Vini, Lead AST, BGE’s Barista Camp 2017

Our own VINI ARRUDA is one of the Lead ASTs at this years BGE’s Barista Camp, Poznan, Poland. Barista Camp focuses on offering an opportunity to develop and learn as a barista, in a setting that promotes sharing ideas and experiences, and being part of a wider community. The event runs over 4 days and includes professional education, cutting-edge lectures and tastings, and loads of fun. Barista Camp 2017 offers several established educational tracks as part of the new SCA Coffee [...]

Latte Art at WCE 2017 by Renata Malyszko

The World Coffee Events Championships is one of the biggest and most important events for the coffee community during the year. Coffee professionals and enthusiasts from over 100 different countries across the world gather at the event each year for inspiration, education and networking, sharing their knowledge and passion for all things coffee. For the first time the World of Coffee Event was held in Eastern Europe, in the beautiful, historical city of Budapest on the river Danube in Hungary. [...]

London Coffee Festival

London Coffee & Tea Festival

Recently some of the Java Republic team, Monika and Gerry, along with Emiliano from KC Peaches, headed to the London Coffee Festival. They had some really interesting stories to share from their experiences, so here is a snippet of what each of them thought about the festival: Monika We kicked off bright and early, meeting my wonderful team at the airport. It was an early start and a long day but hey, I wouldn’t have it any other way! We landed few [...]

Judging The Irish Barista Championship-Renata’s Story

After judging a few Latte Art Competitions to develop my knowledge, skill and gain more experience, I decided to try something else.   In February 2017, I got the opportunity to judge one of the most difficult coffee competitions (at least in my opinion!): I judged the Irish Barista Championship, which is so different from Latte Art. Latte Art mostly focuses on the appearance of a cup of coffee, whereas the Barista Championship is mostly about taste and customer service [...]

Take a Coffee Break

8 Reasons Coffee Improves Office Culture

Life is too short to hate going into work. Money is rarely peoples’ primary motivator; instead it’s about feeling valued and getting a kick out of what you do for a living. The atmosphere and culture in an office has a key role to play in how people feel about going to work, and there’s plenty of evidence that suggests taking a coffee break at work is about more than just good coffee. The interaction that occurs as a tasty cup [...]

Office Coffee Solutions Ireland

When is the Right Time to Drink Office Coffee?

A good coffee machine at the office provides a little luxury for your daily grind (pardon the pun). But when is the right time to drink that delicious cup of flavour, and when does it lean toward adverse effects? In the last several years it has become evident that the health benefits of coffee are provable, desirable and comprehensive. However, knowing when to drink coffee at work will have a positive effect on your day without interfering with a good night’s rest [...]

Fresh Coffee in Ireland

The Only Fresh Office Coffee is from Whole Beans

Office coffee has traditionally had a bad reputation. Too often it consists of beans in jars, made sticky with wet spoons and neglect, or machine-brewed tasteless coffee that passes itself off as ‘fresh’. Even if your office orders from a coffee distributor, getting pre-ground coffee won’t give you the incomparable flavour you deserve; the only fresh coffee comes from whole roast beans. Why Whole Coffee Beans? Great coffee is all about keeping the inherent complexities of the bean intact. Think of freshly-ground [...]

Coffee At Work in Ireland

5 Reasons to Have Java Republic Coffee in your Office

It doesn’t matter how big or small your office is – if you provide a great work environment, you’ll get the best out of your people. Free coffee is expected these days, but there’s a big difference between a jar of dusty old granules and delicious fresh coffee. Aside from the obvious disparity in quality, providing great coffee has several benefits that no manager should ignore. Increased Productivity If your team can get gorgeous fresh coffee on-site, they won’t have to ‘pop [...]

Maja's Latte Art

Irish Latte Art Championship: Maja’s Story

My experiences at the Irish Latte Art Championship have been nothing short of amazing! So much work and preparation goes into this one day: training late, putting in hours after work, sleepless nights, even tears! All for the chance to perform with some of the best baristas in the country. I first fell in love with latte art when I created my very first rosetta a long time ago, but I never had anyone to guide me, correct my mistakes [...]

Renata Coffee Blog

Renata Malyszko: My Coffee Journey

Often I get asked, “How did you get started in coffee Renata?” Coffee was never an interest of mine until 2011 when I was working as a waitress in Bewley’s on Grafton Street, and I was asked to be a barista in their newly opened coffee shop. At the time, I didn’t know how to turn on a coffee machine, and I didn’t even drink coffee, so you can imagine how unenthusiastic I was to become a barista! However, [...]

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