There is finally a light at the end of the covid tunnel and it seems as though the weather is also getting on board! The days are getting longer, the sun is brighter and the days are getting warmer as well. Spring is here and we have changed our opening hours at both the Pod and the Roastery! The Pod is now open 10-3:30 M-F and 9:30-4pm Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays. You can find us at the Roastery 10-3pm M-F.
We brought our Women's Coffee Collection back into our lineup with 2 new coffees last month and another one on it's way for next month. Check out our coffee of the Month for more details about this month's selection - our Sumatra Queen Ketiara.
The Northumberland Fudge Company rolled out an special Easter Treat fudge and it sold out faster than they could make it! Who managed to get a piece?? Speaking of lush new fudge flavours, check out their Coffee Bean, Blueberry, Coconut, Chocolate Ginger and a few more! Available on our website and from the Pod!
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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The Ketiara co-op is led by a charismatic woman named Ibu Rahmah. She helped found Ketiara in 2009 with just 38 members and currently serves as the co-op’s chairperson. In the years since, the co-op membership has expanded to nearly 2,000 smallholder farmers, over 50% of them being women. This coffee celebrates the promotion and innovation of women in the coffee industry in Sumatra and the dedication of the Ketiara Cooperative in their efforts to protect their local ecosystem. The ‘Queen’ designation means that a percentage of the proceeds goes back into funding programs that benefit women in Indonesia.
This very special coffee is organically grown by the women of the Ketiara Co-op in the Gayo highland region of Northern Sumatra. Due to being shade grown in the volcanic soil of the tropical forests of Leuser National Park, each cup brings a brilliant splash of acidity perfectly merged with a creamy body, sweet fruit tones and a richly rounded aftertaste. The flavours that emerge with a full roast are toasted hazelnuts, vanilla and milk chocolate coupled with tangerine and cloves.
Our Coffee of the month!
Honduras Guara Azul:
We are so excited to add this gorgeously roasted coffee to our Women’s Collection just in time to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. What better way to celebrate the innovation and empowerment of women in the coffee industry than by sipping on a cup of this bold and smoky single origin coffee from Filiberta Hernandez’s Finca Isotal? In case you need more motivation, this coffee is also part of fundraising efforts to help restore Honduras’s economy after the devastation of Hurricane Iota in November.
This premium coffee is carefully handpicked to ensure only the best beans from Finca Isotal make it into our Roastery and then onto you! The high altitudes and complex microclimate of the San Andres region of Honduras gives each cup a unique profile of brilliant acidity, robust body and a long aftertaste. We gave these lovely beans a medium roast that feels more like a full roast. The flavours that emerged for us are brazil nuts, dark chocolate and a slight winey edge coupled with honey, fig and apricots.
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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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