DUFFY Senior Member Joined: 15 Dec 2013 Posts: 23 Location: IPSWICH,ENGLAND Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: RANCILIO S20 MIDI Grinder: RENEKA ROSSI
Posted Wed Apr 9, 2014, 1:42pm Subject: Re: UK Members
Hi Ian,Keeping busy then,im not at that stage yet where i would fancy roasting me own beans i did see some green beans on our local market the other day but dont have a roaster i have found a coffee shop owner who does roast his own and is quite happy to sell me a kilo only roasted yesterday so cant really get much fresher unless on the day,I must say since you advised on fresh beans i have enjoyed alot better tasting coffee and your spot on with fresher the better,id like to help out anyway i could but still feel so much a novice compared to you members of many years and Knowledge,i look forward to the day i can give helpfull advice rather than have to ask but i guess thats what this website is all about.Bye for now,Regards,Duffy
Posted Tue May 20, 2014, 2:50am Subject: Re: UK Members
Hi All.Do we have that many members over here? I just wonder because of going on the Regional section and seeing afew posts for United kingdom,do we take our coffee as serious as the rest of the world being known as tea drinkers,i do see most of the coffee shops in my Town full so i guess we are catching up drinking it but maybe not talking about it,Coffee drinking has come along way over the years with the introduction of these famous named coffee shops and some shops selling small amounts of coffee related stuff.
Hi. It's an interesting question. It seems like you can identify certain demographic groups among those who like real coffee in the UK. My take would be that there's the Hipster guys and gals who are driving the 'Third-Wave' coffee shops in metropolitan areas and their similarly sophisticated urbanite clientele. Then there's folk who embrace the chain coffee shops as a lifestyle choice and enjoy the coffee without necessarily looking any further for quality.
Among people who make real coffee at home, there's the gourmets and those who appreciate quality and tradition. Perhaps also a group who predominantly enjoy the equipment side of things or want a traditional espresso machine as kitchen art. Anyway, that's my guess at a few of the types of people drawn back to real coffee.
It's also worth remembering that England was an early adopter of coffee having it's first coffee house in Oxford in 1651, we just lost our way sometime between then and WWII ;). In the 1950s, there was an espresso revival with lever machines a common sight in London. As with a lot of things here though, it is often driven by fashions, trends, image etc, rather than a real appreciation of quality. Those who are drawn to the craft and quality side of things are still pretty small in number in the UK but obviously growing fast with the new awareness of real coffee that the 3rd wave has brought.
As to why there aren't many limeys posting at CG, I don't really know. I've been a member at half a dozen coffee sites over the years and they all seem to wax and wane. People gravitate towards where they see most people posting I think.
Hal_E_Lujah Senior Member Joined: 19 Aug 2014 Posts: 3 Location: London Expertise: Professional
Posted Tue Aug 19, 2014, 4:54pm Subject: Re: UK Members
A customer in my shop today recommended me to this site, a canadian man. I slipped away to sit with him and talk coffee for a cheeky half an hour and he said I should sign up to talk to my fellow geeks.
Based in London, anyone else? I was in Manchester too doing freelance consultancy stuff for some independents but it's still very slow going up there. The Manchester Cup is on in November though :)
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