MoonBeams

Rosemary's MoonBeams podcasts featuring interviews about Food, Life and Whisky. You can subscribe on iTunes here.

MoonBeams #8: The not quite Irish coffee podcast

Duration: 53 minutes

Coffee, whisky and the cream of the micro-roasters. This podcast puts coffee right back where it should be - at the heart of ethical, ecological and fun conversation.

The Monsooned Malabar harvest in India (RM pic)

The Monsooned Malabar harvest in India (RM pic)

Lorraine Dunk is the owner, master roaster and blender at Crafted Coffee, a boutique roastery situated in the South Downs National Park just outside Chichester in the UK. Lorraine sells her carefully sourced coffees through farmers markets in the area, some retail stockists and on-line sales. Crafted Coffee is not large enough to buy directly from coffee producers but Lorraine ensures that she can trace each batch of beans that she buys back to the farmers, ensuring that they are paid fairly and the right on-farm environmental protocols are followed. The Crafted Coffee website is full of information to check out when you have heard the podcast.

The coffees that we tasted were:

Coffee drying in the sun in India (RM pic)

Coffee drying in the sun in India (RM pic)

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, matched with anCnoc 12yo Speyside whisky and Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay single malt whisky.

Brazil Ipanema, matched with The Dalmore Cigar Malt single malt whisky.

Old Brown Javamatched with Highland Park 18yo single malt whisky. This whisky is quite difficult to get and is more expensive than my usual recommendations - I just happened to have some! An alternative would be Oak Cross from Compass Box, a complex, spicy whisky for reflective sipping.

Coffee workers in India (RM pic)

Coffee workers in India (RM pic)

Our discussion of coffee gadgetry ranged from Cafetières to the on-trend Aeropress.

Marley Coffee, run by Rohan Marley, is the Jamaican coffee company that won the Soil Association's non-alcoholic drink award in 2014.