How far would you go for a decent cup of coffee?
I have a confession to make, I am a coffee snob. I don't drink instant coffee and much prefer a cup brewed from freshly ground beans. Coffee keeps me going, I cannot and will not function without a decent brew.
When I was invited by Taylors of Harrogate to a coffee event I was very excited to go along, even when they told me it would be a 4hr train journey each way. I am that fond of decent coffee. And besides I hadn't been that far up North in the UK so I thought why not go on a bit of a journey. It was all I expected and much more!
The visit to Taylors was fab! We had a gorgeous lunch followed by a coffee tasting session led by the extremely knowledgeable and friendly Emily who wasn't in the least but phased by some tricky questions posed by us bloggers.
|Typical bloggers, despite being ravenous we have to take pics of lunch before we eat it! LOL|
Taylors ensure they pay fair prices for their coffee from suppliers with many varieties certified as Fair Trade and we were shown a presentation detailing the production of coffee and how it is grown, processed, transported and prepared. It is a very labour intensive and time critical process.
|Emily talking us through the coffee growing, processing and transportation process|
We were all instructed on the art of the slurp in order to properly taste the coffees on offer. I found the citrussy flavoured coffees to be too weak and not to my liking at all. I loved the Rich Italian (don't we all!) and Hot Lava Java varieties, both were strong and full bodied coffees.
|Tasting the many and varied coffees on offer|
We even got a tour of the factory, it was fascinating and well worth having to wear paper hair nets and coats. We watched the coffee being roasted, ground and packaged. It was like a live "How It's Made" programme, great fun!
Taylors have produced a handy Selection Pack of four coffees in exactly the right measures to use in an 8 cup cafetiere. This means you can try a few different coffees without having to buy a whole bag of each one. Genius!
The Selection Pack would be a great gift, along with an 8 cup cafetiere, for a coffee lover in your life. Give it a go, the coffee is fab!
Many thanks to Taylors for their hospitality and for a brilliant and informative visit. Everyone we met at the company was lovely, we were fed really well and I had a great time.
** Taylors of Harrogate paid my travel expenses to enable me to attend this event. **