Radio 4 and the Food Programme

First Published - April 19, 2010

We had the delightful Sheila Dillon visit last week along with food broadcaster Dan Saladino to record a special for BBC Radio 4’s the Food Programme on coffee. We had an intense morning session: Jeremy cupped Konga Yirgacheffe, Lambari pulped natural and Los Crestones with Sheila. They were charming and we talked at length about everything from sourcing & certification schemes to origin flavour attributes, appellation & cultivars. Our very modish Matt demonstrated performance art whilst roasting 8kg batch Lambari. Unfortunately, as the beans cooled in the tray, the closing arm of the cooling tray got knocked causing about 1Kg to hit the deck. A tad mortified but fortunately not broadcasted!

So it’s a shame there was no hope of including more detail on the programme. They had an ambitious brief to cover everything that’s going on in the coffee scene. It was great to hear Daniel Young (young&foodish.com) giving a compressed overview of the skilful craft of the barista, and Stephen Hurst (Mercanta), eloquent on what continues to attract and drive upward interest in the joy of coffee. Maybe its just me but I don’t get the point of including how instant is made, & POD’s ?? surely not.

One twitter follower, Zach Beauvais, summed it up:

“Why the HELL are they talking about pod-coffee? bleurgh, bleurgh, sputter, tin-aluminium flavours coming forward. I’m getting burnt-erasers and charcoal mixed with rusty tins and… hmm? Fish? My take on coffee suppositories ;)“

Hear Jeremy slurp & Matt roast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rzmhb

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