San Pedro Necta (Guatemala) Coffee Beans from Redemption Roasters

Redemption Roasters Speciality Coffee available at Artistry Coffee

The high mountains of Guatemala near the town of San Pedro Necta is the location of the farm Finca La Providencia – the origin of the San Pedro Necta beans now in stock at Artistry Coffee in Duck Farm Court, Aylesbury or online at artistrycoffee.co.uk.

The farm elevation is between 1550 and 1900 meters – and an important advantage in the production of very high quality coffee.

Several springs across the area bringing abundant water resources.

The farm has passed through three generations who know the region well and are dedicated coffee producers so they take measure to help preserve the local ecology and prevent soil washing down the steep inclines.

Coffee cherries are selectively hand harvesting and eco pulped with Penagos pulpers, reducing the impact of wet processing. Post-pulping and removal of mucilage ( a slippery substance surrounding the bean) the coffee is dried on the farms patios, or in wet weather in the farms guardiolas at a slow and even temperature.

The coffee variety is Caturra from Huehuetenango region (Guatemala) and is processed with the washed method for a cleaner and brighter coffee.

TASTE NOTES are : Dark Chocolate, Black Cherry, Walnut.

This bean is recommended for best use making espresso.

Redemption Roasters coffee beans are now in stock!

Redemption Roasters available at Artistry Coffee

At Artistry Coffee we’ve been on a journey discovering more about coffee for a few years.

As part of our own home move into the Aylesbury Vale area recently we also reviewed our coffee supply and managed to connect with a great project based in Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute – which we first heard about at London Coffee Festival 3 years ago.

The project, run by Redemption Roasters as part of a Ministry of Justice initiative, aims to help reduce reoffending rates by providing real skills for young offenders – training them upto competition quality in barista skills. The hope is that on release they may have an opportunity to find work and Redemption have assisted in placing some young people from this project in their own coffee shops too.

Aylesbury Prison is also the location of a high quality coffee roastery where the young offenders can learn about the art & science of roasting coffee beans under the expert tuition of the Head Roaster.

We’ve been excited to not only support this project but also to upgrade our coffee supply in the process, with expertly roasted single origin coffee beans from know locations.

Redemption Roasters Speciality Coffee available at Artistry Coffee
Redemption Roasters speciality coffee beans now available at Artistry Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest roasts are now in:
We’re highlighting a bean and roast more suitable for espresso:
SAN PEDRO NECTA (Guatemala)

and one more suitable for filter and pour-over coffee making:
ESTRELLA NARANJO (Costa Rica)

there’s also a blend most suitable for espresso:
AYLESBURY BLEND

We also have some Nespresso compatible Redemption Roasters’ Coffee Pods – OSCAR ONE.

The Stylish Compact Mini Slim PRO from Hario

Hario Mini Slim PRO coffee grinder

For many years we’ve stocked Hario’s Mini Mill Slim coffee grinder – which has been a popular choice with many.

The Mini Mill Slim a compact straightforward grinder, which is easier than many to adjust for the grind size you wish to use on your latest coffee beans.

Well it’s now got a new sibling!

The Mini Slim PRO from Hario is a timely update on the original, with some useful modifications.

The most obvious feature is the stainless steel in place of many of the plastic parts, and the version that we stock has a  black hopper and chamber rather than clear.

The clear acrylic lid has also been modified and the PRO version has a silicone grip around the circumference.

The important grinding burrs are still ceramic, which is helpful for good functioning and durability.

So the key thing is that many of the materials of the classic product have been upgraded, and it has a very stylish look about it!

They say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” – but his shows that “if it ain’t broke” it may still be upgraded!

We have the Hario Mini Slim PRO coffee grinder at our Duck Farm Court location in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, or you can buy it online:

See the Hario Mini Slim PRO Coffee Grinder online

Estrella Naranjo (Costa Rica) Coffee Beans from Redemption Roasters

Costa Rica is the source of the Estrella Naranjo beans that are now in stock online at artistrycoffee.co.uk or in person at Duck Farm Court, Aylesbury.

Redemption Roasters in Aylesbury HMYOI roast this bean expertly as part of the project to give young offenders in this institution knowledge of coffee, the roasting process and competition level barista skills.

We’ve been learning something more about the origin, production, and variety:

Producers in the Naranjo area of Costa Rica are selected to participate in the Coopro Naranjo R.L. based on the quality of their coffee.  The coops aims are to support the producers and promote sustainable production.

Strictly ripe cherries are selected through the  harvest process, and production of high quality coffee is rewarded. Farms are located between 1300 and 1700 meters above sea level.

Estrella Naranjo beans from Costa Rica have tasting notes of Apricot, Nectarine, Citrus. They are sourced from Los Robles West Valley. The ripe cherries are processed with the black honey process whereby the beans are part washed and some of the sticky substance (due to the ripeness) is left on the beans as they dry for longer.  The beans are moved at points through the drying process (stirred, raked etc). The black honey process is the most expensive, intensive, and complex process. It results in a more full bodied and flavourful taste.

The beans are arabica from the Villa Sarchi variety (Bourbon related) which is well adapted to high altitudes. And a dwarf variety tolerant of strong winds.

 

Handground the Precision Coffee Grinder at Artistry Coffee

Handground Black Precision Dial

The Handground Precision Coffee Grinder is back in stock at ArtistryCoffee.co.uk or in person at Duck Farm Court, Aylesbury.

We knew that the Handground Coffee Grinder would be a really interesting product when we first heard about it on Instagram, and then became some of the first backers of it on Kickstarter a few years ago.

It was an innovative approach to ask people who make coffee to contribute to the design from all around the world – with choices for the look, materials, accessories, and mechanics etc being made by the crowd through Instagram, Kickstarter and online surveys.

Two of the most useful features of the Handground Grinder are the side mounted handle, which makes the handgrinding of coffee beans a simpler process, and the grind control dial, making grind size less guesswork and more precise.

It is a large device, and will sit well aside your other coffee making products.

At artistrycoffee.co.uk we again sold out of the crowdsourced Handground Precision Coffee Grinders a couple of weeks ago – but we’re pleased to now have some new stock in.

So once more we’ll have the choice of Nickel or Black for this substantial, innovative, and easily adjustable manual coffee grinder.

You’ll be able to see for yourself at our Duck Farm Court location in Aylesbury, or order online.

More Details on Handground the crowdsourced Precision Coffee Grinder

Speciality Coffee Beans Roasted in Aylesbury

speciality coffee beans

At Artistry Coffee we stock speciality coffee beans roasted locally at Aylesbury HMYOI as part of a scheme to help reduce reoffending rates.

This social rehabilitation project in Aylesbury gives young offenders opportunity to learn competition level barista skills and under the guidance of a Head Roaster to understand more about coffee beans and the art and science of roasting.

We currently have 3 coffee bean origins suitable for espresso and 4 more aligned to pour-over and drip filter coffee making.

Plus a speciality coffee in Nespresso compatible pods.

See more about our locally roasted coffee beans online at artistrycoffee.co.uk or in person at Duck Farm Court, Aylesbury. (near Morrisons).

We’ve upgraded!

Kenya coffee beans - Kimathi AB Kiambu

Our new supply of coffee beans is mainly coming from Redemption Roasters who specialise in high-end coffee roasting in small batches.

They’re an operation with an incredible story and mission and we’re delighted to be stocking beans roasted locally in Aylesbury in such a special project.

We’ve planned our own move to Aylesbury for a few years now, and we first came across Redemption Roasters at London Coffee Festival in 2017. We knew then that we’d love to work with them for a number of reasons.

The coffee beans Redemption roast is ethically sourced generally from small farms and Redemption have first-hand knowledge of the farms. There’s usually a story associated with each.

To have locally roasted beans was something that seemed special too, however the project that is behind the whole process is incredibly visionary and valuable.

Redemption Roasters are based at Aylesbury Prison – HM Young Offenders Institute. They are part of a project aimed at reducing re-offending rates. The vision is that by skilling up the young people with specialist vocational skills and real prospects for employment there can be  transformation in the lives of these young people. Redemption host a café inside the prison where competition level barista skills are learned. They also have a roastery under the guidance of a head roaster and assistant roaster. They take charge of the roasting process and gradually allow the young people more involvement as they prove their skills.

Redemption also do all they can to help place the young people in employment on release.

So with all of this, and the fact that the coffee tastes great to – we were very exited to confirm that we will be able to sell Aylesbury Roasted beans to our customers – whether in Aylesbury itself at Duck Farm Court, or online.

The new Artistry Coffee base in Aylesbury

Artistry Coffee shop area with new display shelves at Duck Farm Court

We’re very excited to have painted and taken delivery of our new shelf units and set about stocking them with all our range of handbrew coffee equipment.

It is great not just to have a stock-room from where we have to get our products out one by one when we want or need to look at them or photograph them. Now we have permanent display for all our products so it will be easy to demonstrate, talk-about, showcase and feature the individual products.

It’s amazing how much the handbrew coffee sector had developed even in the time we’ve been operating Artistry Coffee – so there are always more products that we want to stock.

Our location in Duck Farm Court in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire was once one of the homes of Aylesbury Duck, dating back to the 18th Century. We’re delighted to have a small unit on the balcony area. There are lots of other interesting businesses and shops located here too.

We’d love to see people popping in to top up on specialist coffee beans, coffee filters, or select a new handbrew coffee device – or we’ll handle your online order from here.

Artistry Coffee shop coffee bag partition at Duck Farm Court Aylesbury
Artistry Coffee shop coffee bag partition at Duck Farm Court Aylesbury

We’ve worked hard on prepping the unit – making sure everything is clean and fresh – and setting our stall so to speak. You’ll find the products featured online with ranges of hario, aeropress, kilner, Chemex, and many others – plus a fun range of mugs, the reusable ecoffee bamboo fibre cups and plenty more.

After lots of planning and moving in the last few months – it’s great to be able to have a new home for Artistry Coffee in Aylesbury and we plan to expand our range of stock and upgrade our speciality coffee credentials as part of settling in here.

More soon….