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    by Published on 16-04-14 03:37  Number of Views: 47 

    Phil, our director of coffee, is heading out on Easter Sunday to Costa Rica sourcing coffee to add to Origin Coffee’s collection. Phil will be searching all over the country but in particular will be visiting the Western and Central Valley as well as the region of Dota.

    Costa Rica’s flavour profile is renowned generally for its sweetness, making it a good choice for a single origin espresso. We are keen to visit and select from Costa Rica because there is a lot of experimentation going on country wide to the coffee process – we’re excited to see what we can taste.

    Costa Rica is famed for its use of the honey process, which controls the amount of mucilage on the coffee bean. This process, which is another name for a pulped natural process, looks to vary the pressure when removing the honey (or mucilage) creating differentials in taste when roasting. Phil will be tasting the full range of honeyed processes, black, red and yellow.

    We want to see what is possible with coffee from Costa Rica. Phil will be visiting wet mills, dry mills and going direct to farms, thinking about ways to commercialise the producer’s coffee. We want to create a collaboration between exporters and producers in order to find a sustainable long-term partner who can supply the consistency and continuity of quality. We want, as we do with all our coffee, traceability and transparency in our sourcing.

    There is so much possibility in Costa Rica, follow Phil’s progress and experience at origincoffee.co.uk, on Flickr and on Twitter.
    by Published on 02-04-14 09:05  Number of Views: 104 

    The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe has been working with professionals in the coffee industry for more than 15 years, now it’s reaching out to consumers with an exciting new membership programme launching at The London Coffee Festival 2014. The speciality coffee industry is thriving as coffee aficionados flock to artisan cafés across the globe in a bid to indulge their passion for their favourite bean. Keen to encourage this rising interest in speciality coffee, SCAE (pronounced ‘Sky’) is launching a new membership programme especially for consumers. The Coffee Lovers membership is open to anyone who is not commercially involved with the speciality coffee industry and offers consumers a gateway into the coffee community.

    The London Coffee Festival celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene. With over 20,000 visitors expected, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene, making it the perfect place to launch SCAE’s new consumer membership. To help celebrate, 5 percent of all new member fees at the festival will go towards UK Coffee Week’s Project Waterfall Campaign, whilst on the SCAE stand, there will be speciality coffee sample giveaways.

    Membership Manager Jayne Richards said the following regarding the new launch;

    “As a trade association, SCAE has spent the last 15 years working with the industry to improve the quality of coffee in producing and consuming countries but we also recognise the importance of engaging and embracing the most important person within the whole coffee supply chain – you, the consumer. One way that you can help this process is to join our association as a consumer member – Coffee Lover. There are many bene­fits to being a member of SCAE, including receiving free samples of speciality coffee which I hope you will enjoy!”

    Annual membership costs £25+VAT (€30 in euro areas) and benefits include:

    • A one-month free subscription of speciality co­ffee from UK co­ffee roasters, via the Blank Box Company
    • Access to educational courses, information and resources
    • A free subscription to SCAE’s biannual Co­ffee Love magazine
    • Invitations to consumer events and networking opportunities
    • Regular E-Zines with updates on latest co­ffee trends and developments
    • Invitations to co­ffee field trips
    • A SCAE membership badge and certificate

    To find out more about Co­ffee Lovers membership visit SCAE at stand SR29 at The London Co­ffee Festival (3-6 April, http://londoncoffeefestival.com), or log on to scae.com
    by Published on 25-03-14 10:21  Number of Views: 261 

    We are pleased to announce Has Bean has renewed their forum sponsorship and their shiny new banner is now online.

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    Steve and his team have been supporters of Coffee Forums UK for many years now and we think their In My Mug subscription is one of the best ways of exploring the wide range of tastes available in coffee.

    Did you know that you can even buy a Green Coffee IMM Subscription and roast it yourself and compare the tasting notes with the informative and inspirational podcast to accompany your subscription?

    If you're a current IMM subscriber add your username to the list and at the end of April, 1 lucky subscriber will be chosen to win a Has Bean Evolution T-shirt

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    by Published on 03-03-14 09:50  Number of Views: 626 

    Representatives from the coffee industry throughout the globe are set to gather in Rimini, Italy in June for World of Coffee, Rimini 2014. World of Coffee is the premium coffee event in Europe for quality coffee from bean to cup and features the most innovative products and services on the market today. The event is also going to be the stage for the flagship competition for baristas – The World Barista Championship - and will take place 10-12 June at Rimini Trade Fare Centre, Italy.


    The event is organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and with over 5,000 trade visitors expected, over 200 brands showcased, 20 thousand square meters of display space and 50 countries present, excitement is running high as the countdown begins…


    There are three core functions to World of Coffee. 1) It is a multi-faceted exhibition of all the latest innovations in coffee, 2) a training centre dedicated to educating and raising standards for individuals in the coffee world and 3) the stage for the international coffee competitions..


    THE EXHIBITION:

    The exhibition showcases every aspect of coffee production from been to cup including: coffee-producing nations, new technology, the latest trends, the most current models of consumption, and products from around the world, with demonstration areas where the best in specialty coffee and confectionery, fine cuisine, gelato and baking will be brought together for the first time in Rimini.


    THE COMPETITIONS:

    Competitors from across the globe will compete on this world stage for the crown in three world coffee championships that include the flagship World Barista Championship as well as the World Brewers Cup and the World Coffee Roasting Championship. See www.worldcoffeeevents.org

    World Barista Championship, is an annual destination for national barista champions from over 50 countries. In each competition, with numerous local and regional preliminary events, baristas prepare espressos, cappuccinos and original espresso signature drinks to exacting standards for a panel of international judges. World Brewers Cup, highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual brewing techniques and service excellence. With a compulsory service and an open service round competitors prepare three beverages utilizing whole bean coffee provided to them and whole bean coffee of their choosing in a presentation format to focus on the extraction and flavour profiles of each. World Coffee Events debuted the World Coffee Roasting Championship last year at World of Coffee Nice 2013, France. Competitors in the three-stage event will be evaluated on their performance evaluating the quality of green coffee (coffee grading), developing a roasting profile that best accentuates the desirable characteristics of that coffee, and on the ultimate cup quality of coffees roasted




    EDUCATION & TRAINING:

    Education, training, skill building and certification are core objectives of SCAE and the SCAE Coffee Diploma System that brings all of our education courses together into a modular system where coffee enthusiasts can pick and choose courses to match their professional/personal requirements. SCAE brings its prestigious Coffee Diploma System to World of Coffee every year so individuals can, at the show, improve their coffee skills and knowledge, or even get the certification for what they already know through the Coffee Diploma System.


    On the social side, a packed calendar of parallel events will round out the evenings during World of Coffee 2014, taking the fair out of the expo centre through initiatives, events, shows and contests that will bring the Rimini area to life and help turn it into the world’s new coffee capital.



    WHO’S WHO IN WORLD OF COFFEE 2014

    Fiera di Rimini was chosen by SCAE this year to concurrently host the two leading international events in the sector, World of Coffee and the World Barista Championship, due to the HoReCa expertise it has developed through one of the strongest, most comprehensive exhibition programmes in the sector.

    Speciality Coffee of Europe (SCAE) is the world’s leading professional organization for promoting quality coffee, bringing together some 1500 professionals from the coffee industry.
    SCAE's prime goal is to raise coffee standards, spreading knowledge and education through active training and a certification programme (the Coffee Diploma System), its internationally prominent event World of Coffee, and an array of world championships.

    World Coffee Events (WCE) is the umbrella organization uniting the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and the Speciality Coffee Association of America (SCAA); its aim is to promote quality coffee through targeted events and through seven world coffee competitions, including the World Barista Championship, the World Coffee Roasting Championship and the World Brewers Cup.


    www.it.worldofcoffee-rimini.com
    by Published on 03-03-14 09:26  Number of Views: 614 

    Dusty Ape has come onboard as a forum sponsor.

    They have a generous 20% off their single origin beans with the code CFUK20

    In addition they are this months 'Darker Side of Life' featured roaster.

    Follow Dusty Ape on Twitter @dustyape or follow them on Facebook

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    Click the picture above to head straight to the Dusty Ape website and buy some beans.
    by Published on 20-02-14 09:56  Number of Views: 703 

    Hove based Small Batch Coffee Company have come onboard as a forum sponsor.

    Coffee Forums UK members can enjoy a 20% discount off all Single Origin Coffee during February and March 2014

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    Click the banner above to visit the Small Batch Coffee Company website

    Follow Small Batch Coffee Company on Twitter @SmallBatchCC
    by Published on 07-02-14 11:13  Number of Views: 717 

    Please welcome aboard Cornwall based Origin Coffee Roasters as new Coffee Forums UK sponsors.

    Origin Coffee can be contacted via their website http://origincoffee.co.uk or via Twitter @origincoffee

    Please drop by their website, buy some beans and enter the discount code shown when purchasing their Buziraguhinwa beans from Burundi.
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    click the origin banner above to go to the Origin Coffee Roasters website
    by Published on 02-12-13 11:59  Number of Views: 1801 

    Brewing great coffee also requires the best tools, so who wouldn’t want a beautifully designed scale to complement their brewing equipment.

    The Acaia Minimalist Coffee Brewing Scale is able to be used with most filter brewing methods (including French Presses, V60 dripper, Chemex, Woodneck etc) and as a device for weighing grounds.

    The Acaia Minimalist Coffee Brewing Scale has been designed to provide the precision & consistency you need for brewing the perfect cup of coffee

    To see a video of the Acaia Coffee Brewing Scale in action visit
    www.acaia.co and the Kickstarter page

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    Do let us know if you have pledged towards the Kickstarter goal. I'd love to hear about your experiences.

    I will also have a unit for review in early January.
    by Published on 12-10-13 01:06  Number of Views: 815 

    On Sunday 10 August 2014 I will be pedalling my way around London and through the beautiful Surrey countryside - taking part in RideLondon-Surrey 100 for Asthma UK.

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    As a child I developed Asthma so this is a huge challenge for me and I'm determined to complete this event to raise as much money as I can for a cause close to my heart.

    Three people die every single day because of asthma and Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to changing this. All the money I raise will help to fund research to find new treatments for asthma and ultimately a cure. Asthma UK's dedicated nurses and award-winning information gives people the help and support they need to understand their condition better and ensure no-one ends up in hospital or dies from an asthma attack.

    One hundred miles is no mean feat and training will be both physically and mentally draining, but I'm right up for a challenge which will put my lungs to the test.

    I'm committed to putting in the miles, so that children and adults everywhere can get the chance to lead a normal life, without fear of an asthma attack or sustained loss of breath.

    Your support really would mean a lot to both me and to the people who suffer with asthma and any donations for this fantastic cause would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for supporting me in my challenge.

    Throughout the build up to this event I will be sharing my experiences - the highs and lows, the thrills and hopefully not too many spills! - on my cycling blog

    You can donate by clicking this link and pressing the big yellow Donate button on the page - or by clicking the Asthma UK logo above

    All Coffee Forums UK Members who donate to support me will go in the draw to win a KeepCup and Coffee Forums UK Cupping Spoon
    Simply leave a comment below and add your forum username when donating
    by Published on 15-09-13 12:02  Number of Views: 9336 

    Following the successful event in 2012 with more than 4000 people through the doors, Pull Brew Melt returns for it's second year at The Glasshouse, Waddesdon (near Aylesbury - Buckinghamshire)

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    In addition to coffee there are also tea and chocolate stands, with baking, sculpture and metalwork activities and plenty of fun to keep the family entertained

    The list of Coffee Exhibitors is here

    Click here for directions

    If you do make it along on the Sunday please come and see me for a Coffee Forums UK badge.

    A lucky forum member who introduces themselves to me on the Sunday of this event will also take home a Coffee Forums UK KeepCup

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