We are proud to announce that our newest barista Joe (new to us, but a long time coffee fan) headed over to Belfast last week and came first in the heat of UK Barista Championships.
With a solid performance for a first time entrant, and support in the preceding days from staff and customers alike, Joe used a delicious Has Bean Rawandan Kigoma Fully Washed Bourbon for his coffee, including a lemonade based signature drink to create a zesty mix of flavours.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Joe on our team and his hard work and practice has really paid off. Now he focuses himself on the next step, as the semi-finals will be fast approaching on the 28th April in London.
Also, follow Joe on his Twitter.
Check out more photos from Christain on his Flickr - Freelance Geek
The ultimate mix: Monkshead Coffee and 6/8’s Dav - No Can Defend.
Estelle from Dose, John Gordon from Square Mile and James Philips from Dose.
Ed Buston from Clifton Coffee
Baptiste from St. Ali
Square Mile’s John Gordon
Has Bean’s Dale Harris
Has Bean’s Dale Harris -blindfolded!
It’s all in the pour.
Thanks again to everyone for a great night and to Chris for the photos.
You want to experience coffee, you go to Prufrock. The minimalist decor and simple furniture demonstrate that this is clearly not a place to give you that cosy coffee shop feeling. This is a place to taste and savour what is in your mug.
The Prufrock stations (one in the clothes shop Present on Shoreditch High Street) are headed up by 2009 World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies and then staffed by a multitude of top notch baristas. Along with Present, Leather Lane boasts a Nuova Simonelli for their espresso drinks, but milk drinks are named by size rather than the usual titles of ‘Flat White’ or ‘Latte’; here you will simply get a 4oz, 6oz or 8oz. Along with their espresso range (currently using Square Mile’s Winter Blend) is the impressive slow bar.
The slow bar is where you will find the stash of coffee geek toys. Uber boilers, siphons with halogen burners along with your regular brewing techniques. I served a siphon coffee prepared by Robson Barista, which I highly recommend if you want to get the best out of your coffee.
David and his toys
Outside. Nothing flash here.
My siphon coffee is a-brewing.
The entrance to Prufrock
For his Jimseven podcast, James Hoffman (World Barista Champion 2007) talks to Colin Harmon (Ireland National Barista Championship in 2009 and a man on the cutting edge of revoluntionising coffee shops that just sounds like a real nice guy). They discuss what they expect from a top quality coffee shop and the importance of improving the standard of coffee in shops.
If you are interested in coffee, the coffee culture, a barista or own a coffee shop; this is well worth listening to.