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Harris + Hoole’s training centre is open for business

Harris+Hoole has opened a dedicated training centre in Central London to teach new baristas the craft of making the perfect coffee – it’s latest step in shaking up the ‘complacent’ UK coffee scene. The coffee shop business has fitted out the training centre with the latest technology in espresso-making equipment so its new baristas can be trained to the same standards as barista championship competitors. Andrew Tolley, co-founder of Harris+Hoole and head judge at the UK Barista Championships, says: “We make sure our baristas live and breathe coffee and constantly strive to ensure every cup is as good as it gets. This is why we’ve opened the dedicated training centre – to produce world class baristas who create the best coffee on the high street. “We recognise that quality coffee can only be served by baristas meticulously trained on high quality equipment with speciality grade coffee. Our training programme is delivered by three certified UK barista championship judges at Harris+Hoole, including two head judges. Together we’ve trained over 250 baristas, including a national champion, who had no previous experience in the last year alone through our unique training programme.”

Andres adds: “We want each and every Harris+Hoole to do things differently to the rest of the high street at every stage – from how we engage local communities, the experience we offer to our customers in terms of our App and layout, the way we develop and support our employees, to sourcing top quality direct trade beans from farmers.”

More information: Harris+Hoole +44 (0)203 3975200


The 2014 Espresso Italian Champion will be crowned on October 3

The Italian Espresso National Institute’s (INEI) Espresso Italiano Championship 2014 will take place at the RAC in Pall Mall, London on Friday, October 3. 16 top baristas from 14 espresso companies and organisations around the world will demonstrate their skills to be crowned Espresso Italiano Champion 2014. The competition stands out amongst the coffee community, as it judges the skill of the professional barista not their showmanship. The INEI is responsible for the protection and promotion of original espresso through a product certification and member companies can use the Italiano Espresso guarantee. Carlo Odello, communications manager for the INEI, says: “‘The UK has an incredible market that is growing so fast. Coming to London means being in the centre of the coffee

world today and having the opportunity to see the future of the market.” Each barista has 11 minutes to prepare four espressos and four cappuccinos. A technical judging panel of skilled professionals from the Italian coffee industry will grade them while a sensory judging panel of four officials from the International Institute of Coffee Tasters will sit in a separate room ‘to let the coffee speak for itself’.

More information: Italian Espresso National Institute +39 030 397308,


Starbucks baristas who have long been forced to hide their tattoos may soon be able to show off their ink. In an internal email to employees Starbucks said that it’s reviewing its dress code, including its long-standing policy forbidding workers from displaying tattoos. The move comes as baristas rally against the coffee chain, demanding the freedom to let their tattoos be seen. A petition to overturn Starbucks’ tattoo policy has gathered nearly 23,000 signatures since its inception on August 20.

Kristie Williams, a 25-year-old mother who works at a Starbucks in Atlanta, Georgia started the petition because covering her tattoo caused constant discomfort. “The day I buy my first short-sleeved shirt will definitely be a great day,” said Kristie. “I know personally I could work better and faster if I wasn’t sweating and fussing with my sleeves all the time at work in order to hide my tattoo.”

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