Meet our Youngest Graduate

Perky Blenders’s youngest SCA student Calum just successfully passed his SCA Introduction To Coffee and Barista Skills Foundation at Perky Blender Project 660. Calum started coffee a few years ago in a commercial company in Essex. Most of his training was mostly self-taught and hits and misses. However he managed to produced decent coffee beverage….

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The Beanstitute Needs Your Help

The Beanstitute Needs Your Help Dear ASTs, Roasters and Barista Trainers, Sophie Mukua,director of the FTOK, and me, Régine Guion-Firmin, are building an SCA school are building a school in Kenya, The Beanstitute (read more about it here!). Our goal is to offer Barista Training (and soon Roasting Training) and SCA education for Kenyan and Tanzanian Coffee…

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Building a coffee shool in Kenya (written for SCA)

Last November 2016, after passing my SCA Green Coffee Professional, I asked Henry Wilson, of Perfect Daily Grind to put me in contact with coffee people at origin. He put me in contact with Sophie Mukua from the Fair Trade Organisation of Kenya (FTOK), a NGO who supports small holders farmers and small to medium…

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Perky Flavours at Project 660

Perky Flavours at Project 660 This morning started with a production cupping… What is cupping? Cupping is a way of tasting coffee in order to discover its flavours and notes, qualities and defects. Therefore we controlled the quality of our coffee. How tasty was our coffee? Tom, our head roaster and co-owner of Perky Blenders,…

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New SCA School in East London

Perky Blenders opens a New SCA School in East London  Introducing the AST Regine loves coffee. She has a stack of green coffee books on her bedside table, sleeps with her refractometer, dreams of the perfect extraction, cups every morning, then drinks coffee throughout the day. Training is her passion, and connecting with new coffee people…

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Media, Roasting Profiling, Re:Co and Sustainability

Out Of The Box Lamarzocco Event at Hackney House The Panels Modernising Modern Media Maximising Modern Media – Part 1 Panel of Discussion with Caffeine Magazine, The Girl In The Cafe, The Right Roast and Jason Breckenridge (The Beautiful Addiction) Maximising Modern Media – Part 2 Panel of Discussion with Caffeine Magazine, The Girl In The…

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#KickassLady Breakfast @ Cup North

Breakfast with Marta, Sonali, Neerali… Marta Dalton (Coffee Bird), Sonali Tailor and Neerali Tailor (Nights At The Round Table) invited Coffee Ladies to a delicious breakfast at Antcoats Coffee Roasters. Marta, our lovely hostess, invite everyone to talk about themselves, in order to break the ice.  Ten minutes later, we were talking about coffee, politic, the vibrant…

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Manchester Coffee Festival

Cup North  Some of you have heard of Cup North, now known as Manchester Coffee Festival, and perhaps you want to know more. Well, let Ricardo Gandara and Hannah Davies tell us about more about this refreshingly new festival, who I spoke to recently at Manchester Coffee Festival.   In the beginning… For the last…

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Café Education oui!

Café Education oui! Mais pourquoi? Et ensuite que faire? J’ai lu beaucoup d’articles sur l’éducation et la formation du café, cependant je trouve que l’information peut être confuse parfois. Eh bien, essayons de le rendre plus clair et plus utile afin d’améliorer votre avenir. J’ai lu beaucoup d’articles sur l’éducation et la formation du café,…

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Coffee Education: How Do You Pick a Course?

Coffee Education yes! But what for? And then what is next? (written for Perfect Daily Grind) I have read many articles about coffee education and training, however I find the information can be confusing sometimes. Well, let us try and make it clearer and more useful in order to improve your future. Let me introduce…

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