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New Coffee Monday!

Hi everyone! It’s a new coffee kinda Monday! As I mentioned last week it’s a really exciting time of year for me (to be totally honest I’m generally excited for most of the year!) as I have a lot of new coffees to share with you all! Here’s a quick summary of all the new tasty + delicious coffees that have just gone live at hasbean.co.uk

El Salvador Finca San José Washed Red Bourbon
Cherry truffle, big body, red wine
In the cup I want you to imagine a cherry truffle chocolate that’s been drenched in red wine. This big bodied, well structured and balanced coffee finishes with milk chocolate and a gentle sherry like kick.​
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/el-salvador-finca-san-jose-washed-red-bourbon
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg.

El Salvador Finca San José Washed Amarangia Bourbon
Kit Kat, caramel, orange
In the cup this takes like someone took a Kit Kat chocolate bar and mashed it up with a pink wafer. In the mid palate expect carmel and high sweetness that finishes with pink grapefruit and oranges.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/el-salvador-finca-san-jose-washed-amarangia-bourbon
£7.00 for 250g, £26.60 for 1kg.

El Salvador Finca San José Washed Elefante
Golden sugar, champagne, peach
In the cup a golden sugar like sweetness meets champagne in the most unlikely of pairings. The peach acidity and brown sugar sweetness runs through the aftertaste.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/el-salvador-finca-san-jose-washed-elefante
£9.00 for 250g, £34.20 for 1kg.

Red Rum (new Red blend!)
40% El Salvador Finca Alaska Washed Bourbon
30% Kenya Kiriga Estate AB Washed
30% Guatemala El Limon Washed Caturra
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/red-rum
£6.00 for 250g, £22.80 for 1kg.

Rwanda Buf Nyarasiza Washed Red Bourbon
Passionfruit, apricot, panna cotta
In the cup this passionfruit creamy coffee also has apricot and hints of mango, it’s pretty much a tropical fruit panna cotta. The mouthfeel on this is really huge, but remains smooth and silky throughout.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/rwanda-buf-nyarasiza-washed-red-bourbon
£7.50 for 250g, £28.50 for 1kg.

Costa Rica Don Mayo Finca Bella Vista Yellow Honey Caturra
Single cream, red grape, milk chocolate
In the cup I want you to think single cream meeting sweet red grapes. As it cools you’ll find milk chocolate and a thick but silky mouthfeel.
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/costa-rica-don-mayo-finca-bella-vista-yellow-honey-caturra
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg.

New Coffees!

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.