2017 Awards – Best Saturday Supplement

The Beyond the Bean Barista Bursary logoThe last of today’s 2017 Coffee Spot Awards shortlists is the “Best Saturday Supplement” Award, won in 2016 by Beyond the Bean Barista Bursary. The Saturday Supplement is a place where I can write about coffee, coffee-related events, places which I liked but which didn’t really fit into the category of a Coffee Spot and frankly, anything else that takes my fancy! 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 this year included coffee kit, coffee festivals, books, and going for dinner, all of which makes the comparison a little tricky, but that’s my problem!

You can see the shortlist after the gallery.

  • I kicked off 2017 with my Guide to Reusable Cups.
  • In January, I was in San Francisco visiting the robotic Cafe X.
  • In March, I visited the Made by Hand Coffee Pop-up in UniQlo on Oxford Street.
  • An early Christmas present last year, my Sage Barista Express.
  • In April I wrote about my love for the original Flat Caps Coffee.
  • April also saw the London Coffee Festival.
  • May saw the return of the Glasgow Coffee Festival.
  • In August I wrote about my travelling coffee kit...
  • ... and talking of travelling, I wrote about my new Aergrind hand-grinder in September.
  • It wasn't all coffee this year. I also wrote about having dinner at Timmy Green.
  • Fast forward to November and it's Manchester Coffee Festival time again.
  • And finally, a perennial favourite, Caffeine Magazine.
I kicked off 2017 with my Guide to Reusable Cups.1 In January, I was in San Francisco visiting the robotic Cafe X.2 In March, I visited the Made by Hand Coffee Pop-up in UniQlo on Oxford Street.3 An early Christmas present last year, my Sage Barista Express.4 In April I wrote about my love for the original Flat Caps Coffee.5 April also saw the London Coffee Festival.6 May saw the return of the Glasgow Coffee Festival.7 In August I wrote about my travelling coffee kit...8 ... and talking of travelling, I wrote about my new Aergrind hand-grinder in September.9 It wasn't all coffee this year. I also wrote about having dinner at Timmy Green.10 Fast forward to November and it's Manchester Coffee Festival time again.11 And finally, a perennial favourite, Caffeine Magazine.12
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There are 12 Saturday Supplements on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.

Some lovely latte art from Rag & Bone Coffee in my Therma Cup, a double-walled, thermally-insulated ceramic cupCoffee Spot Guide to Reusable Cups

One of my hobby-horses for the last few years has been reusable cups. I actually come at it from the taste perspective, since I can’t stand the taste of coffee out of paper cups. However, there’s also an environmental aspect to it, since we throw away far too many disposable cups. This nomination is dedicated to my favourite cup, the Therma Cup by Jody Leach and has also been shortlisted for this year’s Most Popular Coffee Spot Award.

The robot arm at the heart of the Cafe X operation.Cafe X, San Francisco

In January I visited Cafe X in San Francisco, a completely automated cafe where you order online and have your coffee made by a robot barista. The main downside is that you can’t use your own cup… Cafe X was also shortlisted for the Best Takeaway Coffee Award.

One of Made by [H]and Coffee's handmade Kalita Wave filters brewing away at it's pop-up in UniQlo on Oxford Street in March 2017.
Made by Hand Coffee Pop-up, UniQlo

Has Bean is one of the country’s leading roasters, with its coffee served in various coffee shops up and down the country (and further afield). However, for 72 days earlier this summer, you could get, for the first time in 14 years, coffee roasted and served by Has Bean as it opened its Made by Hand Coffee Pop-up in the UniQlo store on Oxford Street, which I wrote about in April. Made by Hand has also been shortlisted for the Most Unlikely Place to Find a Coffee Spot and Most Popular Coffee Spot Awards.

My Sage Barista Express in action, making an espresso with the Coffee Spot cup.Sage Barista Express

I got an early Christmas present last year when Sage sent me a Barista Express espresso machine. This beautiful bit of kit has revolutionised my home espresso making, which I had all but given up on. You can see what I made of it in my Saturday Supplement. All I need to do now is work on my latte art… The Sage Barista Express has also been shortlisted for this year’s Most Popular Coffee Spot Award.

The Flat Caps Coffee logo, taken from a bag of coffee roasted to mark Flat Caps' successful Kickstarter.Goodbye Ridley Place

In April this year, one of my all-time favourite coffee shops, Newcastle‘s Flat Caps Coffee, closed. In essence, it was good news, because Joe, Flat Caps owner, had opened two new coffee shops and the original, on Ridley Place, had served it purpose and it’s time was up. However, I still shed a tear and wrote about why I loved it so much. Goodbye Ridley Place has also been shortlisted for this year’s Most Popular Coffee Spot Award.

The 2017 London Coffee Festival LogoLondon Coffee Festival 2017

An annual fixture, the London Coffee Festival is the granddaddy of all coffee festivals. Each year it grows and evolves and, each year, I’m there for three or four days (three days this year) and I never manage to visit everyone and everything that I want to see… The London Coffee Festival has also been shortlisted for this year’s Most Popular Coffee Spot Award.

The Glasgow Coffee Festival LogoGlasgow Coffee Festival 2017

After missing 2016, the Glasgow Coffee Festival was back, bigger and better than ever, and now spread over two days for the first time. I even got in on the act with a Japanese Coffee Cupping. The festival is also shortlisted for the Special Award.

Improving hotel coffee one Aeropress at a time with a little help from my Knock feldfarb hand grinder.My Travelling Coffee Kit

I travelled more than ever this year and, wherever I go, I take my travelling coffee kit with me, including my grinder, scales and various coffee-making methods. This Saturday Supplement is my attempt to explain what I take and why. It’s dedicated to my Travel Press from Espro, which has revolutionised making coffee on airplanes. It also likes to go sightseeing with me…

The new Aergrind from Knock, with its top off and loaded with beans.Made by Knock: Aergrind

Talking of travelling, Knock, manufacturer of my favourite hand grinders, launched its Aergrind travel grinder this year and was kind enough to give me one. I took it on a road flying trip to America, and you can find out what I made of it in this Saturday Supplement (hint: Knock aren’t getting it back any time soon!). The Aergrind has also been shortlisted for this year’s Most Popular Coffee Spot Award.

The Timmy Green logo from outside Timmy Green on Sir Simon Milton Square near Victoria Station.Dinner at Timmy Green

I turned my hand to food critic as I wrote about my experiences of having dinner at Timmy Green, the restaurant off-shoot of the Beany Green coffee shop chain which opened in the new Nova Development by Victoria. Timmy Green itself was also shortlisted for this year’s Best Coffee Spot Near a Railway Station and Best Breakfast Awards.

 

The winners of this year's UK Cup Tasters Championship: Freda (centre), who successfully defended her title, Katelyn, who came second and Don, who finished third.Manchester Coffee Festival 2017

It wouldn’t be November without the Manchester Coffee Festival, even if I had to fly back from Chicago especially to attend. With jet lag. Good job it was a Coffee Festival I suppose…

 

The cover of Issue 30 of Caffeine Magazine: a stunning picture of the new Leva espresso machine from La Marzocco.

Caffeine Magazine

The final Saturday Supplement is a perennial favourite, Caffeine Magazine. I’ve been writing for Caffeine Magazine for the last five years and have been documenting each issue as and when they come out. There are now 30 issues, all summarised in my Saturday Supplement.

 

 


And the winner is Goodbye Ridley Place
Runners-up: Made by Hand Coffee Pop-up, UniQlo and Glasgow Coffee Festival 2017

Don’t forget to check out the other 19 Coffee Spot Awards for 2017.


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