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Good Coffee

Posted on April 10, 2013

We hold open cuppings at the cafe once a month with the aim to select guest coffees for the upcoming month. This month we are focusing on direct trade coffees from some new specialty roasters in Europe.

Local woman picking cherries to be delivered to the Konga Farmers Cooperative in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia


I have always loved coffee. From an overly confident 4 year old stealing gulps of customer’s latte’s in my mother’s cafe to the first time the concept of single estate coffees went off like a landmine in my awkward adolescent mind. However, as a young barista, I could never draw the link between the vague idea that coffee was grown as a crop (by faceless co-ops or unidentifiable farmers in far away tropical countries) and the impenetrable supply chain that lead to the beautiful dark fluid that came to be my morning ritual, livelihood and passion.


This week we will be cupping coffees from various European specialty roasters sourced through direct trade organizations such the guys at Collaborative http://collaborativecoffeesource.com/ that have made the murky supply chains of commodity coffee (at least in my eyes) obsolete. The cherries being picked in this video by a local woman have been roasted by Drop Coffee in Sweden and were brewed by us last week.


We will be posting details of our next cupping soon. Cuppings are generally held around 7pm and you can book through emailing Dan at balham@m1lk.co.uk or by asking instore.


Posted on February 12, 2013

Amazewahballs coffee cupping the other night courtesy of Jules and Head Barista Pete. Great to see some of you and great to hear from Dan some interest in our next one!

We blind cupped 8 coffees from different roasters to pick our guest filter for upcoming month. The result of our vote was overwhelmingly in favour of  Buzira, Kayanza. It’s almost piquant spices were too much to pass up and this amazing filter will be on from 18th Feb for a week.

Manager Dan and I managed to favourite a decaf coffee having never tasted one before…..who knew eh?


Our next cupping will be held Thursday 7th March at 7.30. Ask in-store to join up or email Dan at balham@m1lk.co.uk tickets £5

Feel free  to pop in anytime with any questions for Pete and Dan about our coffee events.