We get another day of the 2022 Coffee Spot Awards shortlists underway with the “Best Saturday Supplement” Award, won in 2021 by Frozen Solid Coffee Project. The Saturday Supplement is a place where I can write about coffee, coffee-related events, places which I liked but which didn’t really fit into the category of a Coffee Spot and frankly, anything else that takes my fancy! This Award recognises the best of this year’s Saturday Supplements.
Just so we’re clear on this, the Award is not about my writing (that would be far too self-serving). It’s about the actual subjects that I’m writing about, which this year were rather thin on the ground. I wrote a few Travel Spots this year, plus various Coffee Spot Guides, all of which take up slots that would normally go to Saturday Supplements. I also wrote a few series about the same subject, and while each was a standalone piece in its own right, it would feel indulgent to enter them all into this year’s shortlist.
You can see the shortlist after the gallery.
There are five Saturday Supplements on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.
Making Coffee at Home: Cloth Filters
I started the year by exploring the virtues of making coffee with various reusable cloth filters (known as Coffee Socks). These are used in various pour-over methods (such as V60 and Chemex) instead of paper filters. While they do reduce overall waste, the downside is that there is a lot more cleanup involved.
Making Coffee at Home: Soulhand Vacuum Canister
Continuing the Making Coffee at Home series, I looked at the Souldhand Vacuum Canister. Vacuum canisters, as the name suggests, work by removing (almost) all the air from the canister, which, in theory keeps the coffee fresh for longer. This is the first of two posts, which considered the practicality of the vaccum canister, while the second looked at how well it in keeping the coffee fresh.
In all I wrote three posts about the Coffee Gator Espresso Machine, a low budget home espresso machine which I expected to hate, but somehow ended up liking. However, I had my frustrations with it, with the second and third posts in the series looking at various ways in which the Coffee Gator could be improved.
Our fourth entry is all about a wonderful project from James Hoffmann, who bought a restored 1958 Faema President lever espresso machine, which was then installed in the legendary Prufrock Coffee on Leather Lane in Shoreditch. The Il Grifone in the title was a bespoke espresso blend roasted specifically for the restored machine, which Prufrock offered side-by-side with a shot of Red Brick.
Sticking with the theme of comparing coffee, our final entry is from the Bonanza Coffee Roastery in Berlin. As well as being a fabulous coffee shop in its own right, the roastery offers the chance to compare three different filter coffees in a unique tasting flight, where each coffee is brought out to you separately by your barista. Bonanza Coffee has also been shortlisted for the Best Filter Coffee Award.
The winner will be announced on Monday, 2nd January. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the other 19 Coffee Spot Awards for 2022.
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