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 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,


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:


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 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 : )

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

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.








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

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.

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

You can try them all here at a special price








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

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

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






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










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.









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.









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.

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

Coffeeography, at last !

Have I told you I’ve written a book ? If I’ve met you I know I have because I can talk about little else.


To say I was not very academic at school is a little bit of an under exaggeration. I sucked at school, and was often told that I wouldn’t amount to much. Well they were right, but at least I have a book to go with my amounting to little.


The book is called “Coffeeography the producers” and is launched on the 5th of November at cup north event in Manchester, followed by an extensive book tour with events across five countries. Inspired by the relationships built over the past 18 years through Hasbean Coffee,


“Coffeeography: The Coffee Producers” shares hidden stories and breaks down common misconceptions about those who farm the cherries of the world’s most popular beverage.


40 coffee producers across 11 countries were interviewed by using an approach that brings their own words and experiences to the fore.


Each profile began with a list of 20 questions, anything from ‘do you prefer espresso or filter?’ or ‘if you could farm anywhere else, where would you?’


From there, it was using their answers to those questions, the stories they chose to share, and my own understanding of our relationship to put together a multifaceted glimpse into the complex people behind the future of specialty coffee


In addition to these profiles, the book also features a number of my favourite travel photographs from the last 12 years.


Alejandro Martinez (Finca Argentina, El Salvador) and Dr. Brian Gakunga (Kiriga Estate, Kenya), two of the producers profiled in “Coffeeography”, will join Team Hasbean as a part of the inaugural book launch activities, taking place on the second day of the Manchester Coffee Festival, to share their stories in person. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to cup both Finca Argentina and the Kiriga Estate’s coffees during special afternoon cuppings led by Martinez and Dr. Gakunga, respectively.


After the book’s official launch in Manchester, I will go on whirlwind tour as I launch the book featuring stops in:

Click the links for Ticket information

Seoul, KOR (11-12 Nov, hosted by Marco at Seoul Café & Bakery Show)

Manchester Coffee Feastival !! 


You can sign up for tickets for the event here, not only will you get to see all of this, but the rest of the UK speciality industry on show.



Me, Ale, Brian and team Hasbean all look forward to seeing you there.

Recycling coffee bags

I think we can all agree now, that recycling is a very important part of everyday life. Resourses are not infinite, and ladfill gets, well ….. full.

Its always something thats bugged me about coffee bags, becuase of the way they are made, they can not easily be recylcled.

We have tried many different bags, but none keep the coffee as fresh as we would like, so rather than compromise the product, we have carried on regardless. This keeps me awake at night as sustainability is not only about buying coffee fairly and with ethics, its not only using organic certifications (or organic principles more on this in the coming weeks), but my being sustainable in as many areas as you can.

Se we found out about this company that will recycle coffee bags, but at a cost. This cost is out of reach of most people, so we have invested in a bag recycleing box at Has Bean. We get through a lot of bags so it’s a start.

But we have decided that if you (home or coffee shop customers) buy coffee from us, we will pay for the recycling costs of Has Bean bags all you have to do is get them back to us. Collect as many as you can and send them to us at the address below and we will do the rest.

Has Bean Coffee Ltd
Unit 16, Ladford Covert
Ladfordfields Industrial Estate
Seighford, Stafford
ST18 9QL
United Kingdom

Then the collected waste will undergo extrusion and pelletisation to be moulded into various recycled plastic products.

Its not perfect, and we will see if (depending on interest) maybe rolling it out to some collection points, but every journey begins with one step, and this is our first.

In My Mug reboot

Its been months in the making (literally) but you may have noticed the past few weeks In My Mug http:/ has changed. After 449 episodes it felt like it was really time to shake up the format. I know I’ve done this a few times (shaking it up), but this feel the most drastic and the best yet.

This week was one was one of my favourites to record, as we had the “Steve’s fun bag challenge” where a member of the team has to come in and weigh out 3 bags by eye, getting as close as they can to 250g. Its a test of speed and accuracy, where every gram over or under they get a second added t their score and then the time that its taken added on. Its not something we wild every week, but was great to get Mick on screen for the first one.

We also had our guest brewer slot this week with Katie coming on and chasing her favourite brew method and making the coffee for me. Again, great to share the awesome team we have here with you.

Each week there will be something new and different, and the aim is to keep them a little shorter than they have been in the past to keep it snappier.

I’d love you to check it out, and I’d love your feedback, and I hope if you have not watched one for a while, you will dive in you may be surprised.