Big Change 14/10/2015
Over the past few months things have been very quiet on coffeeshop.ie, not a lot of change happening. This was down to few things but mainly because we (myself & Catherine) were unable to give the site the attention it needed, because of this we have been unable to give the variety of product and quality of service that we wanted too, but things are about to change.
Over the past few months we have been talking to a company who have our passion for coffee but also have the experience of running successful online business, they have agreed to come on board and help with the future development of the online shop and many other ideas that we have for the business.
So what does this mean? Well, at the start not a lot, but over the next few weeks you will begin to see big changes, more stock, much larger range and a far better service. All orders will go out the same day they are placed (orders placed before 3pm) we will be working hard to expand our range and be a competitive as possible with our prices.
If you have any suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Craig & Catherine.
We are now on Instagram :-) (shortest blog ever!)
New to Coffeeshop, corporate gifts ireland!
Everyone loves coffee, or at least knows someone who does!_______________________________________
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Choice. We can assist you in the choice of gift and deliver direct to recipient ensuring your task is hassle-free, comes within your budget and is well received. Simply get in touch and we will be more than happy to talk you through the options that are suitable for your budget.
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Time To Cook
I recently started watching ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix; I quickly became addicted and managed to watch the complete series in about 3 weeks, I loved it! It got me thinking about my days of ‘cooking’ (roasting coffee) and I realised how much I missed it. Now, I didn’t roast out of an RV but was not too far from it. I use to roast in a little shed, out the back of my office, on a 1KG roaster. Just like Jessie and Mr. White I had many an adventure learning the process (although mine did not include murder, hookers and millions of dollars) it was still a little adventure every time I fired up the Cafemino.
It has been 6 years since I roasted any coffee and things have moved on a lot in that time. After a bit of research I quickly realised there is only one ‘real’ home roaster on the market, the ‘Gene Café’. I ordered it from www.bellabarista.co.uk (great website) and it arrived two days later…oh the anticipation… it’s a long time since I was excited about new coffee equipment. Coffee roasting is not like baking or cooking it’s more like alchemy and chemistry. You have to take many things into consideration like ambient temperature, how and where your green bean was grown and processed, moisture content of the coffee and so on. You also need to take safety into consideration too as fires are easy enough to start when roasting.
Bella Barista supplied a great little guide to roasting which they wrote themselves, I studied this and decided on a profile that I was going to use. I cleared the kitchen, covered the fire alarm, found my old roasting log, weighed the coffee and most importantly sent my wife and child out; nothing more certain than burning down your house if you don’t pay attention during roasting. I was prepared!
The most nostalgic trigger for me is smell, the right aroma can bring me back to any point in my life. As I fired up my new roaster, the grassy aroma of coffee beginning to roast, started to fill the air and it brought me right back to my little shed (man cave if I’m honest) and I quickly began to remember the little roasting skills I had, great!
My first roast was terrible, which was fine and expected, my second roast was better but still a long way off what I want. This is the beginning of a long journey, I’ll keep you posted!
AEROPRESS, FEELING THE LOVE AND THE GUILT.
Guilt is an amazing emotion, it can hit you from nowhere over something that seems irrelevant. I recently felt a new kind of guilt, a guilt that I did not know was possible, I felt guilty because of a machine.
Let me explain.
I bought my beloved Rancillio Silvia espresso machine about 8 year ago. I can’t even imagine how many shots I’ve pulled on it, from my morning coffee, my excessive weekend coffee drinking, to my year with a 1kg coffee roaster when, in one day, I could put 20 shots through the machine. I have never really thought about upgrading, well not seriously anyway, I love it. I look after it well, descaling and cleaning on a regular basis, and it looks after me well. Only once, in 8 years, has it let me down; but it was only out of action for a few days and I reckon if I was in anyway mechanically minded I could have fixed it in 2 minutes.
A few months back I was in 3FE, one of Ireland’s best coffee shops for people that don’t know. I’m embarrassed to say it was my first trip there, anyhow that’s a different story. I was really looking forward to tasting their coffee so went for the tasting menu which consisted of 2 different coffees. To my surprise and delight I noticed that it was being made with the AeroPress coffee maker. I had read plenty about the AeroPress but if I’m honest I had disregarded it as a poor cousin to a decent espresso machine, and never had any real desire to buy one. I was presented with my two coffees, one Ethiopian and the other was……something? I was blown away by the taste experience that I was having, two cups of the lightest, smoothest coffee I have tasted, mixed with these delicate but complex flavours. One minute after finishing my coffees I was at the till buying an AeroPress and some coffees to match.
Over the following few days I made some of the best cups of coffee I had ever made. Four things really impressed me about the AeroPress, 1: the simplicity of the product, a simple design and really good value. 2: the smoothness of the coffee, for some reason I can drink a lot more AeroPress than any other kind of brew method. 3: the quality of what was in the cup, some coffees that I would consider undrinkable out of the espresso machine came alive with the AeroPress, and finally point 4, this is the most important one for me, consistency. Every cup I made was great; no over extraction, no under extraction, no dud shots, no real adjusting of the grinder. All the variables are eliminated.
This is where the guilt steps in… About 6 weeks after getting my AeroPress I had a hankering for a latte (I go through phases of drinking these). That’s when I realised I hadn’t even looked at my espresso machine for nearly 2 months. Unloved, unused, it almost looked sad. As with all guilty situations I over compensated and went back to only using the Silvia but over time it’s balanced out. I now use them 50/50, and almost to prove a point as I wrote this I’ve had two coffees; one from the AeroPress and one from my very much loved espresso machine.
S0 go on, get yourself an AeroPress and be prepared to taste some of the best coffee that you’ve ever made.
To finish, and Just to give a little balance on a slight negative note; no matter what people say it does not produce espresso like a proper machine, and I would never use it for a latte….to, of course, the delight of my trusted Silvia.
HI THERE... MY NAME IS CRAIG AND i'M A (COFFEE) CUPAHOLIC!!!