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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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UK Coffee Roasting Championships

After a gruelling few days of competition, within the excellent hospitality of Dear Green Coffee, the Roasting Championship has finally come to its conclusion. It is with great pleasure we can report that for the second year running, Matthew Robley-Siemonsma from Prufrock came out top with 531.53 and will be representing the UK in Guangzhou. A huge congratulations to Matthew and good luck in China next year. Completing the top three respectively were; Edgars Juska from Prufrock 523.75 Bartosz Ciepaj from Molecular Coffee 523.25 Such a complex competition like this can not run well without the help and support from all the volunteers and organisers, but would not even go ahead without the help of our sponsors: Diedrich Roasters, Ikawa,...

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