“As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered, coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle”. – Honoré de Balzac (1799-1859)

I took a deep draught of my morning coffee (Guatemala Finca Entre Rios organic – fruity smoothness combined with rich dark chocolate). For the past two weeks we’ve been struggling with colds and laryngitis so we haven’t been exactly springing into the New Year, it’s been a groaning, moaning slump under the duvet… until now.


Somehow the New Year is here… maybe we have been stirred by “Change we can believe in”…earlier this week.


I also realised it’s a year today that I bought my iRoast2 home coffee roaster.


When asked by our little gathering of friends and family on Christmas Eve “what had been the best thing about 2008?”- it was generally agreed that it had been a miserable year all round – I said “roasting coffee at home”. sweetm-irst2-tiny

Where can one buy a home roaster? As you would expect Steve at Hasbean not only supplies a great range of green beans but also roasters. He will soon have the iRoast2 in stock again. Here is a review of this roaster –



It’s not that expensive to buy, especially, it’s small and compact, I don’t find it too noisy or smoky and I have a tiny galley kitchen. I’ve now programmed a  roast profile I like so I just measure out the 150 grams of beans (enough for two of us for three days), empty them into the roaster and switch on  – hey presto some 15 minutes later .. Freshly roasted coffee!


Why am I so enthusiastic? It really is easy – to buy the beans on the net (a modest saving on roasted beans), the roasting and the rewards – the freshness and fun are great!


Coffee suppliers like Hasbean are dedicated to sourcing beans from speciality coffee growers around the world. They use importers who they trust, who have relationships with farms and farmers. Steve writes “By working on a trust basis, I know that the whole chain is getting a fair deal”; read the Hasbean ethical policy at https://www.hasbean.co.uk/pages/Ethical-Policy.html     


So if you enjoy coffee and maybe at the moment you recognise the benefits of buying roasted beans and grinding them at home I would seriously urge you to think of roasting your own…  2009 could be the year you have Coffee you can believe in…….