Despite no real end in sight for the lockdown and isolation protocols, we have been busy little bees during January. We are collaborating with some of the best in the business to bring the very best of Mocha Mondo to the UK and beyond. Watch out for new coffees arriving on our horizons and new gourmet flavours of fudge to come in from the Northumberland Fudge Company!
The latest national lockdown regulations have allowed takeaway services to stay open in our region, so we are still open for drinks, beans and fudge from The Northumberland Fudge Company at both our iconic harbour pod in Amble and our Roastery takeaway on Amble’s Industrial Estate. If this should change in any way, we will be posting the alterations on our social media channels
(Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). We have altered our hours of operation to cope with lockdown demands, doing our very best to keep staff and customers alike safe. Check our social media for more details.
We are always on the lookout for new partnerships and collaborations so if you have any ideas or things you think we should look into, let us know!
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Our PNG coffee has quickly become one of our best sellers and once you try it, you will see why! We have given these beans a gorgeously strong roast that guarantees you get a rich, compelling flavour that evokes the taste of dark chocolate, ginger and honey. A perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life for Valentines Day!
This premium single origin coffee hails from the Bena Bena Valley, home of the Goroka Festival. This washed, partial Blue Mountain variety bean is organically grown at altitudes of over 1600m, giving the coffee an earthy profile and snap of acidity. The flavours that emerge with a medium-dark roast are spicy, dark chocolate and almonds coupled with honey and ginger.
Our Coffee of the month!
Fracino Espresso Machines - We are thrilled to announce that we are now an authorized distributor for Fracino! We have a range of Espresso coffee machines to suit every need, domestic or commercial. Financing Available. T&Cs apply.
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Peru Cajamarca Decaf:
This gourmet coffee is organically grown high in the Northern Andes and was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process to ensure you don't lose any of the flavour, only the caffeine. We gave these beans a medium roast to elicit the flavours of almonds, chocolate, caramel and sweet cream!
As a complete change from the troubling issues of the day, Covid, Tiers, the US elections etc., I would like to inject some coffee normality into this ‘Musings’ Hopefully interesting to those who want to know a bit more about coffee world.
This month, I have had more than the usual number of requests about grinding coffee and for explanations of all the different grinds. So much so that I am thinking of offering some domestic grinders for sale in the future, but until then….. Read on.
Most mail order coffee sites offer different ‘grinds’ to choose from when you buy coffee online. We are no exception to that. The problem from our side of the grinder is that we have to find a way of making it easier for you to buy the best pre-ground coffee for your particular method of making coffee and therefore encouraging you to return to us for your next fix. In reality it is our best guess because tiny changes can create big differences!
The basic principle, apart from the fact that it is always better to grind beans immediately before you make the drink, is to match the grind size to the method. This first part is fairly mathematical and the concept is that the more time the beans spend in hot water, the larger the grind size needs to be. To use two examples, a cafetiere holds the grounds in suspension for a recommended 4 minutes, so needs a fairly large chunk of coffee, (feeling a bit like sand). The espresso machine takes around 20 seconds to squeeze out its coffee so needs a finer grind, (feeling a bit like icing sugar). A feely test for filter coffee is that it’s a bit like table salt. Generally, the trick is to get the grind size to as small a size as it can be to extract the most amount of taste from the coffee, but not so small that it creates a sludgy mess at the bottom of the cup.
Sure, there is much more to it at a professional level, for instance commercial grinders over £600 or so will have a ‘stepless’ grind adjustment which allows even finer differences to be applied to the grind size. We make these tiny changes often, sometimes daily. The reason is that on fine sunny, dry days for instance, the particle size needs to be finer to slow down the passage of water through the coffee packed into the portafilter on an espresso machine. On wet humid days, there is much more moisture in the air and therefore the grind size needs to be a tad coarser otherwise the coffee will clog up and not come out of the spout! It also needs to be reviewed if you change the coffee origin as the bean density also plays a part.
So, as you can see just from this example, there is lots to it. OK the professional coffee world may be a mile or two away from the humble cafetiere in our kitchens, but the same principles apply, which brings me back to grinders. If anyone remembers hi-fi (don’t forget I was around when the first Dalmation was spotted) you would be told that it is no good having a top of the range record deck if you only have cheap speakers. Ok, back to the present, it is worth buying the best grinder that you can afford in order to get the best out of your coffee, no matter which method you use. Go for a burr grinder (don’t forget some hand grinders are actually very good, but are very much a labour of love). They start at around £40 for a basic model, but best to spend upwards of £70 if you can. There doesn’t really seem to be an upper limit! The choice of flat or conical burrs is up to you and beyond the remit of this chatty ‘musing’. The fracino on-demand conical grinder I am selling with the domestic espresso machine this Christmas is around £200, you can buy them separately, just saying!
I hope you have a safe and happy Christmas Season
From the Mocha Mondo Team