I’ve spent a little time recently experimenting with different brewing methods, and recently took the plunge and supplemented my trusty Hario hand grinder (the best £25 I’ve ever spent) with a Eureka Mignon, something a little more capable of grinding to a consistent espresso grind. It’s a wonderful machine, and it’s opened up a whole new front in my coffee brewing technique. At last, my ancient Gaggia can sing.
All of this means that beans become more important than ever before, and I’m jumping around from roaster to roaster at the moment. The variety of coffee available in the UK now is astonishing, and there are some beautiful roasts out there.
One of my current favourites is very local, and has a long history of roasting speciality coffee in West Yorkshire.
Founded in 2003 in an old clog factory in Dewsbury, Cloggs Coffee Company have been hand roasting beans ever since.
Back then, it was hard – impossible – to get hold of decent beans, so Cloggs resorted to importing and roasting their own, right in the Calder Valley. No bad thing, really, and before long, Cloggs were bringing in first-class beans from all over the world.
Their range is good, with a couple of real standouts … Peruvian Triple Certified is lovely as a pour over, bright and tangy, with definite notes of citrus, and their House Blend is a beast of a coffee – big and bold, roasted dark, loaded with chocolate, a very good espresso.
Your chance to win
So, here’s an excellent chance to give some of Cloggs’ excellent coffee a try for yourself … enter below to win a hamper that includes:
- a bag of Cloggs’ superb House Blend beans;
- a bag of Kenyan Peaberry beans;
- a bag of Indian Monsoon Malabar beans;
- a bottle of Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Whiskey Fudge;
- a bottle of prosecco.