The Ross Droplet Technique: Spraying your beans
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by Lameen
2w ago
I’m not sure whether it’s me getting older that lends me to the skeptical side of new innovations in coffee, BUT I must confess that after watching countless videos on Instagram of people spraying the coffee beans with water before grinding them, I wasn’t convinced, until!!! Perhaps in my defense, I tend to approach new things with skepticism until I have done some research, listened to people I respect and then assess whether it brings any benefit to me or addressed some concern that I had. So, in this vein two things happened. I watched a video by non-other than James Hoffmann explaining ho ..read more
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I was at Late Coffee, Dubai
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by Lameen
1M ago
I know the name sounds strange but I’ve often driven past this coffee shop for years without stopping by. Why? Well, like you, the name didn’t sound inviting until a friend recommended it. So a few weeks back after the crazy floods in Dubai, I ventured there for breakfast. As you enter you are greeted by a homely looking brew bar decked with a synesso espresso machine. The main sitting area is at the back with a kind of mid western American style… I know! Don’t say it. In any case we were greeted by welcoming staff and I ordered this. Poached eggs on breaded potato dumpling sitting on top ..read more
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I was at HERMOSO Coffee, Abu Dhabi
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by Lameen
2M ago
Towards the end of last year, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a cancer conference in Abu Dhabi and upon having the hotel booking confirmed by the organizers I knew had two other pertinent tasks to fulfil – ask my fellow coffee nerd, Naveed where to get good specialty coffee and pray that it was near the hotel. You’ll be happy to know, at least for me, that these two tasks were delightfully met as Naveed recommended Hermosoand my hotel was located about 8 minutes away by taxi. So, on the last day before we headed back to Dubai, I popped over to Hermoso coffee roasters. It was a b ..read more
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I was at AMG MERCEDES KAFFEEHAUS, DUBAI
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by Lameen
3M ago
Cappuccino at AMG KAFFEEHAUS It seems like just when you had seen it all in the Dubai coffee scene, you get introduced to a new concept but this time it involves German cars and of course coffee… so welcome or should I say wilkommen (German for welcome) to AMG Kaffee described as the summit of luxury for coffee connoisseurs, foodies and the ultimate Mercedes AMG lover.  Located at Dubai Design District (D3) a stone throw from downtown you will notice as you drive into D3 a grey looking building on your right-hand side with the huge Mercedes Benz emblem decked with G-wa ..read more
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I’M DRINKING A MUNCHIE ESPRESSO
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by Lameen
4M ago
Wow! wow! wow! I don’t even know where to start… BUT here we go. First of all what is a munchie espresso? It’s a Colombian Anaberoic honey processed, castillo varietal coffee, grown at 1,700m and produced by Andrés Quiceno and Julio Madrid on La Riviera Farm in Risaralda, Colombia, with a taste profile of…. wait for it….. Pineapple . Coconut. New York Cheesecake. Hazelnut and Butter Roasted by Pirates of Coffee in Toronto, Canada, part of their Loco (Spanish for crazy as in mad) series. Now for the coffee geek part…. “The Honey Culturing, Anaerobic process involves using fermentation sta ..read more
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I WAS AT WORLD OF COFFEE DUBAI 2024
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by Lameen
6M ago
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the third edition of the World of Coffee Dubai, which took place from 21-23 January in Dubai, under the auspices of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Sure. I’d been to the previous two and this year promised more excitement with a slightly bigger offering. Featuring much as before, with experts, coffee roasters, gadgets, coffee farmers, espresso machine and coffee roasting manufacturers and more, I thought I’d go, meet fellow coffee nerds, drink lots of coffee and attend a few lectures. Well, I did most of that and more, but sadly wasn’t able to attend ..read more
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I was at colonna and smalls, london
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by Lameen
7M ago
Birthday coffee I cannot finish 2023, without mentioning one of the most exciting coffee experiences in a coffee shop I had this year – the opening of Colonna and Smalls on Leather Lane in London. In fact this trip was made even more exciting for me, as they opened the day after I arrived in London for a trip and I visited on my birthday too – what a wonderful coffee experience for a birthday. Owned by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, a former UK barista champion several years ago, Maxwell has always been one to push the boundaries on all things coffee. When I first visited his first cafe in Bath I h ..read more
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I was at Urban Botanica Coffee, london
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by Lameen
8M ago
On reading the title of this post, you could be confused as to whether you jumped onto a site advertising a flower shop or some sort of botanical gardens in the city, BUT, all is forgiven, because this unique coffee shop marries the cafe owner’s love for flowers and of course, coffee. – I present you Urban Botanica Coffee Shop. Recommend by my daughter as a way to get me to satisfy my coffee craving near her home, I was in for a pleasant surprise. Upon entering, you will be greeted with lots of pot plants, especially on your left and you may be wondering, “am I in a flower shop?”. However, af ..read more
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Drinking Coffee in Oxford
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by Lameen
9M ago
Everyone knows Oxford for their famous university and quaint English town vibe. It is full of lots of tourists in the summer with its classic buildings and historical sights, not to mention an abundance of English language schools, which attract a lot of people from all over the World to study during the summer. Early last month we went over to Oxford to attend our sons’ graduation and what a joyous occasion it was, especially as our son had said he didn’t want to go to university many years back. But as you know, whenever I visit any new city, I’m literally sniffing around for specialty coff ..read more
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Ten Cups of Coffee in London
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by Lameen
10M ago
Earlier this month I was in London and of course the opportunity to check out new cafes was top of my list. I must confess, that I prayed that the weather would be warm, coming form 40C Dubai, but you’ll be glad to know that my prayers were answered, as this September went down as one of the warmest on record, with temperatures hovering over 30C on a few days. However, I’m not sure if it is because of Brexit, I was saddened to see that most coffee shops, even in central London, close between 3:30 and 4pm. For me, this was a travesty, as I love drinking coffee after every meal, even at night ..read more
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