Monday, 28 June 2010

WBC 2010 - Our wrap up

What a great week it has been. Champions from over 50 countries coming together in London town to compete against each other for the title of world champion. And a deserved winner it was too. Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia coffee in Chicago came out on Friday afternoon as the 2010 World Barista Champion.

Congratulations to Mike and all the team behind him, but also, massive respect to all the others who competed and tried their best for their country, for themselves and for coffee in general. Well done.

We had a great week in Kaffeine, with a lot of visitors coming in to say hello. Our highlight of this was having Mike Phillips (WBC 2010) and Stephen Morrisey (WBC 2008)come in on Saturday afternoon with the Intelligentsia people for lunch. But other highlghts included:
The Kenyan champion Jimmy and his crew spending loads of time with us.
The Russian champion Nadia with Gleb and their entourage
2006 World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen and the full coffee collective in at 6 pm on saturday night and we re opened the grinder and poured more shots and cappucinos.
Kona Blue coffee family from the midlands in on Friday
Coffee Aroma family from Lincoln in on Thursday
James Hoffman and Anette Moldvaer in for dinner on Tuesday

Perhaps there are others I have missed and I apologise if I have, or perhaps others came in and did not introduce themselves.

Either way, it was all for the good of coffee.

I am sure there is a lot more I could write about the week just past, perhaps in the future. Until next time.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

WBC 2010 extended hours

The world barista championships are almost upon us and the coffee world is getting excited. As a way of helping to cope with over 10,000 coffee geeks hititng town and wanting to drink coffee all day, we will be extending our opening hours over that entire week.

Sunday 20th Closed
Monday 21st to Friday 25th 7:30 am to 9 pm
Saturday 26th 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 27th closed

As we will be open into the evenings over this time, we will be able to offer a special light dinner menu for those of you who may be at the exhibition all day and then want to come into central london for dinner and coffee.