This month has seen much debate on the issues of sustainability, the availability of single-use plastics and the potential ‘tax’ on the humble coffee cup. I have been doing some work on the matter with Lucy at Vegware who have a neat offer of compostable cups – go to www.vegware.com for more info.
I was privileged to attend the Tetley Tea Report in London recently, and as many who know me well will tell you I am a total ‘teaholic’ – so for me, with a cream tea thrown in, it was a delightful afternoon. I was actually astounded by the figures presented as to how much tea is consumed both in and out of home compared to coffee. I have a feeling that tea will see a big resurgence in the coming years, and everyone agrees that what is often lacking is the theatre aspect that you get with coffee, which can detract from the whole experience. Having said that you are more likely to buy something to eat with a cup of tea than you are with coffee… interesting.
I recently had the privilege of engaging with Ms Toyin Carew, who runs the IDM foundation and Bean Inside, which is set up to support young people, offenders and ex-offenders who have been socially isolated and marginalised by society. Toyin is looking to set up a barista training centre for this section of our society and is in need of coffee machines, grinders and associated equipment to run training courses to really give these people a second chance. She is a very driven and caring person who devotes a lot of time to this.
Once Toyin has the space and the equipment she will apply to assessed by the BSA to become a City and Guilds centre. This, as our current centres already know, is not an easy task as the criteria is the perhaps the highest standard possible in barista training, but we wish her well and will do everything we can to assist her with her worthy cause. Please visit www.idmfoundation.com for contact details.
New barista training centre
As the demand for certified barista training is on the rise in the UK, the Association is delighted to announce our newest City & Guilds approved centre, which is Stokes Tea & Coffee in Lincoln. The two accredited trainers are Steve Spence and Mike Palliser. The centre is located at The Lawn complex in Lincoln, adjacent to the newly-refurbished roastery and is the first of its kind in the East Midlands.