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UCC roastery gets highest BRC rating
The roastery, based in Dartford, Kent, achieved the rating following a rigorous two-day inspection.
The ratings of the trade association for UK retailing are recognised internationally as marks of quality. The grade ‘AA’ rating is awarded to sites with exceptional site standards.
Elaine Swift, regional director (North) of UCC Coffee Europe, said it was a “significant achievement” for its Dartford Coffee Roastery. The plant suffered from a fire in October 2018.
“It’s been a challenging few months following the fire so it’s important our customers can continue to have confidence in our service and products, as well as achieving the highest-grade accreditation from the BRC as further endorsement of our capabilities and commitment,” she said.
In June 2019, UCC Coffee announced plans for new and improved production facilities at the Dartford roastery. The rebuild, which is expected to complete in August 2020, will not only increase production and improve product flow, but will offer teams a new and improved, modern space and a new facility for visiting customers. The rebuild follows a £2.5m investment to the roastery in 2015, and planned investment in 2020 to increase production capacity further.
New pub contract for Paddy & Scott’s
Paddy & Scott's will supply eight of its establishments with its coffee and train its baristas to help boost coffee sales across its collection.
“We are delighted to be working with The Chestnut Group,” said Scott Russell, founder and ceo of Paddy & Scott's. “We are very proud of our Suffolk roots and love linking up with other local firms. The Chestnut Group has much the same ethos as us, with quality and customer service being top priorities.”
Paddy & Scott's coffee is now being served in eight of The Chestnut Groups' inns, pubs and restaurants which are based throughout East Anglia in Moulton, Long Melford, Bury St Edmunds, Grantchester, Woodditton, Dunwich, Westleton, Barrow and Saffron Walden.
SCA announces details of UK Coffee Roasting Championship
The Specialty Coffee Association UK (SCA UK) has unveiled the date and venue for the UK Coffee Roasting Championship 2019. This will lead into the 2019 World Finals, which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan on 15th to 18th November 2019.
The event will run on Friday, 30 August to Sunday 1 September at the London School of Coffee. Places will cost £100 each, with a refund of £50 for all SCA named members. The World Coffee Roasting Championship debuted in 2013 in Nice, France.
In this three-stage event, competitors are tested on their performance evaluating the quality of green coffee (coffee grading), developing a roasting profile that best accentuates the desirable characteristics of that coffee, and on the ultimate cup quality of coffees roasted.
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