Book Review: Craft Coffee A Manual

Through my research into the coffee and coffee shop industries I have learnt lots about coffee and the different ways to prepare it – I even went on a SCA Barista Skills course at Prufrock in an attempt to understand a little more about the creation of espresso based drinks. I’ve  interacted with lots of passionate individuals who have demonstrated the various ways in which coffee can be prepared and how this can affect the taste of the coffee. At home I’ve ended up with a small collection of brewing equipment, mainly thanks to family and friends who have been keen to encourage the interest – particularly if it improves the cup of coffee they get when they visit. However, I haven’t spent a great deal of time trying to understand how to use these devices properly. To try and help me with this I was kindly given Craft Coffee: A Manual by Jessica Easto and Andreas Willhoff by a family member. I’ve often turned to youtube to learn about brewing methods but in an era when so much time is spent in front of computer screens, it’s nice to have a book.

Craft Coffee Book CoverCraft Coffee: A Manual is essentially an introductory guide to trying to make coffee at home, exploring the different elements that can affect how it is prepared, as well as the equipment itself. There are six broad chapters, as well as helpful troubleshooting section at the end with tips for how to try and make the best cup of coffee.

Chapter One covers brewing basis, from key points about brew ratios and extraction to how to dial in the coffee in the grinder. The idea of brew ratios was something I never really used to consider. I had a broad idea of what worked and stuck with that. The coffee bewing control chart is helpful for trying to consider how to alter to avoid over and under extraction.

Chapter two moves on to discuss different pieces of important hardware, from the filters to scales and kettles. For the different brewing methods there’s a bit of history about how the device came about and some advice about how to use it. There’s advice and information about various pieces of coffee equipment you can consider including the burr grinder, scales and gooseneck kettle.

Chapter Three turns to the coffee itself to explore the differences in beans, processing methods, through to roasting. It would be impossible in one chapter to provide a comprehensive guide to coffee, but it provides a good overview of  the differernt types and origins and a little about decaffeination processes too. Chapter Four moves on to cover Buying the Coffee consideing not only where you would typically buy craft coffee but also about how to understand the usual information on the labels, and how to store it at home.

Chapter Five explores the Flavour of coffee, from acidity to aroma and how one goes about assessing flavour. If anyone has ever seen the flavour wheel for coffee, the it can easy be daunting to try and identify the flavours being produced. It even suggests to have a coffee tasting party  – as the authors suggst ‘honing your coffee-tasting skills is more fun with other people’.

Chapter Six then finishes with an exploration of some of the more typical brew methods including: French Press, Aeropress, Clever Dripper, Siphon, Melitta, BeeHouse, Walküre, Kalita, Chemex, and V60. For each method there is an annotated diagram of the different parts and explanaation of how it works, a suggested brew recipe and an outlined method for how to use it. There are lots of different brew recipes you can use depending on how you like your coffee, but these seem like good starting points. I have to admit that when I started drinking specialty coffee at home I didn’t pay much attention to the amount of coffee and water I was using, or the way I prepared it either. However, I now use making coffee as part of day where I actually slow down for a few minutes and try out different brew methods and ratios to experiment a little with how coffee can taste.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book providing an overview of different aspects of coffee preparation. It provided more detail on elements of the processes I undertake on a regular basis but often don’t really think about. This book would be great for someone who is keen to make a nice cup of coffee at home to give them a good foundation of understanding of how to prepare a good cup, the different ways they may want to try, and about the different things than can affect the outcome! Another nice addition to my coffee library.

 

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Coffee and communities: Well Grounded – The Specialty Coffee Training Academy

As I’ve explained before on the ‘cafespaces’ blog, the coffee and coffee shop industries have the potential to impact various communities; an important route for doing so is through the activities of social enterprises.

Well Grounded Pop up barista event specialty coffee

A great example is Well Grounded, is a specialty  coffee training academy based in East London which focuses in helping people struggling to find work. Established in 2016 by the current CEO Eve Wagg, the community interest company, has been providing training based on an educational framework to support the development of skills needed to work in the coffee shop industry, and to secure employment.

Well Grounded Pop up barista event specialty coffee

I was fortunate enough to meet some of the most recent graduates of Well Grounded’s specialty coffee training academy at a pop-up barista event to celebrate their graduate. The event held at La Marzocco in London, allowed the recent graduates to demonstrate their new skills to an audience of employers, other Well Grounded graduates and team members, plus a range of other coffee professionals. Before the graduation of the most recent cohort of trainees, there was a talk by the founder Eve Wagg, explaining the educational approach to the training that takes place through Well Grounded as well as presentations by other graduates explaining their personal journeys and the impact of their training.

On talking with some of the recent Well Grounded graduates it was clear that they had a lot of passion, about coffee, but also about developing their skills, and getting the skills they needed to find a job they could be passionate about. On both the espresso bar and brew bar the Well Grounded crew were both informative and enthusiastic; the training not only appears to have provided excellent coffee making skills, but the confidence to work in a busy environment.

Well Grounded Pop up barista event specialty coffee

The team at Well-Grounded are doing a fantastic job of providing training opportunities for people who may otherwise find it difficult to find employment; improving livelihoods as well as enriching the coffee shop industry with lots of passionate individuals ready to use their training in the world of work.

 

 

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From pub to coffee shop: changing habits?

The number of pubs in the UK is in decline. The BBC reported that in the second half of 2017, around 18 pubs were closing every week, according to data from The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). There are a number of reasons thought to be behind this, around changing consumption habits. While the number of pubs may be in decline, the number of coffee shops is still on the rise. The two are not necessarily directly related, although some of the changing consumption patterns may lead to both of these changes – as explored in my article ‘Cafe Nation: Exploring the growth of the UK cafe industry‘.

I’ve noticed in the past that some former pubs have become coffee shops – The Bear and Beignet in Isham (Northamptonshire) was one example, although this closed down too. More recently in Desborough, also in Northamptonshire, a former pub, the Kings Arms had been transformed into a branch of Costa Coffee.

The pub was a Grade II listed building dating back to the early 1700s, so I imagine Costa were relatively limited in what they could do the building itself, but it is interesting to see that the high street coffee shop chains continue to expand into different spaces, including those that would formerly have been pubs. If anyone knows of any coffee shops that have taken over spaces that were formerly pubs I’d be interested to hear about them.

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Thanks to my Dad for heading back to Desborough to take the photographs for me!

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A return to Portugal and specialty coffee: Coffee shops, roasters and coffee

Portugal has always had a vibrant coffee culture, with cafes playing a central role in many people’s lives, but as in many places, coffee culture is changing. When I first started to visit Portugal, you would struggle to find places that served anything but the traditional coffees, as I discussed in a previous blog post. But now there is a growing presence of both coffee shop chains, such as Costa coffee and Starbucks, as well independent specialty coffee shops and roasters. When I last looked (in May 2017) there were only a couple of Starbucks in Lisbon, and a few branches of Costa Coffee in Porto and on the south coast. Shortly after arriving in Porto we noticed quite a few people walking around with Starbucks cups, and the Starbucks website suggests there are now branches in Porto, Braga, Lisbon, and Faro.

7G Roasters Vila Nova de Gaia Porto Portugal

On a previous visit to Porto we explored some of the specialty coffee offerings that were there at the time, most notably Mesa 325, the Combi Coffee van and Luso Coffee Roasters. This year we had a range of new places to try, with specialty coffee places located in different areas of the city.

The first stop was the Combi coffee shop, which was a short walk from the main shopping area. When we arrived the Combi Coffee van we had visited before was parked outside, and the shop was open at the front, making it seem even more spacious. We opted to try coffee via aeropress, a smooth coffee to get us started for the day. The Combi shop is definitely a nice addition to the van, and good to see that the business has grown since I last visited. I also noticed that what the coffee shop at the top of the fashion shop ‘The Feeting Room’ now had a window saying the Combi x The Coffee Room, so clearly Combi has a presence there too.

Combi Coffee Porto Portugal

On another day we stopped by Fabrica Coffee Roasters, again in central Porto just a short walk from the main shopping streets. I’ve been reading about Fabrica and their activities in Lisbon so I was pleased to see they had expanded and opened a store in Porto. This coffee shop was much bigger than I had expected, beyond the coffee bar it stretched quite far back with lots of different seating options. There were a few coffees on offer, and we opted for a couple of espressos, one Brazilian and one Rwandan, both were excellent. As with Combi Coffee, there was a range of coffee brewing equipment for sale as well as coffees to brew at home, we decided to get a bag of Burundi beans which was recommended for filter to try later. Having now started to drink it at home, I wish I had bought more! We arrived a few minutes after it had opened (quite a lot of specialty coffee places in Porto only open around 10am), and while we were there it had a steady stream of customers, from what we could tell a mix of both local people and tourists.

Before travelling to Portugal I had heard about another new coffee shop that had recently opened in the centre of Porto. C’Alma Specialty coffee room is housed inside a historic building, up a few steps which means if you sit by the window you get to look down on the street – great for people watching. This place had a range of coffees on offer, both from Portuguese roasters such as Luso Coffee Roasters and its own C’Alma espresso blend, as well as those from further afield including Tim Wendleboe (Oslo) and Five Elephant (Berlin). It’s clearly a place that likes to champion the different tastes that specialty coffee can provide. It offered a range of tasting flights so you could try different coffees prepared via different methods. We didn’t have the option of staying very long so opted for a couple of macchiatos, made with the C’Alma blend which was really smooth. The C’Alma blend we noticed when purchasing a bag was roasted in 7g roaster over in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the river.

We’d been hoping to visit 7g roaster after reading the article on European Coffee Trip, but weren’t sure if we would have the time. However, with a couple of spare hours we made a quick trip down to the Port wine area of Gaia to see if we could find it. Just a minute from the waterfront, 7g roaster is nestled among the historic buildings and port winery’s of the area. It’s an interesting set up which includes several rental apartments with a coffee shop and roaster at the bottom. The article by Domas Draginis on European Coffee Trip provides a more in-depth look at what this place does. The coffee shop/roastery was another large open space with plenty of tables.

There was an extensive coffee menu, as well as a range of food on offer too. We didn’t have time to stop for food, though what we saw coming out of the kitchen looked great. For this stop we had a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee via V60 an a panama coffee in a cortado. From my perspective one of the great things about this place was how the roaster was a central part of the coffee shop – the large Joper roaster was visible from pretty much anywhere in the shop and was set up behind a bar where people could sit if they wanted to. Clearly 7g roasters are an active part of the coffee community in Porto. On talking with the staff we found out that they worked with C’Alma to get the particular blend they wanted for their coffee, the one we had tried earlier in the week.

There are a growing number of coffee related events, cuppings, and talks taking place in Portugal, and 7g roasters have already been a part of this, hosting the 2018 Portugal Aeropress championship. There were several coffees to purchase for brewing at home on offer, and we decided to go with a Brazilian coffee roasted for espresso.

Something we’ve found in many of the Portuguese specialty coffee places is the both the friendliness of the people working there and the enthusiasm for specialty coffee, and how they encourage people to try, and learn about, specialty coffee. This is something we have found on previous visits but continues to be the case as new places open. There were quite a few other specialty coffee places around Porto that we didn’t get around to visiting, but hopefully will do on future trips including Birds of Passage, Alambique and Café Progresso. If you’re considering visiting Porto, European Coffee Trip have a helpful map with coffee shop guides. Outside of central Porto there were a couple of places around Matosinhos that we were hoping to visit but didn’t get around to it including, Booínga Café and Wanderlust Coffee Lab. Just not enough time on this trip, but clearly there is a growing demand for specialty coffee in the area.

Specialty coffee is clearly on the rise in Portugal, in some of the larger cities such as Lisbon and Porto, but also in other places such as Aveiro which is home to the coffee training organisation Fábrica do Barista. The pace of growth is interesting to watch, and it will be interesting to see if it continues to grow, and what impact that this may have on the coffee culture in the country. I look forward to future visits to explore even more. In the meantime I have a range of coffee roasted in Portugal to try at home. I was spoilt for choice!

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Highlights from the Bristol Coffee House Project

This year I’ve managed to attend a few different coffee festivals, and its interesting to see how different places create and market these events. September saw the arrival of Bristol’s first coffee festival – the Coffee House Project, held in the Passenger shed.

I think this was definitely my favourite venue for a coffee festival so far, a large hall of a former train station, and very easy to get around. There was a packed programme of different events and experiences throughout the festival from the UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2019 competition, to the opportunity to screen print your own tea towel. As you can see from the map there was a great selection of coffee and coffee shop related businesses present.

At the London Coffee Festival I got to try coffee from Girls Who Grind Coffee, an all-female coffee roastery who roast some fantastic coffee from female producers around the world. After seeing the tasting notes of the Honduras coffee as mango and passionfruit pavlova, we had to try that one  – definitely an interesting coffee to try.

I was also really pleased to see the Dog & Hat Coffee subscription business at the festival. We’ve been subscribers with Dog & Hat for a while and we’ve had a fantastic selection of coffee from a wide range of roasters from across the UK and beyond. It was also nice to meet Su, to put a face to the business I’ve been interacting with. If you’re interested in trying out different coffees but don’t know where to start, they are definitely a good option!

 The reusable cup company, KeepCup had a stand, and they even had a really pretty Coffee House Project cup for sale. At the London Coffee Festival earlier in the year I picked up a Huskup, a reusable cup I hadn’t heard of before, and it was good to see they had a stand here too. Lots of people were walking around with reusable coffee cups, and many stands had biodegradable or recyclable cups, so hopefully there wasn’t too much coffee cup waste from the event.

I discovered a few new roasters, including Dusty Ape coffee, and Manumit Coffee, an organisation working with people affected by modern slavery, providing training and employment opportunities.

Coffee festivals are  great way to celebrate and showcase whats happening locally in the coffee industry, and a really nice addition in the Coffee House Project bag was the Best Coffee specialty coffee map of Bristol. Trying different coffee shops is a great way to explore a city.  I’ll definitely be using this to try new places next time I’m in Bristol.

There were many more highlights to the festival than what’s included here, but this is all I have time to write about at the minute. The Coffee House Project has definitely been one of my favourite coffee festival so far, not only because of the venue, the great coffee, but because of the friendliness of everyone we met. Hopefully the Coffee House Project will be back next year.

 

 

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Coventry’s First Coffee Festival: Fargo Coffee Festival

There’s a growing number of coffee festivals taking place across the UK (and in other countries too), with many starting to emerge in smaller towns and cities. The weekend of 15th and 16th September saw the first coffee festival taking place in Coventry’s Fargo Village. The Fargo Coffee Festival was an event which showcased some of the regions coffee highlights including local roasters and coffee shops, as well as other coffee and coffee shop related organisations, such as the Independent Coffee Club, Midlands.

It was held in the indoor space just as you enter Fargo Village, for a very reasonable £1 entry!

Fargo Coffee Festival Coventry

As you entered the event there was a seating area where there was some live music playing, and plenty of tables to sit around and enjoy the coffee and atmosphere.

Fargo Coffee Festival Coventry

Then into the main hall there were range of different stands includng the main sponsors of the event Java Lounge, and Backhaus & Co. They were doing some latte art demonstrations and there seemed to be plenty of filter coffee being prepared. It was good to see one of my favourite midlands roasters at the event, Monsoon Estates Coffee Company, as well as Ed’s Coffee House which I’ve often visited on Coventry market.

I also had the opportunity to try a Kenyan filter coffee from a roaster I hadn’t heard about before – New Era coffee. The tasting notes suggested there should be hints of rose florals, lime and milk chocolate  – a very nice V60 to finish my visit to the festival.

A great addition to the suite of events that take place at Fargo Village in Coventry, I hope it’s one that stays in the calendar for next year to showcase more of what’s happening in coffee in the midlands.

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Book Review: Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour

Are you interested in exploring different types of coffee shops across the globe? Have you ever wondered how to ask for coffee in different countries around the world? If the answer if yes to either of these questions then the Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour book might be a good place to start. When I was younger and had more time to travel for pleasure rather than work, I’d often reach for a Lonely Planet guide when beginning to plan my adventures. This isn’t your typical Lonely planet book focusing on any particular country, but instead is part of the Lonely Planet Food series which provides more of a visual guide of places to visit if your interested in coffee and coffee shops.

Lonely Planet Global Coffee Tour book

I imagine it was a really difficult process deciding which places to include in this book as it would be impossible to provide a comprehensive guide to coffee shops and coffee experiences on a global scale, particularly as the industry changes so much. Nevertheless, the book has managed to select some coffee highlights for a range of countries across the globe, organised in to different regions. There are of course many countries here with rich coffee cultures that aren’t included (Portugal is one example), but the book does well to cover a broad spread of countries with different coffee histories, trends and features.

There is a short helpful glossary at the beginning of the book which would be helpful for any one who is not familiar with some of the terminology. The book is then divided into different regions Africa & the Middle East, The Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Each country is then introduced with a little about the coffee history or traditions there and key developments in their coffee culture and interesting facts. Some countries also have listed the Top 5 coffees – I find this a little problematic firstly because in many countries just picking five coffees would be near impossible, secondly because these would be likely to change year on year and season to season. Each country also has a section which outlines how to ask for  acoffee in the local language, the signature coffee style, what to order with your coffee (e.g. local baked delicacies). These are very much in keeping with the Lonely Planet style of hints and tips for travellers but I did find some of the ‘How to ask for a coffee in the local language?’ a little amusing. The differences between the English speaking countries for example:

  • Australia: Can I have a (insert coffee preference here)?
  • New Zealand: I’ll have a flat white, thanks mate.
  • UK: I’d like a latte/cappuccino/black coffee, please
  • USA: I’d like a ____ coffee, please (fill in with ultra-specific ordering details, i.e ‘half-caff, no foam, almond milk’.

However, should I find myself in some far flung location, I’m sure I would find the phrases very helpful. So after the introduction to the country each chapter has a number of coffee experiences detailed – these are mostly coffee shops and roasteries,  however there are also a range of other coffee experiences such as visits to local coffee farm, for example the Satemwa Coffee Tour in Malawi, or the Fazenda Santa Margarida in Brazil.

If you were going to use this book as a guide to inform your travels, there are also helpful suggestions of things to do nearby, sometimes major tourist attractions, but also interesting places to eat and drink. It was good to see that the inclusions weren’t always in the capital cities either. In the UK for example there were highlights from Ammanford, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Falmouth and London.

As someone who is interested in different coffee and cafe cultures around the world I found this book interesting in terms of finding out about some key coffee and cafe highlights in countries I am not as familiar with, and as with many travel books there are lots of nice pictures to make you think about being somewhere else!

 

 

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What does a global giant need to grow? Coffee: Coca-Cola buys the coffee shop chain Costa Coffee

The global coffee shop market is estimated to be worth around $165bn (£127bn), with forecasts that this is likely to continue to grow in the future. Such large sums of money and growth forecasts have made the coffee shop industry an attractive one for many businesses.

Vanilla latte costa

The UK’s largest coffee shop chain Costa Coffee has recently announced it is being sold to the global soft drinks giant Coca-Cola for £3.9 billion. Given Costa’s current owner Whitbread bought the company from its founders Sergio and Bruno Costa for £19 million in 1995, this somewhat demonstrates the scale of growth the coffee shop industry has experienced in recent decades. The sale isn’t really a surprise, there have been discussions in the media about how Whitbread has been under pressure from investors to spin off Costa as a separate business. And as the Chief Executive of Whitbread, Alison Brittain, explained, they had been approached by a number of investors but the one from Coca-Cola offered a ‘dream deal’ for investors.

The move by Coca-Cola into the coffee market isn’t a huge surprise either. While Coca cola has a global soft drinks empire, it doesn’t have a strong coffee presence its range and so the move is seen as their way of entering the game. In a time where there is increasing pressure to reduce consumption of sugar-laden soft drinks, a move to expand their coffee range seems sensible.

Coca cola is buying a ready-made network in coffee with 4,000 Costa stores in 32 countries; 2,400 of these are in the UK, as well as 8,000 self-service machines. By buying an established coffee brand, they can use their existing distribution network to scale this up in terms of expansion of its stores, but also its products. The popularity of ready-to-drink coffee products, and in particular cold brew coffee, has been booming and since Coca-Cola specialises in producing bottled drinks, I would expect to see a proliferation of Costa branded products in Coca-Cola vending machines near you soon after the deal takes place.

Costa Coffee in the UK has experienced very rapid growth in recent years reaching just over 2,400 stores by 2018, which is twice as many as its closest competitor Starbucks. Although there have been reports that the company have experienced falling sales, blamed on falling footfall in the high streets. The UK market in terms of high street Costa stores is clearly close to saturation, but for it’s store expansion I would expect Coca-Cola to focus on Costa’s international expansion, with a strong focus on Asia where it already has started to develop a presence. As I explored in a recent journal article on the growth of coffee shop culture in China, the Chinese market presents an attractive opportunity for expansion with a growing middle class and a rising taste for coffee along side this. Costa Coffee has already outlined ambitious expansion plans for the region, and with Coca-Cola well established distribution network in the region, it seems likely that this area of the world may be where it turns its attention to expand its store network.

The recent purchase by Coca-Cola is just one of several high value moves by large companies to expand their presence in the coffee business. The investment firm JAB has made several acquisitions which expand its coffee portfolio. It already owned chains such as Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme (which while its main focus is donuts, they also sell a lot of coffee), but also acquired the US specialty coffee companies Stumptown and Intelligentsia and the UK based Pret-a-manger (for around $2 billion). There were also moves from Nestle to buy a 68% stake in the US specialty coffee company Blue Bottle for $425 million and  $7.1 billion in a deal to be able to sell Starbucks products. These are the larger moves taking place in the coffee and coffee shop industries, and there are many other smaller mergers and acquisitions taking place that are changing the way the coffee shop industry looks and operates.

These big money deals demonstrate the scale of the coffee shop industry, and the desire for companies to claim their position in the market. There is more to be written about the impact of such changes on the coffee market, and of the various mergers and acquisitions taking place across the industry. Will these moves create a homogenization of coffee culture? What impact will these moves have on coffee growers and others in the coffee supply chain? Are the forecasts for growing coffee consumption and coffee shop industry sustainable?

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Birmingham Coffee Festival highlights

A slightly delayed post that I have been meaning to write for a while about the Birmingham Coffee Festival that was held back in June. Last year saw the first coffee festival held in the Custard Factory in Birmingham, and this year it returned to the same venue. It felt like there was more on offer this year with a good range of roasters, food and other products on offer.

There were some of the local coffee shops and roasters at the festival with great offerings from 200degrees and Java lounge.

But there were also roasters from further afield such as Campbell & Syme. We tried a sample of their Ethiopian washed filter coffee which was lovely, but we particularly enjoyed the ‘Guess the Origin’ espresso challenge. It turns out that the espresso which I would probably class as one of the ‘most interesting’ espressos I’ve ever tasted was from Brazil. I guessed South American but I never would have guessed Brazil. This is a great coffee as an example of some of the excellent specialty coffee that’s coming from Brazil.

If you have read this blog before you will know I have an interest in sustainability in the coffee shop industry and I’ve been following how much this issue is present at coffee festivals, particularly the London Coffee Festival. I was pleased to see the presence of both Keep Cup and Green Man packaging, among others, which highlighted the importance of considering waste produced from the industry.

This year the fabulous Cakesmiths joined the line-up with an impressive selection on offer as usual.

Last year’s Birmingham Coffee Festival was the first coffee festival we had attempted to take a child to. This year with a new addition we attempted the festival with two under two year olds. By going at the beginning of the day things weren’t too busy and there was space to move around with out it feeling too crowded. Something I haven’t seen at a festival yet which was openly children friendly was a free babyccino bar. My smallest research assistant was very happy to have a babyccino and join us at the table with her own drink (alongside a bit of Cakesmiths cake of course).

As with most visits to coffee festivals there’s so much nice coffee on offer that I have to be restrained in what I buy to bring home. We ended up with a bag from Cole & Mac from the stall that had the Babyccino bar, and one from Campell & Syme after we had a sample.

For a much more in-depth review of the venue and what was on offer see the blog post from Brian Williams on Brian’s Coffee spot here. The festival was a perfect opportunity for a wander around Birmingham too, following a trail of dinosaurs which had been created in celebration of the recent ‘Dippy on Tour‘ exhibition at the museum.

There are now lots of great coffee festivals across the country (and world) which showcase what the coffee industry (and related businesses) have to offer. The next ones that we’ll be visiting are first coffee festival in Bristol, The Coffee House Project, and the Fargo Coffee Festival in Coventry – both in September.

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Innovations in recycling coffee cups: Coffee Notes

As part of my research project into the coffee shop industry and the circular economy I have been looking for examples of products that have been made from coffee shop waste. I recently came across Coffee Notes which are notebooks made from recycled coffee cups.

These are lovely note books, with nice thick pages, and no ink bleaching on the other side of the pages after writing. I particularly like the cover design as a reminder of what they’re made from, along with the brief explanation of the recycling process. I was kindly sent this sample pack but they will be available to buy soon.

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