Guest Blend Subscription 2014

".................... This will represent a minimum saving on the £90 it would cost if they are all £6 of 20%, what are you waiting for ! ............."

Last years Guest Blend Subscription went down rather well.

But it was lots of work energy and money to make it all happen, and I didn’t want to do more of the same.

So we decided that it might be fun to involve some of the amazing coffee shops we work with and share with you their bespoke blends we create for their stores. This gives you the unique chance to brew from coffee shops around the UK (and maybe further) in the comfort of your own kitchen.

At the beginning of each month we will send you the guest espresso from our 2014 range (a total of 12 x 250g bags, 1 each month). You will be the first to see the new and exciting blend, and will be sent you the day before release.

Non of these coffees will appear in an in my mug subscription it is only for this subscription and the single bags

This subscription will only be open while the Acidity Squirrel is available, after this you will only be able to buy them by the bag. This order will mean you will get Acidity Squirrel straight away as the first bag you receive of your subscription

This will represent a minimum saving on the £90 it would cost if they are all £6 of 20%, what are you waiting for !

There are some Rules to buying this subscription

THIS SHOULD ONLY BE ORDERED ON ITS OWN, NOT WITH OTHER ITEMS.
AVAILABLE BEANS ONLY.
SHIPPING IS ROYAL MAIL REGARDLESS OF METHOD CHOSEN AND IS A ONE OFF CHARGE ONLY. ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE SENT ON THE 1st OF EACH MONTH

Rules over get ordering here

The cost of hearing

"........ David does not want the money from me, so I had a better idea, why not from you ? ........"

Last week saw the arrival of my delivery of coffee from Bolivia. Bolivia is a special place for me, somewhere I have visited more than any other non european country, and somewhere I love the coffee and love the people.

I have a very long blog post in me about Bolivia (I plan to lock myself in a room for two days over christmas to sort it), and I’ll go into detail there, but on the trip in August I found out that last year I bought about 2% of the entire coffee production from Bolivia in 2012. Now we don’t buy that much coffee (were are a remarkably small coffee roastery) so 2% is incredible.

But whats more incredible (and disturbing) is how the coffee industry in Bolivia is disappearing, and being eroded (again for my long blog post).

So anyway back on topic, for a couple of years (this is the third) we have been stocking a coffee called Finca David Vilca. Finca just means farm in Spanish, and David Vilca means well the man David Vilca. Its quite normal for the farms to be so small or so unidentified that they don’t have names in Bolivia and in particualr around Caranarvi. When visaiting for the first time I asked David what the farm was called, and that was it, its cute and its kind of stuck.

So the first couple of years I didn’t think David was so interested in my visits, when ever I spoke to him he either ignored me, or just looked at me strangely and grunted. Now my spanish is awful so I guessed this was my rubbish pronunciation or he just didn’t like me. But his coffee is so amazing I didn’t care if he never spoke as long as he keeps the quality of the cup up.

But in the back of my mind I want everyone too like me, so on the drive up to the farm this year, I asked the exporter if this was normal. Blushing he tells me that the last two year he explained to David why I was visiting, but his hearing is not so good and Davids didnt know why I was there.

His hearing got damaged from years of mining, and he had no idea who this crazy guy was walking around his farm. But last year after I had left he asked why I had come for a second year and who trhe heck I was.

They had told him what we had been doing with his coffee, and how much we love what he does. Inspired and embarrased he asked the exporter what he could do for us for next years visit.

We had just agreed with some other local producers to do some different processes and they told him about this. So he decided under his own steam to do some unique lots for us with a Natural and Honey (I have never seen Honey or Natural Bolivians this was so exciting). But not any old Natural he wanted to give us a farm lot and a mill lot. David has never ever done any processing himself, always rellyed on the mill, so this is amazing, and real progress.

This years visit was so so different, he welcomed me into his home, his wife insisted on giving us a snack and a drink, and the whole family came to see me (his daughter, son in law and granddaughter), and showed me these different processing lots.

The visit was amazing, they wouldn’t let us leave, night came and they were still keen to show us everything about the farm (and I if the truth be known I didn’t want to leave either). But eventually we did and on the drive home I asked why David didn’t have any hearing aids to help him hear (much shouting had gone on the farm that day).

The exporter began to tell me they gave him some money for the hearing aids a few years ago, but it got spent on a satellite dish to keep his wife happy (its a long way from any entertainment or any anything) so I can kind of understand.

So I suggested that we pay for them but the exporter gives the money to the hearing clinic. It seemed like a good idea, but David does not want the money from me, so I had a better idea, why not from you ?

I worked out that on the Washed lot we buy from him it would be an extra 44p a kilo, so instead of £5.00 for a 250g bag its £5.11 and someone can hear again. David liked this idea as much as we did, so…..

Over to you………..

David Vilca Caturra Washed

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

"......... i like coffee more than cats christmas ......."

Merry Christmas, its that time of year again.

We have turned on our Christmas decorations, we hope you approve.

So its the last of the guest blends, we have had 12 months of fun, and it seems only right to thank you all for that fun. The Christmas Present Blend is a gift. Its a single origin coffee, thats a very special gift for you, and its free. But there are some rules

1. Its a surprise, it comes wrapped in special Has Bean Wrapping paper, you can keep until Christmas if you want, but I suggest its an early Christmas present.

2. Its free. You pay the postage and we give you an early Christmas present (the postage thing was we could let international friends be involved and people taking advantage)

3. YOU CAN ONLY ORDER ONE, Anyone found trying to trick the system or sending to another address (were checking IP addresses) santa will not come to you.

4. Enjoy it, leave a review on the coffee tell us on email how much you enjoy it.

5. its a VERY special coffee, I mean VERY special

You can buy it here

when its gone its gone and we reckon that will be quickly.

December Guest Blend

"......... set a reminder, set your alarm and get set for amazing surprised and coffee. ........"

The final edition of the guest blend series. 12 months 12 coffees

So we launch this at midnight Saturday 30th to Sunday the 1st of December, its a big surprise, but its on a first come first served basis, and it will be massively oversubscribed, you are going to want to be part of this.

So set a reminder, set your alarm and get set for amazing surprised and coffee.

Must Dash Blend

" ....... its brought to us by two of our Mo loving producers ........."

Available Roasted Beans Only

This is the 11th in a new line of guest coffee blends that we are introducing in 2013. Each month there will be a new blend, for which there will be an original label in a different style of bag, and of which there will only be 500 made. Each bag will be marked with a unique, limited edition number.

These are the blends most roasters would be scared to share with you, but not us fearless souls at Has Bean Towers where we think the unthinkable.

In the cup think unbalanced, off-the-wall experiments that are tasty but never normal, and are always a bit unusual and pushing the boundaries.

The inspiration for this comes from the now infamous Movember. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Here at Has Bean we are all supporting this (even the girls), and you can too, as 50p from every bag of this coffee we sell we will give to Movember.

Each bag will also contain your chance (even the girls again) to get involved. We encourage you to send us pictures of you and your mo!

So What is in Must Dash ? Well its brought to us by two of our Mo loving producers, one from El Salvador in Alejandro Martinez Argentina Piletas Bourbon Natural

And Daniel Cardoso Murcia with his Washed Colombian from Finca Las Brisas

60% Argentina Piletas Bourbon Natural
40% Colombia Las Brisas Washed

In the cup expect some funky sherry tones and stewed dark fruits with a whisker of milk chocolate and creamy mouthfeel.

Heres a little video we did to launch it

And the winner is ……

The invention guest blend of August proved very popular.

Lots of entries and a tough job to find a winner. But a winner we have and it comes from Abigail Weston

He’s the art work she sent in, that I am sure you will be as impressed as we were

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This is the 10th in a new line of guest coffee blends that we are introducing in 2013. Each month there will be a new blend, for which there will be an original label in a different style of bag, and of which there will only be 500 made. Each bag will be marked with a unique, limited edition number.

These are the blends most roasters would be scared to share with you, but not us fearless souls at Has Bean Towers where we think the unthinkable.

In the cup think unbalanced, off-the-wall experiments that are tasty but never normal, and are always a bit unusual and pushing the boundaries.

This comes from the winner of the invention blend of August and the creation of Abigail Weston who also came up with the label too.

So What is Alchemy ?

“A process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation.”

Well we think Abigail came up with gold.

60% Costa Rica La Pira Washed

30% Kenya Gachica Washed Peaberry

10% El Salvador Petrona Bourbon Natural

In the cup expect floral tones with huge acidity, Peaches creamy with the hint of blackcurrant and sherry, but this is a real acidity monster.

 

Ohhh yes and you can buy it here