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Andy’s quest for the perfect cup of coffee! Part 2: Are you a Coffee snob?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

A few years ago, after discussing good coffee with “Angus” at the local Coffee Shop, he described Lindsey & I, as “coffee snobs”, and this was the reason he open a local Coffee Shop, to roast, and produce coffee for local “coffee snobs” on a daily basis, Angus also declared himself as a “coffee snob”, and opened to shop because there was no other coffee shop locally, which did the same. Sadly Angus sold on the business, because his return on investment was too low.

Today my order of coffee beans has arrived from Hasbean.co.uk.

A large and well packed box of coffee beans, delivered by FedEx.

I’ve ordered Has Bean Exclusive: Guachipelin Natural, this is what is in the box of coffee


And Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Washed Kurume

I’ll get the grinder ready, and warm up the Chemex!

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Andy’s quest for the perfect cup of coffee! Part 1: How do you like your coffee?

Friday, March 18th, 2016

I like strong black coffee, and at University I was too lazy to boil the kettle, and I just used to add cold water to coffee granules, (that was 26 years ago!) I do not prepare coffee that way anymore, and no longer use coffee granules either! I also prefer warm coffee, or cold coffee, not piping hot. For a while I used to drink quadruple espresso, I also prefer a small amount of good tasting coffee, rather than a large cup of coffee.

Here’s one I made earlier

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I’ve got the following coffee makers, which I’ve tried

  1. Braun filter coffee maker
  2. Braun espresso machine
  3. French press cafetiere e.g. Bodum.
  4. Stovetop espresso maker (my Dad would often comment, he didn’t want any of that sludge you boil-up on the stove!).
  5. Aerobie Aeropress (purchased in Panama, which was cheaper than purchasing it in the UK!).

These all have their advantages and disadvantages, e.g. they are quick and convenient, and I cannot praise the Aerobie Aeropress, enough - for mobile, espresso coffee when you away from home!

But the drawback I’ve found with them ALL, is the coffee taste, and some bitterness which can be tasted in the resulting coffee.

Let me introduce you to the CHEMEX coffee maker, invented in 1949 by a Chemist, and using a conical flash and filter papers, the modern CHEMEX coffer maker is made from non-porous, borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie. It uses a special scientifically designed filter paper, the results are fantastic, Clear, pure, flavourful and without bitterness or sediment every time, you can make your coffee as strong as you like without bitterness. However, this is not a quick method of making a perfect cup of coffee, and has almost a ritual, a bit like perfect tea making or the “Japanese Tea ritual.” - if you one are a coffee drinker - that just pours water over coffee granules out of a kettle, and you like your coffee that way, I don’t think a CHEMEX is for you!

The CHEMEX uses the pour over, slow drip method to deliver a flavourful and without bitterness cup of coffee.

the box the CHEMEX arrives in!

CHEMEX filters, specific for the 3 cup CHEMEX

The 3 cup CHEMEX (it creates approx 450 ml of coffee)

here’s a short video, 45 seconds our of 4 minutes of the complete process

some instructions, with photos of how I do it with a CHEMEX.

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Happy Beaujolais Day!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

I’ve got my Beaujolais Nouveau!

Beaujolais Nouveau stand in Waitrose in Wilerby!

Beaujolais Nouveau stand in Waitrose, Wilerby!

My bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

My bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

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World Exclusive Meltonby Honey Sold Here!

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Now that I have my new Catering Certificate, see this blog post, I’m scaling up the Honey Selling activities…first I purchased a ‘A Pavement board”, to replace my smaller Local Honey sign, and Lindsey kindly did the artwork. The artwork is Copyright (c) Andysworld! (well Lindseyworld!) 2015. So be warned anyone that downloads it, and uses it!

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Meltonby Honey Sold Here

Online Ordering coming soon….to a website near you!

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Andy is Certified! - Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - Safe Food Handling

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

I spent three hours this weekend, obtaining a new Certificate.

I now have a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - Safe Food Handling.

This is my certificate

 Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - Safe Food Handling

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - Safe Food Handling

This maybe a requirement in the future, for the preparation and selling jars of honey, but also now beneficial to have if you deal with food preparation and supply, as a food handler for human consumption.

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Breville Active Blend blender or liquidiser!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

In an effort to lose weight this year, I’ve stopped drinking Red Bull, cut down on the huge quantities of Diet Coke, stopped eating chocolate bars, and crisps daily….and started to eat daily breakfast!, and to help with breakfast…

I’ve purchased a new gadget, it’s called the Breville Active Blend blender, available from Tescos here, if you can find one, as they seem to be running Out of Stock, as the “New Year Resolution Get Fit Brigade De-Tox for the New Year!”

My Nan use to call them - Liquidisers, the modern name is Blender!

The real benefit of the Breville Active Blend , is you blend in the drinking bottle, so there is very little washing up,

  1. Just add the fruit and liquid to the drinking bottle
  2. Screw on the stainless steel cutting blades cap
  3. Whiz the blender for a 1 minute
  4. Remove the stainless steel cutting blades, run under hot water to clean.
  5. Screw on the drinking bottle cap
  6. Go to work, your done!

Some recipes I’ve been trying out

Green Tea, Spinach & Grape Smoothie

  • 300ml green tea
  • Handful spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Bunch green grapes

Beetroot, Pomegranate & Pineapple Smoothie

  • 250ml pomegranate juice
  • 250ml orange juice
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • 1 beetroot
  • Handful ice

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Spinach, Celery and Apple Smoothie

  • 300ml Chilled apple juice
  • 1 Stick of celery, chopped
  • 1 Small apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 Handful of spinach leaves

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If you are thinking or purchasing one, remember the additional bottles will cost £10.00 each from Breville direct, if you need more than a single bottle!

there are three versions of the product

Blend-Active® Single Bottle, Product Code: VBL075-01 - RRP £25, available for around £17.50 online.

Blend-Active® with 2 600ml Bottles , Product Code: VBL062-01 - RRP £29, available for around £25 online.

Blend-Active® Family Pack with 2 600ml Bottles, and 2 300 ml Bottles, Product Code: VBL096-01 - RRP £40, available for around £29 online.

(the family pack has the added value of 2  x 600ml and 2 x 300ml bottles, the 300ml bottles are not available separately!)

Blend-Active® 600ml Spare or Replacement Bottle , Product Code: VBL106-01 - RRP £10.

Andy’s Comment, it’s fun, and I get to eat more fruit on the go! The longest part of preparation is cutting up the fruit! Five Stars!

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My Birthday Sunday Lunch

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A break from Yo Sushi this year….

We returned to Wolds Village, Manor Farm, Bainton, a regular haunt, but we’ve not been there for many years…

I had…

Creamy garlic mushroom pancake for Starters

Vegetable & nut roast with red wine sauce for Main

Toffee Pavlova

and two pints of Wolds Top Ale!

This is the desert I had on my birthday at Wolds Village. Highly Recommended by Andysworld!

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and it was bloody smashing food!

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New Zanussi ZCV561DW Cooker!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

It’s been a while since, we spent money on the house’s white goods….

eventually the cooker that came with the house, had to go, we’ve been keeping the over door shut with a plant pot, for approx 5 years!

Old unbranded cooker

Old unbranded cooker

so we purchased a new Zanussi ZCV561DW - 50cm wide electric cooker with separate grill and ceramic hob, from John Lewis. (and they were very good! which is what you’d expect from John Lewis, free delivery on a Saturday, and removed the old cooker for disposal!

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

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What I did on my Birthday - I ate Sushi @YOSushi #SaveTheDay

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanks for all the cards, presents and good wishes….

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So, my birthday went like this:-

  • Woke Up
  • Showered
  • Hair Cut
  • Ate two croissants
  • Can of “diet” Red Bull
  • Open birthday cards and presents
  • Caught bus to York
  • Ate Sushi and Drank Japanese Beer @YO Sushi
  • Caught bus home
  • Watched the Dr Who 50th Anniversary Special
  • Ate Birthday cake
  • Went to bed, using new birthday present duvet!

A  “truly Excellent Adventure…..”

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Happy Pancake Day 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A Happy Pancake Day to one and all!

or Happy Shrove Tuesday!

I’ll be having my stack later….

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