Posts from Category "Pourover"

That’s Christmas sorted then

After last weeks post we realised that most people haven’t got a clue about some of the things we were talking about. With that in mind over the coming weeks we are going to be talking a bit about some more in depth coffee stuff… or more basic coffee stuff, depending on how you look at it. Like, ‘what actually is a coffee bean?’ or ‘is it even a bean?’ (clue – it’s not!). Where does this bean come from and what is done to it so that we can make coffee from it?

The answers are all to come.

This week we want to tell you about another way to expand your coffee knowledge – our coffee courses, starting with our cupping courses.

The courses start at just £5 per person, and can be purchased at our shops or with the form on this very website. Check below for a breakdown of the costs:

Coffee Courses

Coffee cupping is a structured way of tasting coffees lined up against each other. It involves spoons and some competitive slurping, for scientific reasons that will be explained! Think wine tasting but more fun and cool – and we won’t be snobby about it. Not that wine tasting is snobby… digging ourselves a hole here.

We are running regular cupping sessions for beginners where you will be able to learn the whole process and you will get the opportunity to taste some good coffees. We will also throw in some very average ones, so that you can see the difference, side by side.

We have also got gift vouchers available for our courses which would make great Christmas presents, so that the coffee geek in your life is sorted!

See you next time.

Clever Dripper

The clever dripper is a brewer that has things in common with a number of brewers, but offers it’s own unique package.

Similar to a cafetiere or an Aeropress, the clever dripper is an immersion brewer – meaning that coffee grounds are submerged and steeped in water during the brewing process. Other than this the Clever Dripper is more similar to a traditional pour over method like a Chemex, Kalita Wave or v60, at a chosen point during your brew you end the steeping phase of the brew and begin the ‘draw dawn’ – allowing your steeped coffee to pass through a paper filter – this happens only under the pressure of gravity, once the shut-off valve has been released. (Which happens ‘clererly’ when you place the brewer onto a carafe.)



The Aeropress is probably the newest brewer to make its way into most speciality coffee shops – even if they are not serving Aeropress, they probably have one behind the counter. The Aeropress was designed by Alan Adler the president of Aerobie frisbee company in 2005 but has already featured in many World Brewers Cup Barista competitions.


Kalita Wave Coffee Brewing Geek-Sesh

Not even any music. Seriously.

Kalita Wave

Kalita is a Japanese glassware company. Their most popular coffee brewer is the Kalita Wave. The Wave is a fairly classic pour-over method but has two distinct differences from most others. The first difference is that the Kalita Wave is a flat bottomed filter – unlike the Chemex – covered last week and the Hario v60 that are both cone shaped filters. (more…)

Filter Coffee and Pour Overs

(This is a post for ‘newbies,’ coffee nerds may tune out now.)