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  1. Hi guys, Just a quick plug for a new coffee shop I am barista'ing at. Feel to free to move to appropriate page? Rockcity is an indoor climbing centre and skatepark in Hull and we've recently opened a new specialty coffee shop space in the venue. We've got beans from Manchester-based Heart and Graft in the hopper and plan to have changing local coffees on v60 and batch brew. You can even spectate the extreme sports whilst you sip your flat white (safe and risk free!) OR you could give it a try! Anyone in the area drop me a line or stop by for a drink!
  2. I'm curious as to where people think is the most exciting city/area for coffee. Berlin seems really interesting and packed full of roasters/cafes and I'm really keen to go, but there's plenty of other fantastic roasters and cafes around the world. I thought Dublin was really cool, and I always enjoy a visit to London. Plenty of Scandi countries look promising too. Perhaps some folks who are better traveled than I could impart their thoughts, I'd be keen to hear them! TLDR: If you could visit one place to drink at some of the best cafes, where would you go?
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/indepth/25-pictures-of-britains-secret-underground-city-—-built-to-protect-the-government-from-nuclear-attack/ss-AAwVWhB?ocid=spartanntp&fullscreen=true#image=14 Yes I was seduced by clickbait. Don't judge me; I'm only human. Looks a great period piece though. Any idea what it would have dispensed? The make looks like Stott.
  4. I'm working there for a few days the week after next, and can't say I've ever had any noteworthy coffee there, but then I've never really sought it out either. I'm staying at the Aria and won't have buckets of time to trek down to the far ends of the strip. Anything worthwhile, or should I mentally prepare myself for Starbucks?
  5. More on the edge of Covent Garden but what a find. Ordered a flat white under house blend espresso - dark tasting flat white with a hint of plum (sweet and not the normal sour taste). They also have a range of coffees you can take away - I was that impressed by the espresso blend I ordered 400g for around 10 quid. Easily to replicate the taste 18.5/36g 40 seconds (7 seconds starts to pour). You can have coffees served from standard machine espressos to halogen lamp pour overs. The hot chocolate (according to my better half) was out of this world -I took a taste and it was that rich spicy chocolate taste - not your bog standard sweet sugary stuff. Nice. Couple of pictures _DSF4625_FlatWhite by Mark Barnes, on Flickr _DSF4627_CoffeeBeansSign by Mark Barnes, on Flickr _DSF4585_CoffeeVendingMachines1 by Mark Barnes, on Flickr _DSF4594_CoffeeVendingMachines2 by Mark Barnes, on Flickr _DSF4606_CoffeeStaff by Mark Barnes, on Flickr _DSF4632_Coffeeshots1 by Mark Barnes, on Flickr
  6. Hi, I am selling our san remo opera 2 coffee machine. We have had it for 2 years. In excellent condition, 3 group head. From our shop we closed last year in bath (hunter & sons). Please get in touch if interested. Open to resonable offers. Will organise shipping to anywhere in the uk. Thanks
  7. Hi, we closed our cafe down in bath last year and we are looking to sell our coffee machine (san remo opera 2) and some well looked after kitchen kit. Does anyone have any reccomendations on where i can sell them? Thanks.
  8. Saw this machine at the Manchester Coffee Festival yesterday, thought it was a custom jobby but actually just a machine from Sanremo. Nice looking centrepiece: http://www.sanremomachines.com/en/machines/caferacer/
  9. At last!!! A real cafe in Aberdeen - Figment Coffee, 70 Countesswells Road, Aberdeen AB15 7YJ. Just paid a visit, had a cortado, met owner (Neil) - doing everything RIGHT! Great news for Aberdeen.
  10. Hi coffee drinkers! I am Swede who is about to start a new café this autumn, and I'm therefore curious to know about your coffeshop habits. I've created a survey with a response time of approx. 2 minutes (answers are 100% anonymous). I would be truly grateful if you could take the time to conduct it. Thank you in advance! This is the link to the short survey: https://goo.gl/forms/IKrnU9NNghr5Gyo52 Best regards, David
  11. Just spent a great day refining my self taught skills at Origin Coffee Coffee roasters London shop. It was the Barista Foundation course run by the SCA. It was superbly delivered by Dan O'Regan. Great kit to play with: Linea machines with al the electronics and some lovely Mythos grinders ( I know understand why people rave about them ). More confident and also importantly refined in my approach. Big Thumbs up to Origin ( who also do some great coffees ) for their delivery, passion and enthusiasm.
  12. On a short visit to Berlin with my wife we stayed at a hotel on Uhlandstrasse and quite by chance walked past this coffeeshop and roastery. My wife is on a low-caffeine regime for medical reasons (I know, I know... I'll miss her) so I only managed one quick visit before we left. It's a very multi-talented cafe - they roast their own beans on site so you have the option of buying something you like the taste of. There's an extensive menu of nearly 40 coffess with single origin and various blends. They also do a wide range of tea and other drinks as well, plus chocolates and cakes (Oma's Apfelkuchen was delicious). The entire beverage menu was nearly 70 pages and more than half of it is coffee and tea. I'm afraid the limits of my German and time pressure meant I didn't get details about their roasting and equipment but this is clearly a place that takes their coffee very seriously and is well worth a look. It's just off the busy Kurfurstumdamm shopping street, near Uhlandstrasse U-bahn station. Here's a link to an English review site, which also has the shop's website for those who sprechen Deutsche.
  13. Does anybody, anywhere, actually take CaféPay? I've been given a Frank Green cup as a gift and was wondering where I can actually use it to buy a coffee? Having done a google and twitter search, the only place I can seem to find that takes it, close to me, is Social Bite in Edinburgh. You can register for the CaféPay app to see a map of locations but you have to give your credit card details as part of the registration process so I'm not going to do that unless there's a chance I'm going to use it regularly. (Which is very unlikely if there are hardly any places that take it). I guess if nowhere takes it then it's a drip free keep cup replacement!
  14. planing a trip to Rome and wonder where i can have an espresso and a flat white with my partner. usually in Rome we have only commercial beans coffee. would want some 3rd wave.
  15. Hi all, we're just leaving for a vacation to Slovenia, could anyone chime in with some tips on where to go for a good coffee in Ljubljana and the west part of the country? Thanks a lot!
  16. Hi all, a bit short notice but it looks like I'll be in central Oxford all day tomorrow so was wondering where I might get a great coffee (Espresso only drinker btw). So if you have any recommendations it would be great if you could post them. Thanks !
  17. Hi all had the ok to post and link this here ( if @Glenn in wrong section please move ) My Local Cafe the Hall - owned by J Atkinson's roasters are selling their La Marzocco 2 Group Strada Ep It's been in the cafe for one year - prior to that was a showroom display model for a year , with little use . It's in great condition and comes with x 2 double spouts and x 1 single pout pf Collection preferred from Lancaster - but courier/palletiased delivery might be possible also . Price £7500 - i believe that these are £13500 new If you are interested in this please or need any other info please contact - Caspar Steel for more details via [email protected] I might be able to provide some pics later in the week for this thread when i am next in ... Cheers Martin
  18. Hi All. I'm looking for any recommendations for good coffee near Kidderminster or Ludlow?
  19. Hi everyone, I'm opening a coffee shop in Loughborough and came to this forum to get some information in compact machines, good grinders and coffee distributers in the Midlands area. Not sure where to start, so much going on in this site! But I hope I find the things I am looking for. I am a baker and provide catering and desserts to the Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire area... if your question is cake related, or what to eat with your cup of coffee I can answer! Thanks Marta
  20. I started my coffee shop 2 1/2 years ago business has been growing steadily ( takings in 2015 were 32% higher then 2014 and 2016 is already looking good) but I want to move out of the area and therefore sell my shop. I have looked online and the commercial property agents that are selling similar businesses in the area are selling shops that are already out of business or on the way there. I want to sell but I do not want my customers or staff to know as think this will reflect badly on the business. I want to sell it as going concerns as the place looks great and we have a lot of very loyal customers that love our coffee and cakes. Anyone gone though this and with any luck? Any advice would be great.
  21. Apologies if this has been done to death, but I was just wondering whereabouts we all are in the UK? I'm keen to get to know some like-minded coffee fans, as I've not come across many where I am! I'm in mid-Suffolk and have a cafe in Stowmarket. i would be delighted to hold a gathering at the cafe if anyone was interested? We could do some tasting sessions, as at the moment, the bulk of our clientele think the local Costa is *the* place for coffee (yikes!)
  22. As per Glenn's suggestion here's a new thread for the autumn / winter season London Meet Up, shout out to @jlarkin, @hotmetal, @Hibbsy, @MediumRoastSteam from the old thread and happy to see anyone new interested I'm free most weekends and I do understand it might be hard to pick a date which works for all, but lets try anyway I'll kick it off with: who's available in Sept (weekends, probably best to opt for Saturdays as some places might be shut on Sundays)? T.
  23. So i bought a Gaggia classic last year but I'm looking to upgrade to something a little nicer. I was thinking of starting a coffee van so maybe an industrial machine is the way to go. Any suggestions of makes or models would be great. I'm looking for a secondhand machine with a budget of £1000. Any links would be much appreciated.
  24. Anybody tried Su Casa in Ayr? Or is there anywhere better in town? Spending a couple of days there in July & need a good coffee stop.
  25. I visit friends/family in Leicester around once a month and often spend time hanging out in coffee shops. Here’s a mini-review of the ones I’ve tried. All notes based on a ‘small’ cappuccino (and the occasional cake!). Exchange Bar, Rutland St - By the Curve opposite the NCP. The Exchange bar is a relaxed place to hang out with very friendly staff. They also serve food, including breakfasts, though I haven’t tried it. - The Exchange serves the best cappuccino in Leicester. They take a lot of care during preparation and don’t rush - this isn’t a factory assembly line. The Exchange is my go-to on arrival to start-off the day. - TIP: Ask for a NCP parking voucher from them to massively reduce parking fees. Cafe Roma, Halford St - Opposite the old BHS. Cash only (ATM outside a few doors down). - Cafe Roma has been here for years. It’s an authentic Italian cafe with a real buzz when busy. Also has a range of authentic Italian grocery staples such as past, olive oil etc. - Simple and without frills, Cafe Roma delivers where it counts. Great authentic coffee and simple tasty Italian food. I’m transported back to Italy every time I visit. The Coffee Counter, Bowling Green St - Recently opened, run by long-time Leicester coffee roaster and wholesaler. - Small intimate setting, wonderful aroma (the floor-standing roaster is in the corner, which I believe runs on weekdays) and great cakes too! - The coffee wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for. They only serve one size - which for me is too large (12oz I think) the result is too much milk. Still a nice place to visit, perhaps next time I’ll try the espresso or see if they’ll do a pourover. St Martins Sq - Similar to Coffee Counter but much bigger and spread over two floors. Also much busier. As well as coffee, cakes and food they sell a variety of coffee-making goods. - This is a great facility, lots of tables, comfy sofas etc. Also a small kids play area upstairs. - Coffee is good, no question, but it feels like they are targeting a ‘mainstream’ market. It’s been a while since my last visit, from memory I believe that’ve gone down the ‘large cups’ route too, which is a shame. Dolce Verde, Belvoir St - Haven’t tried this one yet, it looks promising. Positioned as ‘speciality coffee’. - I’ll add an update when I’ve been - keen to hear from anybody who already has. Hopefully of some use to Midlands folks. Let me know if I’ve missed any?
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