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    Published on 16-01-16 11:59  Number of Views: 385 

    To celebrate the launch of the Jolly Brew Co website the team have put together a great deal.

    Free delivery and 10% off with the promo code 'CFORUMUK'

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    Please show your support to this new roaster who has already gained a great following due to their generous samples sent throughout Nov and Dec as they refined their roasting skills.
    Published on 15-01-16 07:54

    Hario – world leaders in heat-resistant glassware is one of the leading brands in the specialty coffee equipment arena and is a proud sponsor of Barista World Championship.
    Its award winning products are distributed exclusively by Brewed By Hand in UK and Ireland. Brewed by Hand is also exclusive UK distributor of best-in-class ceramics from Loveramics.

    Our mission is to work with coffee lovers, cafes and roasters to help both coffee novices and professionals to achieve the best results in brewing.

    Hario Products

    Visit HARIO for the widest coffee dripper selection online, and barista tools including hand coffee grinders, V60 servers, Buono kettles, cold brew pots and syphons as well as tea equipment, cookware and glassware – all made to the same exacting standards that Hario has been renowned for since the company started in 1921.

    Download Hario Catalogue here.

    Contact

    For enquiries regarding Hario gear, spares parts, and trade orders e-mail admin@brewedbyhand.com or call 0800 033 7918.

    Join us on twitter @hario_uk
    Published on 12-01-16 07:23

    Visit Brewed by Hand for the widest selection of Hario Coffee Drippers in the UK
    Published on 12-12-15 05:46  Number of Views: 141 

    For the coffee gourmets and the afficionados of Italy's espresso bars, caffedelbar.com offers a straightforward, proven way of finding the absolute best that Italy's coffee roasting ...
    by Published on 22-11-15 06:18  Number of Views: 475 

    On Sunday 15th May 2016 I will be cycling the Medio Fondo route in the Chiltern 100 Sportive in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

    Along with my Bombay Bicycle Club team mates I will be tackling 76 miles (122km) of hills – with 1,897m of climbing (thats a lot!) - starting and finishing at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire.

    I like to set myself a tough goal each year. Last year was the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 (with less climbing over a longer route) and I finished in just over 6 hours.

    This ride however will be a real test, but what will spur me on is that Prostate Cancer UK is researching ways to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. Over 10000 men die of prostate cancer each year. That's more than 1 per hour!

    Money spent on research has already contributed to the following achievements:

    • Developed a new treatment for early prostate cancer
    • Set up a prostate cancer research centre to nurture talented researchers
    • Revealed that African Caribbean men are more likely to develop prostate cancer


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    All Coffee Forums UK Members who donate through my JustGiving link will go in the draw to win a Coffee Forums UK KeepCup or a Coffee Forums UK T-Shirt.

    Simply leave a comment below and add your forum username when donating.

    Thank you in advance to all who support me. I will update you with training progress frequently.
    Published on 29-10-15 10:00

    It's not long now until we bring Cup North back to the northern heights of Manchester. This time we're in a new home at Victoria Warehouse and we're returning with an action packed programme of buzzing activities.

    Whet your appetite below with the rundown of activities planned
    for 7th & 8th November.

    Saturday:
    UK Cup Tasters Championships – All Day
    Watch 24 cupping masters go head to head as they break the coffee triangulation challenge and beat the clock.

    Coffee Throwing Championships - Saturday Evening

    Try your luck at throwing a 1kg bag of roasted coffee as far as you can for the chance to be crowned the Cup North Coffee Throwing Champion of 2015!

    Sunday:

    Tamper Tantrum in association with Cimbali – All Day
    Tamper Tantrum returns to Cup North this November with 6 inspiring speakers. Get the low down on each one of them here.

    Both Days:

    Cup North Cinema in association with Small Batch Coffee Roasters – Timings TBC
    We have a selection of coffee related films lined up for the event. See our full review of Caffeinated here. Between longer films there will be the opportunity to brush up on your skills with coffee tutorial videos and entertaining snippets from sponsors.

    Coffee School with Conti

    Conti have invited coffee pals Dhan Tamang and Charlotte Malaval to share skills in scheduled classes at our pop-up coffee school. Arrive early to book a place and avoid disappointment.

    Guest Cupping Lab – All Day

    The opportunity to sample and taste coffee from roasters and importers who aren’t exhibiting at Cup North. Confirmed so far are Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Nordic Approach, Coffee Bird and Lot Sixty One. Each slot will last approximately 45 minutes.

    Tickets for one day are £10 or for both days £18. Available here, and in Manchester coffee shops.
    Published on 25-10-15 08:37

    An interactive seminar and workshop exploring Geisha coffee from planting to cup

    London - Coffee lore, myth and reality will collide Saturday, November 7th when Panama Varietals, a grower, processor, and merchant of world class Panama coffees, and Artisan Coffee School and Caravan Coffee Roasters of London, host a two hour invite only workshop for roasters, baristas, and green coffee buyers to explore these unique coffees.

    The workshop will follow the journey of Panama Geisha from planting, to cultivation, to processing and the care needed in each step to obtain world class coffee and achieve perfection in the cup. Attendees will also be cupping a very special Geisha processed in three methods, washed, honey and natural, and prepare and compare the coffee to determine the best brew method.

    “As one of the most expensive varieties, it is important for those who buy, roast and serve the coffee to understand the differences in cultivating and processing world class Geisha. This story, backed by an amazing cup, needs to be transferred to the consumer to support and give depth to the hype,” says Uschi Zimmermann, co-founder of Panama Varietals.

    The event is hosted by Artisan Coffee School, led by Alessandro Bonuzzi, a certified SCAE trainer, and Caravan Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee roaster in Kings Cross, headed by master roaster and Q certified coffee grader Sam Langdon who is one of the few roasters in the UK to feature Geisha. Caravan will do the honor of roasting the coffees featured in the workshop.

    Workshop Location & Times
    Artisan Coffee School, 32 New Broadway, Ealing, London
    Saturday, November 7th - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    To attend the event, contact one of the persons below for a passcode, and register online at: http://www.artisancoffeeschool.co.uk...ha-so-special/

    Alessandro Bonuzzi - alessandrobonuzzi@yahoo.co.uk
    Sam Langdon - sam@caravancoffeeroasters.co.uk
    Joel Jelderks - joel@panamavarietals.com

    About Panama Varietals
    Panama Varietals is a direct trade specialty coffee grower, processor, and merchant with a base in Boquete, Panama and Linz, Austria. Their goal is to source the finest, most interesting green beans while creating trusting, long lasting relationships with farmers and community.
    To truly be conscious of our coffees and how they are grown, harvested, and processed we believe a full-time presence on the ground, where our coffee is sourced, is critical. It allows us to monitor progress, interact with growers, and fortify our relationships on a continuous basis. Instead of visiting

    About Artisan Coffee School
    Artisan Coffee School believes in getting to the heart of understanding coffee. Excellent training is not simply process driven but also instinctively understanding why each action/step taken in creating each cup of coffee has an impact on its flavour.
    The Artisan Coffee School was set up by Edwin and Magda Harrison with the aim of sharing their passion for coffee with other likeminded people, from baristas, owners to coffee enthusiasts. Having experienced the meticulous process of coffee cultivation in Uganda, they have successfully trained their teams to ensure that the flavours brought from origin are represented in every single cup.
    Based in Ealing Broadway within Artisan – one of the multi award winning coffee shops that Edwin and Magda have set up in west and south west London, the school is an accredited SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) course provider. Their experience of running their own shops before opening the school has meant that they understand the challenges that face owners, managers and baristas and their specially devised training courses reflect this deeper understanding.

    About Caravan Coffee Roasters
    Caravan Coffee Roasters’ roasteries are located in the basement of the Exmouth Market site and the new King's Cross site. Caravan Coffee Roasters roast small batches of beans daily on Probat roasters using beans sourced from around the world. Caravan Coffee Roasters sources green coffee from single farms and estates in the speciality coffee market where the focus is quality, provenance, sustainability, freshness and fair relationships with the growers.
    Caravan Coffee Roasters are constantly developing seasonal espresso blends and single origin offers in line with the best crops from each season. When Caravan Coffee Roasters find a coffee that they love, they take the time to develop the roast profile to bring out the best flavour characteristics.
    Published on 24-10-15 02:57  Number of Views: 247 

    On 24th November Casa Espresso is hosting their first public 'cupping' event alongside Laynes Espresso in the Sheaf St Cafeteria. Head roaster Jonnie and the team will be presenting their range of single origin coffee and espresso blends. The 90 minute masterclass will introduce you to subtle nuances and flavours in a coffee tasting session followed by an informal question and answer session to provide you with advice on different coffees and brewing methods.

    Click here to view prices, times and event details


    by Published on 24-10-15 12:24  Number of Views: 568 

    Last week I was in Cuba and really enjoyed visiting a coffee farm (Finca Roja) in Viñales - Pinar del Rio.

    The farmer (Senor Roja - pictured) looks after 1100 Arabica plants, mainly Caturra, but also has Yellow Bourbon and Red Bourbon as well as a few Robusta plants as well.

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    He walked us through the picking, processing, drying and sorting process. All his coffee gets sent to a local mill for depulping. Some is also roasted locally which his family uses in their restaurant nearby.

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    We learned about the pests that attack the coffee trees (beetle infected cherry below), saw leaf rust (a widespread problem in central and south america), and learned about the cultivation and pruning processes too.

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    All of this was discussed over a few cups of coffee brewed by the farmer in his house in the middle of the plantation.

    We also ate some of the fruit he grows (picked straight from the tree) and saw other insects native to the area such as the little red ants that have a painful bite.

    My Cuba album is here and contains photos from Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.
    by Published on 11-10-15 09:44  Number of Views: 697 

    Now in its third year, the London Latte Art Smackdown sees 64 of the UK's best latte artists go head to head for a share of a growing prize pot.

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    This year the winner took home a Nuova Simonelli machine, coffee from Square Mile, accessories from Coffee Hit, Cold Brew coffee from Minor Figures, £400 in cash (part funded by Allegra) and a trophy provided by Victoria Ardiuno. Did I mention bragging rights were thrown in too?

    Four heats were held on Tuesday nights in September at Kaffeine Eastcastle Street, host and compere Peter Dore-Smith's beautiful coffeeshop (the big brother of Kaffeine Great Titchfield Street).

    Pulling shots and serving ridiculously cheap beer to nearly 60 people each night was the hard working Kaffeine team, led by head barista Kuba.

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    The final on 6 October was held at Square Mile Coffee Roastery in Shoreditch, where over 150 people turned up to drink beer provided by sponsor The Kernel Brewery and cheer on the 16 finalists.

    Once the final 4 were established the penultimate head-to-head was between Helen from Lantana and Heidi from Prufrock.
    This contest was won by Heidi.

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    Battling for the top spot was the reigning UK Latte Art Champion Dhan Tamang (Caracoli - Winchester) and Nico Halliday (Noble Espresso).

    This contest went to the wire and was about to go to Nico when (infamous*) judge Jeremy Challender (of Prufrock and the *etchgate scandal in 2013...) noticed the cups were of slightly different sizes...

    Repour!

    Up to this point the baristas could pour two cups and put their best one forward. That all changed for the final throw of the dice.

    Nico and Dhan went head to head - steam at the same time and throw down your best heart, tulip or rosetta and be judged the winner of the 2015 London Latte Art Smackdown.

    Nico triumphed

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    Thank you to all of my fellow judges for making this extremely memorable;
    James Bailey (Workshop)
    Oli Bradshaw (Square Mile)
    Tim Williams (coffeesourcing.com)
    Claire Brice (Kaffeine)
    Ben Townsend (London School of Coffee)
    Phil Wain (London Coffee Maps)
    David Urbinati (Artisan)
    Jeremy Challender (Prufrock)
    James Hoffman (Square Mile)
    Marty Latham (Square Mile)
    Felicity Tahtis (Square Mile)

    Click here to view 100 photos from the event - taken by Head Judge & Coffee Photographer Glenn Watson (coffee-photography.com)
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