At the end of August earlier this year, I entered the UK Roasting Championships for the first time. Now if some of you are reading this thinking, ‘What’s the UK Roasting Championships?’ then let me do my best to explain what all the fuss is about.
For many consumers, coffee is simply an on-the-go caffeinated hit. The perfect solution to long working-days at the office and the ideal reason to make a visit to the local coffee shop. But what does it actually mean to be a specialty coffee shop aside from serving coffee that is more expensive and how can shops deliver on their promise?