Has Bean Top Ten Coffees 2013

"............ Has Bean Coffee Top Ten ..............."

Every year I do a review of my top ten favourite coffees of the year

Its a lonely thing so I decided to invite Roland (one of the roasters with us at Has Bean) along to review the year with me.

I hope you enjoy

The Has Bean Christmas carol

".......... Merry Christmas .............."

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

Baked Beanz Guest Blend

"......... We were saving this special lot from Finca Argentina for something special. But it just works on both of these profiles, it chose itself. ......"

Time for another Guest Blend this time Number 7 in the series. This time we have lost our minds.

Well not exactly, but to coincide with our release of the roasting guide video (You can see this here) we have done an example of roasting profiles along with a super cool blend I have to do for a number of years.

Its available Roasted Beans Only Also Note this will not fit through a standard letterbox. It wont fit through as its a tin of baked beanz, and a bag of toast. Its in honour of Baked Bean month.

You will receive a tin of 125 g of roasted El Salvador Finca Argentina Guachapilin Pulped Natural roasted on a slow roasting profile of 15 minutes. This will be full of body and mouthfeel, but lacking in a little sweetness, clarity and acidity.

You will also receive a bag that contains 125 g of roasted El Salvador Finca Argentina Guachapilin Pulped Natural roasted quickly on a roasting profile of 7 minuets. This will be lacking a little body and mouthfeel, but be full of sweetness and acidity. Try them on their own, then mix them together in the toast bag for a complex one bean one varietal blend.

We suggest you try them both on their own with 12g and a cupping bowl. Then mix the two together in the toast bag and enjoy as a blend.

We were saving this special lot from Finca Argentina for something special. But it just works on both of these profiles, it chose itself.

When mixed together expect a complex blend that is balanced, with a big body, with a controlled and balanced sweetness of milk chocolate and white grape.

50% El Salvador Finca Argentina Guachapilin Pulped Natural
50% El Salvador Finca Argentina Guachapilin Pulped Natural

If you want to learn more about roasting profiles take a look at this video here.

And of course you can buy it here

As always we have a video to launch it, not for the easily offended.

Yo Yo time for guest blend number 6

Yo Yo here we gooooooooooo……………..

This is the 6th 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.

We have also decided to name them with equally appropriate stupidness. In honour of National Yo Yo day thats on 6th of June every year to celebrate the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr., the person credited with the commercial success of the yo yo (often confused as the inventor).

To honour this you will also receive your own Has Bean Yo Yo with your blend.

In the cup this is the most delicate blend yet, but with somes up and downs (like your yo yo) I think it works. The Siberia gives it a lovely sweet base, think milk chocolate and nuts, but the pira adds a little class, with flowers, toffee and caramel. But then some low base notes of funk and body makes it into the crazy blend you have come to expect the guest blends to be.

50% El Salvador Finca Siberia Washed Bourbon;
30% Costa Rica La Pira Tarrazu Washed Cattura;
20% Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Gedeb Natural

No you will have to excuse me I’m off to practice my “walking the dog”, and “shooting the moon”

So long, and thanks for all the fish…….

".......... this is the 5th (I so wish it was 42nd) in a new "galaxy" of guest coffee blends we are introducing in 2013 ........"

Its time for blend number 5 of our guest blend range, and this month its called “Don’t Panic”

I love Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, not the new rubbish film, but the book and the bbc tv series and radio program that was spawned from the book. I don’t do a good job but I always try top hide my geekisms, but this is one area I struggle.

On May the 25th each year its towel day, celebrating the life and works of Douglas Adams who passed away in 2001 on the 11th of May. So two weeks after this every year since theres a small bunch of die hard fans who celebrate by taking a towel with them. I know this might be tough for you, so with every bag of this blend you will receive an emergency towelet to hydrate and expand and use should an emergency arrive.

So why don’t panic ? We have blended two coffees together that in relaity should install panic and worry. We have used our colombian DECAF and our El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 CATIMOR Washed, two coffees that if you had not of tasted them would scare the heck out of you. But you know what, rules are there to be broken and this just works as an amazing delicious coffee. The fact that both of them taste lovely on their own, gives a good clue to this is an amazing coffee.

The blend will run for one month or until sold out, so do not hang about. You can buy it here, or read the website description here

 

 

Available Roasted Beans Only

What ever you do please don’t panic……………..

This is the 5th (I so wish it was 42nd) in a new “galaxy” of guest coffee blends 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 with our looking to the stars, going to that extra mile and on to the next solar system and all the other stupid sayings you can think of. 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 months is taking that to a new space and time dimension.

We have also decided to name them with equally appropriate stupidness. In honour of the towel day on May the 25th to demonstrate our appreciation for the books and the author Douglas Adams, who wrote ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May 2001. But why a towel I hear you cry ? Well…..

The original quotation that explained the importance of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

To honour this you will also receive your own easy cary towelet for next time your caught out in Betelgeuse that can be hydrated in any emergency.

In the cup this is the bravest blend yet, but I think it works. Expect big sticky mouthfeel, with a cherry drop note, and with a milk chocolate sweetness that just makes this a sticky fest. These are two coffees you wouldn’t normally blend with a decaf and a catimor but you know what, this is why rules are meant to be broken.

80% Colombia El Meridiano SC Decaf;
20% 20% El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Catimor Washed;
42% Don’t Panic.