Hello and welcome to the April edition of the Dog and Hat Coffee Subscription.

This month we welcome back Tom and Mick at Red Bank over in the Lake District with a world-exclusive coffee.  We then head up to our favourite coffee city, Edinburgh, to showcase Machina before landing in London to feature both Old Spike and 39 Steps.

So go ahead, have a read for all the info:-)

Please click the link to see the April Dialled In subscription coffee in more detail.

Red Bank (Lake District) - East Timor

Now, Tom and Mick over at Red Bank are amazing... so amazing in fact that they have made it onto our shortlist of 'we need help, something's gone terribly wrong!' people.  In the past they have helped us out a number of times including providing a very last minute coffee replacement when another roaster had let us down.  In the end we loved it as we got to do the coffee swap at a Lake District pub... and that's the way to do business.

However, we thought we would give them a bit more notice this time to allow them to go away and work their sourcing / roasting magic to get us something special... and boy have they delivered.

The coffee that Tom has found for us (and Mick will be roasting) is a world-exclusive, not to be found anywhere else, at all washed coffee from Laclo village in East Timor.  This coffee is part of a great initiative that the importer Raw Materials has been running to improve the quality and consistency of East Timor coffee.

This coffee has quite unusual tasting notes for the region and is reminiscent of a washed Kenya with notes of Blackcurrant and Vine Tomato.

All our subscribers will be receiving this omni-roast coffee to enjoy.

Machina (Edinburgh) - Guatemala

We always love travelling up to Edinburgh and whenever we do we always take a coffee tour around the city.

We've crossed paths with Machina a few times at coffee shows but we've never got around to working together.  We are very pleased to say that is all changing this month, which also coincides with their rebrand launch.

The coffee we have chosen from Machina this month is a washed Guatemala from Finca Villaure in the Huehuetenango region.  For those that have been with us a while, we actually had this coffee last year roasted by Hundred House and it went down really well, so we are thrilled to get the chance to include it again.

It comes with classic Guatemala tasting notes of Milk Chocolate, Nuts, Apple and Orange Zest.

Machina split their roast profiles and this month all our assorted and filter members will be receiving the Filter roast and our espresso members will be receiving the Espresso roast.

Old Spike (London) - Colombia

Old Spike are another wonderful roastery with a real focus on social enterprise. They are the first social enterprise, speciality coffee roastery in the UK training and employing the homeless. They focus on the premium end of the speciality coffee market combining excellent coffee with a strong social and environmental ethos.  They train and employ homeless people within coffee.  They also have a strong environmental message and plant a tree for every bag of coffee they sell.

We first tasted their coffee back in January and were so blown away by the coffee we have selected that we had to kindly ask Old Spike to put all of their stock aside for us ready for this month (which thankfully they were happy to do for us).

The coffee we have chosen is the natural processed Colombia La Palmera.  This coffee is a real fruity banger and comes with a huge hit of tropical fruit (think Mango and Passionfruit) with a refreshing sherbet finish.

We're very excited that all our 3 bag members will be receiving this omni-roast coffee.

39 Steps (London) - Bolivia

Another roaster that we've been trying to work with for a while is 39 Steps based out of Woolwich in South East London.  Dave's family all come from the area so we're always keen to showcase roasters from down there.

The coffee that we have chosen for you is a first for us on the sub - a natural processed Bolivia with notes of Chocolate and Nut with a subtle citrusy flavour... we've been fairly spoiled with high quality naturals recently and this is no exception.

All our 4 bag assorted and espresso members will be receiving the Espresso roast of this coffee and our filter subscribers will be receiving the Filter roast

Dialled In Traditional

Our subscribers on the Traditional subscription this month will be receiving a single origin Colombia from Red Bank and a single origin Honduras from Machina.

Dialled In Decaf

For our Decaf subscribers we have a double Colombia month with both Red Bank and Machina providing us with their take on an E.A decaffeinated coffee.

Dave Morgan
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