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Pregnancy and Coffee: A Little Bundle Of Challenges

Pregnancy and Coffee: A Little Bundle Of Challenges

Being pregnant is considered, by many, to be a time of joy and a time to celebrate. But for the women on the front lines of the coffee industry, making and tasting coffee amidst that pregnancy glow can make for some brutal challenges. From changing taste buds to extra-sensitivity to smells,...
The Aftermath Of The Duke University Joe Van Gogh Firings

The Aftermath Of The Duke University Joe Van Gogh Firings

On Wednesday, Sprudge reported on the now-infamous firing of two Joe Van Gogh baristas from the cafe’s Duke University location after VP of Student Affairs Larry Moneta took umbrage with the song playing while he was waiting in line for his hot tea and vegan muffin. As we noted previously,...
A Guide to Setting Up The Espresso Machine in Your New Café

A Guide to Setting Up The Espresso Machine in Your New Café

Installing your new espresso machine isn’t as simple as just ordering it and plugging it in. In the years I’ve spent as a servicing dealer and coffee machine technician, I’ve been involved in more café build-outs than I can remember. And, with almost every new installation, there’s been some problem...
Dale Harris: The Only Ingredients Necessary for Success Are Honesty and Hard Work

Dale Harris: The Only Ingredients Necessary for Success Are Honesty and Hard Work

Dale Harris is one of the kindest people we have had the pleasure of meeting in the Specialty Coffee industry. Over the course of a few years, we have seen Dale at several coffee events, followed his competition presentations and even brewed coffees with him. During this time, we have...
Barista Stories: Alan Jarrar of SKØG Urban Hub, Brno

Barista Stories: Alan Jarrar of SKØG Urban Hub, Brno

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises

Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises

For more than 150 years, Brazil has produced more coffee than any other country in the world. Coffee prices worldwide fall and rise on the slightest whisper of good news or bad news about Brazil’s next coffee crop. Brazil also is among the world’s most technologically advanced coffee producers. Nevertheless, for...
From London to Dubai

From London to Dubai

Both my self and Sonali are going on tour. Sonali is our Field operative for wholesale, and is hugely talented and uber coffee professional, will be kicking of the tour in London at The Gentleman Baristas this week in the first of the series Marco meets Marco Meets is a...
Andre Eiermann: The Marketing Director Who Roasts Coffee on Stage

Andre Eiermann: The Marketing Director Who Roasts Coffee on Stage

Andre Eiermann works as a marketing director at UCC Switzerland, but he has a demanding sideline occupation. So far in his career, he has become a Q Grader, built a Coffee Academy in Bern, he became the Swiss Barista Champion in 2017 and as such was the first Champion to...
Törnqvist Serving an Enlightened Coffee Experience in Hamburg

Törnqvist Serving an Enlightened Coffee Experience in Hamburg

Törnqvist, one of Hamburg’s newest specialty coffee shops, raises the standards of coffee. It is a must-visit for coffee geeks as well as amateurs. Linus Köster, who is the owner of Törnqvist, shows his knowledge of and passion for coffee in all aspects of the cafe and the service. And...
Barista Stories: Thomas Lauriou of Cuillier 4 Cafés de Spécialité, Paris

Barista Stories: Thomas Lauriou of Cuillier 4 Cafés de Spécialité, Paris

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
Martin Hudák: Create moments and turn them into memories

Martin Hudák: Create moments and turn them into memories

When we hear the name Martin Hudák, a picture of a smiley face, a smokey cocktail and an apron in camouflage colours, or a tuxedo in white come up. In 2017, Martin won the title of the World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, a competition he took part in several...
4 New Bolivians + 1 New Burundi!

4 New Bolivians + 1 New Burundi!

Whooppeeeeee new coffeeeeeees! I like new coffee days! So much so they make me do strange things, LIKE BE NICE! Tell ya what, try these new coffees? Maybe just 1? Or a few? OR STOCK UP ON THEM ALL?! If you do, and you order before 13:00 hrs tomorrow (that’ll be...
nodnoL Roundup

nodnoL Roundup

The dust is settling after one of our busiest ever weeks at Hasbean… The London Coffee Festival has finished and we are at the end of London Coffee Week, and to celebrate the latter we decided to open a four day pop-up market in East London. A converted underground toilet was...
Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That “She’s the Roaster”

Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That “She’s the Roaster”

Last summer, we began our exploration of women’s roles in the complex coffee supply chain by looking at the work of farmers—women who work in coffee production as pickers, managers, members of cooperatives, and owners of small farms. In this month’s report, we turn our attention to those women who...
Popping up to (in!) London

Popping up to (in!) London

O hello there, friends! You may have noticed many not-so-subtle hints floating around the instagramosphere that I have some big news for you, so here I am to share the very exciting secrets I have kept safely beneath my big red bowler hat for the past few months!! As you...
March 19th New Coffees

March 19th New Coffees

It’s that wonderful time again! The time where I let you know about exciting new coffees that have just gone on the website! These might be the last changes for a little bit but the wait will totally be worth it because THE BOLIVIANS ARE COMING!! And they’ll be next...
New Coffee Update

New Coffee Update

Hello you lovely people, Steve here with an update on a few new coffees that have gone onto the website over the last 2 weeks but unfortunately I haven’t found time to shout about. It’s been a bit of a funny couple of weeks, lots of travelling for me mixed...
Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

At Coffee Review, we often feel conflicting impulses and pressures in regard to coffee retail prices. On one hand, we feel strongly that high retail prices are essential to support producers as well as to honor our commitment to coffee as an extraordinary beverage. On the other, we want to be...
Water, water, everywhere. And all the (fuse) boards did shrink

Water, water, everywhere. And all the (fuse) boards did shrink

Hello and good evening from a very soggy Hasbean Towers everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I come to you with some very sad news, I don’t think we’re going to be able to roast any coffee tomorrow : ( I popped into the roastery this evening and...
UK Weather Warning

UK Weather Warning

As you may have seen in the news (or outside your window if you’re in the United Kingdom!) there’s currently quite a bit of bad weather around. Storm Emma is rolling in and meeting the “Beast from the East” to = a lot of weather warnings all across the country and...
Blending Coffees: Craft, Intuition and Thematic Riffs

Blending Coffees: Craft, Intuition and Thematic Riffs

Blending any two or more things together is a curious and complex act. In winemaking, grapes are often blended to combine extremes in character while simultaneously softening each. Foods may be blended for contrast: Lemon and butter combined, for example, make a classic sauce for pasta or fish that is...
New Coffee Monday!

New Coffee Monday!

Hi everyone! It’s a new coffee kinda Monday! As I mentioned last week it’s a really exciting time of year for me (to be totally honest I’m generally excited for most of the year!) as I have a lot of new coffees to share with you all! Here’s a quick...
Your brain on BEER vs. COFFEE

Your brain on BEER vs. COFFEE

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New Coffees!

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...
The coffee challenge for non-coffee specialists

The coffee challenge for non-coffee specialists

Fourth Wave...Fifth Wave...V60....Extraction Ratio... It’s hard to deny that there is a lot of change within the coffee world and that it can be hard to keep up, even for the specialist coffee operators. Driving this change are the three Ts – Tastemakers, Technology and Transparency. The tastemakers are those people at...