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Coffee solution provider to host wine and coffee masterclasses

Coffee solution provider to host wine and coffee masterclasses

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has partnered with Master Sommelier, Ronan Sayburn, to launch a new Grand Crü coffee and host a wine and coffee pairing experience at this year’s London Coffee Festival.

The new Grand Crü, which was developed in conjunction with Ronan, features three specialty grade coffees from Colombia, Brazil and Kenya, which were selected from the best of the season’s crop before being carefully roasted and blended to create an exceptional taste in the cup.

The blend will be served for the first time on the trade days (7-8 April) at London Coffee Festival during an immersive, sensory experience hosted by Ronan. Working with UCC Coffee Head of Coffee Quality and Q-grader Gayan Munaweera, Ronan will pair red wine with the new coffee and educate visitors on the similarities of wine and coffee – from the growing and terroir to the flavour, aroma and tasting notes. Guests will taste the new coffee through chemex and taste red wine while exploring the similarities between the two.

Spaces are limited; to check availability, email Nicole Hartnell at

Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier, comments: “There’s lots of synergy between coffee and wine – from the growing and quality, to the way we describe it. Just like using different grape varieties to create a classic Bordeaux, with the Grand Crü blend you get the benefit of three premium components that complement each other. Operators need to be taking coffee as seriously as they would their wine menu.”

Gayan Munaweera, Head of Coffee Quality and Q-grader, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland comments: “Ronan’s ability to taste and identify flavours is second to none. His contribution to the development of our new blend has meant we’ve been able to create something exceptional. We’ve also relooked at our packaging and supporting material – drawing on the similarities between wine and coffee, as well as creating a really premium looking and tasting brand. It’s perfect for operators looking to serve something special in the cup.”

As headline sponsor of London Coffee Festival, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland will have two stands at the event with its team of specialist baristas showcasing the trends and innovation from UCC HQ in Japan, a new conceptual White Label Collection coffee and the latest launches from equipment partners Dalla Corte, Nuova Simonelli, Victoria Arduino, Eversys and Thermoplan.

On its main stand, Head of Coffee Excellence, Gareth Davies will be busting the myths of coffee with hands-on micro training sessions. The ten-minute, mini masterclasses in coffee will cover the basics of latte art, pouring a heart in three easy moves, as well as easily digested techniques that can be used across a range of machines and how to brew perfectly balanced coffee.

The company’s second stand will feature unique innovation including a new Drip Pod for filter coffee at home. Also appearing is Largo – specialty grade coffee in a hermetically sealed aluminium can. The range, which is yet to launch in the UK, allows specialist cafés to offer a variety of single origins without compromising freshness or quality in the cup.


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