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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

Finca Argentina Update 2018

Want to check out my Flickr images ? You can see them here!

So I’ve been back just over a week, and thought it was a good time to go through my Central America trip. The trip was lots of fun (if not a little ruined by KLM losing my luggage that they still cant find. Traveling for two weeks without any of your belongings is challenging and not so much fun. My advice if you travel and value your luggage dont fly KLM.

Anyway bitterness out the way I thought I would take this opportunity to give you an update and share some of my photos of my trip. The first stop on the trip is Finca Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ale has become a super close friend, and a very important partner for us in El Salvador. He has also become a barometer for whats happening in the country. Finca Argentina back in the day was producing 700-800 bags at its peak. Admittedly this was commercial production, not necessarily looking for quality, looking for yield. But in recent years the harvest has been up and down, as high as 400 and as low as 80. This year its low and somewhere between 150 – 200 bags. Lots of this is down to leaf rust in the area, climate change (yes mr trump its real) and wind and replanting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year San Jorge was looking tired and not very healthy, and n our visit Ale decided he was going to replant. So we fixed him up with some Yellow pacamara seed from our friends in Nicaragua and they have now been planted. The plot looks very exciting and I cant wait until 2022 for the first full harvest. We may have a small amount (like a kilo or two) to try this year from the varietal garden, but its a waiting game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the waiting game we have coming sooner is the SL 28 plants. A couple of years ago I managed to get my hands on some parchment from Kenya (I got it myself) and managed to get it to Ale to plant. This is a small plot, but we hope in th next could of years to have some to sell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of work has gone into the farm, more organising, more security, more replanting just generally more. I never like to praise Ale, but he has done a good job this year, and I hope in the coming years we can see that yield and cup quality grow some.

But while we wait, Ale has ideas and experiments and here is a video of a watering system he came up with for the yellow pacamara

I also asked for Ale to explain Whats a Petite ? As always he doesn’t follow the script, but its still interesting.

I took a load of photos as normal (around 2500 this whole trip) and picked out some of my favourites and uploaded them to Flickr, you can see them here

Top 10 of 2017

Its a yearly event, me and Roland sit down and go through our favourite coffees of 2017. This years its no different, we ramble we talk, we decide. Hope you enjoy

Merry Christmas 2017

Every year we do a Christmas Card to you all. You can see the older ones here

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/pages/christmas-card

But last year we didn’t, and it made me a bit sad. so we asked our good friends at Tenticle media to come up with the craziest thing that they possibly can.

And it looks like they have achieved their brief

From Everyone at Has Bean Coffee we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, sit back and enjoy.

 

 

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

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.