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CAFFÈ CULTURE, MAY 2011, LONDON'S OLYMPIA


Bewley's 2013 Barista Jam

Our Baristas have been whipping up a storm at the Bewley's 2013 Barista Jam - exchanging knowledge and ideas, creating new blends, playing with alternative brewing methods and generally having a good time with coffee... and drinking as much as is humanly possible over two days! Check out the action at the link below.

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Bewley's acquires Bolling Coffee in further expansion of UK coffee business

Bewley's has announced the acquisition of UK coffee roaster Bolling Coffee based at Meltham, near Huddersfield in Yorkshire. This is Bewley's second UK acquisition
in 18 months following its purchase of Darlington's Coffee in October 2011.

Operating since 1979, Bolling has developed a reputation as a leading specialist roaster providing its customers with both bespoke coffees and branded programmes under the Grumpy Mule brand, together with service, training and marketing support across the UK. Bolling employs 42 people and has a very modern coffee roasting facility.

The acquisition offers us here at Darlington's a significant new edge in terms of our customer offer , with flexible roasting now within the UK, not to mention the scale and reach we now have across the country.

Rest assured our Darlington's management and staff will not change and will continue to work as we have always done to prioritize the requirements of all our customers.

We look forward to seeing you at either the upcoming London Coffee Festival or later in May at Caffe Culture to tell you more!!

For more on Bewley's and Bolling Coffee check out all the "w's" at:

www.bollingcoffee.co.uk
www.grumpymule.co.uk
www.bewleys.com

London Coffee Festival, 25-28th April

If you didn't manage to catch up with us at the London Coffee Festival put the Caffe Culture dates, 15th & 16th May, in your diary and come and join us for a coffee at Kensington Olympia, Stand G10.

www.londoncoffeefestival.com



Caffè Culture, Kensington Olympia on 15th & 16th May

Darlington's is exhibiting at Caffe Culture, Kensington Olympia on 15th & 16th May so please do come and have a coffee with us! You'll find us on stand G10 - we'd love to see you there.

www.caffecultureshow.com



Darlington's vans get a makeover.
You may have already spotted our new vans out and about, but if not keep an eye out and let us know what you think of the colourful new wrap design!


Darlington's Visits Nicaragua

We wake in darkness. We've slept well but we would need to be deaf not to hear the cacophony of squawking Mandador birds, transistor radios and early breakfast television in the adjoining community kitchen. From 5am hundreds of coffee pickers start to arrive, taking full advantage of Henry's & Gabriella's hospitality and partaking in a pre- dawn breakfast to set themselves up for the day's work.

It's a dull morning, the dirt paths are muddy, and a third open truck moves up the mountain roadway and deposits another 40 workers. Jumping overboard they grab a few tortillas and stand in line until one of the Capataz tells them which area of the farm they will be heading to that day. By 6.30am there are 500 coffee pickers assembled.

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GOOD LUCK RUMMY!

Our very own Barista Trainer and semi-finalist in the UK Barista Championships, London Heat, Rummy Keshet will be competing in the UKBC, we want to take this opportunity to wish him well, he has worked very hard to become one of the UK's top Baristas and we know he'll do great.

Practice makes perfect!


DARLINGTON'S BARISTA TRAINERS SHOWCASING THEIR EXPERTISE!

Rummy and Marcin will also be showcasing Rummy's competition signature drink at the London Coffee Festival from 1pm to 4pm, on Friday 27th April in the pop-up coffee shop located in the Soho Zone at The London Coffee Festival.

Rummy's signature drink is made from Araku coffee, with the addition of popcorn-infused milk, homemade caramel and a pinch of salt. The drink is served as a piccolo. Rummy's inspiration was the result of research undertaken by the renowned Scottish food scientist Harold McGee, who has expressed a view that the flavour profile of coffee is most similar to corn. Rummy has decided to use popcorn to bring Harold's theory to life!

Can't wait to try it!


CONGRATULATIONS TO CARACOLI!

Caracoli taking part in the Chronicle's 'Shop Local' campaign last year

WINCHESTER and Alresford cafe-deli Caracoli won a prestigious national award.

It scooped the food category of the Telegraph magazine's 'Best Small Shops in Britain 2012'. Beating hundreds of contenders, the family-run business says it was delighted to take the award. Now in their sixth year, the awards focused on small, independent retailers on Britain's high streets. Initially, loyal customers voting in large numbers got Caracoli onto the shortlist before judges made their decisions.

Rose Prince, one of the judges, said: "All the strengths of a great deli lie in this year's winner, the Hampshire based café-deli Caracoli. There are artisan breads, charcuterie and a range of antipasti that changes constantly with the seasons. Wines, well-made coffee, fabulous T2 teas from Australia, pasta and rice plus honey and the shop's own-made muesli and granola... it sounds like a lot but this is actually a carefully edited shop that truly respects their customers' right to have the best."

Caracoli managing director and co-owner James Nichols said: "Being nominated by our customers was a huge compliment and we waited with bated breath to hear the judge's final decision. Our customers' votes mean a great deal as above all else we want them to enjoy their time at Caracoli and come back time and again.

We at Darlingtons are a proud coffee supplier to Caracoli and wish them further success in the future.

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