Well Spring 2016 has turned out to be very eventful for us.  We started off in January by adding John, Jake and Sue to our sales team and then were joined by Katie in customer services in March, so welcome to all of them!

TUCO UK BARISTA CHALLENGE

Its always great when you are recognised by your peers in the industry as it confirms your belief that you are doing something right!

Also in March, one of our directors, Sarah Clift received  an accolade that surpassed even our expectations when she was the only person from a UK coffee company selected to be a judge at the highly respected TUCO UK Barista Skills Challenge.

“This is a tremendous honour and privilege for Cafe Azzurro” said MD Craig Ward, “ out of all the coffee companies in the country, they could have invited—they chose us!  It is no doubt in recognition of all the hard work we put into training our staff and customers, and our total commitment to ensure that every cup of  our coffee sold is as good as it can be.  Our reputation is growing and our customers are spreading the word, many of them comment that the have never received such support from any supplier before”

This years TUCO UK Barista Skills Challenge was held at Warwick University and 26 qualifiers from all over the UK had to make espresso’s, cappuccino’s and a signature drink.

And our Sarah made a great impression!  Even before the show had finished she had been invited back to be a judge next year!

“It was a most enjoyable experience” said Sarah “ the standards were unbelievably high and all the baristas showed great creativity —  I can’t wait to see what next years contestants will come up with!”

 WE’RE ON TV!

Further evidence of our growing status within the industry was high;ighted in April.

Last year our Sales Manager, Nicki Willets was approached by a TV company who were making a documentary about how traditional coffee machines were made.

She duly went along to the filming where she was asked to make a few drinks and serve coffee to show how the machine should be used.

We took the crew to one of customers early one morning to film and more filming took place at the Fracino factory in Aston, who were providing the equipment.

The programme was broadcast  on the Science Channel—which is part of the Discovery Channel  earlier this month and the results are amazing using 3D technology to get right inside the machine of show exactly how it works.

Of course, from our point of view the best part was watching Nicki making the coffee, but then again, we may be a little biased!

You can see a brief clip at

Here’s How Coffee Machines Brew a Perfect Cup

Or the full programme is available on demand