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"
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"
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"
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 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"
On my long and complicated trip back from a weekend visiting my girlfriend and favorite London cafes I took the opportunity to listen back to a few of the coffeegeek podcasts that Mark Prince puts out. One thing that he discussed amongst others is the exisitance of the untouchables. “Who are the untouchables?” I hear […]Read more "How Do We Reach the ‘Untouchables’"
Just thought I’d cross post this from the Pumphreys Coffee news as It’s pretty relevent here…………. Pumphreys Coffee are proud to announce that they are hosting the Northern Regional Competition of the United Kingdom Barista Championships in February 2009. Every year more British Baristi enjoy friendly competition around the country to become regional winners and […]Read more "Pumphreys Coffee to Host Barista Championship"
WARNING LONG POST I just thought I’d get this in before I start mentioning loads of other Coffee companies, Roasters, cafés and trainers that I don’t work with. I work for Pumphreys Coffee as a barista trainer and showroom manager in Newcastle and I’m taking Part in the Scottish Regional heat of the UK Barista Championships […]Read more "UK Barista Championship, Northern Region"
I found a site today that makes little widgets of rss feeds. So I created some for the feeds that I read the most. I hope you like them and can fit them into your sites I cant get them on to wordpress.com as I am a technically inept at the moment. Too Much Coffee […]Read more "Playing around with widgets"