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The coffee challenge for non-coffee specialists

Fourth wave…fifth wave…V60…extraction ratio… It’s hard to deny that there is a lot of change within the coffee world and that it can be hard to keep up, even for the specialist coffee operators. Driving this change are the three Ts – Tastemakers, Technology and Transparency.

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2017 review: a year of coffee highlights

So it’s that time of the year – a time to overindulge in mince pies, to say hello to long lost friends and family and to take stock of the year as a whole. For us, that means looking back over the year in coffee, so we’ve asked the team for their coffee highlights from 2017.

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Christmas gift guide for Coffee Lovers

When buying a gift for a coffee lover it can be hard to know where to start so we’ve put together some tips on buying the perfect gift. Firstly, it’s good to know what type of coffee brewing methods they use. Do they have a French press or a V60? If you know the answer to this, you can then decide on what coffees will work best with these. Coffee types Espresso blends and Single Origin coffees are best for espresso or immersion brewing methods like Home espresso machines or French Press. Brewing methods Pour over brewing methods like V60 or Chemex work really well with Single Origin or Microlot coffees.  Something festive For seasonal stocking fillers, there are Christmas...

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‘THE RIGHT THING TO DO’ - Coffee Traceability and Transparency in Ethiopia

Jan Komarek, our Green Coffee Buyer and Head of Quality Control at Bailies Coffee Roasters shares his insights on Ethiopia and the difficulties associated with traceability and transparency. With the introduction of our Ethiopian microlots we felt it was appropriate to disclose why our newly launched Microlot coffees from Ethiopia are not traceable to the washing station or the farmer. Yes, not traceable but read on to learn why. Behind every coffee label is a great story. So, when Jan scheduled the Ethiopian Sidamo microlot coffees for roasting, we couldn’t help reflect on what it took to get it here and the challenges that exist in Ethiopia. It all began before Christmas 2016 when Jan announced he was travelling to...

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Stephen Houston IBrC Champ shares his journey to World Brewers Cup

Post celebrations from his win at this years IBrC, Stephen Houston shares his journey to the world stage and what it takes to raise the bar both mentally and physically! How have you prepared for WBrC? I had prepared quite a bit for the Irish Brewers Cup, starting from the previous year where I competed and came in around 17th place. I used this as my focus and spent the year working on my roasting ability as well brewing. Having done run-throughs, lots of brewing, preparing a presentation and then competing twice to win the IBrC. I was able to gain some really useful feedback from world class judges, this information was extremely helpful when it came to getting ready for...

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