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Dog and Hat Coffee Subscription Box 5

Now were actually starting to get somewhere with catching up on blog posts, I thought we'd go back to yet another fantastic box from Dog and Hat! 

This is the September Box which featured MOK and Gentlemen Barista - and you might recognise Gentlemen Barista from a One Click Box a good few months back, and again sneak peak - it didn't disappoint.









MOK Speciality Coffee 

MOK is a micro coffee roastery from Belgium, always aiming for the very best roasting and brewing to bring you the finest coffee experience.
The coffee is roasted on a Giesen W15, which means they roast in small batches of 10-15kg. Roasting in such small volumes allows Jens (The founder of MOK) to fully control the roasting process, making sure that the tasting profile of the bean is just right. Thanks to a close relationship with coffee traders, they always know the origin of their coffee beans. 
Jens Crabbé started the company when he had just turned 22, the idea of creating his own product and making it as good as possible was something that really fed his ambition and character as a person.



The Beans

Ethiopia dimtu Tero Farm 
Region: Guji 
Process: Washed
Varietal: Heirloom 
Taste Notes: Floral, Lime Zest, Black Tea




The Brew

V60 Brew
18g of Coffee
275ml of Water
3 Minute Total Brew Time

30 Second Bloom with 40ml of Water and 10 Second Agitation 


This coffee had such gorgeous floral aromas, with lots of citrus-y notes. as it cooled the subtle tea flavours burst through, making it a delicious cup of coffee. 
I am loving trying more foreign roasters to see how different they are to roasters over here in the UK.





Find MOK 
Website - here
Instagram - here
Facebook - here




Gentlemen Baristas

Gentlemen Baristas was founded because we were tired of people telling us what we can or can't drink. Tired of poor customer service and people who don't see to care about the coffee or the customers. So we founded GBs as our response.
We have a tagline. We thought it was important. Manners are key - they're important, they're neglected, and people do care about them. They go to the core of our identity; we are upright and correct and strive to evoke the best of a period gone by, it is "Well-Mannered Coffee" 



The Beans

Boater
Honduras
Process: Washed
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Pacamara
altitude: 1250masl
Taste Notes: Butterscotch, Lemon acidity, Nutty Finish 





The Brew

V60 Brew
18g of Coffee
275ml of Water
3 Minute Total Brew Time

30 Second Bloom with 40ml of Water and 10 Second Agitation 



Much like the coffee from MOK, I seriously cant get enough of this coffee. It's buttery mouthfeel, it's consistent citrus acidity, and nutty finish makes it absolutely delicious. It's a well rounded cup every brew, and stays delicious even when it cools. 




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Website - here
Instagram - here
Twitter - here
Facebook - here














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One Click Coffee Box 8

It's One Click Coffee Box time again! 


For the September Box we had two gorgeous coffees:
- Quarter Horse, Mexico
- 39 Steps, El Salvador 



We also received a super handy cupping spoon in the box this month.





I actually visited Quarter Horse's cafe/roastery in Birmingham a few months back, and fell in love with it, so when it was announced that they would feature in the One Click Box, I was super excited to try more coffees from them. 


Quarter Horse Coffee 

Quarter Horse Coffee is an independent coffee roaster and cafe in Birmingham.
Located on Bristol street in the Southside area of Birmingham we opened our roastery and cafe in February 2015. Roasting our own beans is an excited venture that allows us to source high quality green beans from around the world, and freshly roast them for our customers. 



The beans

Las Cotorras, Mexico
Region - Chiapas 
Varietal - Maragogype 
Process - Washed
Farm - Small Holders
Taste Notes - Caramel, Almonds, Blackberries, Passionfruit 



The Brew


V60 Brew
18g of Coffee
275ml of Water
3 Minute Total Brew Time
30 Second Bloom with 40ml of Water and 10 Second Agitation 



This gorgeous Mexican coffee had stunning berry tones, with blackcurrant flavours really sticking out. It also had a delicious nutty finish. Sooo yummy!! 

(I am loving all of these Maragogype coffees I'm getting to try!!!)


Find Quarter Horse 
Website - here
Instagram - here
Twitter - here 








39 Steps Coffee

There are 39 steps from bean on the bush to the cup in your hand and we guide every one. We source only the best beans, grind fresh for each cup, and brew with artisan precision. This is coffee by obsessives, for obsessives - life is too short for anything less.
See the 39 step process here





The beans 
El Salvador, El Mural
Harvest - November-March
Altitude - 1500-1800MASL
Process - Washed
Variety - Bourbon, Catuai, Pacamara, Pacas
Taste Notes - Blood Orange, Black Cherry, Chocolate Raisin 


The Brew


V60 Brew
18g of Coffee
275ml of Water
3 Minute Total Brew Time
30 Second Bloom with 40ml of Water and 10 Second Agitation 





From this coffee I got super prominent cherry notes, with lots more stone fruit acidity. Super, super delicious. I am LOVING this coffee, it's become one of my go to, to grab if I'm making a coffee at home at the moment. 



Find 39 Steps 
Website - here
39 Steps, the journey - here
Instagram - here
Twitter - here








There are 39 steps from bean on the bush to the cup in your hand and we guide every one – we source only the best beans, grind fresh for each cup and brew with artisan precision. This is coffee by obsessives, for obsessives - life’s too short for anything less.
There are 39 steps from bean on the bush to the cup in your hand and we guide every one – we source only the best beans, grind fresh for each cup and brew with artisan precision. This is coffee by obsessives, for obsessives - life’s too short for anything less.
There are 39 steps from bean on the bush to the cup in your hand and we guide every one – we source only the best beans, grind fresh for each cup and brew with artisan precision. This is coffee by obsessives, for obsessives - life’s too short for anything less.
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Beans Coffee Club Box 1

What's this? A new subscription coffee service?
I've followed Beans Coffee Club on Instagram for a while now and was intrigued about them as a company and what they do.

Funnily enough in the same week we had both emailed each other asking if we wanted to work together on something, surprisingly the answer was yes. So here is to working with another fantastic company. 

So who are Beans Coffee Club?

Beans is operated by a small team of 5 people who all love coffee - we have come together because we saw an opportunity to make speciality coffee more accessible for people. Our experiences were that it wasn't easy to find new coffee roasters and when we did, it wasn't easy to know which beans we were going to enjoy - so Beans was born.
We have many years of experience within the coffee industry but our main passion has always been discovering and enjoying new coffees. Although we now have a great working relationships with some of the best coffee roasters in the country. We are still searching for and discovering new coffee roasters all the time. We are tasting new coffees every day and the ones we love will make it into our subscription offerings in the future.

Our mission is to make it easy to explore the world of speciality coffee, to discover new amazing coffee roasters and coffees and help brew the world's best coffee at home. Why take a coffee subscription with one roaster when you can have a subscription which features them all?

Keep it personal 
Tell us your preferences - we feature over 150 offees from 15 of the countries best roasters - to make it easy to find coffees you'll love we match you based on your personal preferences. Simply answer a few questions to create your own bespoke subscription.
Choose your pricing - Each coffee can be a different price so to keep things simple we created two different pricing tiers - standard at £7.99 and exclusive at £9.99. Standard coffees are fantastic and versatile, featuring blends which will be liked by most. Exclusive tier coffees are a little rarer and more complex for people feeling a little more adventurous 
Select your frequency - Simply choose how often you would like to receive a new coffee - weekly, fortnightly or monthly - depending on how much coffee you drink. We'll do the rest. 






You'll always know when your box has arrived by the distinct sticker, and it was a super exciting day when my first box arrived.






For my first box I got sent this super delicious Kenyan from Quarter Horse


The beans 
Kayoni Microlot - Kenya
Varietal - SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, K7, Baitan
Process - Washed
Region - Kiambu 
Taste Notes - Apricot, Cane Sugar Sweetness, Floral Finish





Brew time 

V60 Brew
18g of Coffee
275ml of Water
3 Minute Total Brew Time
40ml Bloom, 30 Seconds, 10 Second Agitation 








This brew came out super sweet and syrup-y, lots of sweet floral aromas and a smooth and balanced acidity. 




Every brew that I made from this bag had very similar taste notes, which is always a bonus, I cant wait to brew this through aeropress as well, I think it will really bring out those more prominent apricot flavours. 



Fancy yourself a subscription from Beans Coffee Club? Click here


Find Beans Coffee Club 

Website - here
Instagram - here
Facebook - here



Stay tuned for the next Beans Coffee Club box soon.



Pallets Home Brewing Coffee Workshop


Do you want to learn more about coffee and how to brew to the best coffee you can at home? Do you want to impress your coffee obsessed friends when they come over? Pallets Tea and Coffee House presents the first of many at home brewing workshops.








Taught by myself and Dom, we will take you through the steps from coffee plant to cup. How coffee is grown, how it's processed, and how it's roasted to become the bean we know to make delicious cups of coffee. 


The first home brewing workshop will run on the 19th of December from 5pm-7pm. 



So, what brewing techniques can you learn from the workshop?
- Tasting coffee, we will hold a small cupping session with coffees that have very specific flavours to help you understand how to taste coffee to it's true potential - why is it important to taste coffee.
- Mokka pot (stove top) brewing, for strong espresso like coffee.
- French Press (cafetiere) brewing, including a frothing milk tutorial using a french press.
- V60 brewing, for a more light flavourful coffee.
- Aeropress brewing, for a more bold filter coffee.


You will also receive recipe cards for whichever brewing method you will use at home, as well as having the opportunity to buy coffee equipment as well as coffee beans from Moonroast (which we can grind if you don't have a grinder at home)


For just £25 broaden your coffee knowledge, gain lifelong coffee skills and be introduced to the speciality coffee scene. 

Book in store today. 






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The Coffee Life Turns 2

Honestly, where has the time gone?

I remember starting this blog and being in a really dark place, not knowing what I wanted from this blog and just needed somewhere to escape real life. It's been a place I can freely write whatever I want whilst not caring who reads it. 

It's become more than just a hobby for me, it's become a safe place, and a community builder, and I've had so many incredible opportunities and met so many incredible people through this little space on the internet. 



I am thankful for every single person who takes the time to read anything I write on this blog, whether you're a regular reader or just scatter reads my posts every now and again. I am beyond thankful. 




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Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar 2019*



Now it's November, you're probably 1 of 2 people right now 
1. Ready to put up your Christmas tree 
or 
2. Loathing everything and anything Christmas 

I am definitely number 1, and as much as I am wanting to put up my Christmas tree and decorate my flat with ALL of the decorations. Preparing for Christmas is the best I can bring myself to do right now (without too much judgement from other people) 


Last year I discovered the beauty and wonders of Coffee Advent Calendars, and what better way to kick off the Christmas cheer than to get one?!

*Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar has been very kindly gifted to me* 



So this year throughout December, there will be a post every 3 days on all 24 of these coffees in the calendar. 





The Box 
This box contains 24 sachets of different speciality coffees and a tasting guides. Each sachet contains enough ground coffee for one cup. Omni Grind coffee, which is suitable for cafetiere, filter, chemex, percolator and cold brew. 
We responsibly source specially selected beans which originate from India, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Java, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra and Brazil. We then work with local experts and lovingly roast the far travelled beans just 20 minutes from YAWN HQ.




The Advent Box also includes a handy brew guide, with more information on the coffees inside the box. 





If you're as excited as I am for this advent calendar, make sure you come back in December for all of the Christmassy Coffee posts.

Or if you want to buy your own Yawn Advent Calendar you can click here
(but also make sure to follow along the blog posts in December either way!)




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