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can probably go back to 2003!
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Coffee House 71, May 2013
rather tend to stop at Caffe Culture preview time, and much of
our magazine is devoted to the show... but we still managed to
cover the interesting situation in which the London Coffee
Festival drew a reported 16,000 visitors (ten thousand
consumers, six thousand trade) and enquire whether this means
the public interest and enthusiasm for speciality coffee is
actually still going up. We reported on two London
coffee-house guides being published at the same time, and
discussed the implications of the national barista
championships... in which, for the first time, a barista from a
contract caterer made the top six in the country.
Coffee House 70, April
This issue led
with a story which the rest of the beverage trade hadn't noticed
(as usual). This is the proposed re-running of Independents'
Day, a celebration of independent traders on the high street -
and surely, that must be a terrific prospect for the high street
cafe trade? We reported on JD Wetherspoon's big step into
the filter coffee sector, using Lavazza and a vast investment in
Bunn equipment. Our preview to the London Coffee Festival
included an intriguing interview with Andronicas, the company
which actually does offer certain coffees at well over a hundred
pounds for half a kilo (!) and in cafes, we reported on De
Wynn's in Cornwall, HMS Belfast on the Thames, and the
Attendant, the coffee-shop sited in a subterranean Victorian
public loo in London.
Coffee House 69 March 2013
- tenth anniversary issue!
The lead interviewee on the centre
pages was Jon Money of Cream Supplies - probably a 'first' to
get him pictured, too! We questioned some 'boutique' tea
brands, and in a big training feature, we reported the extreme
curiosity of the City and Guilds course having been 'pirated' by another
training operation! We reported some neat ideas using
flavours from Paul Meikle-Janney and Da Vinci, and took a look
at the claims about compostable cups.
Coffee House 68 Feb 2013
We led with the extremely bizarre
story of the coffee house owner who had gone to Uganda for
charitable work, and found himself pilloried by an anti-gay
activist site, for no good reason at all - we again highlighted
the problem of onlline 'reviews' of your character and business.
We reported on the meeting in Italy in which baristas told the
Ceado grinder brand what was what, and we were lucky to have a
fine centre-page interview in which Tracey Bovingdon of Tea
Monkey said what she thought about certain trade suppliers. We
reviewed the book by Andrew Rugasira on exporting Ugandan coffee
- with which not everyone agrees.
Coffee House 67 Jan 2013
This was another challenging issue,
in its way - we are the first to realistically preview the
barista championships, making the point that three previous
champs are in it again. Why? So they can play for another crack
at the world finals in Australia, that's why! One very
serious feature was a review of the book by Rick Peyser of Green
Mountain Coffee Roasters, in which he revealed the scandal of
'Los Meses Flacos' - the 'thin months' in which coffee farmers,
even those working on Fairtrade terms, starve.
Coffee House CH66 Nov 2012
We had not intended this issue to be
so eco-relevant - but heavens, it certainly went that way.
We were able to report from the Salone del Gusto in Milan on the
remarkable meeting which brought together Lavazza, the founder
of the Slow Food Movement, and indeed the founder of the
Rainforest Alliance as well ! This was doubly fascinating
- because we had the Slow Food Movement saying what the big
coffee brands really should be doing, which is working on the
ground at origin, and praising Lavazza for doing so. We
also had Dan, founder of Rainforest Alliance, telling us
directly how he reckoned that the world is not dead yet.
We were able to put this beside the horror story of the possible
extinction of wild arabica by 2080, but then we had -
exclusively - a front page report on the speech by Dr Peter
Baker in Costa Rica, where he effectively said that the
worldwide coffee industry really doesn't know what the situation
is at all! Elsewhere, we reported the invention of the
Cakewich, the commercial potential of chai, and the launch of
Atkinson's roastery 'visitor centre' in Lancaster
Coffee House CH65 Oct 2012
The front page of this issue
highlighted a story we really liked - the tale of how a deaf
girl had become a Starbucks barista in the States, and handled
the job effectively with sign language. Just our luck that
we came up with a story that praised Starbucks in the same week
as their tax scandal erupted! We looked at Littles,
and their claim that top-quality flavoured coffee can exist in
an instant soluble format; our main interview was with Clipper,
a tea brand which makes many claims to its ethical standing but
which briefly lost its way, and is now under new ownership.
We debated the issue of coffee wasted through inefficient
grinders, and the possibility of the perfect mocha through a
super-auto. Our features cafes were Street, Jack Craggs,
Sellers (as in the late actor) and Boscanova of Boscombe.
Coffee House CH64 Sept
This issue included several
interesting items. Martin Carwardine, the roaster, put forward
the story and the reasons for being deeply involved in
reconditioned espresso machines, and Nicola Pearson of
Cafedirect gave a very candid interview on the brand's
situation. Jarrod Normie of Regency spoke about the
company's distribution of the Ghirardelli chocolate brand and
his plans to create the role of 'chocolate barista trainer', and
regretfully, for the second year in succession, we had to
question the Rainforest Alliance's promotional work for its
awareness week. We didn't want to... but we do wish they would
ally themselves with the trade a lot more.
Coffee House CH63 Aug
This was one of those issues which
sorts the men from the boys in trade-paper journalism! We
love it when 'real news' happens, and we were, by a long way,
the first in the catering trade press with the news that tesco,
of all people, was to link up with an artisan coffee-house
operator, Taylor Street Baristas, to bring top-class coffee to
provincial high streets. Our newsflash produced the biggest
online readership our newsfeed has ever had! We also spoke
to Christine Cottrell, author of the Barista Bible, about the
problem of barista trainers who do not work on sound educational
principles, and we discussed the importance of a good frappe
base with Robyn Hawkins of Big Train in California, and others.
We debated with the head of Coeliac UK whether the gluten-free
market is indeed 'a market going begging' for coffee houses. We
looked at this year's Great Taste winners in beverages...
including an all-robusta blend!
House 62, July 2012
We really enjoyed this issue.
The front page lead was on the cafe in Edinburgh which beat the
government-backed WRAP scheme with the first real action on
bringing back packaging... it has created a loyalty card
activated by the return of takeaway cups and the like.
Curiously, our inside story was on another new kind of loyalty
card - in this one, Caber Coffee of Scotland are supporting
community schemes. The main interview was with the UKBC
champ, Max Colonna-Dashwood, and was an illuminating explanation
of why true 'speciality' coffee needs a different kind of
customer service from 'everyday' coffee. We took a look at
the new mechanisms by which cold frothed milk can be used from
super-auto machines for speciality drinks, and we enjoyed the
novel argument from Melitta than first-class coffees can now be
put through super-autos, and that users of automatic machines
can really promote the fact that they are serving the world's
best coffees. We also enjoyed James Hoffmann and Josh
Dick's experiments on whether customers can taste the difference
in drinks from a dirty machine.
Coffee House 61, June
It was of this issue that a reader
wrote - "We enjoyed reading this monthís Coffee House... not
that we donít always, but this month was extra good!" The
interesting thing is - we thought so, too!
We led with three strong news
stories - the Clonebusters campaign, in which the independent
retails of the town of Totnes are campaigning together against
the arrival of Costa; the work by a professor in Edinburgh who
wants cafes to display the caffeine content of their drinks; and
the remarkable work of Sandra Hoj in Copenhagen, who has done
something that neither the coffee trade nor local authorities
could do, and created a collection mechanism for discarded
takeaway cups. Our major interview was with Johnny Richardson of
the Coffee Boys, who argued that although many coffee houses are
still experiencing quite basic management problems, they
are nonetheless 'the saviours of the high street'. Elsewhere, we
looked at the interesting book written by a Starbucks barista,
on how to interpret the chain's drinks, and we visited the LJs
coffee house in Soho.
You don't get content like this in
any other trade paper!
Coffee House 60, May
It is Caffe Culture show time, so
this issue was given over largely to the show preview, although
we highlighted some of the interesting new products - the new
'anti-clumping' grinder from Drury, for one. The main
interview was with Jeremy Rogers, founder of Beyond the Bean,
whose company celebrated its 15th birthday. We also looked
at the interesting developments in reusable takeaway cups, and
showed Jorg Muller's new idea for takeaway tea - a business
which has never taken off, because of the problem of what to do
with the bag.
Coffee House 59 April 2012
The April issue had one of our
favourite cover pictures - the one of Rohan Marley, son of the
reggae star, launching his Jamaican coffee in the UK.
Inside, we took up the remarkable subject which had been raised
at a Tamper Tanrtum (the baristas' get-together) about whether
the London scene has stopped progressing, and is now 'stalled'.
We looked at iced tea, and the forthcoming London Coffee
Coffee House 58 March
The March issue led, as usual, with
an exclusive - another regional coffee festival to be coming up
in September. We looked at the latest bizarre coffee story to
make the dailies (the idea that Starbucks will start asking
customers' names), we reported on how the UKBC had progressed,
and we took a detailed look at the new BSA awards. The featured
interviewee was Tom Sobey of Origin coffee, who had a few points
to make about the need for coffee-house staff to actually know
what to do with coffee. We looked at the latest edition of the
London Coffee Guide, and takeaway cups - and the re-usable
KeepCup. And we found some more interesting new cafes...
including one which celebrates northern gangsters!
Coffee House 57 Feb
The February 2012 issue led with the
continuing question of the survival of the national high street.
We didn't bother with a preview to Fairtrade Fortnight, because
advance information about the event is always now so sketchy -
despite our encouragement, very few people seem interested in it
any more. However, we edited a few diaries of the travels
to origin of coffee importer Simon Wakefield, which made a very
interesting feature, and we interviewed James Roberts of Peros,
who argued that growth in Fairtrade is still to come. We
previewed the coffee-related items to be seen at Hospitality
show... including, we were fascinated to see, exclusive reports
on the arrival of the new Synchro and Rocket espresso machines.
John Taylerson, the flavoured syrup maker, gave an entertaining
interview on promoting the flavoured-coffee sector and Barbara
Croce of Coffee Latino spoke to us about her work in creating
mobile trading carts.
Coffee House 56 Dec/Jan
We were extremely busy in December,
and realised that if we mailed a magazine, it would get lost in
the Christmas rush - so we didn't. The main news was the closure
of Coffee Kids' UK office, with the trustees going off to form a
new coffee-themed charity, the launch of the new Scanomat
machine from which all that is seen above the counter is the
pouring tap, and we tested a curious new brew-in-the-bag filter
coffee, and Kimbo's new idiot-proof milk frother. The big
interview was with Elliot Gard, director of the Caffe Culture
show, and we interviewed Chris Salierno of La Marzocco.
There were features on creating a brew bar, on 'healthy' foods
and drinks in the coffee house, and the featured cafes were the
Old Stables of Hay on Wye, and the Real Eating Company.
Coffee House 55, November
This issue had several important
features - the Coffee House interview with Gerry Ford, head of
Caffe Nero, included some fascinating observations about how he
does not see the trade from a corporate point of view,
and there was a good two-page feature on Miko, and how its
hands-on work with rainforest conservation can be used in
consumer-facing promotion by the trade. The news was l;ed
by another5 coffee-cup scare, this time the importance of using
the right lids on takeaway cups - the wrong ones can be
Coffee House 54 Oct 2011
This was an issue led with
acquisitions - the Welsh brewer SA Brain took over the chain
Coffee#1, and Bewley's of Dublin took over Darlingtons of
London. We think we are correct in saying we put both
pieces of news out to the trade first. We carried a
challenging piece asking if the UKBC, the UK Barista
Championships, would succeed this year in reaching the masses,
our main interviewee was the multi-lingual Lina Chiodo of Bunn,
who gave some entertaining insights into doing cross-cultural
business, and we reported on a visit to the La Cimbali factory.
There was a story on the more unusual prospects of printed
giveaway sugar packs (round ones!) and we discussed the use of
chai on the winter tea menu.
Coffee House 53 Sept 2011
Yes, a very interesting issue - we
lead with the fairly sensational news that Kopi Luwak coffee is
now the subject of factory-farming, and that there is a revolt
against it from those in the coffee trade who believe that this
novelty coffee actually supports animal cruelty. We have
the first news of Cafe du Monde's interesting experiment on
selling sachets of speciality coffee into the domestic market
through an interesting cross-marketing route that comes from its
existing hotel-sector business, the interview is with Elaine
Higginson of United Coffee on customer service, we report on the
new cool, hip tea-shops of Manchester, and in chocolate we both
report on the fascinating Chocolate Cafe business in Ramsbottom,
which is pioneering the move towards single-origin chocolate,
and we review the fascinating history of Cadburys, told in a new
book. And... what's the 'syrupodic table'? You can
find out in this issue !!!!
Coffee House 52, August
This is the kind of
issue we enjoy - lots of talking points. Peter Kirton of
Esquires Coffee Houses takes the star centre-page interview
spot, talking about the importance of customer service now that
coffee quality is a 'given' (or is supposed to be!)
There's a fascinating two-page spread on Tamper Tantrums, which
is the online coffee work by roaster Steve Leighton of Has Bean,
and a report on his Live event, with a couple of
attention-getting speakers. We have a feature on the
return of Gaggia as a main brand, and product features on the
printing of takeaway cups, which we still consider an under-used
art , and in which we discovered that you can now use 'random
printing' techniques, which can change the whole game for an
imaginative user. We had a feature on the Great
Taste Awards winners in coffee and tea, and our news stories
included a report on why Town Centre Managers are on the side of
coffee shops, and on the curious lack of any advance publicity
for Rainforest Week.
Coffee House 51, July
Another one we're
proud of. The front page lead highlighted the fact that
nobody in the trade has yet thought to make a submission to the
Mary Portas report on the state of the modern high street.
We looked at the practicality of iced teas, asked what was wrong
with the soft-drinks offer from suppliers to the cafe trade (a
big feature on Breckland Orchard), our centre pages interview
was with Andrew Moyes, MD of BB's Coffee and Muffins, talking
about the re-birth of a chain which nearly crashed. We devoted
several pages to a discussion of the bakery and snacks trade in
cafes, debated with Coopers of Jersey the curiosity that
well-roasted coffee must have a forgiving nature to overcome bad
brewing at the point of sale, discussed the theory of the
advertising table-top... and wondered why there had been no
Brits in the world tea championships!
50. June 2011
stormer of an issue. A nothing-held-back review of the
latest book by Howard Schultz, top man at Starbucks, a feature
on what really is needed with water boilers, a four-page look at
our independent coffee roaster community with a particular
highlight on Union Hand Roasted, a report on the imaginative
seminar when coffee baristas were invited to learn the secrets
of tea, a report on Soho's Secret Tea Room, and two great
coffee-houses - St Ali and Look Mum, No Hands!
Coffee House 49, May
a year, the Caffe Culture show preview does rather tend to
dominate the issue, and we have picked out some highlights -
notably, the 90-second cooked breakfast for the cafe! We
also look at the two cafes in Exeter run by the ex-CEO of Coffee
Republic, the Soho Coffee Company, the reason why some baristas
went into a cowshed before the Bath festival (to learn about
milk!), and the new social networking website run by a coffee
Coffee House 48, March
/ April 2011
look at the barista championships, and what the average coffee
shop can take from them (the winner, who goes to the world
championship, is John Gordon of London for the second time).
A look at the capsule concept - that is, the one originally
devised by Nespresso, and now copied or adapted by many other
players. A look at dangerous times in the coffee trade - it's
all very well to bang on about how wonderful the new hip and
cool scene is, with so many coffee bars opening up... but the
truth is, what to do when so many cafes are actually closing? A
talking shop with various brands making comments on aspects of
the tea market, and our featured cafe is the wonderful Ace Cafe,
the bikers' joint on the north circular out of London.
Coffee House 47, Jan
issue - we lead with the remarkable news that Caffe Culture is
to give a lot of attention to tea, and the exclusive news of an
espresso engineer giving up his steady job to become a
'competent person', the man who can give an espresso machine its
annual certification - which, of course, most cafes ignore.
We look also at Fairtrade Fortnight, in a more challenging way
than most magazines do.
And we report on
the first folding coffee cup!
Coffee House 46, Nov Dec 2010
A very full issue,
this one. We still seem to be the only magazine daring to
approach the subject of espresso-machine safety and
pressure-vessel testing. We give the first news of Lavazza's
unusual new flavour-essence product, and we have features on the
UK barista championships and on Fracino, the UK's only
espresso-machine manufacturer. We report on a visit to
Monin, the French flavoured-syrup maker, and report on the
Allegra European summit in Rome, where the star speakers were
Tim Wendelboe of Norway and Kaspar Basse of Joe and the Juice.
There are features on the English tea shop at the foot of the
Spanish Steps in Rome, and on Specialitea of Exeter.
Coffee House 45, Sept/Oct 2010
* I don't know
why, but clicking on this issue brings up a message saying the
link is broken. It isn't, and the PDF does appear after a moment
or two - but if it doesn't, I'll send one by email on request. -
A terrific issue.
A look at the many problems surrounding takeaway cups, and a
genuinely interesting look at snacks for the cafe sector -
including the first story of Single Source's new saucer-side
products. Plus chocolate, tea, and whoopies... and details of
what the Pope drinks!
Coffee House 44, July/August
interesting issue. We have dared to take up the matter of
whether everyone was satisfied with Caffe Culture, even though
it became the biggest coffee exhibition in the world. We are
probably the first magazine to report from inside the judging
room at the Great Taste Awards. A deep look at flavours in
coffees including (unusually) an interview with Kerry. A
look at the matter of pressure-profiling, and a report on the
'new breed' of artisan roasters.
Coffee House 43,
Largely a preview to the Caffe Culture show and world barista
championship. The front page lead story highlighted the growth
of filter coffee in the trade.
Coffee House 42,
this we looked at several extremely significant issues - we
questioned recent research on the amount of the UK population
which was claimed to go into coffee shops, we looked at the
first UK consumer event in coffee, the Bath festival, reported
on the debates over quality at the Allegra summit, and dared to
report in depth on the bizarre story of the big chains'
competition to launch a flat white. And we devoted
several pages to really new product ideas.
Coffee House 41, March - April 2010
this we looked at the progress of the barista championships, we
reported (first!) the amazing news that First Choice had
acquired distribution of the Nuova Simonelli range, and in our
tea feature we reported on new ideas for tea in takeaway cups,
and also the remarkable invention from Australia which suggests
that we Brits may have our tea-brewing traditions all wrong...
and we visited Atkinsons, the craft roastery in Lancaster.
40, Jan/Feb 2010
the first issue of the year, we have the exclusive news of the
formation of the AIEE, the Association of Independent Espresso
Engineers. We report on cafe redesigns from Starbucks, Coffee
Republic, and the new Lavazza Espression concept. In our
Fairtrade Fortnight preview, we look at the theme for the year,
which is 'swap your usual cuppa for a Fairtrade one', and we ask
if this is likely to work. We report on the 60th birthday
of the great Bar Italia, one of the very first espresso cafes in
Soho, and we are probably the only magazine which bothers to
report the results of the BSA's Bev-e cafe awards.
this issue, we are probably the only magazine in the world to
give a full report on the Allegra coffee summit in Vienna - and
that featured a quite astonishing debate on ethical sourcing in
coffee, which turned into an all-out attack on the Fairtrade
concept. Elsewhere in the same summit, there was an
intriguing discussion on the future of coffee houses - which may
not be what you expect. Whatever the cliche saying
says, it may not be 'all about the coffee' at all!
We also take a look at what modern barista training really
means, and what is needed beyond the obvious milk-frothing
this issue, we break the news of the world's greenest coffee
roaster, being launched in Europe in early October; we break the
news (again) of the first British coffee festival, set for bath
in spring of 2010; we report the curious aspects of Starbucks
going all-Fairtrade and the latest set of rows between cafe
owners and local councils. We report the return of a
barista championship under the Brasilia name (not entirely the
same as the great events of six years or so ago, run by a
different organisation, but still a very welcome addition to the
calendar). We report the extremely exotic coffees from Sea
Island, and the first commercial roasting operation down in the
south-west of Cornwall.
look at the problems of paper cups for the takeaway trade, and
the many curiosities of the flavoured syrup market.
CH37, July/August 2009
In this issue, we
began our campaign to remind everyone in the trade about the
possibilities of the great promotional year of 2010, when the
world barista championship comes to Britain, to coincide with
the Caffe Culture show.
We reported the
interesting items from the Allegra conference, such as a debate
on the Australian influence in our London coffee shops, and the
importance of such drinks as the flat white. We reported
in depth on the problems that cafe owners have with councils
over such things as outside seating permissions, and we demanded
to know who is going to speak up for the cafe trade if the
existing associations aren't doing so.
We enquired how good
the UK and Irish roasters are, when compared to the rest of the
world, and featured such names as Square Mile, Peter James,
Lincoln and York, James Aimer, Gala, Drury, Johnson Bros.,
Bewleys, Union, Capital Coffee, and Java Republic.
We looked at snacks,
and the limited-edition concept from Byron Bay Cookies.
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We do not, of
course, write only for our own magazine. We are probably
the most active writers promoting beverages in the country!
some years we produced a curious little magazine for the
Beverage Service Association - this was 'In The Cup', and we
have to say that along the way, we produced some very good
issues which concentrated on certain subjects. They still
remain a pretty good instant introduction to each subject.
a typical one -
Click the pic to read 'working the modern cafe trade'.
It gives some very unusual but helpful viewpoints on running
with this one - milk, such an important subject, is very rarely
featured in the beverage trade press!
subjects featured in 'In The Cup' included:
not have time to upload them all - but contact the editor, and
he'll be happy to send you a PDF of any of these issues.