and an amazing way to get to know someone through a blog - so of course, taking inspiration from Carly, here is my list of 100 things I really like:


Read Carly's post here



1. Coffee - wow, really? Who'd of thought it

2. True crime documentaries

3. Loose leaf Earl Grey

4. Naps - any time, anywhere

5. Autumn and Winter 

6. Forehead kisses

7. Fresh mint, in everything

8. Wine, because who doesn't

9. The Greatest Showman

10. The colour yellow

11. The colour orange

12. Raspberries

13. Squat proof workout leggings

14. Long walks, anywhere 

15. The colour combination of grey and yellow together 

16. Rwandan coffee

17. Dairy free red velvet cake

18. When cafes have oat milk (still quite a rarity around here)

19. Red lipstick

20. Striped t-shirts 

21. Fluffy blankets that feel as soft as clouds

22. Oversized hoodies

23. CBD Oil

24. Halo Top dairy free ice-cream

25. When my niece tells me she loves me

26. Buying gifts for people

27. Podcasts

28. Writing a really good blog post

29. Chalkboards

30. Rose gold anything

31. Creating a really good DIY

32. Hot chocolate (with squirty cream)

33. Dinosaurs, especially t-rexs

34. The feeling you get when getting a new tattoo

35. Home inspo Pinterest boards

36. Enamel pin badges

37. Christmas themed pyjama sets

38. Really symmetrical latte art 

39. Pamper days

40. Big dogs

41. Small dogs

44. Aesthetically pleasing places

45. Funny A boards and signs

46. 3D latte art (not to drink, but they look pretty cool)

47. That feeling in a cafe when you give them your reusable cup 

48. The very occasional times of having a clean car

49. Essential oil diffusers

50. Epsom salts in the bath 

51. Cold brew

52. A good cup of tea

53. Watching somebody talk about something they're really passionate about

54. Hearing the rain pour whilst you're tucked in bed

55. Hot water bottles

56. Making things with coffee grounds

57. Stretching and yoga

58. Meditation

59. Vanilla scented candles

60. Anything sweet chilli flavoured

61. Zero waste shops

62. The feeling when you dry brush/exfoliate

63. Sea glass hunting

64. Pancakes! 

65. Felt Christmas decorations 

66. Sweet pickled garlic (don't even judge me, its delicious) 

67. Long drives

68. Toast 

69. Watermelon

70. When your boyfriend likes what you've cooked

71. Mugs

72. Pantry food stored in jars (ugh, so Pinterest)

73. Cool V60 stands

74. Back stretches

75. Coffee Subscription boxes

76. The vibe and atmosphere at Latte Art Throwdowns

77. Fresh sheets

78. Finding avocados reduced at Tesco

79. Watching thrift flips on YouTube (the things people can do!!!! wow!!!)

80. Videos of cute kids making coffee

81. Planning trips 

82. Exploring new places 

83. Winning on a scratch card

84. Scrapbooking

85. Getting a notification from Shazam saying you were one of the first people to discover a global hit

86. Paying for parking using my phone (its the lil things)

87. The app Forest

88. Google keep notes

89. Making new spotify playlists

90. The aesthetics of some peoples Instagrams

91. The smell of coffee roasterys

92. Date nights

93. Crop tops with high waisted jeans

94. Getting a fresh hair cut

95. Black forest hot chocolate (thanks Costa) 

96. Seeing kids faces when I etch a bear in their chocolate babycino's

97. Waking up before sunrise (in summer months, obviously)

 98. Baby cuddles

99. Crispy fried tofu

100. Seeing live ballet




As it turns out 100 things is actually quite a lot, hats off to whoever got to the end of the list. 










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GIVEAWAY

In this months Untold Coffee box (watch out for that blog post soon!) I received a whole ton of goodies. 
Unfortunately, I already have all 3 of the delicious El Salvador coffees from Girls Who Grind Coffee. 

So instead of wasting some damn delicious coffee's I thought I would hold my first ever giveaway! I actually planned to do a giveaway nearer to Christmas but I really don't want these coffee's to go to waste whilst I'm trying new coffees left, right and centre.




So what will included in this giveaway? 


 100g of El Salvador, Honey processed - whole bean
Flavour Notes: Shortbread, Lemon Curd and Honeycomb

100g of El Salvador, Washed - whole bean
Flavour Notes: Apple Cider Doughnut and Toasted Pecan

100g of El Salvador, Natural - whole bean
Flavour Notes: Dark Chocolate and Sloe Gin

All 3 coffees are from the San Salvador region and are Bourbon Varietal.
and obviously all from Girls Who Grind Coffee.

1x Barista & Co drip cone (plus one pack of 80 filters)

AND 

You will also receive 1 special invite code into the Untold Coffee membership coffee club.




TO ENTER

all you need to do to enter is head over to my Instagram (linked here, can also be found at the bottom of this post OR in my social media tab) 

- follow me on Instagram

- find and like the giveaway post

- comment WHY you would like to win these goodies

THAT'S IT!!! THAT'S ALL YOU GOTTA DO

(as someone who doesn't have many friends, I HATE giveaways that you have to tag "friends" so I knew I couldn't be doing that for you guys) 



You have until Saturday the 10th of November at 8pm to enter!!! 
Also this giveaway is open to UK+Europe (in future giveaways I hope to do worldwide, but shipping expenses are wowsies expensive)

I hope you are as excited as me for this mini giveaway, and like I said if this one goes well I will be doing some more in the future!! 



I have also done a blog post on all three of these coffees that you can check out here
They are super delicious so don't forget to enter for your chance of winning them!!! 










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