A Visit From Our Coffee Roasters!

On Tuesday 4th September we had a visit from Chris, who travelled up from Union HQ in London to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to prepare your coffee perfectly!

During the visit he assessed the technical capabilities of all our Urbanistas and helped us improve our understanding of the coffees that we serve to you beautiful people.  There were three key skills that Chris focused on:

1) Accurately adjusting the grind settings – which is important so that we can achieve the correct ratio of coffee to water for every single espresso.

2) Ability to ‘tamp’  – this is the action of compacting the coffee into the portafilter, which must be level every time we do it.

3) Ability to steam milk – which is different for each coffee we make.

We found this very helpful as it allowed us all to obtain an equal standard and meant that the more experienced Urbanistas learnt some great techniques to help teach our new talent! Chris also had a look at the equipment and layout in both of our emporiums, giving us tips on how to get the best performance out of our gear.

Overall, I am delighted to report that it was an extremely successful and enlightening visit which signifies the start of what looks to be an excellent relationship between Urban Coffee Company and Union Hand-Roasted,  one of the foremost coffee roasters in the UK.

Si, Head Barista.

Urban Emporiums | 30 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NP