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We’re back up and running!

We’re back up and running!

We just moved premises, but after a bit of a delay, we’re in! Our new studio space is complete and we are accepting bookings again. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused – our move took slightly longer than we’d hoped (should’ve guessed really!)

A couple weeks of painting, plumbing, tidying, cleaning, electrical work, joinery etc, then finally we could get to the fun bit…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current equipment list:

  • La Marzocco Linea 1AV
  • Nuova Simonelli Aurelia 3GR
  • Victoria Arduino Mythos 1 Clima Pro
  • Lincat EB3F Boiler
  • Ohaus Navigators
  • Acaia Pearls
  • Brewista Smart Scale
  • Brewista Smart Brew Digital Kettle
  • BWT Bestmax Premium Soft

Barista Kit:

  • La Marzocco Precision Baskets (17g)
  • LM Bottomless Portafilter
  • MBK 58.5mm Pro Tamper
  • Rhinowares Latte Art Milk Jugs

Feel free to give us a shout via the form below if you’d like any information on course availability, or booking a bespoke session for yourself, your business or as a gift!

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Bungo in the Back Lanes

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Hello folks!

Hopefully you have been able to enjoy some of the beautiful weather. Apparently Glasgow was the hottest place in the UK today, until it rained of course…

I have dusted off the blog to tell you of an exciting event we are participating in this weekend; it is called Bungo in the Back Lanes and it is happening on Saturday 21st June (this saturday!) between 1-4PM. There will be music, food, drinks a plenty and lots of other wondrous things for sale!

We are popping up beside the fabulous bakery47 whose cakes and bakes are nothing short of outstanding – but best be quick – rumour has it that they were sold out before the halfway point last year – ooft!

We will be serving up all the usual delicious espresso based drinks using Dear Green’s notorious and ever-loved Goosedubbs blend, as well as keeping you cool with our 12hr-cold brew, made using a smooth, chocolate-y El Salvador – served black or with milk, and for me nothing says its summer like an affogato, so we’ll be doing that too – wahay!

See you on Saturday!

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Home Training – Sage Barista Express

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I was recently booked to deliver some training at home with Katrina on her espresso machine – a Sage Barista Express. There has been a lot of hype and excitement about Sage’s other machine, The Dual Boiler, as it is competing with machines such as the Expobar Office Leva Dual Boiler and Rocket R58.

The Barista Express is a much simpler machine and a great option for a beginner or for someone who doesn’t make very many drinks per day and doesn’t require a large boiler for lots of milk drinks etc. It has a built-in grinder which is fully adjustable and uses conical burrs and is very easy to set up. A dose control dial on the front panel decides how much coffee it dispenses. The group head is run by two programmable dose buttons for single and double espresso shots. This machine is designed for ease of use and repeatability. This machine uses a thermocoil as opposed to a boiler for heating water, and as such won’t win any races when steaming milk, but the quality of the microfoam and espresso is great.

Highly recommended if looking for an affordable all-in-one unit.

Here’s the feedback that Katrina gave after the session:

“Spent a very enjoyable morning learning everything from buying quality beans to performing some latte art, Michael explained and demonstrated everything that my machine does, we perfected the grind and produced some good espresso, after that Michael demonstrated some latte art which he made look so easy , so another 3 pints of milk later I perfected some rather unique designs. Would highly recommend that anyone spending money on a good machine should invest in some good training. Thank you Michael for your time.”

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Events – SECC Glasgow

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We were hired to serve coffee at the European Breast Cancer Conference held at the SECC in Glasgow last week on behalf of one of the exhibiting pharmaceutical companies. I really love doing these events! It’s a lot of work on the lead up to the show to prepare – hiring equipment, stocking up on cups, beans, and the client asked us to provide mini muffins to go with our coffee. These were supplied to us by bakery47 who did an awesome job and worked on a few recipes with us in order to ensure we were both happy with the final product – cannot recommend these talented folks highly enough. The coffee and espresso machine was provided by the ever helpful Dear Green Coffee Roasters. We get a few of these gigs per year, but would welcome more as they are an opportunity to serve coffee at lightning speed and meet a bunch of interesting folks – and obviously a great instagram opportunity!

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Testimonial – Michael Gallagher

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Michael was bought a gift voucher for a Latte Art Masterclass by his wife as a Christmas present & I went to his house and did the training as he already owns some great coffee equipment – a Fracino Cherub espresso machine & Quamar M80E grinder. Quick picture of the setup-

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Here’s the review Michael kindly wrote about the training over on Coffee Forums UK – you can read the original article here.

“I finally had some time free for Michael @funinacup to come out for my Christmas present of latte art training this morning. I purposely abstained from my usual morning fix as I anticipated drinking a few of my practice attempts throughout the day and my hyperactive mood in the afternoon was testament to that!

Michael began by asking me to make a coffee as normal to observe my current technique. Seems like my espresso preparation isn’t too bad barring the leak from the grouphead due to my worn out seal meaning I had to keep a cloth handy to avoid an instant long black! However, it was apparent my milk steaming and pouring needed some work – hence the need for some training!

After a few pointers on my technique, Michael demonstrated his usual approach, showing an easy-to-follow and repeatable technique to stretch and swirl the milk simultaneously, the follow-up steps to iron out any bubbles not dissolved up by the whirlpool action (one flat, firm tap on the worktop, rest, re-tap as needed, constant swirling) and then a simple pour – pushing any white that comes out prematurely with additional milk to put it back under the surface of the crema, then lowering for the ‘art’ itself.

I then worked through this approach, got some nice silky milk with hardly a little bubble in sight! After the all-important constant-swirling the pitcher to keep the milk homogenous, the first pour! Wasn’t too bad! A few more practices on this and then we moved onto the much-sought-after rosetta. Got halfway there but know what I need to work on – keeping my wiggle on whilst moving back and not just pausing to look at the developing ‘leaves’ and coming back in a straight line!

Finally finished up on the tulip – a pour I’d never really tried before (as was too obsessed in pursuing the rosetta!) Wasn’t as hard as I thought and think this is one I can work at a bit as given my other half’s horticultural interests, should be guaranteed to impress! Sadly my second attempt wasn’t quite as good as my first – put it down to beginner’s luck!

Overall, very happy with the training – think I know what I need to work on now and feel happy that I know how to get the milk ‘right’ and just need to work on the muscle memory to pour nicely. Highly recommended to any other home baristas in the Central Scotland area!”

Finally here is Michael’s tulip pour – beautifully done!

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Thanks
Michael

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Gift Vouchers

It’s the 1st of December – can you really afford to wait much longer before starting your Christmas shopping? We started this weekend and it was fairly painless, although we did have to go into a shopping centre. That’s only going to get less and less fun the closer we get to the big day…

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We’ve an easy solution for your coffee loving friends & family members. How about a professional barista skills class using the best commercial espresso machines and grinders, and tastiest coffee in town? It’s a win-win. You hand over the voucher on Christmas Day, they get in touch with us within 6 months and arrange a date to attend. Easy peasy!

We have a few options available now;

One-to-one Training (Edinburgh and Glasgow venues)

Generally our courses are booked individually and training is on a one-to-one basis. This is the most common option for someone looking to learn about coffee. It provides the most value for money as the duration is focused solely on your skills. You learn more in a shorter period of time. Great!

Courses available are;

  • Basic Barista Training (£120 per person)
  • Basic Barista Training including an introduction to Latte Art (£150 per person)
  • Latte Art Masterclass (only for those who are already familiar with espresso, steaming & pouring milk) (£100 per person)

Group Sessions (Edinburgh venue only)

We work closely with the folks at Machina Espresso & have organised a few barista skills classes in their new cafe in Tollcross, Edinburgh across December and Janury. These sessions are aimed at home baristas looking to get a more in-depth look at the processes behind grinders, machines, pulling shots and steaming milk. The sessions are open to 8 people max and we’re running the Espresso Techniques class over two dates in December and January (you can read more info on this HERE).

The group sessions are a bit more wallet friendly, and can be attended as part of a series of courses. In January we’ll be adding Milk to the course list, followed by Latte Art – so if you attend all three you’ll be pulling juicy shots of espresso and topping them with silky stretched rosettas – wow!

We’ll have a mixture of gift vouchers available to pickup in Machina Espresso shortly, but you can order them by popping a short email to michael@funinacup.co.uk, stating;

  • Which course you’d like to buy a voucher for
  • The recipients name
  • The course date if you’re buying a voucher for a specific Edinburgh evening session)

We’ll then confirm these dates and supply payment information (bank transfer or Paypal) and post the voucher out to you the next day – easy!

As always, if you have any questions, do get in touch.

Enjoy your coffee!

Michael

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First Edinburgh Course Dates

Sorry to have kept you waiting on these course dates so long, but we’re happy to be able to put some Edinburgh Evening Sessions into the calendar for December and January.

The course running will be Espresso Techniques. It is going to cover;

: The importance of grind quality / consistency / adjustability

: Pairing a grinder to your espresso machine – which factors are important?

: Filter baskets – what’s the difference & can I taste it?

: Tampers – is size & curvature important?

: Dosing / distributing / tamping & why.

: Espresso shots – pulling shots by eye / by volume / by weight using brew ratios

: Basic e61 group head cleaning

Dates will be;

Wednesday 18th December – 7.30 – 9.30pm

Wednesday 15 January – 7.30 – 9.30pm

Cost: £40 / person

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 8 Max

We will supply all coffee and plenty of water to keep those palates fresh!

As Machina Espresso is a supplier of all things coffee related, you will be able to peruse and purchase beans, accessories, machines and grinders on the night if the mood takes you.

Gift vouchers will be available in-store at Machina Espresso. You can also pay in-store or direct to us via bank transfer. Contact us for info how to do this.

To sign up for either of these dates simply pop us your details in an email to michael@funinacup.co.uk including your name, the date you wish to attend and whether it is for yourself or whether a gift voucher is required and we will get back to you to confirm your place. You can do the same in person at Machina if you’re in Edinburgh. Drop into the cafe at;

2 Brougham Place,
Tollcross, EH3 9HW and put your name down.

Any questions, just ask.

Cheers
Michael

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Edinburgh Evening Sessions

Hello coffee lovers!

We are working on running evening sessions in Edinburgh starting in November.

The sessions will be aimed at home baristas, and will cover:

Espresso and milk skills
Latte art
Basic equipment maintenance

The venue is Machina Espresso (www.machina-espresso.co.uk) at 2 Brougham Place, Tollcross, EH3 9HW. The shop will be a retail space for all espresso and filter equipment, and will also be open for coffee to drink and to take home, Monday to Sunday.

You will be able to use some of the best domestic machines and grinders on the market to practise these skills. Brands such as Rocket, Expobar, Eureka and Mazzer.

Coffee will be supplied by 3 of our favourite micro-roasters in the UK; Dear Green Coffee Roasters / Caravan / Steampunk.

Each session will be open to 8 people max. Price will be confirmed shortly. If there’s anything in particular that you would like to cover then leave a comment with your suggestion and we’ll try to include it!

These events are going to be perfect Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family. Vouchers will be available for the classes.

Comments and suggestions always welcome below, or if you are intereest

Thanks
Michael
Fun in a Cup Coffee Training

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Training – South Queensferry

I thought I’d post a few pictures from a training session I had recently with Garry Stone, owner of an espresso bar located at Dalmeny Train Station, South Queensferry. The operation is small for sure, but serves a wide range of food, snacks and killer espresso!

Garry is getting his beans from Round Hill Roastery and pulls rich, sweet, bright shots of espresso on his stunning Kees Van Der Westen Mirage & Mahlkonig K30.

Here are some images from the day (taken on my Samsung Galaxy S3 – excuse the quality)

And finally here’s a shot of the Forth Rail Bridge I took on the way home –

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Garry’s future plans are very exciting, so watch this space…
Michael

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Busy busy!

It’s been very quiet on the blog of late, but that’s all about to change – we have some very exciting news which will be shared shortly but I can tell you that it involves a new training venue, lots of shiny equipment, lots of photographs and maybe even a popup or two!

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