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Smell the Coffee -> Black Robin Coffee… the way you like it

Since its inception in 2016, Smell the Coffee has built a reputation for sourcing and supplying the very best coffee beans available, from around the world, and a dedicated following of fanatical coffee lovers, who appreciate being able to swing by for the best hot coffee in St Ives, or buy their favourite blend online. In mid-2018 the original owner announced that, due to too many competing commitments, Smell the Coffee would be closed if new owners were not found…

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Smell The Coffee

When smelling a coffee, its aroma will tell you a lot about the coffee itself, its quality, origin and roast. But what does aroma really mean? Coffee flavour can be denoted by some primary coffee qualities, among body, sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aftertaste, there’s aroma. Aroma is the release of flavourful compounds from coffee through the air from the moment it is roasted, basically, the smell of coffee is responsible for many of the flavour attributes not directly perceived by…

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Eco Friendly – Biodegradable Cup

No More Plastic Cups We take our responsibility to waste management very seriously, in fact, so seriously that we have moved away from plastic cups all together. We switched from plastic stirrers ages ago because we’ve always been conscious of the effect of plastic on the environment. Our stirrers have long been sourced from ethically sustainable forests. We do use a lot of disposable cups everyday and we are acutely aware that we are adding to the growing plastic waste…

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At first we thought we had a problem

Please read this recent complaint We would take all complaints very seriously but when we got our first one, we just had to put it up. Hello Robert. I am not used to complaining.  I don’t consider it to be “British.”  However, I am compelled to write to you about a bag of Brazil Fazenda beans bought for me, by my sister, from your St. Ives shop and sent to me as a “gift” with another bag of, as yet…

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Why you should be EATING coffee Every year six billion pounds of the coffee cherry fruit is thrown away. Every coffee bean roasted in the world forms the seed of an equally significant sweet cherry, but before Dan Belliveau, this delicious fruit was destined to become a rotting mass of red brown goo. He started saving the wasted coffee cherry to convert into a nutrient dense new ingredient: Coffee Flour, which is already being sprinkled into the muffin mixes at Google and HSBC cafeterias in…

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Buckingham Palace Tea Cake

so who knew that you could bake a cake, using tea as an ingredient? Well not us, to be honest. Coffee goes well in many recipes, but tea? Well thanks to a lovely customer who baked us a delicious cake, she has opened our eyes to the use of tea in baking. Her choice of tea was our Buckingham Palace blend, where we discovered just how the gentle aromatic flavour makes these cakes taste delicious. This is her recipe, which we…

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Our magazine feature

well, it certainly has been a very busy couple of months at Smell The coffee. We have been delighted with the positive feedback from our customers. Last month we installed a breakfast bar with seating, and it’s been a huge hit for those wanting a quiet coffee without the hustle and bustle going on around them. We have also introduced a new selection of loose teas and tea infuser mugs. This week saw the launch of a fantastic new local…

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Recipe for your “leftover” coffee

okay, so I’m sure we all have that little bit Coffee left over in the pot some days. But have you ever thought about using it in a recipe rather than rinsing it away down the sink? The nice thing about leftover coffee is that it can be used in sweet and savoury recipes, ranging from spicy sauces and braised chicken to decadent cakes and rich cappuccino ice creams. But here is my favourite: Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting.…

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Hot Chocolate

Smell the Coffee’s Hot Chocolate

We are very proud of our fantastic varieties of hot chocolate here at Smell The Coffee. We love hot chocolate and know that you do too. These are perfect to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Just like our coffee we source our chocolate from all over the world. We are constantly sampling and checking for high standards. The standards we use to rate our suppliers include: Flavour, Richness, Aroma, Composition, mouth feel and …. the big one…Satisfaction. Our…

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Arabica Vs Robusta

Bean Varietals There are over 100 coffee plant species, however the two main ones that are widely produced and sold are: Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta. A few differences between the two species: Taste. Often Robusta has its taste described as burnt tires or rubbery, which… sounds disgusting. Why the bad taste? One reason that the taste isn’t as good for Robusta is that it has more caffeine compared to Arabica. Which may sound like a positive thing but caffeine…

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How Roasting Affects Coffee Flavour

The final link in the flavour chain is roasting. The roaster uses their expertise to blend beans together and develop flavours through the roasting process. As the temperature within and surrounding the beans increases, the raw coffee goes through numerous changes. Each change and the time at which it takes place is meticulously monitored and recorded, creating a roast profile for the bean varietal. After roasting, the beans are left for 8 days to de-gas (release of CO2). Coffee should…

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Coffee Flavour by Country

Coffee Flavour by Country Coffee is grown within 1000 miles of the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. This area, known as the “Tropics”, experiences year-round warm temperatures, has an abundant rainfall and no frost. The continent that any given coffee is grown in has a remarkable effect on the coffee’s flavour profile, and the profiles vastly differ from each other from continent to continent. Flavour profiles also differ from region to region within a…

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How to Describe Coffee

Have you ever wanted to tell someone about the fantastic cup of coffee you just had and then you find the words just wont come. It’s really frustrating as you feel you’re not doing justice to the grind. With a little help from this wheel you can master descriptions of coffee’s main flavours and even subdivide those main flavours into particular types. In the diagram above, coffee flavours and aromas get more and more specific towards the edge of the wheel.…

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