Being a Coffee Shop Customer (in the new normal)

This weekend many of our customers will be opening their doors to customers for the first time since late March. While it is a welcome relief to us all it is also going to be a worrying and challenging time. Somehow they will have to adhere to social distancing rules, protect the welfare of customers…

Coffee Brewing Scales

A set of coffee brewing scales are a ‘must have’ if you want to improve the quality of your coffee brewing and achieve a professional level of consistency. There are a number of scales on the market to suit most budgets; the more you spend, the more features you are likely to have on the…

Choosing a Coffee Grinder

There is no doubt that the aroma and flavour of freshly ground coffee far exceeds that of a pre-ground product. The volatile compounds which give coffee its character and flavour are far more protected in whole bean form allowing you to unleash the potential of the coffee at the moment of brewing. There are a…

The Carvetii Guide to the V60

The V60 is a pourover coffee brewer developed by Hario, a Japanese glass company, and released in 2004. While many other brands and styles of pourer brewer exist, the V60 has become one of the iconic brands of the specialty industry, and a whole gamut of accessories has grown up around this relatively simple concept….

The Carvetii Guide to the Cafetiere

Arguably one of the simplest methods to brew coffee, the cafetiere (also known as the coffee press or french press) has been around for nearly 100 years. Some see it as old fashioned and shun its use, while others love it for its simplicity and familiarity. Watch the video for the basic method and then…

Herdwick Processed Coffee!

Inspired by the success of Kopi Luwak or ‘palm civet’ coffee, we set about creating something similar with one of Cumbria’s icons. Back in September we managed to arrange for 120kg of coffee cherries to be shipped over to our Roastery.  Due to their perishable nature we were very anxious for their arrival but owing…

Decision Making

Like many other business owners up and down the country we are having to make tough decisions on an almost daily basis. Mark my words, whether closed or still trading in some way, business owners will not be able to switch off. Those who have spent years ‘living and breathing’ their businesses day in, day…

Ecoagrícola, Limited Release Coffee

Each month we buy a coffee to sell as a Limited Release, a small amount of coffee which has been chosen for a specific reason. These coffees are made available initially to our Limited Release Subscription customers, and then later on general sale. If you want to make sure you never miss one of our…

Our Guide to the Americano

The americano is arguably the most controversial beverage on a coffee menu. Some coffee shops flatly refuse to serve this drink! The controversy likely lies in how it has been mistreated over the years. Watch the video or keep reading to find out how to produce the best americano. What is it? An americano is…

Where does our coffee come from?

When people meet us for the first time in our role as coffee roaster there are certain questions which inevitably crop up. The most notable of these questions are probably: “Where does your coffee come from?” “Do you travel to origin to visit the farms?” “In your coffee Fairtrade?” “Do you drink a lot of…

First Impressions: Victoria Arduino Eagle One

This coming March (2020) the Victoria Arduino Eagle One espresso machine will be launched in the UK. With the official world tour currently underway we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on one of the first models. The machine is only with us for a couple of weeks but it is enough time to…

A Spotlight on Dr Brews

No strangers to running coffee shops, Paul and Aimee Tilleyhad to renovate every square inch of Dr Brews to turn it from a gift shop into a coffee shop. But this title almost doesn’t do it justice, as Dr Brews is so much more than a coffee shop. The eclectic design, décor and background music…