2013 Awards – Best Saturday Supplement

An espresso, in a classic white cup on a white saucer on a tableAnother new Award for this year is the “Best Saturday Supplement” Award. This might have something to do with there not being any Saturday Supplements last year on account of my not having had the idea yet… The Saturday Supplement is a place where I can write about coffee, coffee-related events and places which I liked but which didn’t really fit into the category of a Coffee Spot. This Award recognises the best of this year’s Saturday Supplements.

Just so we’re clear on this, the Award is not about my writing (that would be far too self-serving). It’s about the actual subjects that I’m writing about, which include coffee festivals, magazines and coffee roasters, which makes the comparison a little tricky, but that’s my problem!

You can see the shortlist after the gallery.

  • London Coffee Fesitval: everything coffee and coffee-related under one roof
  • Caffe Culture Show: more trade than consumer, but good fun
  • Small St Espresso: a chance to revisit one of my favourites from earlier in the year
  • The new coffee menu at Bar des Arts: an old favourite revisited
  • Caffeine Magazine: best new coffee magazine of the year?
  • Lunch Business Awards: fascinating perspective on coffee
London Coffee Fesitval: everything coffee and coffee-related under one roof1 Caffe Culture Show: more trade than consumer, but good fun2 Small St Espresso: a chance to revisit one of my favourites from earlier in the year3 The new coffee menu at Bar des Arts: an old favourite revisited4 Caffeine Magazine: best new coffee magazine of the year?5 Lunch Business Awards: fascinating perspective on coffee6
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There are six Saturday Supplements on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.

The London Coffee Festival LogoLondon Coffee Festival 2013 

I went to the London Coffee Festival with low expectations but came away suitably impressed. Since I write about cafes, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found there was something for everyone from the UK Barista Championships through pop-up cafes, loads of coffee and more shiny espresso machines than you can shake a stick at!

Kensington Olympia, the home of the Caffe Culture ShowCaffé Culture Show 2013

The Caffé Culture Show is aimed more at the trade than the consumer, but I still found it fascinating. It was there that I learnt to love my Aeropress, discovered that there is such a thing as a waffle on a stick and was taught a valuable lesson from Matthew Algie Coffee about how different filter methods can have a profound impact on the taste of your coffee. Finally, I met Doctor Espresso in the flesh! I think I’ve only just recovered!

The exterior view of Small St Espresso on a rainy December day in BristolSmall St Espresso: Update

Another new innovation with the Saturday Supplement was to revisiting existing Coffee Spots. The first one I did was Bristol’s Small Street Espresso. It had only just opened when I first visited, but now is fully up and running.

Bar des Arts shiny new brew bar, complete with ceramic filters.Bar des Arts New Coffee Menu

Over the summer, my local Coffee Spot, Bar des Arts, teamed up with Horsham Coffee Roaster to launch a new coffee menu, featuring, for the first time in Guildford, pour-over coffee. I, of course, was there to document every step of the way with the Saturday Supplement.

The Excellent Cover of Issue 4 of Caffeine Magazine by Tim Shaw (http://imagineillustration.com/)Caffeine Magazine

2013 also saw the launch of a new, professional magazine, Caffeine Magazine, which has gone from strength to strength over the year. I say that not just because I’m now writing for it on a regular basis.

You’ll find me writing the city spotlights at the back. While my fellow correspondents get to go to the likes of Paris, I get to go to Newcastle. It’s a good job I like Newcastle so much!

Thumbnail - Lunch Business AwardsLunch Business Awards: 2013

Earlier on this year, I was asked to nominate various Coffee Spots for the Lunch Business Awards. As a reward, I got invited to the awards ceremony. I was particularly pleased when one of my nominees, Café Boscanova, won the award for Best Coffee Experience.

And the winner is Caffeine Magazine
Runners-up: London Coffee Festival 2013Caffé Culture Show 2013

You can find all 20 of the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards here.


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