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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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Stephen Houston shares what it takes to become the Irish Brewers Cup champion

Walking on air from his win at the Irish Brewers Cup last weekend Stephen Houston was more than happy to share what it takes to win, live the dream and prepare for the world stage.  The story behind the coffee The variety is not indigenous to Colombia and the seeds have made their way originally from Yemen. The coffee is characterised by its journey and its unique processing. Handpicked, fermented, then wrapped in cloths for 24 hours so the beans reach high temperatures, further speeding up fermentation enhancing the sweetness and exotic fruit flavours. It is then dried for 33 days alternating sun and shade. Mr Gutierrez has dubbed this as “the honey technique for Naturals”. The coffee (The main subject...

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NI Aeropress Competition goes down a storm

The Bailies Coffee team had a truly fantastic time last night at the very first, and definitely not the last Northern Ireland Aeropress Championships. The event was held in Established Coffee in Belfast, and massive congratulations to them on the great hosting, and fabulous service I'm sure everyone received. As we may have mentioned, Bailies provided the freshly roasted coffee for the event, Tolima Gaitana from Colombia - and it was just as popular as we thought it might be. The competitors were pleased, and the those lucky enough to grab a free sample on the night will be too when they brew it up. For a very limited time there will be some 250g bags available on the site...

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NI Aeropress Championship 2015 - The Coffee

Bailies Coffee is delighted to be the official coffee sponsor for the inaugural NI Aeropress Championship taking place in Established on Thursday 19th March 2015 and we’ve chosen this very special coffee for the competition: Colombia Tolima Gaitana This is a washed speciality Arabica coffee from Gaitana cooperative in the Tolima region of Colombia. This coop is located around 1850 masl and cooperates with 50 small farmers in the neighbourhood. All coffee was hand-picked, pulped (also mostly by hand), dry fermented for 28 hours, washed and sun dried on patios protected by parabolic tents over 10 days. It consists mainly of Caturra varietal with a small percentage of Typica and Castillo, all growing on volcanic soils.  The cooperative itself if...

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Northern Ireland 2015 Aeropress Championship

  Take the plunge and join the 2015 Northern Ireland Aeropress Championship as a competitor The AeroPress Championship is a competition open to anyone who can brew a great cup of coffee using the AeroPress. It is open to anyone and everyone, all you need is to secure your place online, turn up on time with your AeroPress & brew! You could be 3 coffees away from winning a trip to Seattle, to represent Northern Ireland at the World AeroPress Championships. Full details below, any questions, tweet us @NIAeropressComp. It’s shaping up to be a great night. It’s free entry for spectators, there will be beer from Prohibition, pizza, as well as Sherryvallies DJ’s & we’ll be sure to squeeze...

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