Welcome to your January coffee bible; preaching this month’s speciality latest and filling your diary with the coolest caffeinated events
New year, new guide
We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ll be crossing the Irish Sea in search of speciality this year with the launch on the Irish Independent Coffee Guide No. 1. Keep an eye out for release dates and hit us up with any recommendations.
We’re also stoked to reveal that we’ll be launching the Scottish Independent Coffee Guide No. 2 at Dear Green Coffee Roastery on February 24.
The next barista champ?
Congratulations to Darryl Docherty of Dear Green in Glasgow who has been selected as the Beyond the Bean Bursary winner for 2017. After impressing judges with his constant drive to develop his skills, Darryl will receive both financial backing and one-to-one advice from Beyond the Bean for the UK Barista Champs 2017.
South coast sesh
Bournemouth’s South Coast Roast will be kicking off a busy year of caffeine fuelled events with a cupping session on January 15. Sample a range of coffees back-to-back at the roastery and learn how the origin and process can change the flavour. Get the deets here.
New digs in Devon
South Devon speciality fans will be chuffed to hear that Bayards Cove Inn will be opening a second top-notch coffee shop in Dartington very soon. Taking over the former Cranks Cafe at the Shops at Dartington, locals and holidaymakers can look forward to more cracking Origin espresso.
The team at Coffee Aroma are proud as punch of their swanky new Victoria Arduino VA388 Black Eagle Gravitech three group machine. Perfect excuse to pay the Lincoln coffee shop a visit and see what the espresso upgrade is packing.
Big up to the guys at Extract Coffee who have raised over £1200 for Movember UK. £1 from every pack of Strongman Espresso sold went to the charity which raises awareness for men’s health.
Back to school
With January being the month of fresh beginnings and all, there’s no better time to pick up a new skill. Bristol’s Coffea Arabica has barista, sensory and latte art courses running this month, click here for the full lowdown.
Crazy about coffee?
Everybody’s dreamt of drinking coffee in a former asylum, right? Lincoln’s Stokes Coffee is gearing up to move into its new HQ in the spring, with a new roastery and cafe in the pipeline for the 19th century building.