Reviews



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



Smokey Barn Coffee Roasters
Smokey Barn are one of the few hundred UK small batch coffee roasters that are in the list of UK coffee roasters, and they’ve kindly sent me some of their lovely freshly roasted coffee beans to try! 🙂 First of all a little bit about the roastery.  Smokey Barn was founded by roaster Chris Queen, and is a small batch […]

Smokey Barn Coffee Roasters


When I was putting the UK coffee roasters list together, I was stunned by the huge wealth of small batch roasters we have in the UK, I had no idea we had this many. There are around 400 on the list already, and it’s growing all the time.  As I was building the list, I decided I would start trying […]

Strangers Coffee Roasters


Eight Point Nine Coffee, Personalised Blends.
Blending coffee beans are something which enables roasters to create unlimited taste profiles, the same way as wine makers do by blending grapes. You’re probably familiar with blends of coffee beans, but here’s a question for you, have you thought of creating your own blend? I hadn’t thought of this personally, I really enjoy trying different coffee beans including blends, but […]

A Coffee Subscription With a Personal Twist – Eight Point ...



Django Coffee Co Coffee Subscription Review.
This is a review of the coffee subscription from the UK small batch coffee roaster Django coffee co, and the coffee itself. So I’m reviewing both the product, the coffee beans, and the subscription service. Who are DJango Coffee Co? DJango coffee co are a small batch coffee roaster, based in Southport, Merseyside, about 20 miles north of Liverpool. They’re […]

Django Coffee Co Coffee Subscription Review



The oomph in colour.
OK so a while back I heard about this interesting sounding portable coffee maker called The Oomph, via a kickstarter campaign. I was one of the early backers, I put my name down early for two units, and you can win one of them, keep reading to find out how. I was particularly interested in the Oomph because it seemed […]

The Oomph Coffee Maker Review – My New Favourite Coffee ...



Coffee Subscription Services.
A week or so ago I wrote this review of Pact Coffee, which was a review of the great service that I received from Pact Coffee, and also their coffee. The first coffee I had from them was their “Planalto, Malt Milk Chocolate Shake” coffee, which I was very, very impressed with. You can either select your own coffee each time […]

Coffee Subscription Review – Comparisons and Comments.



Menkeskesha. 1
I received an email recently from a coffee roasting firm called Boun Beans, asking me if I’d like to try their freshly roasted coffee beans, to which I replied something along the lines of… daft question ;-), of course I would. Now of course I’m not going to turn down the chance to try any coffee, I love the stuff. […]

Boun Beans, Seriously Good Freshly Roasted Coffee



Coffee Grinder.
So I was in need of a coffee grinder, and I was amazed at what a difficult decision it is to decide which one I should get. I was also amazed by how much money I found I was going to have to invest, just on something with a motor and a couple of chunks of metal to grind coffee beans. It would appear that […]

Coffee Grinder – Which one??


Sage Smart Grinder Pro Unboxing 1
In my recent post coffee grinder, which one?? I shared my decision making process with regard which grinder to go for, having spent quite some time sifting through the available options and narrowing it down. As I said in that post, I had decided that a doserless grinder was right for me, and I wanted something that was easy to switch grind […]

Sage Smart Grinder Pro Review


Decadent Decaf. 4
    A few weeks ago I received a tweet from @DecadentDecaf asking me if I’d like to try their speciality decaf coffee, and after reading some reviews calling this the best decaf coffee in the UK, obviously I replied yes please, and they very kindly sent me four bags of freshly roasted coffee beans to sample: Ethiopia Sidamo, Signature Espresso Blend, Indonesia […]

Is This The Best decaf coffee in the UK? Decaf ...



Sage By Heston Blumenthall The Oracle, Sitting in my Kitchen! 6
I spent a week with the Sage by Heston Blumenthal espresso machine “The Oracle“, I didn’t spend a week with Heston Blumenthal himself… although I can imagine that would be equally interesting! A while ago I wrote a post called The Espresso Machines I Might Buy When I Win The Lottery. In that post, the first machine I mentioned was the […]

Sage Oracle Review. My Week With Sage By Heston Blumenthal ...


Pact Coffee, Fazenda Chapada
These are the current freshly roasted coffees on offer from pact – at the time of writing. Please note, if you’ve come here from a Google search looking for the £1 offer, it’s expired I’m afraid, but I’ve spoken to Pact and they’ve offered a new code especially for coffeeblog readers! Previously Pact had an introductory offer which gave new […]

Pact Coffee Voucher Code Just For You. Plus Reviews of ...


Judge double walled glass latte coffee cup.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d been looking for cappuccino cups, and I’d bought a judge red cappuccino cup and saucer which I was really pleased with. I’ve been practicing latte art, and I needed wide but short cappuccino style cups to practice, and I found this judge cup to be perfect, the perfect size too for flat white […]

Funky Double Wall Glass Latte Mugs Review.



  I’ve been trying for a while now to pour latte art, just for fun. I’ve not got very far with it, I think mainly because I’m not using a steam wand, I’m trying to use a spinning frother (I’m using the Le Xpress frother, which seems almost identical to the ones I’ve had from Ikea in the past) I’ve seen […]

Check Out My New Judge Red Cappuccino Cups – Review


My Gaggia Classic.
This is my user review of the Gaggia Classic espresso machine, a very well priced, tried and tested espresso machine. It’s just over £200 brand new, and you can pick them up used for around £100 (which I recommend, as the new model doesn’t appear to be quite as well received), but don’t let the low price give you the […]

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine Review – My New Toy!


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First of all an apology to the manufacturers for referring to their products as among the best cheap espresso machines. Cheap is a bit of a dirty word, that I would usually prefer to replace with “budget”, “affordable” , “low cost”, or “inexpensive” – it is a word people tend to use when searching for affordable consumer espresso machines though. I refer to […]

Best Cheap Espresso Machines 2017 UK







Aeropress Coffee Maker. 4
In various previos posts I’ve mentioned Aeropress, and I’ve threatened to create an Aeropress review – well here goes :-). It is pure genius! You need one, right now. That’s it, review done, goodbye… OK I’m joking, I can’t really leave it there, but if you’re just wanting to know whether I rate it highly or not then the answer is […]

Aeropress Review. Does The Aerobie Coffee Maker Brew Coffee as ...



Dumbledore from Harry Potter. I reckon there's coffee in that cup.
In previous posts I’ve alluded to the fact that I haven’t previously had a particularly high regard for decaf, in fact it’s fair to say that I see decaffeinated coffee as a similar substance to non-alcoholic lager and wine. I was a TV extra for a few years, on Hollyoaks and coronation street amongst others (I did shameless once, that was […]

What is This Sorcery?? Decaffeinated Coffee…Tastes Like Coffee!



Pact Coffee Review.
A week or so ago I wrote this review of Pact Coffee, which was a review of the great service that I received from Pact Coffee, and also their coffee. The first coffee I had from them was their “Planalto, Malt Milk Chocolate Shake” coffee, which I was very, very impressed with. You can either select your own coffee each time […]

My second Pact Coffee – Finca La Joyeria “Poached Pear ...


The Espresso Machines I Might Buy When I Win The Lottery.
I’ve been looking for espresso machines for a while, and while realistically the best machines within my budget are the likes of the Jack Stonehouse, Andrew James, Morphy Richards Accents or De’Longhi EC330S which look like great reasonably priced espresso machines, there are some machines at the other end of the price range that I would love to splash out on if I won a […]

The Espresso Machines I Might Buy When I Win The ...


Hario V60 Coffee Maker. 6
The V60 coffee maker is one of the most popular pour over dripper options, and I’m not surprised as they’re so good, and so inexpensive! I would call it a cheap coffee maker, but this makes it sound like it’s a poor quality coffee maker which it certainly isn’t, it’s up among the very best in terms of popularity, and in terms […]

Hario V60 Coffee Maker Review



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