Coffee guide.

So as this blog grows you will very quickly realise that coffee is a significant part of my life. It hasn’t always been, but in the last 2 or 3 years it has rapidly become a real love of mine. I’ve invested a lot of time (and money) into this passion; I’ve attended a barista course, experimented with many different brewing methods, and traveled far and wide to visit recommended coffee shops, usually walking away with some of their beans to use at home later.

At the end of 2017 I decided to start documenting the various locations I visited, for no other reason than to satisfy my own obsessive tendency to organise every aspect of my life. However, seeing as I’ve put a rather pleasing spreadsheet together I thought I may as well share it. I score each location against 2 sets of criteria:

Coffee Score factors: The coffee score is calculated based on a combination of the quality of the beans themselves and the production of the drink. This, therefore, takes into account the composition of the drink (including ratio of espresso to milk), milk preparation, origin of the beans and the roasting process.

5/5 Excellent: quality beans, consistently correct composition (5* = Excels beyond quantitative scale, see notes)

4/5 Very good: quality beans, usually correct composition

3/5 Good: quality beans, inconsistent composition (minimum required for return and inclusion)

0/5: Yet to visit/score

General Score factors: The general score is calculated based on factors not directly involved in the drink. This includes the atmosphere of the location, the knowledge of the baristas in the academics of the coffee process, the quality of any food served accompanying the drink and the sustainability of the coffee supply chain

DISCLAIMER: This is purely based on my personal opinion as someone who is very interested in the wider concept of coffee. Feel free to disagree, I can live with that, as I say this is mainly a record keeping tool for me. I’ll keep it updated with my coffee travels. If you get anything out of it, or have a suggestion, please let me know.

Here is the link to view the most up to date version:

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The South Downs are something special.

I’m damn fortunate to live where I do. The south-Sussex countryside is dominated by the South Downs National Park, a set of sweeping hills extending from Eastbourne to Winchester. When you think of British countryside you’re most likely thinking of what the South Downs offers. I often find myself gravitating towards these hills with the dog because the views are insane; look north and on a good day you can see across the county for miles, look south and you’re greeted by clear views across the channel, and look all around you… and that’s where you’re in for a treat. The saturation of colours in the place is just crazy: lakes, rives, fields, a vast array of plants, and clear skies. You are really in a absolute playground for photography.