Coffee General


Sustainably grown coffee
This is a guest post by David prosser from BestPatrols.com Sustainability. For those seeking to be eco-friendly and environmentally smart, sustainability is a buzzword that reflects the need to maintain a human-ecosystem equilibrium, where what we take from the planet can be put back into the planet. This “do no harm” approach should brought into many trades, including agriculture, and […]

Why Choosing Sustainably Grown Coffee is so Important


Real Coffee Review. Compatible Nespresso Capsules. 1
This is my review of Real Coffee, after going through their ten different Nespresso compatible capsules. I’m not an affiliate of Real Coffee, I have no relationship with the company, it’s purely an honest user review after drinking my way through their range of capsules. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t have a Nespresso machine. I had consumed quite […]

Nespresso Compatible Capsules Review – Real Coffee.


Sage smart kettle review 4
This is my Sage smart kettle review, after just over a week of use. My family and I have been using the kettle for the past week or so, and I now feel suitably qualified to write this honest user review. Since I’m asking the question in the post title “best kettle in UK?” I think it’s going to be obvious […]

Sage Smart Kettle Review – The Best Kettle in UK?



In this post I’m exploring the best bean to cup espresso machines of 2017, including comparisons of features and common comments from user reviews. This isn’t a “top ten” as such, I am doing it in some kind of order, it’s a combination of price (ascending) and popularity (descending). In other words I’m starting at the lower end of the […]

Best Bean to Cup Espresso Machines 2017


Groundhog day 1
I’ve just spoken to a colleague, who asked me the question, “Is all coffee the same?”. This is someone who drinks coffee daily, but who admits that he’s never really given it much thought other than taking a lid off a jar and spooning it into a mug. He had heard of Robusta and Arabica, but other than that his thoughts […]

Ground(hog) Coffee. Is all Coffee the Same?




Difference between roasts
This is a guest post from A Great Coffee, about the difference between light, medium and dark roasts.  Think about your favourite coffee type and what is written on the package, or what you order at the café. You will notice that there is a variation between the roast. This is one of the things that often has people new to […]

The Difference Between Light and Dark Roast



Best bean to cup filter coffee machines
I’ve written about bean to cup coffee machines in the past, but I’ve never done a reviews post specifically about bean to cup machines, so I thought it was about time to do some research and come up with a list of info on the best bean to cup machines of 2017. This post is about bean to cup filter […]

Best Bean to Cup Filter Coffee Machines 2017



Nespresso Creatista by Sage.
I have been aware of Nespresso machines for years, but it’s only recently that I’ve began to see them as another brewing method for proper coffee, which lead me to wonder which might be the best Nespresso machine to go for, since there seemed to be lots of options. I decided to do my own list mainly because I didn’t fancy paying […]

Best Nespresso Machine 2017. Nespresso Machines Reviews


This is a guest post by Dripped Coffee, with an infographic on coffee addiction.  Do you ever wonder why you’re so quick to reach for the coffee pot? Is it because you love the rich aroma, the velvety taste, or is it something else? Could it be that you are reaching for the coffee pot because you’re looking for the […]

13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Caffeine – Guest Post ...


nespresso compatible pods
In this post I’m exploring the idea of Nespresso machines being an alternative brewing method for speciality coffee, via Nespresso compatible pods, and I’m sharing my very recent experience of having started to do this. Some of the discoveries I’ve made have really surprised me, and I hope it will make for an interesting read. Nespresso pods are not something […]

Nespresso Compatible Pods & Speciality Coffee?



Rage Against The Vending Machine.
The advance of technology is something we can’t prevent, and most of the time it’s a good thing, but there’s one thing that has been developing over the past few years that I don’t think is a good thing, and that is the increase of machines in retail which replace humans. It started with the self serve tills. I remember […]

Rage Against the Vending Machine. 5 Reasons to Visit a ...


Cafe in Rome
This is a guest post by Cruise Club UK If you’re serious about both your coffee and your travel, then you’d have been there… flung into an accidental coffee cold turkey because you chose a holiday destination without a decent cup of the brown stuff. Thinking they’re helping you, someone kindly provides a sachet of instant. “No!” you scream, and fling […]

‘Bean’ There, Drunk That: A Caffeinated World Itinerary


Coffee Shop Menu
One thing I’m often asked by people who’re just in the process of discovering speciality coffee in the UK, as many people are, is about the difference between the various coffee types, for instance Americano vs. filter coffee, Latte vs. cappuccino, flat white vs. Macchiato and so on.  I’ve told the story here before about being stood behind a guy […]

Types of Coffee & the Difference Between Them



Turkish coffee cups. 1
This is a guest post by Lucy from Turkish coffee specialists, Turkishcoffeedeal.com – a specialist supplier based in Turkey, who deliver directly to the UK. Turkish Coffee was discovered around 15th century by Ottomans (Former Turks), and it remains the brewing technique used by Turkish people. Main characters of Turkish coffee can be expressed as follows: Strong: It is one of the […]

Turkish Coffee – The Best Way to Prepare it and ...


Come to the dark side Luke, the coffee is better. 1
As someone who has made this transition myself over the past few years, from a ‘normal’ coffee drinker to a speciality coffee drinker, I know the difference, and the benefits. For this reason, I humungenormously recommend that this to anyone who loves coffee. Yes, that is a word by the way, well if it wasn’t it is now. Coffee Beginners? […]

Coffee Beginners – How and Why to Convert to ...


best place to buy coffee beans online.
Whether you’re a veteran speciality coffee lover, or you’re just discovering the world of gourmet coffee, there’s one thing you need – a great UK source of freshly roasted, amazing coffee beans. But where is the best place to buy coffee beans online? The first thing I would say is that the best place to buy them IS online, unless […]

Best Place to Buy Coffee Beans Online



is instant coffee bad for your health 1
If you currently drink instant coffee some of the time or all of the time, firstly I would say to you… don’t leave this blog until you’ve read at least a few posts here about speciality coffee! I believe that if you switch from instant to fresh, and from fresh pre-ground commodity coffee to freshly roasted home ground speciality coffee, your […]

Is Instant Coffee Bad for Your health?


Rocket R58 Espresso Machine.
I’m on the market for a new espresso machine, so I’m reading a lot of reviews at the moment, and watching the YouTube reviews etc., and I thought I’d share with you the various machines I’ve been looking at, and the impression I’ve got of them judging by everything I’ve discovered. I’ll also share a bit later in this post, some […]

Espresso Machines Reviews 2017


Roasting Speciality Coffee at Adams & Russell.
Adams & Russell are a small batch coffee roaster based in Birkenhead near Liverpool, supplying both wholesale and retail. They’ve been around a long time, and I’ve heard some nice things about them, so when they invited me to visit the roastery and take part in one of their brew school events, I jumped in my car and headed for the […]

Visit to Adams & Russell Coffee Roasters



The Best Coffee in the World.
Wondering what is the best coffee in the world? Well, I know what it is, and I might just tell you, because I’m a nice guy ;-). It is…. Drumroll… speciality coffee. Freshly roasted high quality coffee beans from one of the dozens of small batch coffee roasters that we’re fortunate enough to have in the UK! Exactly which speciality coffee […]

Best Coffee in the World


Coffee Shop for Sale
  Running a coffee shop is something that appeals to me, I can’t think of a small business I would enjoy running more, than owning a specialty coffee shop & making coffee all day. OK I’d probably be drinking so much of it myself that I wouldn’t make much profit ;-), but still… I regularly have a look at coffee […]

Coffee shop for sale, fancy opening a Cafe?


The Coffee Bean Belt.
Someone recently asked the question, “Where is coffee from?”. I thought this was interesting because there are so many dimensions to the question that the person asking it probably wasn’t aware of. Someone wanting to know more about coffee can actually become a lot more informed by seeking to answer all dimensions of this question, so I thought I’d write this […]

Where is Coffee From?




Coffee pod machines comparisons.
The question most people have when they’re considering buying a coffee pod machine, is whether to go for  Tassimo Vs Nespresso , Dolce Gusto or Douwe Egberts senseo. If you’ve not yet decided on a pod machine then you may be trying to decide whether to go for a single cup pod  coffee maker or a traditional espresso machine or fully auto bean to cup, but […]

Tassimo Vs Nespresso, DolceGusto & Senseo Coffee Pod Machines.




Latte Art on Gaggia Classic.
As you’ll know if you’ve read some of my earlier posts, I’ve had my Gaggia classic now for just over 6 months. I bought a pre 2009 version, it’s actually 13 years old, but being one of the original made in Milan machines, it was built to last. One of the things that had been beginning to frustrate me with […]

Gaggia Classic Latte Art Hack – Throw The Manual Away ...


10 signs you are addicted to coffee. 1
This is a guest post & funny creative by a bunch of mutual coffee addicts at Freshpresso There are very few things in life that we take very seriously and coffee is one of them. If you’re not addicted to coffee then you haven’t really experienced the wrath of this dark magic potion that gives you superhuman abilities. However, if you need […]

10 Signs You Are Addicted to Coffee.


list of UK coffee roasters
The New, Complete UK Coffee Roasters List is NEARLY here… Below is the original list of UK coffee roasters, which includes 188 UK roasters. The new list which I’ve just completed, of coffee roasters in mainland UK, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, is being coded right now, and will be ready at the end of Jan.  This new list […]

List of UK Coffee Roasters – Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans.



Franz Kolschitzky Statue, Vienna. 1
If you know everything there is to know about coffee, then you may know these – in which case, the post title would be wrong. But in any case, this is a list of 6 facts about coffee that the majority of people aren’t aware of. Knowing these things puts you in the upper echelons of coffee lovers, you are […]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee!


Is coffee good for you or bad for you.
It seems that one minute drinking coffee is bad for you, the next minute coffee is good for you. Still now with all the evidence coming to light that it’s good for your health, it doesn’t take much research to find evidence appearing to suggest that coffee is actually bad for you. So, what’s the crack? I’ve spent some time looking […]

Why is Coffee Good for you, and Bad for you??




andreas 1
Speciality coffee is enjoying a real surge of popularity in the UK and globally, and there are many people who’re just starting to hear the term, and are asking ‘what is speciality coffee?’, if you’re wondering this, then this post is for you. I’ve been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember, but my relationship with coffee has changed […]

What is Speciality Coffee & Why Should You Care?



Another Flat White Latte Art Attempt.
If you follow me on twitter, you will probably have seen my morning tweets where I post a picture of my morning flat white, with my latest latte art attempt. I only do this by the way when the attempt was at least slightly passable for latte art, sometimes I make a complete pigs ear of it, in which case […]

INSTANT Freshly Brewed Coffee Via Aeropress!



Bunna Coffee. 1
This is a guest post by Rudy Caretti, founder of Gimoka Coffee UK. Full author info at the bottom of the page.  There is no doubt coffee is among the widely consumed beverages around the world. With about 2 billion cups sold each day, coffee has clearly carved its own place in the lives of many. Whereas some take it every morning […]

Cultural Significance Of Coffee Around The World


Someone recently asked the question “what is a Barista?”, and initially it surprised me to think that people wouldn’t know this, but then I reminded myself that not everyone is as obsessed with coffee as I am ;-), and that while anyone involved in the world of coffee will of course know what a Barista is, some people won’t be familiar with […]

What is a Barista?


Single Origin Coffee Chart 2
This is a guest post and cool coffee infographic from Adams & Russell Wholesale Coffee Roasters. Have you ever found it a struggle to easily compare single origin coffee beans when looking for those that meet your palette? Well that’s where this post comes in. Adams & Russell Wholesale Coffee Roasters have created an informative visual, known as an infographic, to […]

Coffee Infographic: Comparing Your Single Origin Beans



This is a guest post, from food and travel photographer Will Hedley, inthesoup.co.uk, (@FlySoup_ on Twitter and Instagram), sharing some of his coffee experiences from his recent journey down the side streets of Hanoi’s old quarter. The streets of Hanoi Travelling the length and breadth of Vietnam gave me the opportunity to sample coffees of the country – the second largest producer of coffee […]

Coffees of Vietnam: as much about culture as it is ...


Not Loving Vegetarian Options at Mcdonalds.
For a fast food restaurant, Mcdonalds really impress me when it comes to their coffee. Obviously I wouldn’t say it’s on parr with coffee you would get from a good indi coffee shop, and you wouldn’t expect it to be, but it’s freshly brewed using bean to cup machines, and it’s great in my opinion given the convenience and the price. They […]

McDonalds, Your Coffee isn’t Bad, Your Veggie Options are ...


Today I was chatting to a young guy who didn’t know there was any difference between instant coffee and coffee made from ground beans. When I say young by the way, I don’t mean 5 or 6, I mean early 20s! ;-). For whatever reason he just wasn’t aware of  of any difference between instant coffee vs ground coffee beans. When […]

The Difference Between Instant Coffee and Ground Coffee / Filter ...




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I actually really like Nespresso machines, and I like the concept of Nespresso. George Clooney, I can take or leave, coffee – I prefer to take, and I’ve tasted some very nice Nespresso coffee, but what initially put me off a Nespresso machine was the thought of being tied into only having the coffee that they put in their pods. […]

Freshly Brewed Speciality Coffee Via Nespresso Machines?




Aeropress Camping.
The Aeropress is one of the best things since sliced bread, definitely one of the best coffee makers ever invented; but, does it actually make true espresso, and can you get it to produce crema? I’m writing this post because when first bought mine, this was one of the questions I had. I’d seen some people saying that you can […]

Does Aeropress Make True Espresso with Crema?


Coffee Rust.
Global warming, climate change, bla bla yawn… I know, we’re all sick of hearing about it, and my automatic thought response to anything I read about this subject is usually something along the lines of “we have no control over it anyway”, or “how can getting warmer be a bad thing, especially in cold South Manchester?”, but then I read […]

Climate Change & Coffee…


Prosumer Espresso Machines.
In my recent Gaggia Classic review, and in my Sage Oracle Review refer to prosumer machines, and I realise that some people won’t be familiar with the term, as I wasn’t fairly recently, so I thought I’d try to explain the difference. Commercial espresso machines cost a lot of money, are made with much higher quality components, are much better made […]

Prosumer Espresso Machines Vs Consumer Espresso Machines.



question coffee.
  If you pop into your local supermarket and pick up a bag (or tin) of coffee beans or pre-ground coffee, you’re probably accustomed to spending around £3 – £5 for a 250g bag. If you hop onto the website of a coffee roaster, or call in at a local roastery if you’re lucky enough to have one locally, you’ll […]

Freshly Roasted Speciality Coffee Beans Vs. Supermarket Coffee.







This post isn’t coffee related, although as always – I’m drinking coffee as I write it though, as always, so that counts ;-). Like most blokes (and many girls I’d imagine) my age, I grew up with a skateboard attached to my feet, Skateboarding was huge in the 80s of course. My first board was a small yellow fibreglass board, which looked […]

Sod it, I’m getting a skateboard…



Takk Manchester. 1
At the weekend I was doing some live coffee shop reviews, inspired by Takk – which is a business which aims (and succeeds) to be more than just a place for people to come and have a drink, but to be a creative space. You can’t help but notice whenever you go to a coffee shop, that there are people […]

Freelancers / Entrepreneurs Choosing Coffice Vs. Office.


This isn’t coffee related, except the fact that I probably enjoyed a few dozen coffees while trying to rectify the issue that trying to upgrade to windows 10 caused me… So a few weeks ago, I was wondering (probably while drinking coffee, so it’s not completely off topic) about upgrading from windows 7 business pro, to windows 10. My machine was only […]

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10? Noooooo!! Here’s Why…


This is something I think many of us coffee lovers wonder about, first of all is coffee good or bad for you? Many of us have been trained in the past to think that coffee, or at least too much coffee isn’t good for us, now everywhere we look we read reports that coffee is actually very good, so is […]

How Many Cups of Coffee a Day is Actually Good ...



Costa Coffee Locations.
  This list of Costa drive thru locations is updated regularly, nearly every day in fact, as new drive through stores open. Last updated: Weds 7th of Sep, 2016.  Coffee giant Costa Coffee have outlets all over the UK, it seems they’re almost as prolific in the UK as McDonalds! As well as the high street, they have retail park outlets, concessions in various different retailers, […]

List of UK Drive Thru Costa Coffee Shop Locations.





Pulling an Espresso Shot.
If you’re wondering what is the difference between espresso and coffee such as drip filter and cafetiere, this short post should help. I’m writing this because I’ve had a few conversations with people who thought that espresso just related to the size of the cup and / or strength of the coffee, and I do seem to recall that I […]

The Difference Between Filter Coffee and Espresso


Circadian Rhythm. 1
In my recent post Coffee Hacks, I mentioned a report from a scientist on the importance of timing our coffee consumption in order to get the maximum buzz from our coffee, and even more importantly than that, to ensure that we don’t develop a tolerance to caffeine. In this post I wanted to delve deeper into this idea, as I find […]

Get into Circadian Rhythm to Get The Best Coffee Buzz. ...


Froth or Foam Milk Without a Steam Wand. 1
In this post I wanted to cover some great coffee-making hacks I’ve come across recently, and I’ll update this post as I come across more. Coffee Hack no.1 – No Need for Steam! For a week, I was using the brilliant Sage Oracle espresso machine, which comes with a steam wand and an auto milk texturing function, so I got used to […]

Coffee Hacks – Awesome Coffee Trickery, No Need For Steam, ...




Drinking Coffee Makes You Immortal, And Sexy? 1
Well not quite, but this scientific study by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed the following: Higher consumption of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk of total mortality. Specifically, those who drank between one to five cups of coffee per day were shown as having lower mortality rate. Thus my slight feeling of guilt […]

Scientific Study Proves Coffee Makes You Immortal?


Jorgie Porter With an Imaginary Espresso Macchiato.
  The Sunday after the last ever Downton Abbey (until the Christmas special of course), and we have something else to watch, I’m A Celebrity – Yay. But what’s it all about? Yeah it’s about celebs bickering, eating disgusting things and making fools out of themselves (similar to Eastenders really?) but dig a little deeper and I believe that the entire format […]

I’m A Celeb – A TV Show Dedicated to Illustrating ...



Broadening Your Horizens With Different Coffees.
Are you predictable in your choice of coffee? If you walk into your favourite coffee shop, does the Barista know what you’re going to order as soon as they see you? I know people like this, and I used to be like this myself until I purposely broadened my horizons by trying a different kind of coffee each time, and […]

Broadening Your Horizons With Different Coffee Drinks.


Coffee and the amygdala. 1
A week or so ago I wrote my first review of Pact Coffee, a UK based speciality coffee company who roast coffee and send to their customers not long after. In this review I mentioned how the aroma of the coffee surprised me, and I assume that this is to do with how freshly roasted it was. Well since then I’ve […]

A Surprising Physiological Reaction to The Odour of Coffee.


Thermos stainless king tm
To celebrate the first National Thermos Brand day (that’s today), Thermos are offering the chance for a coffeeblog reader, to win one of their genuine Thermos Stainless King™ Flasks.   These 1.2 litre flasks are capable of keeping liquids either hot or cold for a whopping 24 hours…   I’ve recalled in a previous post that my love of coffee […]

National Thermos Brand Day – Win a Genuine Thermos Stainless ...



Swedish Egg Coffee...WTF?
One of the things I want to explore when it comes to coffee, is all the weird and wonderful variations of coffee that are enjoyed all over the world. I love Gaelic or Irish coffee; I’ve tried Turkish coffee or “Middle Eastern Coffee” and loved it, Iced Frappé is a drink I’ve had in Greece and I’ve also made myself […]

Coffee Made With Egg – Swedish Egg Coffee, Really??


Why I freeze used coffee grounds. 2
  There has been a bit of a debate recently about whether or not putting coffee in the fridge or freezer is a bad thing. Pact Coffee say that lowering the temp of coffee by freezing it refrigerating, causes moisture to build up which is a bad thing for the coffee. Aussie coffee tasting guru Fred Lullfitz has a different opinion, […]

Why The Heck Do I Put Used Coffee Grounds In ...




Coffee Brewing Eqipment. 3
In this post I wanted to discuss the different coffee brewing equipment and methods. One of the things I love about coffee is the variety, not just in terms of all the different coffees available, but also that the taste of coffee differs depending on the method chosen to brew it. I can decide to use my  stainless steel cafetière or […]

Coffee Brewing Techniques. How Do You Brew?


Andrew James Stainless Steel Cafetiere Review. 2
This is an honest customer review of the Andrew James stainless steel cafetiere I got this for my birthday last Friday, and this was what actually inspired me to start this blog, believe it or not. I was about to go and review it on Amazon, but also I was planning on starting a new blog and was debating with myself […]

Andrew James Twin Walled Steel Cafetiere – Review