Archive for the 'Espresso' Category

New espresso blend v2.1

From this week on we are using a new espresso blend composed out of three great beans. This blend is roasted by Caffenation and is blended in our house! This blend is nice as espresso and on filter and performs excellent in all milk based drinks. All beans are also sold separately..


The first shot!

New portafilters in the shop!

Finally they arrived! The new fully coated portafilters, done by Coffeehit in London. Thanks a lot guys..

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Rwandu “Musasa Estate” and Kenia “Tiganga Estate” (In French)

Tinganga Estate


Traitement humide, séchage au soleil sur tamis

Tinganga est situé dans le district  de Kiambu dans les hautes terres du
centre du Kenya. Le domaine couvre environ 182 hectares et emploie 400
personnes. Cette ferme bénéfcie d’un sol volcanique bien drainé et situé
entre 1630m et 1935m. Une politique sociale stricte est appliquée  et aucun
travailleur n’est engagé en-dessous de 18 ans. Le domaine offre à ses
employés une habitation sur le site, de l’eau potable, du bois de chauffage,
la sécurité et une formation pour assurer une récolte de haut niveau.

Musasa Estate

Rushashi district

100% Red bourbon
Traitement humide

Onctueux, doux et éclatant,légèrement citronné avec de belles notes florales
Musasa produit des cafés lavés de très haute qualité depuis 2003. Cette coopérative comporte environ 800 membres dont la moitié sont des femmes, ce qui en fait une des plus importantes du Rwanda. La production annuelle est d’environ 100 tonnes.

Musasa fait partie du projet d’aide gouvernementale PEARL. Dans le cadre ce celui-ci, cette coopérative a pu bénéfcier de la construction d’une station de dépulpage. En contrepartie, Musasa s’engage à reverser 10% de ses profts pour la construction d’autres stations au Rwanda.

Text and images from Knopes Coffee Roasters

Portaflon portafilters.. They rock baby!

Yeah baby, finally they are in the shop. (Now already for a couple of months)  The teflon coated portafilters from “Portaflon“. Thanks a lot Jens for sending them over!


Picture from this link

This new portafilters will give us more consistency during the day, and consistency is what we need baby for making a top espresso.. And indeed after testing them thoroughly for some months, I can only say: they rock baby! The next project will be a mod of our Anfim grinder, with timers, so we can work quicker and with even more consistency..

Pimp style! New La Marzocco Linea 3 group in the shop..

Yes yes! After looking around for a while for an upgrade for the Faema Smart I was able to do a good deal for a second hand (but as good as new)  La Marzocco Linea. This machine can be called a historical classic, it definitely helped to establish the independent coffee scene throughout the world.


This machine will put us a on level higher of quality due to the dual boiler system which gives us more temperature consistency, even when pulling some glasses of tea. And at the same time keeping up a constant steaming pressure, so steaming up pitchers will be easier.

One of the options for the machine we will have installed are Portaflon portafilters, this will give a much more constant flavour profile of the shots throughout the day. This Portaflon portafilters prevent the build-up of coffee oils in the portafilter which steadily occurs in a normal brass one. These build-up gives a rancid and bitter taste to your shot, and that is something we don’t like.

Also due to a dual boiler system the group heads will no longer be running too hot, with again a lot of build-up of coffee oils. So overall flavour consistency will improve vastly.

Normal the machine will be in town on Thursday or so feel welcome to come and take a look at this beauty.. For more specifications you can download here the product folder of the Linea.

Hell Yeah!

Peter Hernou is World Latte Art Champion 2009

Belgium is making a good statement in the coffee world. We now have a world latte art champion, Peter Hernou did a great job. Here you see him on the third place from the left. We had an excellent year on the different championships. On the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) website you can follow the progress that Belgium has made over the different years.


For his show you can see the clip over here.


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