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Hi hi hello there folks!

Yes I know I normally post on social media when I have some new coffees to share with you but to be totally honest I’ve got so many on the way that I’m not sure I want to fill your newsfeeds with that many individual tweets, FB posts and Instagrams! So I’ve decided that I’m going to try and focus the releases into small batches where a couple of coffees will go on at once and then I’m going to do a blog post (just like this!) letting you know about all the new tasty and delicious things.

“OK shhh now Steve stop telling me about telling me things and how about you let me know about these new coffees that I came here to find out about?!”

Yeah yeah alright! I just like to chat sometimes so – heeeeey good lookin’ (that’s me!) whaaaaaat ya got cookin’…

5 coffees from Beto @ El Limon in Guatemala! And a naturally processed Canario from Fazenda de Cachoeira in Brazil I’ve got a big folder of pictures and videos from my recent visit to El Limon that I’m working to get up on Flickr for you to all enjoy, have selected some of my favourites as the product images for the new El Limons : )

Guatemala El Limon Natural Pacamara
Papaya, floral, blackcurrant
In the cup this is a sweet papaya blended up with a bunch of geraniums! At the start of the sip there’s papaya, then a twist towards floral and I’m going to be specific here – geranium, finally finishing off with blackberry. As it cools you can also expect to see a little black tea starting to appear, a delicious, layered and really interesting cup.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-el-limon-natural-pacamara
£9.00 for 250, £34.20 for 1kg

Guatemala El Limon Washed Pacamara
Orange mousse, blackcurrant
In the cup this coffee is super creamy and smooth, think orange mousse and a blackcurrant aftertaste that goes on and on.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-el-limon-washed-pacamara
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg

Guatemala El Limon Natural Caturra
Sultana, papaya, glacé cherry
In the cup think black tea with sultanas floating in it, shall we call it sulTEAna?! Then comes the acidity of papaya and glacé cherry, a really complex and interesting coffee.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-el-limon-natural-caturra
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg

Guatemala El Limon Black Honey x Natural
Marzipan, fig, hazelnut
In the cup this super sweet and complex cup immediately hits you with Marzipan, which is closely followed by something else sweet and delicious, fig! There’s then a really rather delicious hazelnut finish that is long and true.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-el-limon-black-honey-x-natural
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg

Guatemala El Limon Washed Pache
Yoghurt, lemon rind, dark chocolate
In the cup this reminds me of Greek yoghurt and lemon rind but the finish does a right turn into dark chocolate and delicate allspice.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/guatemala-el-limon-washed-pache
£8.00 for 250g, £30.40 for 1kg

Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Natural Canario
Cacao nibs, treacle toffee, peanut
In the cup this cup make me think of cacao nibs covered in treacle toffee. Its chewy mouthfeel finishes with a pleasant peanut crunch.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/brazil-fazenda-cachoeira-da-grama-natural-canario
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg

Merry COFFEE !!

Tis the season to be jolly (and way over worked if you have a coffee website). With Christmas coming we wanted to make sure you had the widest range of coffees available. Were still adding now, but its been a real feast of new coffees, so I thought I’d share them with you. You can also keep an eye on new coffees at the link below

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new

Its not christmas if its not the cleverly names Christmas Filter and Christmas Espresso Blend. The Christmas filter is for ……. filter coffees and the Christmas espresso is for …..espresso. The confusing part is they both taste amazing in other brew methods so it makes a real mockery of it all.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/christmas-filter

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/christmas-espresso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There once was a time I wouldn’t buy Pacamara beans. I thought they all tasted savoury and meh ! I’d tasted other roasters ones, and I’d sample roasted a heap, and overtime mushroom soup. But I didn’t realise that if you roast them differently to other coffees you really can bring out something amazing. Now we have so many pacamaras we are spoiled.

We have 8 different types (process and colour) from just one farm. We added the latest ones in the Yellow pacamaras this month

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/nicaragua-finca-limoncillo-washed-yellow-pacamara

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/nicaragua-finca-limoncillo-pulped-natural-yellow-pacamara

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/nicaragua-finca-limoncillo-natural-yellow-pacamara

With this one causing us such a problem we couldn’t do our normal cupping notes, as we couldn’t decide if it was amazing or so different we couldn’t stock it.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/nicaragua-finca-limoncillo-funky-natural-yellow-pacamara

First time I’ve had to issue a warning on a coffee.

You can try them all here at a special price

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/nicaragua-finca-limoncillo-yellow-pacamara-pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we are on packs, this time of year we always release the Potero Pack

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-pack

5 coffees all different honeys and a super special geisha to boot, sounds like perfect christmas drinking to me.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-yellow-honey-bourbon

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-red-honey-bourbon

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-black-honey-bourbon

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-natural-bourbon

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-el-potrero-white-honey-geisha

While I have your Geisha attention how about another. A brand new farm this year for us Costa Rica Dona Daisy finca Don Pepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-dona-daisy-finca-don-pepe-red-honey-geisha

Ever heard of a farm called Finca De Licho ? Then why have you not been listening to me as I rave about them every year. We got offered just one bag of another pacamara from them and we jumped at it, not something you see every day

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/costa-rica-finca-licho-honey-pacamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you came to The Manchester coffee festival in November, you will have witnessed the bromance of Alejandro Martinez of Finca Argentina in El Salvador and Brian from Kiriga in Kenya. It got us thinking what if we took both their coffees and made a blend, and here it is.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/when-brian-met-ale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You think I can’t top all these right ? Well lets have a go. One of my all time favourite coffees and producers is Neto from fame such as La Ilusion, Los Brumas, Alaska, Los Andes, and I’m always happy when this coffee arrives. Last year we had little to no natural, this year Neto did a little more for us, because for me, this natural makes the best cappuccino I’ve ever drunk. If you have never tried this coffee, you 100% have to !! Its amazing.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/el-salvador-finca-la-ilusion-washed-bourbon

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/new/products/el-salvador-finca-la-ilusion-natural-bourbon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How crazy is this, all in a week we have added these coffees. But I’m still not done.

Every year we like to do something a little special for the very special Has Bean Fans. The die hards who trust us and like to have fun at the same time.

This year we have decided to do something really different. You have to trust me. I’m going to send you 2 x 125g bags of coffee. One marked 1 (for Christmas day) and 2 (for boxing day). You won’t know what they are, how they are from until I social media it on both days.

What I can tell you about them is one of them is a very special coffee you wiped out in just a couple of days because it won something, and one is a coffee we have had washed from Africa and we luckily fell upon 1 bag of natural from there that blew our mind. Both of them are not for sale now and one of them we never have sold it. And trust me this is what I will be drinking on both days, special coffees I want to share with special friends.

The fun part is they come in a lovely presentation box, and inside two christmas crackers.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/steves-coffee-he-wants-you-to-drink-on-christmas-day-and-boxing-day-crackers

So you can see we have been busy. Trust me theres more too in the coming weeks, always exciting times around the corner, but I’m enjoying this corner very much.

You could always just buy my book

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/books/products/coffeeography

Red Giant sets off into the Sunset

The new blends launched a few months ago and you seem to be enjoying them. I know I have been.

I did a blogpost back in April explaining about our new blends and how going forwards we would be rotating and reinventing some of them. Its time for Red Giant to take a bow as we welcome in Sunset

Sunset will be the new name for RED giant, which was a replacement for Jailbreak. We changed Jailbreak a lot while it was called that, now we are just being a little more transparent that its changed its components.Its exactly the blend jailbreak mark 450 would have been (or something like that).

Blends in the ‘Red’ profile will be focused on balance, sweetness and cleanliness. It’ll is consistent, easy-to-work-with, tasty, sweet, smooth and balanced espresso.

Its made up of

50% El Salvador Argentina Washed Bourbon
25% El Salvador La Fany Washed Bourbon
25% Kenya Kiriga AB Washed

Please don’t be sad Red Giant has gone (or that Jailbreak has too). Its the same thing, just changing with the times. Just think of it as a child growing up and changing with the seasons. I hope you love it as much as we are loving it here.

You can buy it here

 

Brazil nut (Wildcard)

I did a blogpost back in April explaining about our new blends and how going forwards we would be rotating and reinventing some of them. So we have Red (Jailbreak replacement and Philter) White Blend (which would be a replacement for Jaberwocky, Kicker and 1973) and Black Blend (that would be a replacement for Black and Breakfast Bomb). I’ve loved the feedback on them and on the whole everyone has embraced the new blends (and bags).

But theres the 4th blend, the place for us to play and have the fun. Dark Side of the moon has been lots of fun to play with and a coffee thats received lots of love. But its time for the first change. An in the spirit of having fun were reviving a blend we have not had for a while.

Brazil nut is a cheeky nod towards what was the very popular Perfetio and I’ve received many many many emails saying that perfetio isn’t a word and I must have accidentally slipped when typing. The truth is that I did slip but a very long time ago and the name just stuck!
In Brazil they speak Portuguese and the word ‘perfect’ in Portuguese is ‘perfeito’, when I first created this blend many moons ago I was going to go for that as the name but accidentally made a typo. Once I’d seen it there I quite liked how it looked so decided to keep it as it was, always fun creating a new word! I’m sure at the time if you searched the internet for ‘perfetio’ it would have said you couldn’t spell but now you’re shown lots of things about this blend, a giant success I think!

We have called it Brazil nut as I have already said, its a nod towards Perfetio and not a direct same blend, but its fun and I like it.

The blend is made up of

40% Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Natural Yellow Bourbon
30% Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Canario
30% Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Pulped Natural Bourbon
In the cup you can expect a fantastic body, loads of sweetness and creaminess, heaps of smooth milk chocolate with walnut and a gorgeous finish.

You can buy it here.

BIG NEWS – New Blends!

Change can be scary, but it can also be exciting.

Over the last six years we’ve been super proud to offer a range of signature blends like Jailbreak, Blake and Jabberwocky and over that time Jailbreak, has had 36 iterations, each one delivering a balanced, sweet and clean cup profile.

Blends allow you consistent quality, with a taste profile you expect… even as coffees change from season to season and the range of blends we offer has expanded over the years as we’ve had new ideas, goals or coffees to shout about.

Now, it’s time to talk about the next big change.

A change that celebrates seasonality and the finite nature of the coffees we buy whilst keeping that same consistency.

We are relaunching our blends with just three flavour profiles. Red, White and Black.

Blends in the ‘Red’ profile will be focussed on balance, sweetness and cleanliness. This will be replacing the infamous Jailbreak Blend. A consistent easy to work with tasty sweet smooth balanced espresso.

The ‘Black’ profile celebrates a heavier, natural process led espresso. Think dried fruit, dark chocolate and rich mouthfeel. This will sit in the Blake / Breakfast bomb seat. Filling all the needs of these two blends in one balanced super blend.

The ‘White’ profile is bright fruit, balanced acidity, clarity and vibrancy. This will sit in the Jabberwocky / Kicker seat – zingy and a little more challenging to work with than Red or Black, but full of amazing results when you get it right.

Alongside these three regular profiles, will sit a fourth unique blend. This fourth blend will be a chance to explore and experiment, celebrating something specific and outside the box for a limited time only. This will sit across many of the previous blends every time it changes, but expect the unexpected.

Every month one blend will be replaced, so each one will only be available for around three months. Three consistent profiles and a wildcard.

We’ll rotate the change so there will always be something new to taste, but each individual blend will only be available as long as it’s coffees exist.

This is how Jailbreak and our other blends had always been updated

But this change will allow us to put the focus on the impermanent nature of each seasons coffee crop, as well as the skill of blending to deliver on a desirable style through the course of the year.

We’re looking forwards to seeing where these changes take us, we would love you to join the ride.

The first batch of blends are as follows…

RED BLEND

Red Giant
40% El Salvador Finca La Fany Pulped Natural Bourbon
40% El Salvador Finca La Ilusion Washed Bourbon
20% Costa Rica Sumava Monte Llano Bonito Villa Sarchi Yellow Honey

Well balanced and easy to work with as espresso, sweetness driven, easy drinking as espresso / milk based / filter.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/red

WHITE BLEND

White Dwarf
60% Bolivia Taypiplaya Delia Washed
20% Malawi Msese AB Washed
20% Burundi Nemba Washed Bourbon

Bright acidity, clean and complex, fruity.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/white

BLACK BLEND

Black Hole
70% Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Natural Selection
30% Sulawesi Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Typica A

Heavy body, dried fruit and dark chocolate, low acidity, strong base.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/black

WILD CARD

Dark Side of the Moon
50% El Salvador Finca Alaska Washed Bourbon
20% El Salvador Finca La Ilusion Washed Bourbon
20% El Salvador Finca Las Brumas Washed Bourbon
10% El Salvador Los Brisas Washed Bourbon

Complex acidity and huge fruit flavours, with a sparkling and clean, sharp finish.

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/wild

We’re also going to take this long overdue opportunity to mix up our starter packs – From now on an espresso starter pack will include the 3 new core blends red, black and white + a delicious single origin at a super value price of just £20 – that’s £5 each. We will also be changing the filter starter packs to four packs of stellar single origins, hand picked by moi, for a score – Lovely jubbly.

Bolivia’s Back!

A country that has so, so much going for it in terms of quality coffee production, but that has had the deck stacked against it in so many ways for the past 20 years. I <3 Bolivia!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love the country and the coffee of Bolivia. If you’re not sure, check out this video below I delivered on the tamper tantrum tour of Asia presented in Taiwan:

The potential and the quality of the coffee is undeniable, but the quantity of the coffee has been on the decline for years.

Despite this, we have been working hard with the Rodriguez family to promote and increase production. Bolivia’s past is interesting although it’s a commercially viable coffee exporting country, it’s production has always been small. The conditions, although challenging, are exceptional for growing coffee, and this produces a very rich agriculture built on a long history of farming on a very difficult and difficult terrain. In 1991, there was a government led initiative to encourage the endogenous population to participate in coffee farming, which led to a fractured system counter-intuitive to quality. The arrival of the Cup of Excellence Program in 2004 allowed buyers to find the quality coffee for which Bolivia was already known, but that had become difficult to source.

The main problem for producers was (and, to some extent, still is) that they are unable to make enough money to be sustainable. To subsidize their income, they looked to other crops, mainly coca (the crop that is used to produce cocaine, legal in Bolivia). Encouraged by the government, coca is four times more profitable and is much easier to grow than coffee, and this sadly led to coffee producers turning their back on coffee or, even worse, abandoning their farms.

Coca farming involves a lot of chemicals and fertilisers that are not good to the soil and land, so farming coca leads to the soil being infertile and overworked. Over time, coca-farmed land is unusable for any crop. Bolivian governmental support for growing coca has led to a break-down of relations with the USA, who had previously supported Bolivian agriculture and economy in the early 2000s. The resulting war on drugs in Bolivia has since led to many initiatives to help coffee farmers, with things like the Cup of Excellence being financially supported by USAID.

As if these difficulties weren’t enough to overcome, the arrival of leaf rust in 2013 (a fungus that attacks the leaves of a coffee tree and makes it impossible photosynthesize) meant that the country lost over 50% of its production that year alone. The combination of both government policy and leaf rust means that Bolivia’s coffee production has dropped by over 70 % in the past ten years, leaving the county a minor player in the world of coffee.

This means that to find the very best coffees from Bolivia, we have to pay a much higher than normal price compared to other coffee producing countries—but this isn’t a bad thing. The small volumes available and current demand for great coffees mean that, for once, coffee producers are on the front foot.

The Rodriguez family own their own mills, processing and exporting coffee for farmers in the Caranarvi and Sud Yungas region. The family have been sourcing coffee from small coffee producers for three decades, but the steady decline of coffee production has put the sustainability of their export business in jeopardy. Without the intervention of people like the Rodriguez family, however, the future of coffee production in Bolivia is at risk of disappearing.

In 2014, the Rodriguez family bought a number of farms in Caranavi region to showcase their practices and educate other producers in sustainable farming, as well as increasing the overall volume at their mills. One of the farms is La Linda and there are a number of varietal and processing experiments going on.

Bolivia La Linda Experimental Washed Caturra (£7.50)
This is a wonderfully sweet and fruity coffee, raspberry Starburst meets sweet orange with red apple on the finish. Super delicious and a shining example of the wonderful things a bit of experimentation can do.

Bolivia La Linda Washed Caturra (£7.50)
Think sparkling white wine with some candied lemon around the edge of the glass, then on the aftertaste pineapple cubes. A deliciously fruity and bright coffee.

Bolivia La Linda Pulped Natural Longberry (£10.00)
Those candied lemon pieces that are covered in white sugar with a clean and delicate finish of rosewater and floral notes.

Bolivia La Linda Natural Caturra (£8.00)
This is a liquid rhubarb and custard sweet, with a bit of dark rum thrown in for fun! A really creamy and boozy coffee.

And some old favorties return too, and many more to come over the coming weeks!

Bolivia Teodocio Mamani Washed (£7.00)
Expect a lovely fruit sweetness, with orange jelly wobble mid-palate that finishes with peach juice.

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Viva Bolivia!!