Inside Llewyn Davis – Greenwich Village Blend

"........ Each of the sites will also be running a competition giving you the chance to win Coen brothers goodies and soundtracks ......"

We were recently contacted to see if any of our wholesale customers wanted to help spread the word about the release of the Coen Brothers’ highly anticipated new film, Inside Llewyn Davis (in cinemas on 24th January).

The film documents a week in the life of an aspiring musician within 60’s greenwich village and StudioCanal thought it a perfect fit for many of our customers – within our team our resident folk music and film geeks were really excited to make something special happen and so we’ve got a number of things going on here and there…

TimberYard – 7 Dials in Covent Garden are running the film trailer and playing the soundtrack during their pre-opening event on Thursday 16th, – 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DL

The Coffee Works Project near Angel Tube are hosting a gallery of stills from the film from Friday the 18th, live music from Harry Harris, (@CmonHarris, www.harryharrismusic.com)on Saturday, whilst music from the film will be playing throughout the weekend – 96-98 Islington High Street, London, N1 8EG

6/8 Kafe in Birmingham have live music from Jenny Went Away (http://jennywentaway.wix.com/jwamusic) at 14:30 on Saturday the 18th – 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5HG

The Plough in Harbourne will be serving filter coffee with the film soundtrack playing throughout Saturday – 21 High St, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9NT

Didn’t you do Well on bristol’s Park Row will be featuring the soundtrack and possibly live music on Saturday too!!! – 20 park row , Bristol, BS1 5LJ

Each of the sites will also be running a competition giving you the chance to win Coen brothers goodies and soundtracks, a separate competition will be running through HasBean so keep an eye on my twitter

We’ve created a delicious blend of coffee, evoking 60’s Americana, the folk movement and, well, black coffee!!!! perfect for drinking through a Chemex whilst working on that difficult transition from protest folk to electric instruments!!!!!

Designed specifically for drip coffee brewing this blend is composed of these exclusive central american coffees

20% El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Catimor Natural
30% El Salvador Finca Argentina Guachipilin Bourbon Washed
50% Costa Rica Carlos Arrieta Caturra Washed

Tasting notes – Sweet Fruit, Medium Acidity, Deep Body and a little Funky

This blend is only available for drinking at these sites on these days so drop by, drink the coffee, meet new people, go see the film, have fun!

For more information on the film visit facebook.com/InsideLlewynDavisUK

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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 Soap Opera Ends

"........ BEST NEWS ALL YEAR !!! ........"

At Last the Soap opera is over.

One of the most emotive and responded-to blog posts I have ever done was this one here, on the plight of the amazing farm Machacamrca. http://www.hasblog.co.uk/no-machacamarca-this-year

I did and update a few months back here http://www.hasblog.co.uk/machacamrca-update where things looked to be getting better

It was a truly sad event. The farm was taken from the family by the local community, in an unlawful land grabbing episode, which shocked the family and blew my mind that can happen in the modern world.

So this is in Lupe’s words

Dear Stephen,

Two weeks ago, I finally got the Community to agree to give back our Machacamarca house and land. Last week I finally entered the house as rightful owner, with the community present and -believe it or not- beaming and friendly as marshmallows. The truth is I got them almost to the point of going to prison for robbery and they were glad to come to an agreement, just to get out of their predicament. Nonetheless, the house was completely sacked and the land is overgrown with weeds. So sad.

I’m going back tomorrow to start the rebuilding process, and perhaps next week I can get a good look at the coffee plants, though I was told a large overflow from the community water tank,killed quite a few plants from being waterlogged. No coffee this year, but some small amount next year, and then better and better. I shall send photos next week, and keep you updated. I add a few photos from last week, to give you an idea of how things are, and the second picture is of me and our young and feisty attorney, raising our arms in victory.

In any case, we’re back, and back legally, winning out fight fair and square. I know you will be happy for us!

Lupe

BEST NEWS ALL YEAR !!!

This is a picture of the canopy I recorded my favortie in my mug from here

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FREE Espresso Training Book

" ........ Apparently not all of you share my apple addiction, so we have managed to export this into a hand PDF so you can all stop being angry at me now. ....... "

In April we released an E Book for Ipad owners to read and enjoy.

Apparently not all of you share my apple addiction, so we have managed to export this into a hand PDF so you can all stop being angry at me now.

We get asked about how to prepare espresso a lot, what the best recipes are for our coffees, what good extraction is, what you are allowed to like and what you’re not and in all honesty these are tough questions to answer.

In reality, and as with roasting, we don’t think the craft of the barista is a black art, or a mystery – it’s just a combination of using tools and methods effectively and adjusting these to develop the end product in line with your taste.

This book doesn’t mean you’ll make perfect tasty coffee, but it should help you understand how you can relate an espresso you’ve mades taste to it’s preparation and quickly and easily repeat, adjust and increase enjoyment.

Click here Espresso Training download

Tamper Tantrum Line up for Nice

"........ I do this project with my buddy Colin Harmon called tamper tantrum. A chance for coffee professionals to come together to talk about coffee stuff. ....... "

Some of you may know I do this project with my buddy Colin Harmon called tamper tantrum. A chance for coffee professionals to come together to talk about coffee stuff.

This year were hosting the event at the World of Coffee event in Nice France, and we announced our line up last night.

Tamper Tantrum Live

Tamper Tantrum Live

We did the same last year, but lost all the video. But I have been turning them all into audio podcasts and will be releasing them on the run up to the Nice event. I hope you get a chance to listen to some of them.

Machacamrca Update

"......... the farm taken from the family by the local community, in an unlawful land grabbing episode, that shocked the family and me ......"

One of the most emotive and responded-to blog posts I have ever done was this one here, on the plight of the amazing farm Machacamrca. http://www.hasblog.co.uk/no-machacamarca-this-year

It was a truly sad event. The farm was taken from the family by the local community, in an unlawful land grabbing episode, which shocked the family and me.

Machacamarca de Berenguela is an old farm in Sud Yungas, Bolivia, which has belonged to the Andrade family for over 150 years. Its more than 100 hectares are located on top of a small mountain, looking out towards the high snowy peaks of the Andes as well as the rugged foothills that spill onto the tropical plains of the Beni. The adobe walls of the old farmhouse are a meter thick, and the ancient chapel (with a resident ghost) plus its belfry with heavy bronze bells crowns an open and serene landscape.

In the 18th and 19th centuries Machacamarca was a traditional coca-leaf producer, but in the middle of the last century Victor Andrade drastically altered the productive scenario by planting groves of citrus fruit and various forest tree species. Coffee, however, was always present “for home and family”. Grandmother Maria, daughter and grand old lady of this land, did not conceive “store-bought” coffee, preferring to personally roast and grind her coffee in a small wooden mill each morning in order to have her coffee “as God meant it to be”.

Towards the end of the 1990s, with the precipitous drop in the citrus market and a problem with the citrus trees, the cultivation of coffee was expanded in earnest by planting varieties known for their quality and resistance in the shade of tall “siquili” trees, favoured by hummingbirds and honeybees. Slowly the Andrade family has sought to improve its product, convinced that superior-quality coffee is one of the answers to the environmental drama of the Yungas valleys, seriously threatened by indiscriminate cutting-down of the forest and the proliferation of coca-leaf plantations.

We first stocked this coffee from the 2007 Cup of Excellence lot, and it very quickly became my favourite of that year. It also proved to be one of your overall favourites regardless of its Cup of Excellence price premium. The relationship is strong between the family and Has Bean, culminating in me spending a week in July 2010 living with the family, picking the coffee and helping with processing. It was one of the most stunning weeks of my life, and the hospitality of Mario and Maria was amazing.

When I visited last year, I met up with Lupe to see if we could help in any way with the issues, and I have kept in touch regularly. The reason to bring this up on a blog post now is I received an email from Lupe this week. I must get at least one a week with people asking for an update, but this is the first time I have been able to respond with a positive update

So this is in Lupe’s words

Hi Stephen,
Thank you for your note. Actually, and perhaps miraculously, we have made advances, and I have a meeting set for next Wednesday, to discuss the terms of return of the property. A month ago we were able to go on an inspection with judicial authorities, and the house was completely sacked, I mean completely, with even the light fixtures, the toilets and washbowls torn out. Some things have been returned (to a storeroom in the community) and were sealed by the District Attorney, but they may be a bare 10-15% of what was there. Fortunately they did not destroy the coffee plants (at least that I could see), nor burn and cut down many trees. I hope we will be able to return in June, and assess the damage further – in terms of the coffee, it will mean another year’s setback at least, as this year’s crop, if there is one, will be tiny. However, coffee is amazingly resilient, so with judicious pruning and organic fertilizing, next year may see a small but exportable crop. I shall let you know next week, after the meeting, what perspectives we have. Thank you for your concern… Lupe

So good news!! Not great news, but progress: news that we may see this amazing coffee again.

I will keep you posted