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2017 Competitions | Where We're At

With the 2017 competition season firmly underway, and with two new champions already crowned, now seems a good time to look at the state of the competition circuit in the UK, to outline what we as a national chapter have been doing since we took the job on and what our plans are for the future. In the 18 months since we took up our positions on the board we’ve had one aim, to grow the competitions. This sounds more that a little vague, but it encompasses many goals, namely; To increase numbers in the non-UKBC competitions, namely Latte Art, Cigs, Cuptasters and Brewers Cup. This meant a commitment to….     •    Expanding the nature of all competitions to include...

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UK Cup Tasting Championship 2017 | The Results

  In the surroundings of a brilliant coffee event, Cup North | Manchester Coffee Festival, the 2017 UK Cup Tasters Championship has crowned a new National Champion. Despite a wrath of strong scores throughout the competition, Freda Yuan tasted her way to victory with a final score of seven in a time of 3:55 Completing the top three:  Nicole Ferris with a score of five in a time of 4:11 & Will Sumner with four cups correct in 2:23 As always, our sponsors have made it all possible but never more than here at Cup North. Bunn not only provided the brewing equipment, their staff made and delivered all the coffee in ideal conditions for every round. And speaking of...

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Cup North | Manchester Coffee Festival

Cup North returns for a third time but now under a new guise of Manchester Coffee Festival. Established by two coffee mad friends, we wanted to spread knowledge of speciality coffee in our hometown of Manchester. In just three short years, the festival has earned itself a reputation as a coffee event with a difference, founded on principles of engagement, sustainability, inclusivity, education and some healthy competition to round things off. We’re not big fans of boring trade shows where visitors amble from stand to stand to sample free tasters so we encourage all of our exhibitors to do something totally different, fun and educational on their stand. Some of the activities this year include a coffee acids tasting, flavour...

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Roasters Recap 2017 by Baristasaurus (AKA Diana Johnston)

The start of the competition season kicked off a couple of weeks ago with the Coffee Roasting Championship. A new face (to roasting) appeared in the entries, someone who will appear in all the competitions this year; Barista, Brewers, Latte Art, CIGS, Cupping and of course Roasting. So it seams apt that we round up the experience and events of our first competition with her words...   It has been just over a week since I took part in the UK Roasters Championship. I must say that the event was absolutely fantastic. It was quite a different scene from the Barista Competitions that I have taken part in. What do I mean? The roasting championship felt extremely friendly, collective and...

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UK Cup Tasters at Cup North 2016

 This weekend, the 5th and 6th of November, Cup North | Manchester Coffee Fest will host, among many other brilliant things, The UK Cup Tasters Championship. The two day event pitches 36 of the country's best tasters over four rounds of competition to decide who will go forward and represent the UK in Budapest, Hungary next June.This is probably the biggest and toughest field the UK has seen, with competitors from every sphere of our industry; everything from green importers through roasters and baristas.Each table starts on the half hour starting @ 9.30 on Saturday, 10am on Sunday, ending at 16.30 on Sunday with the final three. All places for competition are taken but that's no reason not to come along...

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