With the UK Coffee Week kicking off on Monday 10th April, we thought it would be a great time to take a closer look and the people behind our lattes and macchiato’s.
The third wave of coffee is a term coined for the surge of independent, artisanal, barista-made coffee. Apparently, it is said that the first wave of coffee came with freeze drying methods making coffee widely available to the mass market. The second wave came with the popularity of the Starbucks’s (insert other large coffee conglomerates here..) as they cropped up on almost every high street across the country (except the Island of course where Starbuck’s has only infiltrated in recent years, but you get the picture!)
But it was these large coffee chains that taught everyone, from your little brother to your nan, how many shots and which flavored syrup they’d like in their ‘Tall skinny Latte’.
Bang on trend right now as much as he was back when he started The Isle of Wight Espresso Co over 15 years ago, Dan Burgess is the Island’s pioneer of the coffee movement. Dan lives and breathes coffee (probably drinks it too) and is fully invested in the scene, sourcing the highest quality beans using drum roasters to develop the truest flavour. Milk is just as important and only the best will do – hence Dan recommends the use of Briddlesford’s Buttercup Milk.
Dan is so passionate about getting the best out of your mug that he even offers barista training up to Latte art level (heart or fern anyone?) and sells industry grade coffee machines from his website. Oh yes, he also runs a cafe, serving, you guessed it – damn fine coffee! Caffe Isola is based in Newport and serves a wide range of speciality drinks including single origin pour over coffee, loose leaf teas and single origin hot chocolate. He is due to open his flagship cafe any day now on Upper St James Street.
Cantina in Ventnor is a cafe restaurant, bakery and kitchen, serving up Square Mile Coffee, a multi-award winning coffee roasting company operating out of East London, with blends such as ‘Sweetshop’ and ‘Red Brick’.
Klaus Kuhnke who owns Cantina, is very particular about the coffee he serves, making sure its served up just right alongside his wide selection of bakery items, from daily breads to pretzel treats, he will advise what coffee tipple goes best.
Toddling round the Island in their vintage 1979 Citroen HY Van, you will find Peter and Lucy Newill of Jasper’s Artisan Coffee. Based in Brading, they roast ethically sourced, single origin beans. Each coffee is roasted to bring out its natural flavour and characteristics. They use a retro lever machine to pull espressos that are simply delicious!
Find their van at a variety of IW events across the Island or buy the coffee direct from Farmer Jack’s in Arreton.
PO41 opened in the old post office in Yarmouth (hence the name) in 2014 with the aim of serving up the best coffee on the Island. Aiden & Louise Collins who run PO41 and also own Chessell Pottery, have a life long passion for artisan coffee. They use Union hand-roasted coffee and have done since 2003. Union work directly with talented farmers, hand roast in small batches and all their coffees score 84 plus on SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America), considered the definitive measure of coffee quality.
PO41 serves up a complex blend of coffees from Costa Rica, Sumatra, Rwanda & Guatemala. It’s a bold one…with hints of berries & citrus. They are now working closely with Union to roast their own unique blend of coffee. Watch this space!
UK Coffee Week runs from the 10th to 16th April 2017.