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London Coffee Festival 2013

It’s rapidly coming to that time of year when the London Coffee Festival occurs.

A celebration of all things coffee – specialty and otherwise –  in the heart of Shoreditch, this annual four day festival is becoming a must-do for London coffee lovers.

At the heart of this long weekend lies the UK Barista Champs. The winner will represent the UK at the World Champs, in Melbourne this year. Last year’s UK champ, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood placed sixth in the world.

But this is not just about a competition. This is about trying new coffees and methods to prepare them. Of discovering why a latte is a latte and what makes a flat white flat. This is about copious cups of coffee and platefuls of glorious food to accompany the black gold.  And it’s about catching up with your friends to chat.

So grab your mates and some tickets and get yourselves down to The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for April’s London Coffee Festival.

What: The London Coffee Festival

When: 25-28 April, 2013

Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

Website: London Coffee Festival

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What I’m doing

Cast your mind back to July (or scroll down the page) and you’ll know I became a part time barista. No more.

Flat white with Latte Art


Somewhere along the way I became a full timer. Hence the lack of action on this blog.

For those interested (which is all of you, of course) you can find me plying my trade at Surbiton’s The Press Room.

La Marzocco FB/80, Mahlkonig grinder, glorious Has Bean beans (initially Jabberwocky but now developing our own blend), 21 glorious teas from Edinburgh’s Eteaket and a delightful wine list.

So that means that I might, on occasion, talk about my place of work. I’ll let others judge its noteworthiness.

I’m also going to refrain from reviewing other Surbiton cafes – and there are a couple of other good ones: Pickled Pantry and Foodie are worth a visit.

Apart from that, it will be business as normal, as and when I can get to new cafes.

I’ll also be reviewing some new kit and writing a bit more about professional knowledge.

Drink the best coffee; return the duds.

The breakthrough

A very quick post to update events in this arabicaphiles’ journey.

As of tomorrow, I’ll be part timing as a barista in Surbiton. Apparently it’s a Good Life out that way. Give me a week or two for this new venture to grind itself in and then I’ll reveal the location and opening hours.

Apart from that, a move to East Dulwich is slowly coming to an end – finally unpacking.

Plus I’m playing with a new coffee toy – the Espro Press from Canada. It’s not dissimilar to a French Press but has more/better filters.

My lovely wife bought it as a gift for me from The Coffeesmiths’ Collective here in London. For those who think it sounds familiar, Stylist featured it this year as part of a coffee equipment geek-out.

More soon!

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