A Taste of Geisha Coffee

Our Coffee taster, Luyi Brown was sent some Geisha Coffee, (not the traditional Japanese performer) one of the most rare and desired coffees in the world from Sea Island Coffee to review recently. Specifically grown in the Coffea Diversa plantation in Costa Rica, award-winning Geisha is one of the most sought after types of coffee trees with green beans (that haven’t yet been roasted) selling for a staggering $130 a pound. Geisha, one of the Ethiopian wild and extremely rare coffee varieties, boasts a soft, delicate profile with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses – varying from woody to melons to a mix of sugar and spices.

Read Luyi’s review and let us know what you think if you get a chance to taste this unique coffee.

Sea Island Coffee - Geisha

Sea Island Coffee – Geisha

On reading the label, I didn’t know what to expect but initially I thought – Costa Rican coffee with Japanese overtones hence the name Geisha.

The coffee has a pleasant earthy smell.

First, I made the coffee in a single cup caffietiere which produced a watery coffee of medium (or below) strength.  The result with and without milk was a watery coffee with very subtle flavours.

Using a coffee perculator produced better results with a richer, fuller and smoother taste. I could definitely taste the earthy and flowery overtones.

Overall I liked the coffee but I’m not sure it’s for me, the flavour was just too mild.

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Tom Hunt’s Feast of Seven Fishes at Borough Market

On December 14th 2014 I had the pleasure of being an invited guest of Borough Market’s at Tom Hunt’s Feast of Seven Fishes event The Three Crown Square.

The alternative Christmas Feast aimed to highlight the problem of food waste during the festive season and dishes were created using surplus ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away. It was a great opportunity to meet the Borough Market team and hear what they’re doing on sustainability including partnerships with FareShare and FoodSave, a charter that traders have signed up to committing to donate leftover produce after each Saturday market to worthy causes.

The Communal dining experience

The Communal dining experience

World famous eco-chef and food waste activist Tom Hunt said “At Christmas we create a huge amount of unnecessary food waste. With many people hungry at such a festive time I wanted to create an alternative Christmas. Let’s celebrate this abundance of food by using it to raise money for the people that really need it most”.

Tom Hunt deep in thought...

Tom Hunt deep in thought…

The four course banquet was a traditional Italian meal usually served on Christmas Eve, and featured dishes like foraged salad of water-celery leaf, chervil and chickweed, and forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil.

Home smoked trout with crispy skin, sea horseradish on leaves


Brussel Sprouts and Kale

Brussel Sprouts and Kale

Risotto nero with cuttlefish

Risotto nero with cuttlefish

Forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil

Forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil

Apples and pears roasted with whisky, cinnamon and vanilla with clotted cream

Apples and pears roasted with whisky, cinnamon and vanilla
with clotted cream

It was a wonderful lunch and really brought the spirit of Christmas alive. I particularly enjoyed the risotto which was rich in flavour and texture. The apples and pears for dessert were just scrumptious, I could have eaten the entire bowl but as it was a sharing menu that would have just been greedy! The event did a great job of highlighting some essential facts about food waste and how we consume our food on a daily basis.

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