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A little launch party
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 09:28 AM - 4 years, 10 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Despite having opened our doors three weeks ago, this Thursday evening Penny University will be open from 6:00pm – 8:00pm to celebrate our launch. Our neighbours on Redchurch – Aesop and Sunspel – will also be open for the evening, and all three stores will be serving drinks. Join us for a celebratory Capao, Yirgacheffe, or perhaps a 5AM Saint Amber Ale from Brew Dog. Penny University Opening Drinks: Thursday, 17 June 5 Redchurch Street Shoreditch, E2 7DJ (map ) Drinks: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

UBF 9 -Buckle up!
Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 04:21 AM - 4 years, 11 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
With almost a year’s worth of UBF’s under the belt it is time tie up some loose ends. So grab a partner, grab a belt and tie yourselves up! For this challenge we want you put your teamwork to the test. 2 baristas strapped together leaving only 2 arms will have to make an espresso, a cappuccino, and an aeropress. It will be a head to head battle against another team with the fastest team going through to the finals. Time penalties will be deducted for spills and poor quality drinks (at the judge’s discretion). Location: Taylor St Baristas Unit 3, 125 Old Broad st Bank (nearest tube Bank, take exit 2 to Threadneedle st) Date: 2 June, 2010 Time: 7pm BYO drinks (tesco extra is located 50 metres away on Old Broad st) All monies raised go to Coffee Kids ! Tickets to compete sold here ! Please note that each member of the two man team has to buy one ticket each! Audience: £5 on the door!

New Coffee: Capao
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 06:53 PM - 4 years, 11 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
New Coffee: Capao
We’ve just added the Capao to the webshop. We’re loving this coffee, and it made its debut on the menu at Penny University this week. The response has been great and if you want a coffee that is just delicious, effortlessly drinkable and like a Snickers in a cup then we’d strongly recommend this! Fazenda Capao – £7.00 (350g)

The Penny University
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 04:46 PM - 4 years, 11 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
On Saturday 22nd, at 10am we’re going to open the doors to the Penny University – our first retail space. We hope to see some of you there! (Though please bear in mind that there are only 6 seats at the bar) The Penny University 5 Redchurch Street London E2 7DJ map If you have any questions then just leave a comment!

Last call for Barista Buddies for the WBC!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 02:44 AM - 4 years, 11 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Do you want to be a Barista Buddy? As part of the World Barista Championship 2010, all National Champions competing in the WBC with be paired up with a Barista Buddy who will be there to support and help their champion. We need a few more volunteers for this year, so if you have some time to spare and would like to be a Barista Buddy, sign up! ( Local knowledge of London is useful! ) The Buddy Code of Conduct and Expectations: -Find out any needs your champion will have while in London and see where you can help them -Do not buy anything for your champion until they have approved the cost and agreed they can pay you back. -Do Not answer any competition or score sheet questions, please direct those questions to Amber Sather, Competitor Liaison. -Plan for your time together in London, when you plan on meeting, shopping trips, etc.. -Attend WBC Meet and Greet, Tuesday June 22nd 5:30pm -7:30 pm, location TBC -Fulfill any commitments you made to your barista ahead of time -Be at their scheduled practice time 30 minutes ahead of time -Be in the back for their competition time at least one hour ahead of time. Be sure to talk to your champion and find out when they want you there. -During your Champions competition time wave their flag proudly and cheer them on. In some cases, you will be their only support. -Help them clean up as much as possible after their competition time. -Be there for the announcement of the finalist -We understand that the show has a lot going on, but ask you to remember that this is the opportunity of a lifetime for many of these baristas and we want to set an example and want the competitors to walk away inspired and wanting to bring this sense of community back to their country. The WBC competition days are held at the Caffe Culture show at Olympia, Wednesday- Friday June 23-25. You might be required to be there on two of those days, should your champion qualify for the Semifinals/Fianls on the Friday and need your assistance! Email Anette with you name, age, place of work, languages spoken/cultures familiar with, competition experience, and reason for wanting to be a barista buddy.

Best of Panama 2010 tasting
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 01:27 PM - 5 years ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Best of Panama 2010 tasting
The Specialty Coffee Association of Panama hold a yearly ‘Best of’ competition for their coffee producers, but this year they are doing things a little differently! Instead of bringing in the international jurors to cup and score the samples in Panama, they have sent the samples out to selected jurors, to be roasted and cupped in labs across the world! Anette has been honoured to be chosen as one of these jurors, and while all of SQM will be cupping the coffees according to Best of Panama protocols, only Anette’s scores will be calculated towards the final result. As part of this year’s Best of Panama, we’ll be opening up for the general public to come along and try some of the samples as well. If you want to come along to try some of the best coffees in Panama this season, you are now able to purchase a £10 ticket through our webshop . Places will be limited, so first come first serve! You’ll be given the option of cupping the coffees using the SCAP cupping form, or to just enjoy them with out having to score! The cupping will take place at the Square Mile Coffee Roastery on Saturday May 1st, 2pm.

UBF 8 -The Blindfold Challenge!
Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 01:36 AM - 5 years ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Ah yes, the UBF is back, tougher and fiercer than ever! After a League break where we saw several of our UBF contenders take their battle onto the white tablecloths of the UKBC stage, the real, gritty throwdown is back where it belongs: the murky depths of roasteries and shops of London. Next up: Hosted by Kaffeine of Great Titchfield Street, a challenge so brutal you’ll be scared to come watch- which is only fair since our UBF’ers won’t see a thing either! Head to head, two baristas will be blindfolded and guided to the steamwands by their chosen seeing eye helpers, they’ll get to steam once, be provided with one cup and shot each, and they have to pour their best latte art guided only by the voice of their aide. Winner progresses to the next round. Rules entirely subject to change! Buy your ticket to compete , pack your milk pitchers, pick your helper, don your wellies and be at Kaffeine Wednesday the 28th, 7pm. Audience: Space is limited, so please email Kaffeine or twitter at them @Kaffeinelondon to say you’re coming! £5 on the door or free with beer/food as usual!

Hario now in stock!
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 01:31 AM - 5 years, 1 month ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Hario now in stock!
We’re very excited because our webshop is now full of wonderful things from Hario. We’ve begun importing a range of their coffee equipment and we hope to expand the range over time. You can see the full Hario range here. Expect some videocasts soon covering a few of the brewing methods, and if you’ve got any questions do please let us know!

John Gordon – UK Barista Champion 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - 12:10 AM - 5 years, 1 month ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
John Gordon – UK Barista Champion 2010
Photo courtesy of salxhart Huge congratulations to John Gordon on winning the UK Barista Championship this year. (We know the competition was over a week ago, and we’re a bit behind!) Having joined the team at Square Mile around six weeks ago we’ve seen first hand the huge amount of effort and work that John put in, with great support from his fiancee Jess. John had already started working on his UKBC blend with Steve at HasBean before he joined us, and knowing how hard Steve works and how good he is we had no intention of getting in the way of that relationship. We’d also like to congratulate James Phillips of Dose on placing 5th – impressive considering he wasn’t going to compete until a couple of weeks before and this was his first time at the UKBC. We were also extremely grateful to Jon Sharp of Kilimanjaro, Carl Fleischer of Opposite and Gary Whiteley who did an incredible job with our coffee in the semi finals.

Aida’s Grand Reserve
Monday, February 08, 2010 - 02:26 AM - 5 years, 2 months ago   - 1. TMC Members' Coffee Blogs  - James and Anette's Square Mile Weblog
Aida’s Grand Reserve
Every year Aida Batlle creates an extremely unusual and outstanding selection of the best peaberries from her three farms Kilimanjaro, Mauritania and Los Alpes. With a mix of Bourbon and Kenia grown across the farms, a peaberry selection processed by the washed method bodes for a exclusive profile of crisp fruits, sweet caramel and intense aromas. We only have three vac packs left of this coffee, and boy do we plan to enjoy it before it goes! Aida’s Grand Reserve is a legendary coffee, and we’re extremely honoured to be able to introduce this to the UK for the first time, especially due to the way we’ve come about roasting it. When Gwilym Davies won the WBC in 2009, Aida very generously wanted to give him this bag of Grand Reserve as a prize. Gwilym equally generously passed it on to us, as he doesn’t roast much from his cart on Whitecross Street! There is no way we could sell this coffee for any sort of profit, so we are passing on the love and good fortune that we’ve been shown and we’re giving all proceeds from the sale of this remarkable and delicious coffee towards the medical bills of our fellow friend Ricardo Espitia, the executive director of the Consejo in El Salvador, who suffered a stroke in January last year. I first met Ricardo almost six years ago, and it was his tireless efforts to promote his country’s lovely coffees that set El Salvador up to become my favourite origin. We were thrilled to have him come visit us at the roastery the summer before he fell ill, as we had just taken delivery of our seasonal El Salvadors for him to taste! Here with the lovely Lorena Pacas from El Borbollon. When I went to El Salvador for the Cup of Excellence last year it was good to see that Ricardo was doing better, but there is still a ways to go until we’ll have the pleasure of seeing him back at work, bringing coffees from El Salvador into the spotlight. We should be clear about this – when we say we’ll donate all proceeds we mean that for every £20 you spend on a bag, we’ll send £20. We’ll cover the cost of roasting, bagging, credit card fees and all the rest. We hope you will take this rare opportunity to not only try one of the most delightful coffees in the world, but to help us let the good will and grace continue to flow through the simple pleasure of a great cup of coffee. Anette

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