Little Red Roaster

Squashed onto a small road of Estate Agents, eateries and something else I can’t remember, Little Red Roaster can be found just a minutes walk from Parkstone train station.

Since the refurb at the start of the new year, bright oranges and pinks line the walls and funky patterns and floral designs coat the chairs and tables. There are books, CDs and coffee merchandise available to buy and the shop has a real community feel.

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Most importantly, the coffee. It is fantastic! It’s brewed by Red Roaster themselves and carefully paired with the most appropriate brewing methods, so you’re getting the best out of what you’re drinking!

The baristas are extremely knowledgeable and really friendly, especially James – his enthusiasm for all things coffee really shines through and makes me want to question him constantly!

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clever dripper with chocolate and lime coffee – Peru Tunki

It’s also a great place for lunch, as they serve homemade quiches, pies, salads and bagels of all kinds. There are jars of sweet treats that line the counter top for those who want small bites and let me tell you, they are fantastic!

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General opening hours are 9-5 and card payments are accepted. Free Wi-Fi is also available. For more information you can find them on Facebook, or via their website here.

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South Coast Roast

So here we go… my first review post.

South Coast Roast is found on the round that leads from the very centre of Bournemouth town, seconds away from Natwest and New Look. You can’t miss their anchor-based logo on the window and the chances are there’ll be an awesome A-board outside designed by the very talented Louise, one of the baristas who has a real talent for artwork.

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The cafe is full of coffee merchandise, cacti and posters of local events and the smell of yummy treats fill the entire place!

They have a collection of blends – decaf, drip, and guest – and coffee can be served in 4, 6 and 10oz. There are regular soft drinks and tea also available and a menu of breads, salads, soups and more.

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The staff are all lovely and provide great service! The music is pretty decent and they host a selection of events from DJs, food tastings, and more…

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The main website for SCR and sister cafe Boscanova is The Caffeine Hustler

650 Christchurch Rd and hours are generally 9-4.30.

Instagram: south.coast.roast

UK Coffee Week

The week following The London Coffee Festival is a big week for not only those in the UK but throughout the coffee industry across the globe.

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The initiative is to raise money for Project Waterfall who provide clean water and sanitation to communities who grow our coffee.

Therefore, make sure you get your coffee from somewhere taking part in UK Coffee Week and help raise money for an excellent cause. Share your coffee moments on social media using #ukcoffeeweek and #projectwaterfall !

London Coffee Festival

What better way to start my coffee blog with a little review of the second day of London Coffee Festival?! I was fortunate enough to be invited by my friend, which meant I only had to scrounge enough money from my piggy bank for the train fare. Long story short, I’m pretty broke and didn’t think I’d be able to go.

It was an early start, a busy train ride and then I got lost coming out of Aldgate East – walked in every direction for a good 20 minutes before finally meeting Barista Buddy, Marco, on Brick Lane.

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We started the day by collecting our tote bags of goodies, and rummaging through them whilst sipping Espresso Martinis on the makeshift grass, scanning the stalls and deciding where to go first.

From the DripApp stand full of stickers and a prize gumball machine (Where I won a tshirt!) to the amazingly delicious Moju juices, whose marketing was spot on and staff were lovely.

I managed to see some friends from Coffee Mongers Roastery, based in Lymington, and tried another two of their blends. They are some seriously talented people, and really friendly! Illy coffee was as expected, totally fantastic! And I loved their beautifully designed cups. I met some extremely interesting, talented and awesome people who introduced me to new blends, companies and options.

My favourite blend from the day was definitely the UCC Grand Crü, which was full of fruitiness and hints of chocolate and I met one of their lovely baristas called Rebecca. I was super excited to meet Giacomo Vannelli, Italian Barista Champion 2014 and 2015 AND see Dhan Tamang in action, showing off his unreal latte art skills.

I came away with a bag full of stickers, flyers, business cards, a keepcup, a tshirt and a tote bag! Plus new friends and a tonne of information about my favourite hobby.

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