Ever wish you could hear live blues played on a knicker drawer guitar or bedpan banjo? Well, look no further than Bean & Bud on Thursday 19 December from around 4.30pm as we welcome back the inimitable Howlin’ Mat. Mat will play a live blues set including traditional covers and his own material, plus a few tunes on his less traditional instruments and lots of inappropriate stories. Don’t miss it!
Following the success of our coffee cupping events, which we will also be repeating later in the year, we will be holding a tea event on Tuesday 10 December from 7pm. The evening will comprise a talk on the history and processes of different teas, followed by the opportunity to taste a variety of teas including black, green and oolong. Ruth will lead the event, drawing on her own experience of working with tea growers in Africa and China and working for a tea and coffee brand in a previous life!
There will be no charge for the event, but there will be lots of tempting tea to purchase on the night! Please email email@example.com to register your interest.
We are really pleased to be working with a brand new artisan micro roaster. North Star Micro Roasters are based in Leeds and as well as being great to have a ‘local’ roasters, they are also good friends. We are currently featuring a fantastic micro lot Rwanda Gashonga coffee as one of our espressos at the moment. It’s full of the gorgeous damson jam notes you’d expect from a Rwandan coffee but with a complex chocolate and allspice finish. Absolutely wonderful. Keep an eye out as we are sure to be featuring lots more coffees from North Star.
We have been asked a few times recently how we choose the different coffees that we offer at Bean & Bud.
We work with 5-6 of the best artisan roasters around the country. All these roasters choose the very best beans and roast in small batches. Often a roaster will have purchased the full micro-lot of a particular coffee. At other times, as coffee is seasonal some of the roasters might be offering similar coffees. For example, there are different harvesting seasons for Central America, East Africa, Indonesia etc.
We always look at which coffees our preferred roasters are offering at any time. As we always offer two coffees and like to ensure that these contrast well with each other (for example so that one might be full-bodied and the other a little higher acidity) we look at which coffees balance each other. We also like to contrast origins, so we might pair a Central American coffee with an African coffee. We also try to plan ahead if we know that one of our roaster partners is expecting a particularly exciting coffee.
We get really excited every time we change our coffees, and we hope that our customers do to, and that you enjoy the opportunity of trying all the different coffees we offer.