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Belfast Based Coffee Brewer Boston Bound To Prove He’s Best In The World!

Stephen Houston, Head Roaster at Bailies Coffee Roasters based in Belfast is heading to Boston next week to represent Ireland in the World Coffee Championships. Back in January, Stephen had to fend off tough competition from across Ireland to win the ‘Irish Brewers Cup 2019’.  He’ll now make his way to Boston taking on over 40 competitors from across the world.  Stephen will take to the stage for four days of fierce competition from 11-14 April at the Boston World Coffee Championships, in a bid to win the ‘World Brewers Cup’. The World Brewers Cup competition highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and service excellence. In this Championship, competitors prepare and serve three...

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Coffee, Community & Culture

So much changed for us as at the roastery over the past 20 years, the same can also be said for the specialty coffee industry across Northern Ireland. We’re a small country, but we have a lot to offer; growing rapidly to rival some of the largest coffee destinations in Europe. There is something special about being part of a unique, pocket-sized community, where everyone is so passionate about one thing…coffee. In our unique coffee world, we seem to have developed an innate desire to walk into our favourite café, or new street addition, and initiate conversation with our barista on anything from the origin to the roast or the brew- that subtle look of approval I receive when I...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Sometimes its hard to know where to start when it comes to gifts for coffee lovers, which is why we've put together a few tips to help you find the perfect gift this Christmas.   Brewing methods A good place to start is to find out what type of home brewing methods they use. Do they have a French press, V60 or maybe Aeropress? Sussing this out will help decide on what coffees will work best.  If coffee isn't your thing it can maybe seem a bit daunting when researching all the different coffee types and beans. Whether you prefer your Americano with milk, or a Flat white over a filter, everyone has their favorite and its the same with brewing methods     In...

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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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