A Visit to the Plantations of Ethiopia – Small Batch Coffee Company

Back in November last year, production roaster Joe from the Small Batch Coffee Company in Brighton, England was lucky enough to travel out to Ethiopia with our African import specialists Schluter. It’s hard to over emphasise Ethiopia’s importance to the history of coffee and humankind, it seems both were destined to be thrown together and […]

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The Cold Brew Tower: For SERIOUS coffee drinkers

Yama Cold Brew Drip Tower To the coffee geeks amongst us, you’ll already know about the movement that is cold brew coffee. Big in Japan where the technique is credited with being first invented, cold brewing utilises a slow (8 hour) ambient or cold water coffee infusion to produce flavours not normally obtainable with  traditional […]

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Probang, electuarys and the many virtues of coffee

Traded in Venice and Genoa as early as the 16th century, coffee made it’s first entrance into Europe as a medicinal compound rather than the social one.  Many early practitioners of pharmacopœia believed that coffee held the cure to such ailments as drunkenness, gout, scurvy and even the smallpox or the plague. By the time […]

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The Mocha coffee trade

With the popularity of coffee steadily spreading throughout Arabia and Egypt in the late 15th century, a new trade capital would emerge out of a sleepy Yemeni port named Mocha. Initially regarded as a centre for astronomy and architecture, Mocha would be better remembered as the heart of Yemen’s 200 year trade monopoly over the […]

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The History of Coffee, from Crop to Cup

The journey of coffee from a humble, pestilent North African shrub to the world’s second most valuable export by developing countries (beaten only by oil), is as rich and dark as the liquid it creates. Growing to an average height of around 3.5 meters, the genus of plant named Coffea arabica produces a bitter red/purple fruit […]

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The Story of the Coffee House – Part 2

With England setting the trend for the modern coffee house in the form of “Penny Universities” and with coffee finally added to the desires of the western palate, a new era was born and coffee was it’s muse. While records show that coffee had already been enjoyed in France by a few lucky enough to […]

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The Story of the Coffee House – Part 1

Beginning in the ports and souks around the Horn of Africa, the bitter brew derived from the genus of plants known as Coffea, has records of being enjoyed in coffee houses as early as 1511 in the Islamic Holy City of Mecca, modern day Saudi Arabia. While little more than smoking dens littered with cushions […]

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Boston Tea Party

Still a developing British colony at the time, in 1773 Boston, Massachusetts was a key colonial harbour in the emerging English controlled Americas.  Key to Bostons developing economy was trade in many luxury commodities of the time, one of which was tea from the Indies. Tea trade to the Americas was a monopoly granted in […]

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