Food & Drink notes

Roast with most; True Brit; Cheshire pleasures; Feeling chilli?

An atlas is useful when you shop for coffee. The Roastmaster's Selection from the connoisseur's favourite, Union Coffee Roasters, consists of hand-roasted, limited-edition, single-estate coffees. The first comes from the Pandok Gajah region of Sumatra (£2.85 for 227g from Waitrose). Starbucks also has limited-edition coffees from single estates. But its La Candelilla Estate from Costa Rica's Tarrazu region costs, gulp, £8.95 for 226g.

True Brit

There's no more wholehearted supporter of British Food Fortnight (www.britishfoodfortnight.co.uk, kicks off today) than our own Mark Hix. His recipes honour our seasons and regions, with soups from Scotch broth to London particular, Lancashire hotpot, and puddings from Eton mess to Sussex pond. All reasons to buy 'British Food' (Quadrille, £7.99).

Cheshire pleasures

Already on the gourmet radar for its International Cheese Show, at this weekend's Nantwich Food & Drink Festival (www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk) the focus is more local. That means 2,000 regionally produced gourmet foods, an impressive 90 stalls in the Gourmet Food Marquee, and 30 producers at the farmers' market in town today and tomorrow. The Market Hall opens on Sunday for the first time in history. Guided beer and wine tastings (find your own way home) and kids' kitchen, too.

Feeling chilli?

Chuck out those dusty jars of stale spices and look for the new Bart Delicatessen selection of organic herbs and spices from the independent Bristol-based spice trader. Soil Association approved, the 30 herbs and spices have been sourced from all over the world - black peppercorns and ground turmeric from India (£1.69 a jar), and these fruity-flavoured dried Aji Amarillo chillies (£2.79 for a tube) from Peru. Every jar or clear plastic tube has a recipe printed on the pack. And once you've used one soaked Aji Amarillo chilli in the Peruvian ceviche, you'll still have two left. Find them in good food shops and organic stores including Fresh & Wild and from www.bartdelicatessen.com.

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