Monthly Archives: October 2017

October 24, 2017

Get to Know Origin Coffee Growers

“Good coffee depends on good relationships”

So say Origin Coffee, a roasting company devoted to bringing you high-quality beans through direct trade. Blending the perfect cup and highlighting the best roast is by no means the beginning of the story with any coffee, and Origin want you to know this. Their speciality coffee is traceable right back to its farmers and pickers, with a sweetness that can only come from strong ethical practices and support. Growing coffee in this sustainable manner has allowed them to gain an understanding of their employees across the world and ultimately afford them the chance to tell their story.

Stories really are at the heart of Origin’s work. They’ve travelled the globe to select the best flavours from the best farms, listening to their farmers, workers, and families every step of the way. Their trade practices highlight the respect Origin have for the generational stories and expertise surrounding their coffee. From these rural beginnings, Origin coffee is transported to its roasting centre for the next stage of bean magic.

Origin pay as much attention to their roasting process as they do to growing coffee. Their roasting process revolves around a Loring Smart roaster, which they diligently check over a period of days to ensure they hit their sweet spot. Colour, form, and smell are checked as the roasting process takes place, requiring an intense combination of understanding of the craft and instinctive reaction to the bean’s best state. It’s a process as human as the sourcing and growing stages that comes before it, a deeply personal roasting solution that emphasises intuition over cold, hard production – a feature of Origin coffee that persists throughout every bean’s journey.

Through their inspirational attention to their sourcing process and dedication to realising their product’s full potential, Origin have demonstrated that growing coffee is by no means a small venture. Origin give their coffee a personal touch through the amazing stories they share with it. The stories of their farmers, families, heritage, and culture. The stories that come alive with every sip.

October 24, 2017

Spice Up Your Coffee With These 5 Autumnal Ingredients

There’s more to getting into the spirit of autumn than drinking pumpkin spice lattes, and that’s where we come in. Below are some great ingredients for a warming autumn coffee:

  1. Swap your sugar for some maple syrup

Maple syrup is widely considered a healthier alternative to sugar, and it’s especially soul-warming in the autumn months. To avoid a sweetness overload, simply use three-quarters of maple syrup for the amount of sugar you would usually use. A warmer, oaky flavour will give any cold November morning a moment of calm.

2. Try out a Mexican Mocha for a spicy twist

If you’re after something a little warmer for those crisp autumnal months, try swapping your autumn coffee for a Mexican Mocha. A rich hit of chocolate with the warmth of cinnamon and tingle of spice to get the blood moving and the mind firing await in this autumn treat.

3. Create your own spiced syrup

Once you’ve experimented with your own coffee syrups, there’s no going back. Simply select some ingredients (hint: oaky spices are perfect for autumn coffee), stew with some sugar and water, or perhaps some stewed apples, strain, and pour a little into your brew. Spices that work perfectly here are nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom.

4. Add nutmeg

Speaking of nutmeg, it’s seriously autumnal. Even if you don’t fancy going the whole hog with your own autumn coffee syrup, try grating some nutmeg into your coffee. A gingerbread-y warmth that’s second to none will soon fill your cup – just be sure your nutmeg is fresh for maximum flavour.

5. Dirty Chai Latte

A Dirty Chai can be achieved by combining a chai latte with an extra shot of espresso. The sweet warmth of Chai is guaranteed to thaw your frozen hands as soon as you wrap them around this autumnal haven.


October 3, 2017

Discover Some of Exeter’s Best Acoustic Acts

Can’t wait until Friday? We know the feeling! Sometimes the week simply feels far too long and you need a little of Exeter’s live music to keep you going. With the week drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to soak up some of the best live music in Exeter. What’s more, you can do so with a glass of your favourite wine and the chilled-yet-sophisticated atmosphere of Arti’s at night.

Live music in Exeter is best enjoyed in a cosy, intimate setting, filled with your friends and music-lovers alike. Our famous South West weather makes a warm huddle around a guitar the perfect way to spend a rainy autumn evening. So, let the drinks flow as the smooth music fills the air.

We handpick the live music in Exeter, meaning you get to experience some of the best local talents up close and personal. With such a wealth of musical talent in the South West, we’re never short of lively and entertaining acts to bring our evenings together with their impressive abilities. From toe-tapping bands to tear-jerking solo performances, there’s always an undiscovered maestro in our midst.

Combine some of the best live music in Exeter with one of the best-stocked bars in the city and you have yourself a great evening, whatever the day of the week. With a wide range of wines and a craft beer stock ready to burst at the seams, there’s always a new tipple to try alongside the atmospheric tunes of our acoustic acts. The Exeter live music scene is thriving, so there’s no better time to discover new artists and enjoy the delights of one of the best bars in town at the same time!

We host live music in Exeter on Mondays and Thursdays. After the stress of a Monday afternoon, we all need some smooth relaxation, so pop down for our Monday Night Jazz sessions. Or, if you’re in need of a mid-week pick me up there’s always Acoustic Thursdays where you can sample the delights of a dynamic array of live acts.

October 3, 2017

Let’s Start A New Trend: Dine, Then Wine

We get the appeal of dinner and drinks out but we also know that it comes at a price. When it comes to the perfect wine bar, Reading is full of well-stocked cellars. So, if you find yourself eyeing up the wine menu before food even crosses your mind, then we have the perfect evening for you…

Ditch the dine.

Sure, it’s enjoyable to splash out on a delectable meal, and take it from us we enjoy an evening meal well spent. Sometimes, though, you just need to grab a bite at home and then kick back with a good bottle of vino in the cosy atmosphere of a wine bar. Reading benefits from a lively nightlife, so whether you are searching for a romantic spot to show a special someone or a lively hangout for your Friday night splurge, there’s always room for a wine night at Artigiano’s.

There’s no better way to sample the delights of a variety of different wines. Awaiting you is a fully-stocked cellar catering to a number of different wine tastes and experiences as well as our team of expert bartenders on hand to nudge you towards your new favourite tipple. Why up the cost of your evening when you can get straight to the good stuff and spend less while you’re at it?

When it comes to deciding on your chosen wine bar, Reading can offer a strong selection. However, if you’re looking for a relaxing, chilled space with a sophisticated, dynamic vibe to share some of the best wines around, nothing beats Artigiano’s. Devoting your evening to the joys of the grape allows you to concentrate on the specific flavours and tones of the fine wines on offer. You never know, it might be just the focus you need to discover the subtle notes of your new go-to!

And if you’re feeling peckish by the end of the night, there’s always our famous nibbles selection to keep your taste buds awake!