Author: Ian Boughton

Rise of the machines: the hybrid espresso

Rise of the machines: the hybrid espresso

The hybrid espresso machine may be all things to all baristas: it’s a traditional machine that can be used by the fully trained artiste as well as a push-button brewer for the novice. Ian Boughton looks at the ... Read more
UK Barista Championship results announced

UK Barista Championship results announced

Jana Slamova, a barista from contract caterer, Baxter Storey has picked up third place at the finals of the UK Barista Championship, the first time that anyone from a company outside the dedicated specialist co ... Read more
Product round-up: Christmas drinks

Product round-up: Christmas drinks

All kinds of special Christmas drinks will once again be appearing in hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars for the festive period that will cover all tastes – and live up to a good many clichés. Read more
Beverages – Spill the beans

Beverages – Spill the beans

What does a branded bean say 
about you? Ian Boughton asks whether customers look for the prestige of a named beverage brand, or if they are just happy get their caffeine hit, whatever its provenance Read more
Caffe Culture 2013

Caffe Culture 2013

In recent years the Caffè Culture show has assumed increasing importance in the hot-beverage sector. At first it was thought to be a show just for modern coffee geeks in the cool café-bars, but now the wider ho ... Read more
Not just coffee

Not just coffee

A plague of the hospitality trade is the assumption that coffee is “just coffee”. It annoys the beverage trade immensely but, on the other hand, coffee roasters are now vastly impressed by those hoteliers and r ... Read more
Soft drinks – soft options with style

Soft drinks – soft options with style

Many adults don’t drink alcohol at all, and a sizeable majority prefer not to at lunchtime. That can only mean a huge opportunity for any business prepared to invest some time and energy putting together an exc ... Read more
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