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Winners of the Beverage Standards Awards

Winners of the Beverage Standards Awards

Dame Kelly Holmes was the guest of honour at the Beverage Standards Association Awards Ceremony - the Michelin stars of the hot beverages industry - at London's Fulham Palace on Monday 14 October, where this year's winners were announced.

As with the renowned Michelin guides, judging for these Awards – organised by trade organisation the Beverage Standards Association (BSA) – was undertaken by anonymous BSA member trained experts providing accurate and impartial assessments. Instead of ‘stars’, the BSA’s ‘cup’ rankings are awarded to different outlets, with five being the maximum. These BSA cup decals (two way window stickers) will be displayed on the doors or windows to show the general public the standard of the outlet. Out of the 211 entries for the 2013 awards, only 10 achieved the top 5 Cup Accreditation, with 35 entries achieving 4 Cup Accreditation.

The results are as follows:

National Cup Accreditation 2013 (sponsor 3M Water Filtration)


·       The Bottle Kiln Cafe, West Hallam, Derbyshire

 ·       The Barista's Coffee Shop, Chester

 ·       Pumphreys Coffee Centre & Brewing Emporium, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 ·       Crema Espresso Bar, Bridlington

 ·       Spring Espresso, York

 ·       Coffee Fix, Gatley, Cheadle

 ·       The Apple Tree, Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood

 ·       The Hall, Lancaster

 ·       Cartmel Coffee, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

 ·       Habitat Cafe, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland


·       Best Filter Coffee (Sponsored by BSA) - The Bottle Kiln - New Season Kenya

·       Best Tea (Sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate) - Spring Espresso - Oolong Tea

·       Best Hot Chocolate (Sponsored by The Kokoa Collection) - The Apple Tree - Chocolate Syrup presented with latte art

·       Best Flat White (Sponsored by Jaguar Espresso Systems)  - The Hall  - Guatemala Santa Rosa

·       Best Latte (Sponsored by Jaguar Espresso Systems) - Crema Espresso Bar -  Kenya Gichathaini

·       Best Cappuccino (Sponsored by Jaguar Espresso Systems) - Pumphrey's Coffee Centre & Brewing Emporium - Single Origin Simoa Humin bean from China

·       Best Small Espresso (Sponsored by Kimbo UK) - Habitat - Nicaragua, Bolivia, Costa Rica blend


Campden Coffee Company, Campden

Cafe2U, Merton

The Crepe and Coffee Cabin, Bristol

Syon Deli, Isleworth

Ground Coffee Houses, Hove BN2 3EB

Ground Coffee Houses, Brighton BN2 1ED

Forge Tea Rooms, Brompton by Sawdon

The Music Room, Lancaster

Rhode Island Coffee, Warrington

Rhode Island Coffee, Oldham

Rhode Island Coffee, Stockport

Eteaket Tea Rooms, Edinburgh

Tea Monkey, Milton Keynes

Silvio's, 6 Ravey St, London EC2 4QW

Silvio's, 37 Duke St, London W1U 1LN

Pulci Pizza, Poulton le Fylde

Welcome Cafe, Exeter

Cafe at 36, Exeter

Mocha Mocha, Bristol

Workhouse Coffee, Reading

Bean and Bud, Harrogate

Cibo, Southgate

Hale and Hardy, Wandsworth

The Snug Coffee House, Dronfield

Jacobs Coffee House, Bath

Cafe2U, Wakefield West

Cafe2U, Slough

Cafe2U, Bristol North

Cafe2U, Aberdeen West

Avanti Caffe, Heswall, Wirral

Coasters Coffee Shop, Kingsbridge

Eight Sixteen Coffee Co, Halifax

Bean Loved, Skipton

Pumphreys Coffee Showroom, Blaydon

Tiffins, Petworth

Ranald Paterson, chairman of the assessors, Beverage Standards Awards, said: “Whether an entry achieved 1,2,3,4 or 5 Cup Accreditation, all were winners in passing the very stringent standards set and judged in person by mystery assessors in 2013. The top candidates were visited two, sometimes three times, over the last six months before satisfying the judges on the final Awards.

“The margin between the top 5 Cup Accreditation and 4 Cup was very close. The final 5 Cup sites all had outstanding characteristics, but they all had four features in common:

“First, two, sometimes three, of the three drinks judged on each visit, were so good as to be in final competition for a Best Drink Award as well.

“Second, each venue offered a choice of all drinks to customers. This meant that at least two coffee blends or single origin coffees were available for espresso and used in other coffee-based drinks. Two or three different hot chocolates, often single country origin. A wide range of loose-leaf teas, well described in carefully written menus.

“Third, a sommelier standard depth of knowledge of drinks, brewing methods and taste characteristics from all staff dealing with customers, eager to advise on what might be best for them.

“Fourth, almost no faults could be identified, giving a minimum of at least 95% in the judging.”

Beverage Standards Awards 2014

The BSA is calling all ‘out-of-home’ cafés (fixed and mobile) and restaurants to enter next year’s Beverage Standards Awards, which are open to members and non-members of the BSA. For further information and to register your interest, visit

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