A big thankyou to all Coffee Forums UK members who attended the Grindoff at Rave Coffee in Cirencester - arranged by coffeechap (Dave)
With 16 grinders on the benches to evaluate, we split into teams of 3 or 4 to carry out selected tests on each of the grinders, recording the results on a master sheet (details will be posted over the next week)
Brasilia RR55 OD
Iberital MC2 Doser
2012 UK Barista Championships semifinalists are (left to right)
More images from the semifinal will be posted on my Flickr over the next week
I received this infographic earlier this week from Kafevend - leading suppliers of vending machines and it got me thinking about my coffee drinking habits
I normally drink mine before 0900 and after 1800, very rarely at work unless I make my own filter coffee or espresso from a mypressi TWIST.
Of interest to me would be what types of drinks were consumed at the different times of the day, so I will commission a survey and post a link in the next couple of days.
In 3 weeks time the first heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships takes place.
One of the best ways of getting involved is registering as a volunteer for a heat. (view dates)
Even volunteering your time for 1/2 a day helps out the hosts and competitiors.
Being a volunteer gets you right up close to the action, in some cases even being on stage during the event as Timekeeper or drinks-runner.
You'll get to meet the competitors and learn about competing - which is brilliant i
I've just arrived home after a thoroughly enjoyable day at Taylor St Baristas' Old Broad Street coffee shop where the UKBC Judges Calibration took place for those judges who couldn't attend the calibration session held last November.
In 2010 I qualified as a UKBC Technical Judge having been a timekeeper the previous year and enjoying being a part of the UKBC. Last year I judged and also photographed a number of UKBC regional heats and the final.
The day started with introductions and a
I'm currently enjoying a selection of Union micro-lots from Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia and will be showcasing them over the next week
The first of the coffees I opened was the Asprotimana, from Huila, Colombia
This coffee is different from many I have enjoyed from the region in the past.
It starts off with a very dry, crisp taste when you first sip the espresso, drying the mouth out temporarily, before a jammy sweetness envelops the tongue and lingers for a while, making you
My motto for 2011 will be "Making Coffee Accessible"
Coffee Forums UK has come a long way since it started in June 2008, reaching 15 members in it's first month - and recently welcoming our 1200th member
We slowly found our feet and engaged with coffee enthusiasts via Twitter and word of mouth - methods largely relied upon today
As our Google ranking for keywords has improved so too have the member and visitor numbers, and recently we have had over 400 visitors per day on the site an
If you like whipped cream then make a bee-line for Vienna, where it can be found everywhere. In the coffee, on the coffee, next to the coffee... you get the picture.
Cafe Sacher and the famous Sacher-Torte
The roundup of my Vienna trip can be found on the 5M Coffee Blog
This week you'll find me at the gym!
Following on from last weeks post highlighting my alternative setup I take when travelling, this week I am featuring my usual kit that travels around the UK with me and will probably make its way to NZ when I go next year too.
The photo below was taken earlier this year and posted to my Twitter account, prompting a number of people to ask which hotel has mypressi TWIST's in their rooms. The answer to that (sadly) is none that I am aware of.
All that is required to make a good espresso
My first blog post on Coffee Forums UK is inspired by Brian Jones
I spend a few days each month on the road and always take coffee with me.
Normally I take an Aeropress, or a mypressi TWIST, and make coffee in my hotel room, at the motorway services, or even on a train (I'm yet to tick off plane, ferry and bus... but thats another blog post in itself)
This week I am taking along my Hario V60, as the coffee complements it perfectly.
Shown above is my setup, consisting of