Tom Haigh, Head Trainer and all round nice guy conducted a workshop at Here Cafe in Berkhamsted over the Easter weekend. The workshop covered everything one needs to know about espresso from bean to cup as well as how to make the perfect brew at home. The turn out was strong with members of the public with a keen interest in coffee.
Organised by Julian Meres; the session followed a lecture by Professor Jonathan Morris – editor Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, Director of the Cappuccino Conquests research project and Professor of History at University of Hertfordshire, in which he discussed the historical progression of espresso concept and manufacture.
Tom then took over the show with a workshop introducing the third wave coffee philosophy, talking about progression in espresso and alternative brewing processes, as well as discussing the farming, processing, sourcing, roasting and brewing process as a whole. He then walked participants through a hands-on workshop about getting the best out of coffee brewed at home, demonstrating V60 and Aeropress techniques with help from the audience, using Climpson’s Ethiopian Doyo and Kenyan Kiawarmururu as examples. He highlighted water and coffee quality, roasting and origin profiles, balancing extraction and flavour manipulation.