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I’m a Chef-I Love Cooking
I’m a Sommelier – I Love Wine
and… I’m a Barista – I Love Coffee
That is why, I will compete again in Brewers Cup this year.
The competition will take place in Belfast 10-11th of March. (edit.)
If anybody would like to support me or just watch the 20 competitors, please don’t be shy and join us at Bailies Coffee Roasters in Belfast.
This year I will try to rule the world with
Keeps the Fingers Crossed 🙂
This will be very subjective post. My personal preferences and my taste.
If somebody will not agree with-please write a comment below 😉
But, let’s start at the end. If you are beginner in the wine knowledge or just having a wine time to time, please – don’t be hesitate to visit a speciality wine shop and look for an assistant with your next wine’s shopping.
The guys who work there, have a knowledge and ability to help you each time when you visit the shop.
To the point.
I bought 3 (three) bottles of Vinho Tinto (red, table wine) all from Douro Valley in 3 (three) different Irish shops.
All of them are young, very simple, entry level or basic labels of producers from DOC DOURO (North of Portugal).
All of them are very similar with varietal content: Tinto Roriz, Touring Nacional, Touring Franca, Tinto Barroca.
There are most important and very popular grapes in Portugal.
On the assumption that entry level Douro reds should be: red fruit forward in nose, similar in taste with medium to full body, high acidity and with hint of spices in finish, I was looking for those factors.
For my own fun or to be more objective, I wrapped bottles into a thin foil and I did a blind tasting.
(if you looking on the photos-I tasted wines from left to right)
All of them had a deep, purple red colour, high acidity, and predominant red fruits in aroma, like strawberries.
Alcohol ABV: 13-13,3%
First bottle: Caves do Monte-Vinhos – Alma da Vinha Douro DOC 2013 (LIDL about €8)
High in tannin, not very well integrated with fruits. I had a filing like drinking a cranberry juice. The fruit were hidden under acidity and tannins.
(2013 not a greates vintage in Douro – harvesttime rains spoiled a bid for exceptional quality)
Middle bottle: Vincente Faria Vinhos – Animus Douro DOC 2015 (ALDI about €8)
Sweet strawberry and wild red fruits in nose. On the palete, Strawberries, Wild Strawberries some Blueberries, soft tannins, little bit fuller body than previous wine. Nice, pleasant finish.
I enjoyed that glass.
Last bottle: Quinta do Crasto – Crasto Douro DOC 2015 (Wines Direct €16)
Dark, bramble fruits in nose. I was expecting the same in taste. What a disappointment. High acidity, and again red fruits like cranberry. Dry tannins and short finish.
The winner is easy to announce: Animus 2015 by Vincent Faria.
To be honest, I know his wines and there where always good quality bottles. But in other hand, I knew the Quinta do Crasto reserva and I was hoping that entry level wine will be good also.
Over all, back to the begging: which is best to buy? Go for €8 bottles from Aldi and enjoy nice example of entry level DOURO red wines 🙂
For better bottles-better go to specialist shops like Wines Direct as you will not find a good examples of huge red in supermarkets.
Thanks and Sláinte
Yep. Another coffee’s competition. This time I will try to reach the same high level as last year:)
2nd place was tasted good, but is it possible to be a First this year?
We will see at 10th of August.
The Irish Aeropress Championship is host this year by 3fe at the 32 Lower Grand Canal St, Dublin, Ireland.
Will you be there as well? 🙂
“Żurek” – Sour Rye Soup with White Sausage and Pickled Eggs.
120 ml. wholemeal rye flour,
240 ml. room-temperature, but previously boiled water,
2 cloves of slightly crushed garlic,
2 bay leaves,
2-3 allspice berries.
Boil water and use it to rinse an interior of the glass or clay jar. Set aside to cool. Add wholemeal rye flour to the jar and pour water. Stir the mixture to form a uniform slurry. Add spices – 2 cloves of slightly crushed garlic, 2 bay leaves, 2-3 allspice berries.
Cover the jar with a piece of gauze or linen cloth. Do not close it with the lid, since the sour needs some fresh air. Set aside for about 3-5 days in a warm place and give it a stir just once a day. Let it mature and the sour will gain a distinct sour smell and taste.
Now, your sour is ready to be used for the soup. Store any leftover in the refrigerator, in a closed glass jar or bottle.
4 hardboiled eggs,
250ml of beetroot sour.
Peel the hardboiled eggs and place them into a large jar of beetroot sour.
Leave them for overnight (if you wish to have just the rim of purple color or for 3 days if you wish to get a full purple color of whites.
1 carrot, half of a parsley, a quarter of a leek, and a small piece of a raw celery root,
2 medium-sized onions,
2 garlic cloves,
5 allspice berries.
2 bay leaves,
1-2 juniper berries,
3 medium-sized potatoes,
2 teaspoons of horseradish,
240 rye sours,
250g of Polish raw sausage (white sausage),
100g of smoked pork belly,
2-3 teaspoons of marjoram,
4-5 tablespoons of sour cream (~18% fat),
Hardboiled, pickled eggs, Fresh Marjoram, Camelina Sativa oil.
Wash, peel and cut 2 medium sized onions and burn them on dry. Add at the end 1 teaspoon of Marjoram. It will allow realizing the aromatic oils of it.
And the smoked pork belly, 1 carrot, half of a parsley, a quarter of a leek, and small piece of a raw celery root. Put them into a large pot and cover with water. Add garlic (2 peeled cloves), 5 allspice berries, 2 bay leaves and, optionally, 1-2 juniper berries. Boil gently for about one hour, then drain the vegetables and save the broth.
In the meantime, wash, peel and dice 3 medium sized potatoes. Add them to stock and simmer until soft. Then blend it to the creamy consistency.
Now, add 250ml of rye sour to your vegetable broth (now without vegetables). Stir both ingredients and boil for about 5 minutes. Add the Horseradish to taste.
Cut Polish raw sausage (white sausage) into thick slices and fry it a bit in the frying pan.
To the soup add 2-3 teaspoons of marjoram, sausage slices.
Cook the soup until it gets an intense aroma of meat and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste, then turn the heat off. Add 3-5 tablespoons of sour cream (~18% fat). Stir the soup, but do not boil it any longer.
Serve while still hot, with a cut in half hard-boiled, pickled eggs, fresh marjoram, and Camelina Sativa Oil.
This is a competition for Baristas and people who love coffee plus a bit of fun.
15 Participants will take part in a Black Coffee brewing battle reviewed by three judges.
The event will take place at LEGIT COFFEE CO. 1 Meath Mart, Meath Street. The Liberties. D8 on Sunday 2nd, July 2017.
The Coffee Contest is open to public (1eur + booking fee).
The Idea is to engage the local community and the dublin coffee culture.
Sandwiches, Canapés, Pastry platters, beers will be provided by our sponsors.
Coffee: All participants must use the same coffee bean provided by our sponsor Baobab Coffee Roaster.
Water: All participants must use the same still mineral water Ashbeck – Tesco provided by our sponsor LEGIT COFFEE CO.
Equipment/ Grinder: All participant can used their own grinders and brewing devices. An EK 43 (Turkish Blades) will be Provided by our sponsor LEGIT COFFEE CO.
Process: By group of three, competitors will have 10 mins to brew one coffee using one preferred extraction method and present it to the judges for evaluation.
Elimination round: three judges will score the coffees using the Specialty Coffee Association’s World Brewers Cup scoresheet (compulsory round http://www.worldcoffeeevents.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2017-WBrC-Compulsory-Service-Scoresheet.pdf ).
Final: Finalists will have 12 mins to brew their coffee using their preferred extraction method.
The same scorecard will be used by the judges to elect the winer of the first LIBERTIES BREWERS CUP.
Prices: Hampers (coffee, voucher, beers, brewing kit) will be given to the first 3 places.
DOOR OPEN from 1p.m.
First Competitors from 2p.m.
The Irish Brewers Cup Competition 2017 is over.
Ireland has a new Champ: Stephen Houston from Bailies Coffee Company.
Big, Big Congrats to him and to all Competitors, Judges, Host, and Sponsors.
From my point of view, it was a great experience to me and I wish to try again next year.
I would like to say Thanks to all my supporters. You rock Guys!
Below my recipe and brewing method.
Coffee Roaster: Johannes Bayer (JB KAFFEE, Munich/Germany)
Roast day: 29th of March 2017.
Coffee: Kenya – Nyeri Region, Ruthaka Farmer’s Cooperative Society,
Altitude of 1,650 – 1,700.
Variety: SL28, SL34
Harvest: November/December 2016
Process: Fully Wash
Water: Total TDS: 117
Mineral content: Mg 60 %,
Ca 33,3 %,
Na 6,7 %
Temperature: (Brewing Start Point) 96 °C
Brewing Method: Kalita Wave 185
Dose: 16g Coarse Grind by Comandante Nitro Blade – hand, conical burrs grinder.
Total Water: 240g
Total brew time: 2.40 min
Extraction Yield: 19.67
The coffee is very complex. It has a pronounced aroma of Dark Plums followed by Blackcurrants, Carmel, and Hibiscus. Have a lively acidity balanced by a good level of sweetness. In the taste, you will find the same Plums, tannins like from Red Cherries but also Mulberry and some hint of Hazelnuts. This coffee has a medium, round body (so characteristic for African coffees), sparkling mouthfeel and leaves a great, long aftertaste with Blackcurrant, Hibiscus notes, and some black tea hits.
Woohaa. New Guest Coffee just arrived to Dublin 8.
The very well known in Germany, the Bonanza Coffee from Berlin is right now available in LEGIT Coffe Co on Meath Street.
You can try their espresso blend and grab some their filter roast ratial bags:
All bags are 350g.
My last Pop-Up was all about the Seafood.
Because, I had few questions how to make the soup, which been served with Riesling Kabinett, I decided to write this recipe.
You can fallow straight as it is, or (my recommendation) change it/twisted as much as you wish.
I never follow the recipes 😉
Spicy Tomatoes and Seafood Soup
200g of Peeled and Deveined King Prawns,
2 Squid Tubes,
400g of canned Pelati Tomatoes,
2 clove (European) Garlic,
1 small bunch of fresh Lovage,
50g of dried MUN Mushrooms,
3 whole balls of Allspice,
3 dried Bay Leaves,
3 Tbsp. of Olive Oil,
1 punnet of Cherry Tomatoes
4 dried corns of Pepperoncino,
Zest from one Lime,
4 tsp. Fresh Cream,
Salt, Pepper, Sugar (to taste)
1. Firstly, soak the MUN Mushrooms overnight (if you don’t have that much time, try as long as possible).
Prepare you vegetables: Peel the Shallots, Garlic and chop them finely.
Spoon 2 tbsp. olive oil into a deep heavy-based pan and heat it over a low heat. Hold your hand over the pan until you can feel the heat rising from the oil, then tip in the onion and garlic.
Reduce the heat to low and cook the vegetables until they’re soft (stir them often). Add the bunch of Lovage and Spices. After 2 min, add the canned tomatoes and pepperoncino. Increase the heat to medium again.
Strain the MUN Mushrooms and chopped them roughly. Add them to the tomatoes.
Simmer all about 15 minutes and you should stir them two or three times so they cook evenly and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Now, you need to blend it, so place it in to the food processor and make a purée (just save some MUN mushrooms for final garnish).
Then pressed through the fine strainer (use the metal spoon to do it).
Pour it to the soup pot and step the tomatoes’ base on the low heat.
Heat the heavy sauce pan to high heat. Place the squid tubes and fried them 1 min on both sides.
Cut the fried tubes in to rings.
Wash the pan and pre-heat again to fry the prawns as same as squids: 1 min on each side.
Add, fried seafood to the tomatoes’ base. Simmer for about 10 min. Your soup is almost ready.
Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
Pre-heat the oven 185°C, place the whole vine of tomatoes of baking tray, sprinkle them by Olive Oil and season with salt & pepper.
Roast them until the skins burst.