For brew freaks, bean geeks and the simply curious: the first ever South West Independent Coffee Guide is out now

UX4uNxjYThe highest profile names in the South West coffee scene have come together to show that artisan, speciality coffee is going down a storm outside of London.

The UK’s top barista, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of Colonna and Small’s in Bath, provides the introduction to the South West Independent Coffee Guide and is part of an expert committee made up of Andy Tucker Head of Coffee at highly rated Clifton Coffee Roasters, Nick Cooper of South West publishing company Salt Media and Ed Gooding of Bunn Equipment.

The first ever book of its kind for the region, the guide includes write ups and colour photographs of 60 top coffee shops in the South West, which have been invited into the guide based on quality of coffee served, expertise, and the use of the highest quality South West roasted beans.

The coffee shop reviews include information on different brew types, beans, grinders and equipment, and in addition, the guide showcases 14 top local artisan roasters, has funky maps, a history of coffee in the South West, information on worldwide coffee producing areas and a flavour wheel to help coffee geeks get the most out of the experience.

The South West Independent Coffee Guide’s editor Jo Rees of Food Insider’s Guides (published by Salt Media) says, ‘There’s long been this idea that the only place to get a good coffee in the UK is in central London. Well, the South West has been working away quietly behind the scenes and all of a sudden there’s been an explosion of activity in places like Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Truro, with amazing quality artisan coffee being roasted and brewed. We’ve even got the UK’s top barista in our patch.’

Maxwell says, ‘Putting something like this together involves a lot of planning, a lot of thought, and one thing that became apparent in our many coffee conversations was that there’s been a paradigm shift in the way we view and interact with coffee.

‘The South West has quietly become a nuanced and exciting coffee landscape, driven by the development of a cohesive speciality coffee market. At its heart, speciality coffee is like the world of wine in that it focuses on provenance and character.’

The guide was launched at Extract Coffee Roasters, co-hosted by Beyond The Bean, in Bristol on Friday October 17, where the UK’s premiere of highly acclaimed US film A Film About Coffee was screened as part of the VIP launch celebrations. Craft Brewer Wiper & True provided a pop-up bar for the evening and Tin Can Catering brought along the Tin Can Pig Box, serving great British chorizo. With live music and DJs lined up too, it was quite a party. See the launch in pictures.

Coffee Guide inside

Where to get the guide

The guide is available to buy from the Food Insider’s Guide online shop at the coffee venues featured in the guide, at Waterstones and good bookshops, via Amazon and from the Food Insider’s Guide Website priced £7.99.

Here’s who’s in the first South West Independent Coffee Guide

Main sponsor

Guide sponsors

Launch sponsors

Beyond The Bean
Extract Coffee