Flat white & AeroPress is a new blog that’s sprung up in a way that other blogs haven’t done for me in the past. I’ve started a couple of blogs simply out of a desire to blog, but this one is born out of a passion for coffee. It’s a means of sharing a passion for something that doesn’t fit with my normal blog and in a way that deserves its own little piece of the internet.

It all started 3 months ago with a bit of an impulse buy. I’ve long wanted a web domain that was phil dot something. The big ones were all gone or crazy expensive, but one evening while futzing about on the internet I discovered that the domain phil.coffee was available. What was even more exciting was its price, only £3, 2 minutes later I was the proud owner of a domain I had no clue what I was going to do with.

Fast forward three months and my desire to broaden my coffee horizons was growing. I’ve been brewing my own coffee at home for years, well over a decade in fact, for the last year or two I’ve been buying my beans from a couple of local coffee houses and enjoying their offerings. However, there’s only so many times you can buy two or three different types of beans when there’s a whole burgeoning world of independent coffee roasters in the UK.

Last month I came across the perfect solution to my problem, a method of broadening my coffee bean horizon in the form of Cloud Coffee. Cloud Coffee are best summed up by their website:

We’re driven by a desire to curate exceptional beans from roasters, championing both well-known names and undiscovered talent.

Their subscription service sends out a monthly bag of beans from a different roaster, offering a chance for some smaller up and coming roasters to be exposed to people outside of their usual spheres, and subscribers the chance to discover some hidden gems.

That’s where the idea for this site came to me. If I’m going to be receiving a range of different coffees through my subscription I needed a place to document what each one was like. Whether I liked it, what it tastes like, and whether I want to buy it again, what better way to do it than through a review. So that’s what I intend to do. Each month I’ll receive a new bag of beans from a different roaster, I’ll drink it, and then share my thoughts here. Stay tuned.