Here at Monsoon Estates we've had an absolutely amazing year. New roastery, new staff, new customers, new coffees and some new Great Taste Awards. It doesn't get much better!
This year, as we've hardly had any days off, we've decided to close between Christmas and New Year.
Our last working day will be Saturday 22nd December at Warwick Market with coffee and mince pies. We'll also take the coffee machine to the Friday market in Stratford 21st, to make coffee for you too.
Back again on January 2nd.
Last internet orders will be dispatched on Friday 21st.
Now that's out of the way, COFFEE........
Apologies to all you Papua New Guinea fans out there for running out of supplies. Our last shipment, due in October, didn't arrive as the ship missed it's connection in Singapore (the nature of coffee I'm afraid). Fingers crossed it should dock on 5th of December so we should get our hands on some next week!
Will's Winter Blend is back. Rich, spicy, fruity, boozy and chocolaty!
Kenyan Jungle Estate arrived recently after a long absence. We've had it before but not every year and like many coffees it changes from season to season. This year expect blackberries! It's lovely but very limited supplies.
Papua New Guinea Sigri AA After a two year absence we've finally managed to get our hands on this gorgeous coffee again. Sigri was one of the first coffees that blew us away when we first started roasting. I'm so excited that we'll be able to offer this again!
The following list has just some of the new coffees that will make an appearance in the New Year.
Daterra Sweet Collection
Daterra Bourbon Collection
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Aramo natural
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Dumerso natural
Ethiopian Sidamo Deri Kocha natural
Kenyan AA Maganjo washed
Yemeni Mocha Matari natural
As many of you know we did really well at the Great Taste Awards this year. You can see the listing on the Great Taste Awards web site by searching for Monsoon Estates.
Ethiopan Shalaitu 3 stars
Espresso decaf 2 stars
Monsoon Espresso 2 stars
Guatemalan Guayaba 2 stars
Ethiopian Sidamo Shakisso 2 stars
Ethiopian Hama 2 stars
Great Taste themselves say two stars is above and beyond delicious with less than 15% of entries making the grade. Three stars is extraordinarily tasty with less than 3% of products awarded 3-stars each year.
Some of these coffees like our Monsoon Espresso are firm favourites and generally available in the shop with the rest we're going to offer a different one each month so you get a chance to try them all. We're kicking off with Ethiopian Hama available in the shop now. It's a cooperative coffee from Kochore and high grown!
A few little videos that some people have made featuring us.
I just thought they deserved to be shared!
Hope you enjoy!
Our lovely friends Emily Barker and Lukas Drinkwater (fantastic musicians) with Jon Carroll on a recent road trip. Showing their love of coffee!! I found this really funny!
Coffee on the Road
This one from Kasia, a bundle of energy, a foodie and coffee nut and lovely soul who wanted to do a little video and showcase our new roastery!
Things about Roasters
Another foodie and coffee nut visiting us from The Netherlands, watch his expression when we introduce him to a big, bold coffee. Hilarious!
Dijon visits the Roastery
We even had some music sent to us from the lovely, talented Ceinwen to soothe me!
Monsoon Malabar Blues
WE'VE FINALLY MOVED!
THE STUDIO ALSCOT PARK CV37 8BL
We're still a bit rough and ready but we're in and loving it.
The location is beautiful just wait until you see it!
The new layout works so well for us, separate roastery, packing room and store!
As some of you are only too aware, the markets in Stratford and Warwick were cancelled this weekend due to poor weather. Really sorry for the inconvenience but quite thankful for extra days off!
Mr Monsoon and I had an over nighter in London early in the week to visit our importers, cup some new coffees and learn a bit more about Fairtrade. Look out for a new Sumatran coffee in April, we hope!
Sumatra is suffering from bad weather this year and new crop could be 50% down. Yes this means some coffees won't be available and others might have quite a price hike but this is when we often find great new alternatives!
We missed out on the trip to Myanmar couple of weeks ago as we were in the throws of moving the roastery. It looks like an amazing place and we hope to visit another time.
Maybe we'll go to Brazil later in the year or slight possibility to visit some coffee farms in Papua New Guinea. Watch this space.
DATERRA SWEET COLLECTION is back due to public demand. It is a beautiful, clean, sweet, elegant coffee and will be back on the webshop next week.
MEXICAN TERRUNO NAYARITA is returning also due to popular demand. A milder coffee, haven't roasted any of latest delivery yet so tasting notes to follow.
PERUVIAN APRYSSA is here and selling like hot cakes! Another milder coffee slight coconut, nutty and chocolaty. Fairtrade and organically grown coffee.
We're always on the look out for new and exciting coffees.
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Little Video of our New Place
Keep warm and drink more coffee!
Anne and the team.