July 2021

We are firmly in the landing time for the new crops from Central America. Some, like the Malacara A (El Salvador) and Telia Herbazu (Costa Rica), are already with us but July is when most of our coffee from Guatemala starts to land. And what a crop it is. We have old favourites from Capetillo and Santa Catalina already in and La Bolsa will be making a roaring comeback onto the counter in its original and decaffeinated state soon. We have talked before about how much we all like a great decaf and we have high hopes for this one.

Around this time last year, we were rearranging shipments and moving contracts into this year and beyond. Our coffees from Guatemala were some of the contracts that were delayed and shifted so it is with emotion that we welcome El Guatalon, La Bella, La Bolsa, El Zapote and Los Laureles II back onto the counter this year. We have some new arrivals too: La Bugambilia, Las Cortinas and Idolia.

Also arriving soon is a new-to-us coffee from Kenya – Thiriku. We are excited to see how the coffee lands and develops over the next few months.

In South America, the crop is just getting into full swing. The team at Carmo Coffees (Brazil) are preparing samples to send to us to taste from all our favourite farms. In Bolivia, Pedro and co from Los Rodríguez will be doing the same. Last year’s coffees from Bolivia were amazing and we have increased our contract with Agricafe, so we hopefully have them on the counter for longer next year. Keep a look out for the new crop from Bolivia which we hope will arrive in time for Christmas.

In Colombia it is a sobering story. The crop in Nariño and Southern Colombia should be starting to come through in abundance but there are serious security and safety problems, and the farmers are having difficulty getting their coffees to buyers. There are many protests against the government, the lockdowns, against the protests too. In difficult times like this fuel becomes scarce and expensive. We will do what we can to help the farmers we buy from but there is a very real problem with supply, and we will not be able to get enough coffee to send some to decaffeinate this year. We are hoping to have enough on the counter, but we don’t want any farmer to risk a delivery of coffee to a buying point if it is not safe to do so. In normal times we would be in Colombia now tasting the coffees and catching up with our friends there. This year we just hope the situation will calm down and they can get their coffee and other crops to market.

In our shops you will see we are still practising all our social distancing measures. We look forward to the update on The 19th Of July to see what changes we can make for the end of the month. For now, we are still outside-seating-only at our Covent Garden shop, and this won’t change until the distancing measures are completely relaxed. At our Borough Market shop you can now lean against a leaner to drink your coffee but please be mindful of keeping your distance from your fellow customers. We know it can be difficult to hear and be heard with the screens and the masks in the shops and we’re all very much looking forward to removing them! For added fun at our Borough Market shop we have road works outside – for anyone interested the gas main is being replaced.

Cup of coffee and a pastry in our Borough Market shop

That’s a little summary of where we are at here.

Until next time, thanks for your support over the last few weeks, we really appreciate it.

Monmouth x.

June 2021

Last month we had our organic audit, always nerve racking and always better than expected, which we passed with a couple of small things to do within twenty-eight days of the audit. Audits are there to keep the process of buying, importing, warehousing, roasting and selling organic coffee controlled and legitimate. One cannot in the… Read more »

May 2021

We have, this month, our best decaffeinated coffee to date arriving. The coffee itself is from Fazenda IP, Brazil, a stalwart on our counter. It has been decaffeinated at Descamex in Mexico and at time of writing has just arrived at the roastery. We tasted the arrival sample when it landed and all of us… Read more »

April 2021

April in the roastery is all about sample roasting and tasting. This is a super busy time for our coffee buying team with all the new crop samples coming in from Central America. Each coffee is sampled before shipping, after shipping, and on arrival to make sure the coffees are tasting great and ready to… Read more »

March 2021

We have a new coffee on our counter this month – El Morito – from Peru. We haven’t had a coffee from Peru for several years and it is interesting to think about how and why that happens. Peru is a large coffee producer and over the thirty last years or so has really concentrated… Read more »

February 2021

As we are all here rejoicing in the occasional snow fall, holding off the usual February malaise, and generally feeling fed up and frustrated with the virus, there is plenty happening on the farms in Central America. The crop is finishing ripening and being picked with COVID precautions in place. Once picked the coffee cherry… Read more »

January 2021

Happy New Year! And what a hangover 2020 has dealt to us all. When the pandemic really got going and country after country began to close their borders and lock down, coffee, like all crops and harvests, continued to grow and work needed to get done. There is a saying in coffee growing (probably all… Read more »

December 2020

Christmas really starts at Monmouth when the panettone and chocolate arrive. Both are rocking this year and you will find more information about them on our website and in our shops. The next thoughts invariably turn to which coffee should be on the table for Christmas and that is where it gets interesting. Like all… Read more »

November 2020

Clocks have gone back, Halloween was less sugary than usual, Corona has a vicious second bite and it has turned cold. So what we all feel like is a cuddle of a coffee and this is where the Brazils on the counter really shine. Each year we visit our friends at Carmo Coffee and select… Read more »

October 2020

In August we had our Loring roasters serviced to make sure they were ready and raring to go for winter and to keep us caffeinated, or decaffeinated, for whatever the next googly 2020 has in store for us all. Not including sample roasters, we have roasted on four different types of machinery over our 40… Read more »