" Drinking disco shop coffee, aged 11 on Cambridge cattle market, I was almost put off coffee for life! Whilst travelling the world some years later at the age of 26, I was introduced to a flat white in “The Old Fish Shop” in Sydney, Australia…I consumed this incredible drink, a taste never experienced before. Nutty, caramel, chocolate flavours. Smooth and with a fantastic rosetta pattern presented on top. Relaxed sunlit window sill seat, chatting with my new friends. It was brilliant. Never before had I encountered a feeling quite like it!
From then on I was hooked, searching out Australia’s finest coffee bars and brewing equipment. I was determined to get more involved in this new (to me) phenomenon and find out why we were missing a trick back home in the UK. As a mechanical engineer I was as much into the processes and beautifully crafted machinery behind the coffee as I was the flavour, social culture and origin. To me this was all so new and exciting, a journey of discovery.
What amazes me now as I sit here and write this is that I am still on that journey, one I have never tired of. Working as a barista in many establishments, meeting many a character, that's what i live for! Making a great drink, discussions, banter, as we share a morning coffee, speaking of the day ahead to the sound and the smell of freshly ground beans. Moments of madness, wisdom, laughter, endearment and enlightenment, with strangers.
To have made this dream into a reality in Dales Brewery, Cambridge is a real treat. I long to break free from the current chain culture in which we live, and offer a truly personal coffee experience by getting to know regulars on a more personal level. Taking the time to find out your name, how you like your coffee and to give you the best experience that I know how. It is with great pleasure that I can share all of my enthusiasm for coffee, music and world travel in Hot Numbers. I hope it lives up to every expectation and I truly appreciate feedback from all. However rude, I can take it!
Best wishes for 2012 and may this be a great year for all. "