Hot Drink Heaven: Going To Guatemala via Morrisons.

I am not one for long distance travelling, I Just don’t enjoy the stress of having to check in four hours early, Having to declare What’s in my bag and the last pat-down at security.

I Remember having to endure the horror of travelling to Spain when I was 16 at a time when I wasn’t as refined in managing my Asperger’s, The stress of checking in, the unplanned pat down after a three-hour flight. I hated it.

Travelling in general is completely unbearable until you see a coffee outlet or even an express coffee machine. Advertising coffee from destinations including Guatemala, Brazil and Kenya. A small little win in my mind.

The same little win I get after finishing my shift at Morrisons, Having spent six hours of stacking produce I need a trip to the coffee aisle. It’s that time again where my faithful Costa Coffee branded caddy has run empty. Having spent the better part of four months on Columbian Coffee blends my taste buds, and my caffeine addiction is wanting to go somewhere else.

I decided to try a Guatemalan Blend and what better blend to try than Morrisons The Best Guatemalan Ground Blend. Described by Morrisons as “Intense, Full flavoured roast and ground coffee with a sweet, nutty flavour”. The aroma of the grounds is sweet, the smell of lightly sweetened Italian blend.

As the water is poured into my trusting French press, The dark and chocolatey brown colour begins to dance away into a Deeping stout black with just a hint of foam at the top, The plunger makes little work of blend and goes down in a smooth swift motion.

As the blend mixes with milk, this is where the nutty flavour really comes alive, on the first swig of the blend the sweet nuttiness begins to dance on the tongue and gently down the back of my throat. Unlike with some number four blends which usually wires you straight away, the Guatemalan has a gentle release. As with each sip, the gentle giant continued to warm you up and giving that all-important caffeine hit.

However soft this blend is. It is by far more powerful than the average house blend, Not quite espresso strong but way stronger than the laid back anytime Americano. This is a blend that doesn’t need to be served black to give a kick thanks to the rich and volcanic soil of Guatemala.

Morrisons, The Best Guatemalan Ground Blend, is best drank as a breakfast coffee or as midway through the day pick me up, Perfect for a post-work or Pre-work coffee especially if you work in retail.

HDH Score: 9/10

Hot Drink Heaven: A Fika For One

My life has been incredibly hectic as of late, I’ve started working full time for the summer before my upcoming university embankment, having to start at 07:00 on one week and on another at 14:00, Time to myself has become something sought after.

In my search for quality time, I stumbled upon the Swedish concept of Fika, in Swedish culture a Fika is a coffee break where we catch up with our peers and enjoy quality time together over a coffee and biscuits.

It’s a big social thing for the Swedish, similar to our concept of going on the sesh after work. But at this Fika its just going to be me and my faithful MacBook

A Fika wouldn’t be complete without the key element, coffee! And today’s Fika break is accompanied with the Taylors of Harrogate Fika blend. More mellow than my usual coffee type. Described as “A serene crisp roast with mellow flavours of toffee and hazelnut”.

The aroma of sweet toffee and the crunchy hazelnut shine through instantly. An enticing and beautiful combination, as the hot water landed on the grounds forming the delightfully dark colour.

After blending the coffee for 5 minutes, the plunge came down and the dark brown became a more relaxed light brown with the milk. That first sip and the gentle roast hits the tongue. The hazelnut and toffee compliment the caffeine. 

After each sip, I want more! So much so that I may make another, extending my Fika even further. Although it’s better with friends so I’ll stick to only one. A brilliant blend and one I’ll happily suggest when my friends come over and join me In a Fika.

Does into Hot Drink Heaven? No doubt what so ever 

Score? 5/5 

Will I drink it again?  Definitely even with or without friends