Welcome to your October coffee bible; preaching this month’s speciality latest and filling your diary with the coolest caffeinated events
Free coffee all year
Fancy winning a year’s supply of speciality coffee? Who are we kidding, of course you do …
The second ever UK Coffee Roasting Championships are set to take plan on October 20-22 at Dear Green Coffee Roasters in Glasgow. In this 3-stage event, competitors are evaluated on their performance evaluating the quality of green coffee, developing a roasting profile that best accentuates the desirable characteristics of that coffee, and on the ultimate cup quality of coffees roasted. The 14 places in the competition are now full but coffee-heads are still welcome to catch all the action at the roastery.
Have a espresso on the house
If you’re in Glasgow this weekend, make sure to head over to Sauchiehall Street where you’ll find Back to Black Coffee‘s first concession bar. Serving espresso and filter from an impressive line-up of European roasters, mention the Indy Coffee Guide and get your first espresso free #win.
This’ll put a Spring in your step
York coffee boffs rejoice – the city’s Spring Espresso is opening a second venue next week at 21 Lendal. A slick Synesso Hydra MVP (the first of its kind in the UK) will be at the heart of the new shop, crafting coffees from Square Mile and a bill of guest roasters.
Origin hit London (again)
There’s also fresh digs this month from Origin Coffee Roasters – we’re going to have to get a bigger bucket list – with a swanky new pad on London’s Euston Road. Nestled into the side of the British Library, the shop will showcase Origin’s direct trade single origin coffees.
Badass barista wanted
There’s still time to put yourself forward for Beyond the Bean‘s barista bursary for the 2017 UKBC. Entries for this year’s scheme close on November 30, and all you need to do to be considered is fill out this super simple form. So, what are you waiting for?
Behind (brew) bars
Big up to Johny & Lisa from Zest Cafe in St Andrews who are about to embark on their second prison programme at HMP Castle Huntly Open Estate. The SCAE trained baristas will be teaching 10 prisoners SCAE Introduction to Coffee and Foundation Barista skills as part of the Springboard UK charity programme.
Lancashire’s J Atkinson & Co. has leapfrogged into the 21st century this month with the addition of a brand spanking new Loring roaster. The new edition means that the team can plot a course to more flavour profiles, use less energy and produce lower emissions. Taste the new yields here.
The mighty Strong Man is back
Extract Coffee Roasters has announced that its Strong Man Espresso is back this autumn to fight the good fight and inject some serious caffeine into the Movember Foundation’s campaign for men’s health. Launching on International Coffee Day get it here from October 1.