Cooper & Co

  • Getting your coffee out of hot water

    This is one of those challenging issues that coffee purists will hate but which in reality occurs over and over again in many a foodservice outlet. The coffee machine temperature / pressure (they are interlinked) is set a little too high or has increased over time.
  • Myanmar coffee - The Beaujolais noveau of the east

    I visited Myanmar in February 2018 and discovered a really interesting country with a lot of historical baggage but with a bright future if only the rest of the world would stop interfering. In my book “trade and aid, the politics of coffee” I’ve tried to give some insight into what I saw without the filter of a global media. There are major problems not least of which is a resolution to the Rohingya crisis, however the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs to be given some space to allow her fledgling Government to establish itself after decades of ruinous military rule.
  • Up-Cycling

    The idea to up-cycle a couple of tired soft chairs came out of a response to an article I wrote in a local magazine that goes by the name of “Rural”. For some reason the editor has let me loose to write the closing piece and on the last occasion I chose to comment about how disappointing some of our public planting schemes are these days. Low hanging fruit when it came to that great austerity moment.
  • My Day Off

    I decided to take a time out of my business the other day and go to London to see an exhibition at the Tate Modern Gallery. However being in the coffee business I find you never really take a day off, instead I found myself drinking more coffee than ever as I trawled various outlets on both my outward and return journeys.  
  • Shwe Ywar Ngan, Myanmar

    Traceability has virtually become the new ethical standard for the consumer. However did you know that many of our giant and most trusted corporations use fake farm names or fake place names to give the impression of provenance? The competition for your spend seemingly means that no stone is left unturned when it comes to cosying up to the consumer and giving the illusion of that feel-good factor.
  • Boozy Blueberries

    Following my recent visit to the coffee producers of Myanmar I was very struck by the amount of effort being put into different processing methods. It’s something that is familiar to the speciality coffee industry however is quite new for your average consumer.
  • The Coffee Trail With Simon Reeve

    As a certified coffee nerd I can’t help but watch anything that has the word coffee in its title. The Coffee Trail by Simon Reeve whilst not new was a worthwhile watch on BBC4 last night (28/1/18).
  • Myanmar - It's Complicated

    On the 4th of February 2018 I along with other colleagues in the speciality coffee industry will be visiting Myanmar and it's fledgling coffee producing areas. I will ultimately self publish a book on my visit, but in the mean time here is some background on a country which many have heard of but which few could even locate on a map.
  • Monsooned Malabar, A Classic Coffee

    Monsooned Malabar coffee doesn’t have the “sex appeal” of the fully traceable, single estate / farm coffees that are so millennial but it does have longevity, and in many ways is probably a coffee classic. Never really in or out of fashion.
  • Hand Sorting Coffee Cherries

    As you sip your cup of coffee it's almost impossible to comprehend the amount of work that has gone into processing every bean. In this blog I'm focusing on just one of the vital processes that are necessary to ensure that only the ripest and healthiest beans reach your cup. In November 2016 I visited Northern Sumatra and for a week toured the regions coffee farms and factories. Big factories are amazing to look at. Tons of coffee can been seen at a variety of stages in the processing journey, however on many occasions things are happening so fast that it is difficult to comprehend exactly what is going on.
  • Cafe Femenino - Coffee Helping Social Change

    In December 2013 I had the privilege of visiting Peru and Bolivia. 
  • Getting Into Green Tea

    We’ve all read about the health benefits of Green tea. Its cleansing properties, full of anti-oxidants etc. etc. The only problem is its taste profile. Anything that tastes “grassy”, smells a bit like seaweed and if overly extracted could cut you in two with its astringency doesn’t potentially have much of a future with the mainstream consumer. It reminds me of “cod-liver oil” from my youth. Something to be endured rather than enjoyed!