Based in London, Long and Short have been around since at least 2016 going by their oldest blog post. They’re a roaster who are really proud to offer small batch, third-wave speciality coffee and after sampling two of their offerings, they have every right to be proud of what they’re producing. Before we get into today’s coffees, let’s take a look at their website.
The site design is one of the louder ones I’ve seen, eschewing the usual plain white approach of many speciality roasters and instead going for something that wouldn’t look out of place on Cartoon Network. It’s certainly striking, but it’s easy enough to navigate, with the assorted product links easily located near the top of the page.
They don’t just sell coffee, oh no. There’s also tea, drinking chocolate, assorted merch and for those with very deep pockets you can even buy yourself a La Marzocco coffee machine. One day I will own a Linea Mini. One day. For now, though, all I can do is coo at the pretty pictures and try not to lick the machines when I see them in person.
In terms of products on offer there’s four different coffees currently available, ranging from £9 to £16 –
- “Peng Editions #4 – Shady Colombia
- Bombe – Ethiopia
- Chinguel – Peru
- Decaf – Peru
There’s also a subscription service (at a fairly reasonable £10 a bag, with includes any super-special editions at no extra cost) or the option to buy three of the coffees in a bundle at a discount. You can buy them as whole beans, ground for a variety of different methods, or even as green beans if you want to try roasting yourself!
Ordering was simple enough, postage was a fairly reasonable at £3.23 for two bags. The shipping cost does increase per bag, though they also offer free postage for any order over £30. So what did I go for?
Let’s talk about the Chinguel from Peru first. Holy CRAP. That is, without a doubt, the juiciest, fruitiest coffee I have ever tasted. It was almost overwhelming. Almost. In my Bialetti Mini or my Rok EspressoGC it made a very, very potent little espresso.
The problem with it, however, is that it was so strong, so fruity, that using it to make a milk-based drink like a latte or cortado was just sort of weird. You ended up with this strongly fruity-tasting milk drink and while I’m partial to a strawberry or even a lime milkshake every now and again, I found it an unpleasant combination. Definitely one to use for a black Americano or a flat white, something made primarly with water.
The Debela, on the other hand? That’s one I’d buy again. I definitely enjoy Ethiopian coffees above any others, I’ve actually got a Djimma currently sitting in the kitchen, waiting for me to get stuck in when this batch is done. It’s a proper all rounder. I’ve had it in the Rok, the Bialetti, a cafetiere/french press and even in my siphon and it makes a lovely cup. Latte, Americano, straight-up espresso, it’s a solid performer regardless of how you have it.
If you like your coffees on the juicy side of things, or if you’re looking for a very reasonably priced subscription service to try out, Long and Short are definitely worth your time and your money.