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Competing on the World Stage- Alice Parsons NI AeroPress Champion 2021

In September 2021, in-person coffee events were finally welcomed back into our calendars and with that came the joy of welcoming back to Belfast the NI AeroPress Championships hosted in Black Box. Alice Parsons, Bailies Engineer won the NI AeroPress Championships 2021 and went on to compete via a surrogate brewer at the World Championships hosted in Melbourne Australia. Alice sat down with us, and brewed up some coffees whilst chatting through what it was like to go from first time competitor to finalist in a World competition.

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Summer Drinks

It’s official. Cold drinks are taking over for the rest of the summer, and nothing quite beats an iced filter on days like these.   It's that time of year when our favourite hot beverages take a back seat whilst we try and cope through a blazing summer heatwave. Sadly, flat whites and filters on days like these just aren't quite so reviving, but thankfully iced coffees and teas are in abundance and many of your favourite coffee spots are serving up some truly tantalising options. If you're keeping your cool at home, on the beach or out at a picnic and fancy brewing up your own refreshing concoction, look no further as we have some great coffee and tea recipes with...

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Engineering Advice

Slowly but surely, the past months have begun to see more positive signs that we are closer to seeing an end of lockdown restrictions. With Government approved dates for re-openings and outdoor hospitality service already being given a go ahead, we are beginning to see a bit of hope for the future and the upcoming summer months. Businesses re-opening as they are at present and with lesser restrictions expected to be in place for the summer- we wish to support all businesses who work closely with us and ensure that re-opening can be as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Our Bailies Engineers have throughout the last year offered services that would allow for businesses to create pop-up stands for...

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Beyond Bailies: Hollys Coffee Co

Hollys Coffee Co, sits in the heart of Ballynahinch Main Street Co. Down, offering a cosy and delicious break away from the city. This interview took place over a year ago - before the pandemic forced all hospitality into closure. During the first lockdown, Hollys was one of many local coffee spots that had to close its doors. Co-owner Janice and the Hollys team were able to re-open under restrictions once lockdown was phased out and have been navigating and adapting their way through unprecedented times. Since re-opening, Hollys are now well settled into the “new normal” way of trading. Since being able to trade again, albeit, not as they were able to before, the Hollys team have felt now...

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Hurricane Relief- Pacayal Solidarity Fund

In November 2020, towards the end of what was already an incredibly difficult year across the Globe, several Caribbean Islands and Central American Countries, in particular Honduras, were hit by not one, but two devastating hurricanes; ‘Eta’ and ‘Iota’ both of which reached category 4 and 5 status. The Atlantic storms first hit the country in early November with category 4 Hurricane ‘Eta’ which caused widespread flooding and destruction from heavy rains and winds. However, areas that were already badly affected alongside those that were spared the wrath of the first onslaught did not have much time to recover or prepare before they were hit once again with category 5 Hurricane ‘Iota’. (All images courtesy of Pacayal Coffee) Both hurricanes...

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