For those who don't know, a Hot Top is a home coffee roaster that operates a bit like a miniature version of the commercial roasters. It roasts in a perforated steel drum that rotates while the air temperature around it ramps up to the right temperature. When the beans are roasted, they are ejected into a cooling tray where ambient air is blown through the beans that are stirred with a paddle. The whole thing takes 20-25 minutes. … Read more about Help! I've just been given a HotTop. What do I do?
Steve Leighton, proprietor of Has Bean Coffee, has been on a trip to Kenya.
Naturally, this is doubly close to my heart, and so it was interesting to read his thoughts on his return.
There's an encouraging twist in there that we can expect some good Kenyan coffees to land in the UK in a few months time as a result of his trip. … Read more about What's happening with Kenyan Coffee
I've just tried Ethiopia Kerbal Konga Washed for the first time. Absolutely blows you away.
Sadly, I tried it first and then looked at the price - not the cheapest coffee you could get.
But it truly is worth every penny. … Read more about Ethiopia Kerbal Konga Washed coffee
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Has Bean Coffee. From time to time, I'm asked about whether their coffees are "fair trade". In this day and age when information is so much more freely available, there's a welcome movement - which Christians have been at the forefront of - to make sure that we shop in ethical ways. The price we pay for goods matters; the way workers are treated matters. … Read more about Direct Trade Coffee
Steve Leighton has a fascinating post about Day 3 of his recent trip to Machacarmarca farm in Bolivia. That was the day he spent picking coffee with the other farm workers, and seeing first-hand how the methods used on this farm result in the quality you get in the cup. … Read more about Coffee Picking
The first half of the book of Leviticus describes many different kinds of sacrifices and offerings that the people were to make in Old Testament times. It describes circumstances under which they were to be offered. Who was to offer them. Exactly how it had to be done. And so on.
Here are a few quotations. … Read more about Final post on my funny kind of shop