After weeks of indecision, fate has landed me with a new coffee machine, in the shape of a Dualit DCM2X. Not the greatest name. It is gently used, having lived with BFF who has switched to a Nespresso. Whilst I did produce a decent coffee with a great crema to it this morning I do need coffee beans, ground at the right moment, to really make it feel like the real deal. So maybe it’s time for a few bean experiments from new to me roasters:
Nespresso may have Clooney, but Laughing Man has Hugh Jackman, and not just as a poster boy. This is a good cup of coffee that does good, with 100% profits supporting the work that Laughing Man do, under the ethos of “a hand up, not a hand out”. Sounds good to me. I’d choose the 184 to start with, named after the location of their coffee shop.
Allpress sound like a great company, roasting their own directly traded coffee in the heart of Shoreditch. They have plenty of single origin coffees, plus blends such as the Redchurch Espresso Blend. This will probably be my first port of call, though very tempted to head to the roastery for a tour and even a class. Worth checking out.
Matthew Algie offers the first triple certified coffee, so ticks from the Fairtrade Foundation, Rainforest Alliance and the Organic Food Federation. There are 9 different espresso roasts, from the milder sounding Kingsley and Darwin, right through to the kick of Gama or Anza. Think I might start with Crema and work my way up! Sadly though, not yet available to consumers direct so will have to settle for an out of home experience!
Probably one of my closest coffee roasters is Stewarts of Trent Bridge. If you’re up for the Ashes, then you might need some of this the day after! There are two espressos, a Swiss and an Italian, which does sound like a bad joke but sure as coffee it’s very tasty!
Think what it goes to show is that great coffee for espresso is not just the domain of the Italian brands, and there are some really interesting choices to be made. Looking forward to experimenting! If you’ve tried something interesting would love to hear about it.