Working with Roaster Partners20 February 2018 Uncategorized
We have always worked with a small number of amazing coffee roasting partners, and in recent weeks have begun new relationships, with roasters and people we have been aware of and friendly with for some time. We always choose our roaster partners carefully, based on similar ethics and outlooks, the way they choose to work with their customers and the way they source and of course roast their coffee.
It’s Here – Burundi Takeover!29 January 2018 Uncategorized
As part of our ongoing objective to give predominance and respect to the growers who produce our fantastic coffee, we are thrilled to launch a ‘board takeover’ of Burundi coffees in collaboration with our friends at North Star Roasters. Holly of North Star recently spent a week in Burundi as an international judge of the Cup of Excellence competition – a prestigious and demanding measure of quality in speciality coffee which was started in Central America and in which Burundi is so far the only African participant. Coffees which achieve the Cup of Excellence can go on to command high prices at auction.
The ‘Latte Levy’8 January 2018 Uncategorized
There has been a lot of press activity in the last couple of days about the idea of a ‘latte levy’ – the possibility of introducing a charge for using disposable takeaway cups. So is this a good idea? The recent introduction of a fee for using plastic carrier bags has had a great effect, with up to 85% reduction in the use of plastic bags. Anyone who is concerned for the environment will be pleased with this outcome. Not only do plastic bags fill up landfill, they make their way into our precious oceans and endanger wildlife.
New Coffee Empowers Women Coffee Farmers27 November 2017 Uncategorized
We’re really pleased to be able to put a coffee on the bar this week that not only tastes great, but helps women in its country of origin. Rebuild Women’s Hope (RWH) is a non-profit organisation based in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. It was established in 2013 by gender equity pioneer Marceline Budza, with the aim of empowering Congolese women.
Slurping good fun at the tea event20 November 2017 Uncategorized
We had a great time at our tea tasting event on 16 November. Claire Trumper, expert tea taster and blender, took us through the processes of growing and picking teas, plus the differences between the orthodox and ctc processes. Next it was time for us to put our knowledge to the test by tasting each of the constituent teas that make up our custom house blend tea, also created by Claire. She explained how some of the teas contribute flavour and some colour and appearance. Finally we got to taste some rooibos infused gin cocktails! Altogether a great fun and informative evening. Thanks to Claire and all who attended.
Tea Tasting Event: 16 November 7pm27 October 2017 Uncategorized
Want to know your Darjeeling from your Assam? Your orthodox from your ctc? Learn more about tea and do some tasting at our tea event on 16 November at 7pm. Tea Taster and Blender Claire Trumper of Trumpers Tea will give some background on tea growing and processing.
And the winner is… Bean & Bud!29 September 2017 Uncategorized
We were thrilled to be shortlisted for best Coffee and Tea Shop in the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards, and attended a wonderful lunch at Rudding Park on Monday 25 September. Among other excellent businesses and after a beautifully presented and delicious lunch prepared by Rudding Head Chef Matthew Wilkinson and his team, the awards were presented. There were 15 awards in total, and we were absolutely thrilled when our name was called as the winner of the Best Coffee and Tea Shop! The judges had been impressed not only by the quality of our offering but also our knowledge and passion. It is really great to have our work and passion appreciated in this way. Thanks to our wonderful team, our suppliers and our customers – we couldn’t do it without all of you. Cheers!
Just a Coffee?9 March 2017 Uncategorized
What does coffee mean to you? A shot of energy to get you going in the morning? A little treat on your way to do some shopping? A mid-morning pick-me-up? A cup of coffee is all this and more. How much thought do you give to where your coffee comes from? For us here at Bean & Bud, the perfect cup of coffee is the end of a journey. It’s the result of many people’s care, hard work and passion. Which is why we never treat is as ‘just a coffee’.
We’re in the UK Top 30!30 January 2017 Uncategorized
We are really proud and happy to have been included in Britain’s 30 best coffee shops in The Telegraph. This is thanks to our amazing staff, roasters, suppliers and customers for the outstanding support we get all year round. Thanks!
See the full article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/features/britains-30-best-coffee-shops/
New year, same mission!3 January 2017 Uncategorized
We would like to wish all our customers, roasters and growers a Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is a good one for all of us. And in this new year it’s tempting to make changes, to eat more healthily, go to the gym etc. Here at Bean & Bud we are embracing the new year and the hopes that go with it. One thing that won’t change, however, is our commitment to bringing you the best coffee around.
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