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The difference between beans

So, the general idea is that all coffee is the best it can be, the freshest possible product you can buy. The presumption is that you can rely on every store and every brand to give you fresh roasted beans but do people not realise that if you buy through a third party distributor like Sainsbury or Tesco or Waitrose you are buying a coffee bean that has spent the first three to four months of its life in a truck absorbing the fumes of congestion then a store room which probably isn't at a set temperature or have a controlled environment of any kind. The best way is direct from the process of coffee roasting. Thats why Black Circle...

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Black Circle goes to this years Chester Food & Drink Festival

  Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival is the biggest event of its type to take place anywhere in the UK this Easter. Over 150 exhibitors highlighting the best the county, region and country has to offer and means that for you, the visitor it is simply a wonderful culinary experience. Last year’s year’s line up of celebrity chefs included Simon Rimmer of the Channel 4 programme, Sunday brunch, headlines our quality line up of top chefs alongside Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace and Jean Christophe Novelli amongst many other great names in local and national food. Chester Racecourse, the only racecourse set in the heart of a city is the perfect location for this fun filled family event including Free childrens...

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One of the UK's most influential people in hospitality joins the team as Sales Manager

Paul Newman is an accomplished hospitality trade professional. Paul's experience involves restaurant and bar based operations, sales & marketing with more than 25 years in the wines & spirit, drinks brands and bar & restaurant industries.Paul has hospitality in his blood, having a chef, restaurant and hotel operator as a father. In the early 1990s Paul worked successfully as a National Accounts Manager for a wine merchant, specialising in Champagne and looking after a portfolio of over £4m and in the latter 1990s was the Regional Brand Manager for Absolut Vodka in the UK. To this day Paul is often credited as being one of the key persons who started the influx of premium design led spirits in the UK. In...

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What does Robusta Bean actually mean?

Robusta is a sturdy species of coffee bean with low acidity and high bitterness; it is used primarily in instant coffee, espresso, and as a filler in ground coffee blends. The bean comes from the Coffea robusta variety of the Coffea canephora plant (widely known itself by the synonym Coffea robusta) which has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa. Robusta is easy to care for, has a greater crop yield, has almost double the amount of caffeine and more antioxidants, and is less susceptible to disease than arabica coffea. Roasted robusta beans produce a strong, full-bodied coffee with a distinctive, earthy flavour, but usually with more bitterness than arabica due to their high pyrazine content. About 30% of...

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Coffee production in Ethiopia - A brief overview

Coffee production in Ethiopia is a long standing tradition. Ethiopia is where coffee arabica, the coffee plant, originates.The plant is now grown in various parts of the world; Ethiopia itself accounts for around 3% of the global coffee market. Coffee is important to the economy of Ethiopia; around 60% of foreign income comes from coffee, with an estimated 15 million of the population relying on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood In 2006, coffee exports brought in $350 million, equivalent to 34% of that year's total exports.  Ethiopian coffee beans that are grown in either the Harar, Sidamo, Yirgacheffe or Limu regions are kept apart and marketed under their regional name.These regional varieties are trademarked names with the rights owned by Ethiopia. Sidamo  "Ethiopia Sidamo" is a type...

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