Posts from Category "Espresso"


As we said a few weeks ago we have changed our house blend to Has Bean’s ‘Jailbreak.’ For those who don’t know, Has Bean is a world renowned coffee roaster based in Stafford who have previously roasted coffee used to win The World Barista Championship.

Jailbreak is one of Has Bean’s blends of coffee. As with all blends the coffee which goes into them is constantly changing, however the current blend consists of…

  • 33% El Salvador Argentina Estate Washed Bourbon
  • 33% Costa Rica Finca De Licho Yellow Honey Villa Sarchi
  • 33% Guatemala Finca El Limon Pie Del Cerro Washed Caturra
  • 1% Magic

… that’s a lot of information right? Well we don’t want to overwhelm you with information, so lets just look a little at one of the three coffees that make up the blend.

El Salvador, Argentina Estate, Washed, Bourbon.

So country of origin – El Salvador. Argentina Estate – this is the name of the farm where the coffee was grown. Washed – this is one of the methods of ‘processing’ coffee (changing it from a coffee fruit, to a dried bean ready for roasting). We are going to cover processing methods in some up coming blog posts. Bourbon – this is the variety of coffee plant (there are different types of coffee plants – in the same way as wine varieties or varieties of apples.)

This information really is the tip of the iceberg, with a quality roaster like Has Bean you get ALL the information – like what the farmers wife’s (or husband’s) name is. So we will dig a little further into the El Salvador, Argentina Estate, Washed, Bourbon.

  • Country: El Salvador
  • Farm: Finca Argentina
  • Varietal: Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully washed and Sun Dried
  • Workers: 16 full time rising to 50 during the picking season
  • Altitude: 1,300 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level)
  • Owner: Alejandro Martinez
  • City: Near Turin, Ahuachapan
  • Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain ranges El Salvador

Cupping notes:

Ballanced, Big mouthfeel, smooth, melted chocolate

Cupping is a structured method of tasting coffees to compare them to one another. Bellow are Has Bean’s cupping scores when grading the coffee. Nothing scoring below 80 on a cupping table will make it into the specialty coffee market. – Coffee cuppings (tasting sessions) are available at 6/8, plug, plug.

Clean Cup: (1-8): 7

Sweetness: (1-8): 7
Acidity: (1-8): 6
Mouthfeel: (1-8): 6
Flavour: (1-8): 6
Aftertaste: (1-8): 6
Balance: (1-8): 7
Overall: (1-8): 6
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max 100): 87

There is a lot more information about this coffee on Has Bean’s website, including Steve Leighton’s ‘In My Mug’ video about the coffee, it’s interesting stuff.

Remember, this is one of the three coffees that make up the current Jailbreak blend.

That should be plenty of reading and watching for you until next time! If you need more you can also look up the other coffee’s in the blend on Has Bean’s website.

Sorry, can’t provide any provenance for the 1% magic.

Re-introducing Jailbreak!

Jailbreak is back! We’re now serving up this amazing espresso blend from Has Bean Coffee again. Come into either of our shops to try it out!


You might have noticed at 6/8 we are always working on our ‘latte art’ – the pretty patterns we try our best to pour onto the top of your drink.

It is not as easy as it looks! (or maybe it doesn’t look easy.) Either way, we try our best.

Anyway this week we thought we would share with you a great little tutorial video on how to pour a latte art ‘rosetta.’

La Marzocco has always been about obsession

Founded in 1927 by Giuseppe and Bruno Bambi, La Marzocco had its beginnings in Florence, Italy, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, who created some of the world’s most celebrated works of art.
‘’La Marzocco FB 80 It’s not jut a espresso machine – This is art!’’ : 6/8 Kafe
See it live in action at – Six Eight Kafé Millennium Point

Let’s talk about menus and the ‘mini latte’…

At 6/8 we have a fairly typical speciality coffee menu, people who drink in speciality coffee shops will get it, those who are new to speciality coffee can find it confusing. Honestly a speciality coffee menu can be a little confusing, we will discuss why in a minute.