As has more than frequently happened over the past few years the eloquent Mr James Hoffmann of Square Mile Coffee Roasters has stimulated my mind. His recent blog post entitled ‘The Difficult Middle’ struck a chord while at the same time prompting me to respond with a perspective from ‘the other side’. As you will undoubtedly know […]Read more "Response to ‘The Difficult Middle’ @Jimseven"
As of today we officially open our newest venture the Pumphreys Coffee Centre and Brewing Emporium. As many of you know Pumphreys have had a site selling freshly roasted coffee beans, loose tea and various associated paraphernalia in the Grainger Market for over 40 years. We haven’t been fortunate enough to have the facilities at […]Read more "Pumphreys Coffee Centre and Brewing Emporium"
I’ve been rushing around this week setting up our new coffee shop on the back of our existing Grainger Market site in Newcastle. As usual with any development everything has taken that little bit longer than I expected or planned for and it has made me think. Setting up a cafe is not an easy […]Read more "Quality – where to draw the line"
During my recent dalliance into the cafe world the exact opposite of this question has been flowing through my brain! Having been a tutor of the C&G VRQ in barista skills for quite a while and a trainer at Pumphreys for much longer I have seen lots of differing skill sets and personalities passing though. […]Read more "How can you be the worst barista?"
Hopefully this is the livestream of the UKBC South East Heat.Although as I post this the stream is down. Should be on all day tomorrow (Sat 20th Feb) tooFingers crossed more about “UKBC South East Heat“, posted with vodpodRead more "UKBC South East Heat Live Stream"
Thought you coffee guys might like this as I made myself titter when I added the music. It’s me a the Pumphreys Coffee Centre in Newcastle on Monday serving our great customers. The Coffee I’m drinking is Guatemala Huehuetenango. EnjoyRead more "Little Time Lapse Video"
Many of you may have noticed the penchant I have acquired over recent years for wearing flat caps, ‘decorative’ but distinguished shoes and increasingly lighter and ornamental scarfs. This, rightly or not, you may be thinking to yourself is no doubt down to some sort of early ‘mid life crisis’ caused by the early retirement […]Read more "The Chap Magazine"
I’d like to keep everyone abreast of whats going on up here in the ‘toon’ and introduce this new event which Alex Forsyth and I are organising! Last Wednesday of the month each month with any luck! First of hopefully monthly Latte Art Throwdowns in the mighty town of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bring your jug, […]Read more "New Monthly Latte Art Throwdown in Newcastle"
First of all a little hello to everyone! I’m fully aware of my absence on this blog and for once I’m not going to appologize but I am going to explain why! I have found the micro blogging site Twitter which seems to take up my time but in smaller more managable chunks than blogging. […]Read more "Me, Blogs and Twitter"
I was somewhat disappointed with a visit I made to a new account of ours. It seems that a vast amount of people do not clean their machines. Look at this grim picture, I’d scoured the bottom one for about 5 minutes (that one was the dirty one) Why? Why do people do this?Read more "Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning"