Malmo Chokladfabrik Venezuela Chuao 70% 88/100

This bar is made using criollo beans from Chuao Village on the northern coast of Venezuela. Once harvested they’re shipped to Malmo in Sweden, where they’re turned into one of Malmo’s chocolate bars.

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Malmo Esmeralda Ecuador 68% 87.5/100

This bar is made with arriba cocoa beans from Ecuador. Once harvested they’re shipped to Malmo in Sweden, where they’re turned into one of Malmo’s chocolate bars. Continue reading

Malmo Chokladfabrik Madagascar Sambirano 70% 89.5/100

This bar is made with trinitario beans from Akesson’s estate in the Sambirano Valley of Madagascar. Once harvested they’re shipped to Malmo in Sweden, where they’re turned into one of Malmo’s chocolate bars. Continue reading

Chocolarder Dominican Republic OKO Caribe Dark Milk 60% 91/100

This bar is made using criollo/trinitario beans from Duarte Province in northern Dominican Republic. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Falmouth in Cornwall where Mike Longman turns them into one of his Chocolarder bars. You can read more about the bar and buy it direct, here – https://www.chocolarder.com/product/oko-caribe-60-browned-butter-milk/  Continue reading

Chocolarder Peru Ashaninka 72% 89.5/100

This bar is made with Amazonian criollo beans grown in eastern regions of Peru in the Amazon Jungle, by the Ashaninka tribe. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Falmouth in Cornwall where Mike Longman turns them into one of his Chocolarder bars. You can read more about the bar and buy it here – https://www.chocolarder.com/product/ashaninka-72-dark/
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London Coffee Festival 2019 Part 2

Hasbean

Hasbean had all the coffee on, literally. Their menu read like their website with something in the region of 18 coffees on offer to be tried through either espresso or brewed on the Clover. More commonly found in a Starbucks, there’s very few clover machines used in the specialty industry, but as a self contained brewer of filter it’s a pretty nifty piece of machinery. At the time I had a Bolivian Bebeto Mamani washed caturra at home that I was brewing, curious to see the differences in brew I asked for the very same coffee brewed on the Clover. Continue reading

London Coffee Festival 2019 Part 1

This was due to be my fifth London Coffee Festival in a row, a dive once again into the madness, chaos and high energy that comes with a caffeine driven festival. As a welcome bonus to my usual last minute ticket buying and travel planning, on the morning of the evening I planned to purchase my day pass, I was announced the winner of LCF X Radio Alice Pizza’s Instagram competition and became the recipient of two VIP day tickets, along with a bunch of coffee related prizes, not to mention some free pizza! So, it was with an extra rosy glow that we made our way down and into the festival on the Thursday, the first of LCF’s industry days (a slightly slower, less busy opening day for those more familiar with the coffee industry). Continue reading