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    by Published on 08-08-15 02:17  Number of Views: 1169 


    Employ homeless people as baristas, and provide the necessary
    training and support to help them find their preferred job.

    Stock the finest local and ethical produce, championing those who
    seek social change without sacrificing on quality.

    Modernise the face of social enterprise, acting as a hub promoting
    positive change in a trendy East London setting.

    A groundbreaking initiative, pioneered by Julius Ibrahim, final year student
    and President of Enactus at University College London (UCL), is set to make a
    lasting difference to London's homeless community. Through the creation of
    Second Shot Coffee, Julius is launching a new social enterprise that will hire
    three homeless people every six months, offering training, full time employment
    and a living wage, whilst competing on quality with the best coffee houses in London.

    The café’s profits will be reinvested into helping the employees gain the
    necessary skills they need to return to their previous or preferred
    employment. By doing this, Second Shot will create a sustainable and lasting
    means for helping those most in need.

    To make this vision a reality, Second Shot Coffee is in the final stages of an
    IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, with less than two weeks to go.

    The deadline for getting your hands on an exclusive perk and pledging your
    support is midnight on the 13th August.

    Included in the campaign perks are:
    A private tour of the Ozone roastery and cafe in Old Street for 15
    people, including a tasting session of all the coffees on offer....

    A year’s supply of the best and most ethical coffee from Old Spike
    Roastery - a social enterprise roastery employing the homeless in Peckham
    - delivered every two weeks, directly to your door.

    A private two hour, 15 person barista course and tasting session: learn
    to brew the perfect coffee with Second Shot Coffee's master baristas
    By helping Second Shot Coffee achieve their funding, not only will you get
    access to these exclusive perks, but you will be making a real difference to
    London’s homeless communities.

    Pay It Forward - Customers can choose to pre-pay for an item by writing a
    personalised message on a post-it note and placing it on the wall. These can
    then be redeemed by someone in need for a free meal or a hot drink.

    Living Wage - Second Shot Coffee’s baristas will immediately receive the
    London Living Wage of £9.15 per hour which, alongside training and support,
    will provide a solid base for the transition back to their preferred
    employment. Second Shot Coffee have partnered with Crisis, a charity
    helping the homeless, who will advertise positions at the café through their
    service network.

    A Great Coffee Experience - Second Shot Coffee will serve the highest quality
    speciality coffee, alongside artisan baked goods and grilled cheese
    sandwiches, all from local suppliers who share Second Shot Coffee’s passion
    for positive social change.

    The Hub - There are so many groups in London making a positive impact, yet
    so often they struggle to find an available and welcoming space. Second Shot
    Coffee will become a hub for all those people who want to make the world a
    better place.

    Sustainability - Second Shot Coffee will strive to have a positive impact on
    the environment. It will aim to be a zero-waste organisation, engage in a
    sustainable supply chain, and encourage others in their network to achieve
    the same.

    In London, for every rough sleeper, there are a further 100 hidden homeless
    people in hostels, and over 1,000 in overcrowded accommodation. Due to the
    great recession, the housing crisis, and the increased cost of living,
    homelessness has increased by over 300% in the capital alone.
    These are people who are victims of circumstance, who have become
    trapped by a lack of options and opportunities. Second Shot Coffee believes
    that they can offer a way out - an opportunity for the homeless to get back on
    their feet and regain control of their lives.


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    by Published on 17-07-15 09:35  Number of Views: 1438 

    Yorkshire coffee firm Casa Espresso has become the first coffee roaster in Bradford after further investment from owner Nino Di Rienzo. (L-R) Nino Di Rienzo (Casa Espresso owner), Jonnie Drake (roaster and barista trainer) and Matthew Adams (barista trainer and account manager.)

    The investment from Di Rienzo has led to the firm purchasing new machinery to help them fill a gap they have identified in the market.

    Founded in 2000, the Shipley-based firm supplies coffee nationwide and Sanremo coffee machines to leading restaurants and cafes across the North of England.

    Nino, whose family has been involved in the local restaurant and coffee scene for more than 40 years, said: ““More and more micro roasteries are popping up – a bit like micro-breweries – but there isn’t one in Bradford so we felt it was a great opportunity to offer an even more bespoke service to our customers.”
    He added: “Traceability is important to us – we can track our coffee back to the individual farmer and village – and we source ethical green coffee that supports sustainable development of coffee agriculture.”
    Casa Espresso is also working on a number of brand collaborations and recently teamed up with cycling clothing company, Pilgrim Cycling Co, to supply a limited edition range of coffee.

    The custom Expedition Blend is designed to prepare cyclists for the ride ahead, and has been well received by attendees at industry events such as the London Coffee Festival & Spin London.
    by Published on 27-06-15 08:13  Number of Views: 1232

    Manchester's 2 day 'Northern Coffee Party' is coming back for a second year!

    With a change of venue - moving to Victoria Warehouse (near Salford / Old Trafford) - CupNorth is set to build upon it's successful 2014 debut.

    For details as they are released follow CupNorth via their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
    by Published on 20-06-15 04:07

    In the relatively short time I have been a member here I have seen a number of posts that concern me with regards electrical safety.

    Let me start by saying I am an electrician but I don't work on houses generally but more typically on workshops and something more akin to hotels etc.

    One of the things that has come to light here is that there seems to be a large number of people living in houses where the wiring and fuse board installation is quite old. These older designs worked fine in that they protect the circuits from overloads but that is where the protection stops.

    Somewhere along the course of history the wiring regulations changed and later installations started using MCB's instead of fuses in homes. There was also the introduction of RCD's which added another level of protection in that these were designed to protect the occupants from electric shock in the event of a faulty appliance. Mostly these were fitted in the "fuse box" also known as a consumer unit and offered protection on all the sockets in a house at once.

    These days one can get systems using RCBO's fitted to each circuit individually to achieve the same level of safety on all circuits.

    In my experience appliances such as Irons, Kettles, Toasters, all of which have heating elements fitted are the usual culprits when I attend a failure. Coffee machines are most likely to fall in this group.

    Here are a couple of links to help clarify:

    So, what am I saying here? For your own safety and that of your loved ones you should at least consider some sort of RCD protection, preferably for the whole house but if not then RCD sockets which you can plug in those items I listed above. Having the Consumer Unit replaced is not cheap but in doing so you will get an inspection done which will confirm the condition of the house wiring is good.

    Other members that are electricians might have better links and explanations but the bottom line is....

    I want all of us and our families to still be here tomorrow.

    EDIT: for the more technically minded among you:
    by Published on 10-06-15 09:04  Number of Views: 960 

    The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) has called for nominations for the following positions that make up the SCAE UK Chapter Committee (SCAE UK).

    The SCAE UK Committee is tasked with arranging the UK Barista Championships and associated competitions each year, as well as a growing portfolio of training and educational seminars.

    Nominations are being accepted from SCAE Members for the following posts;

    National Coordinator

    • Chair the SCAE Chapter Committee
    • Liaise with SCAE Executive and follow NC guidelines
    • Oversee Finance ensuring stability and transparency, working with SCAE Events Manager
    • Organise all SCAE/WCE Competition/Events. This includes Sponsorship, Judges, Volunteers & Competitors.
    • Enrol & communicate with Sponsors.
    • Ensure all competitors and Judges are members

    Communication Manager

    • Activate and regularly manager Chapter Website
    • Activate and regularly manage Chapter social media
    • Contribute to Café Europa
    • Communicate with members and local coffee community regularly.

    Membership Manager

    • Promote/recruit members
    • Communicate and engage with new, existing and lost members
    • Liaise with SCAE HQ on status of membership ensuring renewals and retention

    Education Manager

    • Must have a thorough understanding and experience of SCAE education
    • Organise and promote CDS
    • Recruit new AST’s
    • Organise Chapter Education activities/events
    • Set up CDS Education modules for new and existing corporate members.

    If you would like to be nominated then contact Glenn via PM, or if someone you know might be suitable and is either already an SCAE Member or is willing to become an SCAE Member then get in touch with SCAE via their website
    by Published on 23-05-15 10:35  Number of Views: 16924 

    Brewista has introduced its Smart Scale into the UK coffee market. Designed for pour over and espresso coffee, the scale auto times and auto tares and has nano technology which makes it highly water resistant. It is the first scale that automatically starts a timer as soon as the liquid hits the glass, and tares both time and scale once the cup or glass is removed from it. It weighs from 0.1g to 2kg and has four brewing models including two options for espresso, pour over coffee and a manual mode.

    Launched at the recent London Coffee Festival is it the first of a range of new products developed by Brewista that will be available exclusively from Coffee Hit, a leading supplier to the coffee industry. Established in 2014, Brewista is a collaboration of engineers, designers, coffee and tea aficionados, roasters and brewers with decades of combined experience in the brewed beverage industry. It combines the highest level of technology with the craftsmanship and know-how of award winning brewers and roasters from around the world.

    Commenting on the new scale, Paul Radin, Managing Director of Coffee Hit, said: “As coffee shops are constantly working to improve the quality of the coffee served weighing and timing are critical factors in the process. Brewista’s new Smart Scale is the answer to so many issues that baristas face on a daily basis, and it taps into the emerging trend of pour over coffee which is set to be a mainstay for years to come. It ensures that speed and efficiency targets are met, and helps produce the finest quality coffee. Basically it’s a barista’s dream as it takes away the headache of weighing and ensuring the correct amounts of coffee and water are used. We know that serving the highest quality of coffee is paramount and the Brewista Smart Scale goes some way to achieving this.”

    The Brewista Smart Scale is available at RRP £40.00 and will be on sale from June 2015 on Prelaunch orders are being taken.

    Coffee Hit is a leading supplier of coffee making equipment and offers coffee professionals the most exciting choice available. It has carefully developed a range of the best products from the world’s leading manufacturers and brought them all together under one easy to navigate website. It specialises in espresso gear, coffee brewing, tea gear, barista tools, café supplies and spare parts.

    For further information visit email [email protected] or call 0207 635 6247.
    by Published on 27-04-15 09:10  Number of Views: 2481 

    CoffeeHit are exhibiting at the London Coffee Festival in 2015 and we invite you to visit their stand and support a Coffee Forums UK Advertiser.

    CoffeeHit will be demonstrating both the Lido 2 and Lido 3 hand grinders - and you will have the opportunity to get hands on with both.

    They will also be demonstrating the new Brewista Kettle and lots of new brewing devices.

    Barista gear from Rhinowares and Brewista will be complemented by the full range of Baratza Grinders and Cafetto Cleaners.

    Of note will be the new Brewista Smart Brew Scale with nano technology making it waterproof, with 4 brewing modes. This could be the smartest scale you will ever own.

    Keep an eye out for photos during and after the event.

    Do let the team know that you are a Coffee Forums UK member when you visit!

    Visit to view their full range of products
    by Published on 25-04-15 02:48     Number of Views: 1145 

    In just under 7 years Coffee Forums UK has grown from an idea into the UK's largest online coffee community, recently surpassing 10000 members.

    Ably supported by a small team of moderators, Coffee Forums UK founder Glenn Watson has maintained an online community which is regularly praised for being one of the friendliest forums on the internet.

    Glenn Watson comments "I would like to publicly thank all our members and site advertisers for taking time to read and post on Coffee Forums UK and giving us a truly global reach". He goes on to say "Over the past 7 years I have been delighted with the feedback and interaction from all members and our team of moderators, which has allowed us to respond to member generated requests and provide a safe environment to discuss and debate the merits of coffee beans, coffee machines, coffee roasters as well as providing a platform for education and entertainment."

    Funded in its early stages by 5M Coffee Company, Coffee Forums UK is now supported through advertising and sponsorship from a diverse range of UK-centric coffee roasters, machine suppliers, training and consultancy companies and its members.

    Coffee Forums UK holds member events throughout the year as well as regular giveaways of its forum merchandise.

    For more information or to become a member visit

    You can also follow us on Twitter @coffee_forums and Facebook
    by Published on 22-04-15 08:27  Number of Views: 849 

    The SCAE UK is delighted to let all those who have expressed an interest, plus all our UK Chapter members, that the registration for the 2015 SCAE UK Coffee in Good Spirits Competition will open tomorrow, Thursday 23rd April, at 5pm! Registration will close when we have 24 entries or on Tuesday 5th May at 5pm, whichever is sooner, so please hurry if you wish to enter!

    Who - You!

    What - The 2015 SCAE UK Coffee in Good Spirits Competition

    Where - Caffe Culture Exhibition, London Olympia

    When - Wednesday 13th May 2015

    Why - Because Coffee and Spirits do go!

    How - Click Here or visit the website to register to enter!

    * Please Note: The 2015 SCAE UK CIGS Competition will follow the same format as last year's competition with the Final Round being run only (No Preliminary Round) .
    Don't forget that in order to compete in all SCAE UK competitions you need to be a current* SCAE member or work for a Company who have a SCAE Company membership. Join the SCAE Here

    * You or your company must be a paid up member at the time of the competition in order to compete.

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