coffee


Northern coffee adventure.
Northern railway contacted me recently to ask me if I’d be interested in joining them for a coffee adventure. My answer, of course, was “you had me at coffee”, and on Sunday I met up with a bunch of very pleasant folk at Manchester Victoria. Northern had planned what they called their “Northern Coffee Adventure“, which was a trip from Manchester […]

On The Right Tracks for a Northern Coffee Adventure





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


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 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.



Flying Saucers. 4
While researching my recent post about coffee being both good and bad for health, I stumbled across a conspiracy involving the big coffee brands! This involves the UK government too, the NHS, and UFOs. OK I lied about the UFOs. But I did discover something very surprising, and this is the apparent disregard by the big coffee brands when it comes […]

Coffeegate – The Great Caffeine Conspiracy



Coffee could increase in price thanks to brexit.
This isn’t a political post, I’m not talking here about whether leaving the EU is the right choice or not, I’ve shared my opinion on that before. I don’t think it makes a difference now, the decision was made we just need to make the best of it. What I wanted to talk about in this post though is what […]

Speciality Coffee Soon to Cost More. Thanks Brexit!



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.






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




Costa portafilter. 1
What’s Bean Happening. Weekly Coffee News. 5th August 2016. Coffee news that got my attention this week: Would you like any pastries with your coffee, Oral? Founder of a new ‘Fellatio Café in Geneva, which is set to open in Dec 2016, has his sights on London as his next fellatio Café location. We’ve seen coffee shops with controversial names in the […]

Oral with your Coffee – Coffee Makes you Fat? – ...


Green party leader Natalie Bennett recently asked for a Latte in her reusable coffee cup during a Great Western Railway train journey from Truro to Plymouth. I think it is safe to assume that the person serving her didn’t realise that it was the leader of the green party that he was trying to force to take a disposable coffee cup! He apparently […]

Let’s Bin Disposable Coffee Cups…




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…


Starbucks Iced Coffee.
What’s bean happening is a new weekly coffeeblog feature, briefly rounding up the weeks coffee related news. Whitbread Enters Third Wave Costa owners Whitbread have announced that they’re aiming to enter the Artisan coffee scene with their first speciality coffee shop planned for opening in Covent Garden by July. They haven’t announced their brand name yet, “Costa Slightly More” perhaps? Ha! Alison Brittain chief […]

What’s Bean Happening. Weekly Coffee News. 6th May 2016.


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. ...



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 ...