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The dust is settling after one of our busiest ever weeks at Hasbean…

The London Coffee Festival has finished and we are at the end of London Coffee Week, and to celebrate the latter we decided to open a four day pop-up market in East London. A converted underground toilet was the scene for our pop-up home (please insert your own joke about has bean going down the toilet).

We saw this as a chance to meet old friends and make some new ones who were in London for the festivities, but also treated it as a chance to play. Petsie Williams was brought onboard as our donkey, to plan and make sure we knew exactly what we were trying to do, under the guidance of Dale Harris our resident donkey (two asses are better than one). Sonali our resident Field Operative, Will our new boy (what a way to start your first full week) and head Hasbara Katie did the rest.

Me, well – I flew from Stockholm to London and turned up at the pop-up on Wednesday night at about 10 pm when everything was done, bosses prerogative, right?

The space was a little rough around the edges before we got our hands on it and lots of work was done by the team to turn it into what you saw. I think in London they would have called it bohemian. The set up was simple we had four stations covering four different aspects…

TASTE: [H]AND

Just like [H]AND’s former iteration at Uniqlo’s 311 Oxford Street shop, this area was all about showcasing the awesomeness of collaboration through hand-brewed coffee. We had three different coffees on every day that showcased a selection of coffees from a different one of our long-term relationships, looking at processing and varietals and groups of coffees from one producer with different farms.

EAT: HasCream

Here we just had fun. No full food menu but soft serve ice cream with toppings to highlight Dale Harris’s signature drinks from his winning UKBC and WBC routines this year. This was fun, I got to play ice cream man, and the toppings were amazing. The brainchild of Petsie I’m fairly sure he had the most fun from this part. Click on the pictures below to see what we were offering…

WATCH: In My Mug

My video blog, looking at coffee, we had a mini Linea from La Mazocco that you could have a play with this week’s In My Mug coffee (also I recorded this week’s IMM at the pop-up). This was a chance to buy a subscription (thanks to those who did) but also for me to explain what it is and why I do it.

DRINK: Espresso Bar

It was the return of the Modbar where the team (i.e. not me – I make coffee go brown not wet) were brewing amazing espresso and milk based drinks for people to just enjoy. The Modbar gave us the perfect opportunity to have conversations without a big huge machine on bar, and for people to have drinks to enjoy and not think too much about. We also had a treat on the Saturday where Dale used the very last of this year’s competition coffee from his WBC routine that was all the fun.

But we also had another section on Thursday night…

PLAY: MINOR LEAGUES: LONDON
(presented by The Barista League x Hasbean)

Stephen Moloney (former Swedish Barista Champion and all round superstar) brought his fun competition to London with the help of the Has Bean Team.

The 1st round baristas in their teams (two) had 15 minutes to hand brew the best cup of coffee possible. The teams had access to the mystery coffee from 9 am the day of the competition. Teams were judged by 2 VIP sensory judges (BIG thanks to Martha Dalton of Coffee Bird and Tim Wendelboe of ….. well Tim Wendelboe). Teams had serve at least 300g of BREWED coffee to the judges in either Kalita or Chemex.

Round 2 – Smell (n)o vision the teams were blindfolded and placed in front of 5 glasses of ingredients. They had 5 minutes to guess what ingredient is in each of the glasses. Each team will have a different assortment of aromas to evaluate.

Round 3 – Competitors were given three cupping bowls and a funky map that they had to decide what Central American country they were from. This proved the toughest of the rounds with no one getting it 100% right.

The winners were Stephen and Sarah from Bailies and much fun was had by all.

Friday saw Jordan and Zachary from the infamous Sprudge pay us a visit, and they wrote the kindest article you can read here about the pop-up from a non biased perspective.

Much great food was eaten at Hawksmoor and the famous St John right by where we were. Great spending time with the team.

Thank you to everyone who swung by, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

But it’s never ever happening again, we are all exhausted!!

Popping up to (in!) London

O hello there, friends! You may have noticed many not-so-subtle hints floating around the instagramosphere that I have some big news for you, so here I am to share the very exciting secrets I have kept safely beneath my big red bowler hat for the past few months!!

As you may or may not already know, this past year has brought all kinds of excitement to the team here at HasBean Towers, from our first-ever retail space with [H]AND to Dale’s WBC win and everything in between, so we wanted to share some of this excitement with you – now we’re not usually fans of running our own space at tradeshows (it’s much nicer for us to go out and spend time with the people one-on-one) but we found ourselves with an opportunity we simply couldn’t pass up: a whole little pop-up market area all to ourselves only steps from the London Coffee Festival !!

A market, you say? How could HasBean kit out a whole market?? As you might have noticed, we’re fans (or at least I’m a fan) of having lots of little projects on the go and this space gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the things we do – so without further ado, here are all the things you can do at our pop-up market this Thursday through Sunday :

 

TASTE: [H]AND

Just like [H]AND’s former iteration at Uniqlo’s 311 Oxford St shop, this area will be all about showcasing the awesomeness of collaboration through hand-brewed goodness . Not only will we have different coffees on every day , but we’ve gone a step further – each day will showcase a selection of coffees from a different one of our long-term relationships

[H]AND is a place where you can sit back and relax whilst you taste, whether it’s a single cup of something lovely or a tasting flight of all three of the day’s coffees – for daily menu details, check [H]AND’s instagram @madebyhandcoffee

 

EAT: HasCream

If [H]AND is where you can drink HasBean, HasCream is where you can eat HasBean – how exciting is that !!!

I could tell you more of the details but honestly you’re just going to have to keep up with social media, all I’ll say about this is that the incredible Petesy Williams (yes, that Petesy Williams, the sig bev king) has been working away in the kitchen all weekend to put together some really fun things and, I kid you not, has been humming THIS whilst doing it, so you know it’s going to be amazing – we’ll be sharing some things on the HasBean instagram very, very sooooooon so make sure you keep those peepers peeled !!!

 

WATCH: IN MY MUG

For those of you who are new to IMM, this will be where you learn about the coffee subscription delivered directly to your door that comes with a weekly video cast – IMM is all about tastings, facts both daft and serious, and occasional interviews with special guests, but most importantly, we think it’s the only coffee subscription around that offers a different coffee EVERY WEEK

If you’re already a subscriber – or even if you’re not – you’ll be able to pop into In My Mug’s space to have a go at brewing your own espresso on a linea mini , what fun!!

 photo by Al Higgins for HasBean 

DRINK: HasBean

It’s the return of the modbar bar !! Across the market from [H]AND, we’re setting up an espresso and batch bar to serve you some cosy comfort / tasty goodness for anyone who just wants a coffee. Don’t get me wrong – we’ve got some really tasty stuff to serve up to you folks there, it’s definitely not boring, but it will be a totally different offering to what we have at [H]AND so that there’s something for everyone ! Menu details daily on the socials 😉

 

BUY: Ooodles of STUFF 

We’ve packed the van full of coffee and gear for all of your home coffee brewing needs ! We’ll obviously have some books floating about (Mr. Harmon’s “What I know About Running Coffee Shops” and Black Water Issue’s interviews with the WBC semi-finalists, “Regraphy”, as well as – why yes – my own “Coffeeography”) but we’ll also have some shiny new coloured clever drippers and the Tsubame range of kalita onsite, too – plus some HasBean merch !

 

photo: Ane Noss Bystadhaugen for The Barista League

PLAY: MINOR LEAGUES: LONDON
(presented by The Barista League x HasBean) 

Last but certainly not least, our good friends at The Barista League will be taking over the space to host a pop-up event, the Minor Leagues, that is all of the great stuff about The Barista League – fun format, super vibes, tasty beer – but lighter, grittier, and more flexible.

Spaces are super limited so if you want to compete – either as a team or by yourself – you’ll need to sign up now !!! SIGN UP HERE

 

But STEVE , I hear you say , where I can I find this magical HasBean land away from the hustle and bustle of the festival?? Do I have to walk for ages???

No, my friend – tasty coffee and super vibez (to steal the term from my Irish friends ) are but a five minute walk from the Truman Brewery – use the map below or simply follow the red balloon, you’ll see what I mean….

March 19th New Coffees

It’s that wonderful time again! The time where I let you know about exciting new coffees that have just gone on the website! These might be the last changes for a little bit but the wait will totally be worth it because THE BOLIVIANS ARE COMING!! And they’ll be next : D but for now, deliciousness from Burundi, Yemen and Colombia + a blend of 3 Peaberries…

Kibingo Washed Bourbon
Kayanza, Burundi
Lime cordial, brown sugar, jasmine
In the cup expect lime cordial sweetened with brown sugar that gets a jasmine floral edge as it starts to cool. Add to this dark chocolate and blackcurrant on the finish and you have yourself a really delicious cup.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/burundi-kibingo-washed-bourbon
£8.00 for 250g, £30.40 for 1kg.

Haraaz Red Cherry Natural
Haraaz, Yemen
Black cherry, cacao, allspice
In the cup this is gloopy black cherry & cacao, a classic combination! It’s got a unique spiciness that makes this very special though – sweet allspice to begin with, shifting to a subtle black pepper aftertaste and a little shoulder of oolong tea too.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/yemen-haraaz-red-cherry-natural
£9.00 for 250g, £34.20 for 1kg.

Finca La Chorrera Washed Caturra
Huila, Colombia
Milk chocolate, blackberry jam
In the cup expect classic Colombian milk chocolate mixed with blackberry jam, this coffee has a wonderfully smooth body and hints of Granny Smith acidity.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/colombia-finca-la-chorrera-washed-caturra
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg.

Give Peas A Chance
The newest version of our Wildcard blend where we have a bit of fun with blending
Blackcurrant, liquorice, leather
In the cup you get blackcurrant from Kieni, liquorice from Tana Toraja and a delicate leather hint on the end from Fiaz at the Bibi Plantation. All we’re saying is, please give peas a chance.
40% Indian Bibi Washed Peaberry
40% Kenya Kieni Washed Peaberry
20% Sulawesi Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Peaberry
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/give-peas-a-chance
£6.00 for 250g, £22.80 for 1kg.

As a little something special and to help get the ball rolling on these coffees I’m going to offer a sneaky Steve discount on them all until the end of tomorrow, it’s also a nice little prize for reading all the way to the bottom of this post because you should always read all the way to the bottom or who knows what you might miss out on?! If you order any (or all!) of the 4 coffees above between now and 23:59 pm on Tuesday the 20th of March and enter ‘Hasblog‘ into the discount code box it’ll knock a rather kind, generous and sneaky 15% off.

New Coffee Update

Hello you lovely people, Steve here with an update on a few new coffees that have gone onto the website over the last 2 weeks but unfortunately I haven’t found time to shout about.

It’s been a bit of a funny couple of weeks, lots of travelling for me mixed with super naff weather in the UK and then our water + electricity supplies trying to make friends : ( we’ve been doing our very best at Hasbean Towers to carry on as normal despite the challenges that have been thrown at us, but unfortunately I did slip a little letting you know about the most delicious new things to hit the website : ( BUT here we are! So let’s get on with the tasty…

Hilda Pacha Washed Caturra
Zamora – Chinchipe, Ecuador
Brown sugar, toffee, watermelon
In the cup this super sweet coffee reminds me of brown sugar and toffee, with a green apple and watermelon aftertaste.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/ecuador-hilda-pacha-washed-caturra
£9.00 for 250g, £34.20 for 1kg.

Fazenda Inglaterra Pulped Natural Bourbon
Minas Gerais, Brazil
White sugar, Scottish tablet, walnut
In the cup expect white sugar sweetness that changes to Scottish tablet as it cools, there’s a red fruit acidity and walnut on the finish (for those of you wondering what Scottish tablet is – a medium-hard, sugary fudge style tasty treat)
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/brazil-fazenda-inglaterra-pulped-natural-bourbon
£6.00 for 250g, £33.00 for 1kg

Fazenda Inglaterra Natural
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Baker’s chocolate, date, pecan
In the cup expect bitter baker’s chocolate, with hints of date, muscovado sugar and pecan nut. Look out for the thick and gloopy mouthfeel too.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/brazil-fazenda-inglaterra-natural
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg

Finca La Soledad Cold Fermentation Washed Catuai
Acatenango, Guatemala
Single cream, peach, orange
In the cup this coffee is like the other La Soledad, but brighter sharper and crisper. Expect single cream with a light syrup sweetness but a finish of peach, orange and green apple.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-finca-la-soledad-cold-ferment-washed-catuai
£7.50 for 250g, £28.50 for 1kg

Finca La Soledad Washed
Acatenango, Guatemala
Single cream, light syrup, white grape
In the cup this coffee is all about mouthfeel. Single cream with a light syrup sweetness with a white grape acidity and finish.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-finca-la-soledad-washed
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg

Finca Alaska Natural Bourbon
Apaneca-Ilamatepec, El Salvador
Raspberry jelly, creamy, sponge cake
In the cup this distinct coffee is a lot like a bowl of Auntie’s trifle. Raspberry jelly, creamy finish, hint of booze, a sponge sweetness and a complex fruit acidity. Party time!
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/el-salvador-finca-alaska-natural-bourbon
£10.00 for 250g, £38.00 for 1kg

Don Carlos Washed Caturra
Bolinda, Caranavi, Bolivia
Mars Bar, tinned peaches
In the cup a Mars a day helps you work, rest, and drink coffee! There’s a Mars Bar mix of chocolate, nougat and caramel which is finished off with soft yellow fruit – think tinned peaches.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/bolivia-don-carlos-washed-caturra
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg

Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Peaberry
Pango Pango-Perindingan, Indonesia
Rambutan, cacao, elderflower
In the cup this is a bit of a confusing coffee as it’s a mix of both sweet and savory. Rambutan, cacao and delicate elderflower all compete in this unique cup.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/sulawesi-tana-toraja-kalosi-washed-peaberry
£7.50 for 250g, £28.50 for 1kg

New Black Blend – Black Beauty!
50% Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Natural Selection
25% Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Canario
25% Guatemala El Limon Natural Caturra
Dried fruit, brown sugar, fruit cake, almond, chocolate
In the cup this is a Dundee Cake! There’s the dried fruit and brown sugar of fruit cake, but also that subtle nutty almond edge. It’s got a shoulder of chocolate on the aftertaste too, but first and foremost it’s liquid cake!
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/black-beauty
£6.00 for 250g, £22.80 for 1kg

As a special Stevey treat and to start saying sorry for the lack of updates, how about 10% off all the above coffees? But only for a short time, because I can only be so nice! Place an order between now and 23:59 hrs on Tuesday the 13th of March + enter the discount code “hasblog” into the discount code box and click apply, it’ll knock 10% off all the above delicious delights : )

Water, water, everywhere. And all the (fuse) boards did shrink

Hello and good evening from a very soggy Hasbean Towers everyone.

It is with a heavy heart that I come to you with some very sad news, I don’t think we’re going to be able to roast any coffee tomorrow : (

I popped into the roastery this evening and was met with a scene that I certainly wasn’t expecting, it appears a water pipe has burst = / on its own that would have been fine and fixable, but it has burst all over the fuse board and various other electrical things so there’s no power and everything is rather soaked.

We have a wonderful plumber and awesome electrician getting to us first thing tomorrow morning to do all they can to help, but as of right now I’m not sure what they’re going to tell me when they’ve seen what I’ve seen.

Because of the damage I do not think we are going to be able to roast any coffee on Monday the 5th of March. If we can get things sorted tomorrow, we will. If we can roast coffee tomorrow, we will.

All orders that don’t have coffee on them will go out as normal (as long as we can get power to the computers) but any orders with coffee on them will probably be delayed until Tuesday, March 6th at the earliest.

I’m so, so sorry for the delay that this is going to cause. We’ll process + ship every single order that we can as soon as we can, I promise. I was so happy that I thought we’d fought off the bad weather last week, but it appears to have waited for us to leave then snuck in over the weekend to cause mischief.

Please keep an eye on Twitter (@hasbean), Facebook (@hasbeancoffee) and Instagram (@hasbean) for updates, or email us at orders@hasbean.co.uk if you have any questions – I’ll do my best to keep you all in the loop.

Lots of love from a soggy Staffordshire coffee roaster,

Steve

UK Weather Warning

As you may have seen in the news (or outside your window if you’re in the United Kingdom!) there’s currently quite a bit of bad weather around. Storm Emma is rolling in and meeting the “Beast from the East” to = a lot of weather warnings all across the country and 1 very cold, windy and white UK .

I wanted to update you on how things are going here in Stafford – it’s business as usual for us! We’re all here at the roastery doing our usual Hasbeany things so if you’ve placed an order, we’re on it! If you’re thinking of placing an order, do it! We’re here! Thankfully we are based on an industrial estate with a major haulier and their trucks do a very good job of clearing the roads for us and, as of right now, Stafford has not been hit too badly by the weather. For sure it’s pretty cold and white out there, but we’ve got coffee to roast!

However – I’d like you to take a moment to think of your postie or local DPD driver…it can not be nice or easy to be in their shoes with the weather like this and so I ask you to please be patient where delivery is concerned. We’re doing all we can to keep things running as normal and I know Royal Mail + DPD are doing the same, but that’s no easy task when there are severe weather warnings across a lot of the country.

Between us we’ll do our very best to get your order to you as soon as possible, but there might be some delays because of the weather.

For updates on delivery services in the UK please check the following websites…

Royal Mail: https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12556

DPD: http://www.dpd.co.uk/content/products_services/uk_issues.jsp#issue0

DPD are also keeping customers updated about their deliveries via tracking notifications so please keep an eye on your emails, text messages and/or Your DPD app for up to date news on your delivery direct from DPD.

If you have any questions about ordering or deliveries please get in touch with us at orders@hasbean.co.uk and we’ll do all we can to help.

I hope you’re wrapped up safe + warm, not too far away from a tasty + delicious coffee : )