The rise of craft coffee and a tasting tour
The industry generated a turnover of £5.8billion in 2013 and with craft coffee shops like Bottega Milanese in Leeds, and Kaffeine and Brick Lane Coffee in London fuelling our love, we just can't get enough. Although I don't advocate overdoing it on the caffeine, I do love a cup of Joe every now and then.
This week I received a lovely delivery from new online craft coffee roaster, Hope & Glory Coffee Co. The specialists there blend and batch roast your coffee and send it to your doorstep.
I was also lucky enough to go for a nosey around Hope & Glory's roastery in North Lincolnshire.
On arrival the smell is incredible, a bit like that evocative freshly baked bread smell which you stays with you hours after you've been to the bakery. I feel like Charlie in the proverbial chocolate factory.
As you can see I also become visually obsessed by the beautiful sacks and barrels of coffee beans from around the world...
|Hawaii coffee beans|
|Jamaica Blue Mountain beans - some of the most expensive coffee in the world and the only one that arrives in barrels|
|Glamorous coffee factory outfit!|
I try the Blenheim Espresso and it's fabulous, sweet like butterscotch with a lovely smooth chocolate flavour.
|The Hope & Glory Coffee Co. 'little red roaster'|
|Tasting table at Hope & Glory HQ|
I do have to be careful of how much caffeine I drink and I try to have a day a week away from coffee, but if I'm going to drink it, it has to be good!
How do you enjoy yours?