September 2015

Taylors High Voltage Coffee

Taylors High Voltage CoffeeOur love affair with coffee all started with Taylors a few years back with their legendary Hot Lava Java which was the first strength 6 coffee we'd come across. But then a few others jumped on the strength 6 band wagon - so Taylors have hit back now with the first ever strength 7. From the get go when you open the packet you know this stuff is going to hurt - it's dark and pungent - you can almost feel the fumes rolling out over the top of the packet and onto the floor, killing everything in its path.  So we made the first cup with kid gloves – not wanting to overdo it and cause imminent heart failure to any of the four takers. The result:  its bark is worse than its bite. This is a really drinkable brew and actually really easy to get right - we tried plungers and filters and it all came out spot on. Our verdict then - we love it. Try it. Don't be put off by it's hard as nails packaging. It's a 9/10 - only really dropping 1 point as it doesn't have any unusual flavours in there - its just a regular brew. 

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DR Monte Alto Especial Coffee Beans

This coffee comes from the Dominican Republic - which is not somewhere that immediately springs to mind when you think of coffee. Dom. Rep. normally means coach loads of orange Brits swilling down gallons of all inclusive lager until they're ill, and then complaining when they get home of food poisoning when in-fact it was all self inflicted. But put that image aside for a moment because we now have a new one: as the producer of fragrant and punchy coffee. The raw beans are a very uniform and matt light brown - they're not oily in the least. To be honest they don't inspire confidence to look at. But once ground, these little fellas really let go and have delivered cup after cup of tangy and zesty coffee that perks up even the most dreary of board meetings on a wet Wednesday afternoon. They do them in nice double sized 450g bags too. If I were you I'd get on the link below and try some of this stuff and blow your Dom. Rep. misconceptions away. You can always complain about food poisoning later. 9/10

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