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Perched in the Laptop area of Campbell and Syme’s North London café, I got a chance to catch up with Ross (arguably the nicest person in coffee). I first met Ross when I exhibited at the South West coffee festival in 2017. We worked with C&S at Cup North and then got chatting over a beer in Birmingham earlier this year. So here are the more coffee things we hadn’t covered when in the brewery.    How did you get into coffee? By walking into a new coffee shop in Watford (my home town). I always drank black coffee but had...

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Let me set the scene for you. Two filters and one delightful espresso down, we are sat in two very comfy arm chairs in what I can only describe as the coolest office I have ever been in. A fully decked out coffee bar, beer fridge, table tennis and even a drum kit (although I was warned not to get Stephen going on it). Will is the field operative for London and the South at Hasbean and following our tour of the roastery we had the chance to find out a little more about him. How did you get into...

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Hasbean, founded by Stephen Leighton in 1999, was a very different business to the roast-to-order company we now know and love. Stephen started out working on a market stall in Stafford re-selling roasted coffee. Working around other work commitments, it was a tough time.  Following the market stall not quite being the success he had dreamed, he decided the business needed to change slightly. One customer brought back a bag of beans they had bought complaining that the coffee didn’t dissolve when she stirred it. This is when he realised he needed to educate the folk of England.  “It’s just a...

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This post goes out to all the frustrated baristas that have to deal with people telling them “meh, I don’t like coffee. it’s too bitter.” Or my favourite is people saying “it just tastes like cigarettes.” Both of the above statements could well be true. However, I am going to argue that it doesn’t have to be that way. After all, we know that coffee has more tasting notes than wine. If you are just finding your way in coffee this article might have come at the perfect time. Let’s say you tried a filter coffee in an independent and...

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I was fortunate enough to pop to London and have a chat with Coffee Forums UK Founder, and 5M Coffee Company owner. The setting of our casual chat is the seating area of Workshop Fitzrovia coffee shop on Mortimer Street. This was actually one of my favourite coffee spots when I lived in London as it was one of the first places I visited when learning about speciality coffee. I opted for a cup of Rwandan filter brewed in a clever dripper whilst Glenn opted for their Columbian Batch Brew. So you founded Coffee Forums UK in June of 2008,...

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