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IWC Trophy winning sake tasting at Japanese Embassy London July 2018

Wow. I actually copied and pasted the title of this post from another one from almost a year ago. Most of the entries on this blog are a personal project to post a translation/summary of a Japanese news article a… Continue Reading →

Event report: Kura Master tasting 28 May 2018

As you know, I complain all the time about the limited choices for sake in Zurich (I just found another place that stocks small brewery sake!) even compared to Geneva. For a really good choice, I thought I had to… Continue Reading →

Tasting: Nigori and chocolate 2

We’re back for more nigori and chocolate!  We enjoyed the first attempt to ask “does nigori go with chocolate?” so much (mainly by countering with “which form of chocolate?”) that we wrote up a short list of what other forms… Continue Reading →

Tasting: Nigori and chocolate

It all started out innocently enough. I was talking to someone about dark chocolate and they asked me what sake would go with it.  Maybe nigori, I thought? Although I’d had it before with chocolatey desserts, I hadn’t tried it… Continue Reading →

UK Tea Academy Tea Champion Course Review

I have to admit that I love continuous professional development. Learning. Pieces of paper with letters. So I planned two weeks of learning about tea, coffee and chocolate in London in August and September 2017, and even managed to squeeze… Continue Reading →

Coffee tasting at MAME 24 September 2017

On Sunday 24 September I hurried to MAME for their semi-regular monthly tasting, which may not be happening in October as they’re closing briefly for a refit! Emi mentioned that they plan to have more seating, which would be great…. Continue Reading →

September 2017 round-up

Wow. I can’t believe I haven’t posted since July. The problem with going away for an extended period of time is that you have to do a lot of catching up afterwards, and I think I never caught up from… Continue Reading →

London School of Coffee: Sensory analysis and introduction to cupping course

Continuing my training extravaganza, the day after the first day of my tea course I set off on a grey morning to travel out to the London School of Coffee in Kingston Upon Thames for their Introduction to Cupping and… Continue Reading →

WABI 和美 A Taste of Japan Trade day Friday 7 July 2017

This was another rather fortuitous event. After I decided to go to the International Wine Challenge (IWC) sake trophy winners tasting at the Japanese Embassy in London, I followed IWC on Twitter… and they were promoting WABI! As it turned out,… Continue Reading →

IWC Trophy winning sake tasting at Japanese Embassy London July 2017

This was a classic case of a good deed coming back to reward you in expected ways. I gave my brother a ticket to a Sake Service Institute (SSI) tasting for his birthday last year, as a result of which… Continue Reading →

Filter methods comparison at MAME 16 July 2017

The wonderful Emi and Mathieu held another session at MAME on Sunday 16 July, although it wasn’t the same kind of tasting as they had been doing for the last few months! This time they took the exact same coffee…… Continue Reading →

Coffee shop hopping in Cardiff

I spent a few days in Cardiff in May, mostly to attend the conference of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting but also to enjoy a day or two of roaming around the city and getting in as much of… Continue Reading →

(Hot) chocolate tasting: Zotter cardamom

I had prepared some sake and chocolate for tasting (both alone and together) over the May bank holiday weekend, but we didn’t get around to it. Instead, we ticked a very old item off our to-do list and cleared out… Continue Reading →

One coffee six ways: coffee tasting at MAME April 2017

April was busy for MAME, with not one but two tastings! (They held a fruit tasting earlier in the month.)This tasting was much more focused than the ones I’d been to previously. One coffee variety from one farm, processed three ways and… Continue Reading →

Sake and chocolate tasting April 2017

I had only heard about pairing aged sake (koshu, 古酒) with chocolate, so I was surprised when Matthew Headland (@connectniigata) suggested pairing non-aged sakes. I had plenty of chocolate left over from our Easter chocolate tasting, so I decided to… Continue Reading →

Home chocolate tasting Easter 2017

Easter. We’re a big fan of Lindt chocolate bunnies, but this year – after getting into tasting through sake and coffee – I decided to go for an Easter chocolate tasting instead!I had no idea where to start, so after… Continue Reading →

Fruit tasting at MAME

We weren’t organised enough to go anywhere over Easter, so we stayed local, enjoying some long walks with friends and doing a few things around the house. Plus I went to a tasting at MAME and we had a chocolate… Continue Reading →

Chicago coffee tasting at MAME

Mathieu and Emi held a special tasting session at MAME on Sunday 9 April to share some coffees that Mathieu had brought back from a trip to the US, specifically to Chicago.A friend insisted that he visit famous roasters Intelligentsia,… Continue Reading →

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake Review

Why a sake course? Although I had known about sake for years, I developed a keener interest when a Japanese viniculture student whose academic work I had translated starting promoting his national drink – sake. His marketing material for breweries combined… Continue Reading →

Photo gallery: Prufrock Coffee, London

Photo gallery: Gozenshu sake tasting at Sakagura with Tengu Sake

Sake tasting at Shinwazen, March 2017

The very generous Markus Baumgartner is one half of the couple who run the charming Japanese food, drink and gift shop Shinwazen near Zürich Hauptbahnhof. He and his wife Yuko are retired, but active in the Slow Food movement and… Continue Reading →

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