When you know the sunset’s gonna be a good ‘un, there’s only one place to go.
And no, I’m not sick of Godrevy yet. I’ve spent a lot of time here over the past few months and you just can’t ever get bored of it. Whether it’s exploring rock pools, climbing rocks and jumping into the sea, walks around the headland, picnics on the sand, or BBQs in the field above, it feels new and magical each and every time I go.
Not to mention the stunning backdrop of Godrevy lighthouse and St. Ives bay. If you haven’t yet watched the sun set here, you’re missing out!
On a mission to take some sunset photos and make the most of a warm sunny evening with a BBQ (of course, what else is Summer for?), we set up our picnic spot at the edge of the field with panoramic views of the beach and bay.
I was recently given a few packs of fresh coffee to try by Spiller & Tait, an award-winning coffee brand based in the rolling hills of Devon, and brought some along with me to our picnic as the group were keen to taste it too! Being a local brand in the South West, I was excited to hear about the different blends Spiller & Tait offer, as well as their commitment to sourcing their beans ethically.
Mug from Magna Foris
I absolutely love coffee, but am highly sensitive to caffeine so I don’t drink it that often. However, when I do, I’d much rather it be good coffee by a local brand! My knowledge of coffee isn’t fantastic though, hence why I had to rope some coffee-connoisseur friends in to help me have a proper tasting sesh.
I mean, Jack even brought his cafetiere to the beach because he didn’t approve of my percolator brewing, so I can only assume he is nothing short of an expert in this field. Here are his thoughts…
“Before I buy new coffee blends I liked to read the side of the bag to see if I’ll like the characteristics of coffee, and I was starting to think I was becoming at least an amateur coffee enthusiast. A lot of the time I question myself as to whether I can actually taste the characteristics expressed on the bag or whether I just think I do because that’s what I’ve read… Basically, I had come to terms with the fact that coffee isn’t like a packet of crisps in the sense that, to me the difference between prawn cocktail and salt & vinegar is much more obvious than the differences in coffee blends.
However, this coffee genuinely surprised me with the amount of flavour it contains. If I’m honest I’m not entirely sure what flavours they were, I think I tasted chocolate, but that is because anything else I currently have to compare it to now seems flavourless. This has taken me to a whole new level of coffee tasting.”
Hat from Passenger Clothing
We were trying the Colombian Huila blend; with berry and milk chocolate hints, the smell of this stuff is incredible! It’s smooth and not bitter at all (due to the Arabica beans apparently!)… so much so that I’ve been drinking it without any sweeteners at all, which is unusual for me if I’m honest.
Everyone agreed that you could taste the chocolate, and all round positive ‘Mmhmmm’ noises pretty much gave it the review it deserved! Also Dean said that it blew his mind and reminded him of being sat in the mountains without a care in the world, so there’s that.
They’re currently offering 50% off on their taster packs (4 big bags of their different blends!), which I think is a bargain. It’s going to take me weeks to get through this (I may require more help…)!
With BBQ buns in one hand and coffee in the other, we watched the sun set behind St. Ives and stayed until it was dark – it was beautiful!
* I was sent this coffee to try but opinions are all my own (and my friends’…)