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    Published on 23-04-16 08:38

    The Barn Berlin has been chosen as the roaster for April's Lighter Side Of Life (LSOL) subscription.

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    The Barn is one of the leading Specialty Coffee Roasters in Germany and are known for their uncompromising approach to quality and pursuit of the ultimate coffee experience.

    As well as the LSOL members, 10 guest slots (all filled) were offered.

    Thank you to Ralf and the team at The Barn for stepping up to the plate.

    The beans are being roasted on Tuesday 26 April and should hit the LSOL members mailboxes later in the week.

    To find out more or to get involved search for LSOL or DSOL on the forum.

    Published on 07-04-16 08:28

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    Keen Coffee is a collaboration of baristas Bonne Postma, Rob Kerkhoff and Roasters Jan Schuitemaker & Tosca Schuitemaker

    My passion for coffee began in New Zealand back in 2008 when I was backpacking around the country.

    New Zealand had a coffee culture that was totally different from the Netherlands.It was all about going out to cafes, and a professional coffee making, while back in the Netherlands, we drank coffee at home, on the couch, with a cookie!

    I was fascinated by the espresso machines. I wanted to learn how to use them to make the delicious coffees that I was tasting.

    Inspired,when I got home to Utrecht, I landed a job at a Douwe Egberts espresso bar…And, with a little help from YouTube, taught myself latte art!

    After that, I got a job at The Village Coffee & Music. It was there that I focused more on how to calibrate the grinder and work with the espresso to extract better flavour from the coffee, instead of just focusing on making pretty latte art. Coffee culture came a bit late to the Netherlands, and The Village was one of the first real espresso bars, one of the only places that you could get a proper filter coffee.

    I learned how to use the Clever, Aeropress, and Siphon. It was a blast! And I was lucky to be a part of the team that won The Village the title of ‘Best Coffee Bar in the Netherlands’.

    I fell in love with the barista life: the scales, the grinder, and searching for that perfect cup of coffee.

    During this time I was also doing a lot of competitions. My first was at the Dutch Latte Art Championship, where I came in second place. The following year I competed in both the Latte Art and Barista Championships, which was insane, considering that they were only two days apart. Why I thought this was a good idea, I do not know. Despite my poor decision making, I somehow managed to win the best newcomer prize at the Dutch Barista Championship!

    Oh,and as if I wasn’t busy enough with competing, and working at the Village, I also started my own company, called Robocup. My slogan was “Part man. Part machine. All nice.” I worked the festival scene, serving up coffee at Lowlands and Pinkpop. At each festival I managed a team of 24 baristas, manning 4 La Marzoccos and 10 Technivorms, and serving up over 20,000 cups of coffee.

    Then came last year’s Dutch Brewers Cup. I worked for three months perfecting my recipes, trying out different methods, and adjusting grinds and water temperatures. I left no variable untested. All the hard work paid off and I took first place.

    Then it was on to the World Brewers Cup where I took fifth. The WBRC was a great experience. I met so many fun people who were also passionate about coffee.Plus, people who love coffee, also love a good party and a nice beer at the end of the day. We had a really good time.

    On a more serious note, it was really beautiful to hear people’s stories about their work and their own adventures with coffee. I learned so much from them, and I truly value the knowledge that I took away from that experience.

    I want to help other coffee lovers by sharing the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the years. I’m hoping that together we can help take coffee to the next level.
    Published on 07-04-16 08:03

    KeenCoffee is a collaboration of baristas Bonne Postma & Rob Kerkhoff, and Roasters Jan Schuitemaker & Tosca Schuitemaker.

    Our coffee is the product of years of practice, mistakes, learning, and growth. All in search of that perfect cup of coffee. They provide you with top-notch beans and the skills that you need to turn those beans into a superior cup of coffee.

    The Keen roastery is located in Enkhuizen, a small harbour town just North of Amsterdam. All of our coffees are roasted to order with a Loring roaster due to its precision, and environmentally friendly efficiency.

    We are all SCAE certified and have a training area on site where we offer several different types of SCAE trainings and provide customized training for our wholesalers.

    We also host Keen Campus training events where we teach everything from basic milk foaming to advanced techniques. At Keen Campus our wholesalers, their employees, and other coffee enthusiasts can connect with each other and improve their coffee skills.

    Our goal to help share knowledge about coffee doesn’t stop at the professional level, we also create brewing and storage guides for home brewer, and are currently working on free tutorials that we’ll share on our website.

    Discovering new ways to experience coffee is what excites us; what keeps us inspired is sharing these discoveries.

    Visit KeenCoffee.com
    Published on 01-03-16 11:21  Number of Views: 182 

    ‘Sage by Heston Blumenthal’ is a fast growing premium food appliance manufacturer and distributor.

    We are looking for a Store Development Manager to deliver best in class support by building brand awareness and driving sales in our key retail stores across the UK.

    The role will involve daily store contact and visits to build relationships. You will create store development plans, organise and conduct training sessions, perform consumer demonstrations, merchandise products, report and counter competitor activity and secure additional ranging instore. In addition you will be involved with supporting marketing events across our business.

    The right candidate will be passionate about our products, excited by food and driven to succeed.

    Ideally you will understand the coffee industry. You will be a vital part of our vision to improve brand awareness and increase market share. Experience with electrical sales would be beneficial. You will be excited to work for a market leading brand.

    This role is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills within a consumer focused and forward thinking business with opportunities for development and career progression.

    Click here to read more / apply

    by Published on 26-02-16 03:55  Number of Views: 328 


    On 31 July I will be riding 100 miles in support of Aspire

    Why?, because every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time. Without warning, someone's life changes completely. Aspire exists to provide essential support, equipment and advice to people with spinal cord injuries in the UK and Ireland.
    RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a closed roads cycle ride starting from Olympic Park and heading through London to the Surrey Hills before returning to The Mall.

    Aspire is a charity helping to provide the practical support that can be needed by those who sustain spinal cord injuries.
    Without the kind of basic access features and adaptations included as standard in an Aspire property – such as level access throughout, adequately wide doorways, enough space to turn a wheelchair in all rooms, accessible bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms – unadapted homes simply prevent spinal injured people from living.

    Your donations will help improve quality of life for those who sustain a life changing spinal cord injury - that can happen at any time.

    I have already started training for this event and would like to beat last years time too.

    Every person who donates via my JustGiving Link will also go into a draw for some Coffee Forums UK merchandise.

    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 21-02-16 06:06  Number of Views: 468 

    Jolly Bean Roastery has recently changed it's name - from Jolly Brew Coffee Company

    Jolly Bean Roastery hand roasts small batches of ethically sourced speciality coffee beans (the tasty ones!) and aims to showcase the individual qualities of each bean, roasting to order and delivering fresh to your door.

    They love all things coffee, especially roasting, brewing and drinking it, and hopefully they can share it with you.

    Click the banner to visit their site and use the ode shown for a Coffee Forums UK member discount!

    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.


    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: 244 

    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 ...
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