Hannahs makes it into first ever South West Coffee Guide

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne has made it into the first ever South West Independent Coffee Guide. The Guide has just been launched to let people know where they can get fantastic quality, speciality coffee in the South West. Hannahs Bistro, which serves the sustainable speciality Origin coffee, is one of 50 coffee venues and 16 roasters in the guide.

Coffee venues and roasters were invited into the guide based on their top notch credentials including the use of speciality coffee from quality sources, barista skill and training, use of different brewing methods and overall knowledge and skill.

The inclusions in the guide were chosen by an editorial committee made up of some of the South West’s leading coffee experts, including the UK’s top barista, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of Colonna and Small’s in Bath, Andy Tucker, Head of Coffee at highly rated Clifton Coffee Roasters, Nick Cooper of South West publishing company Salt Media and Ed Gooding of Bunn Equipment. Tom Sobey of Cornwall’s Origin Coffee also played a key part in getting the project off the ground.

Hannahs Head of Hospitality and Events, Samantha Miller, said “We are delighted that Hannahs Bistro has been included in this prestigious guide. We pride ourselves in serving the excellent Origin coffee as well as delicious food prepared by our chef Dino Pavledis and his team. Seale-Hayne is a stunning venue for our visitors to enjoy their coffee.”

There has been a huge amount of excitement about the new book, which is the first regional guide to speciality coffee outside London. Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood said: “The venues in this guide and the guide itself represent the emergence of “coffee tourism”. After all, guidebooks have led people to new and exciting realms for centuries. The South West has quietly become a nuanced and exciting coffee landscape, driven by the development of a cohesive speciality coffee market. At its heart, speciality coffee is like the world of wine in that it focuses on provenance and character”.

The coffee shop reviews include information on different brew types, beans, grinders and equipment, and in addition, the guide showcases 16 top local artisan roasters, has funky maps, a history of coffee in the South West, information on worldwide coffee producing areas, and features on good milk and the art of the barista to help coffee geeks get the most out of the experience.

The South West Independent Coffee Guide’s editor Jo Rees of Food Insider’s Guides, which are published by Devon-based Salt Media, says, “There’s long been this idea that the only place to get a good coffee in the UK is in central London. The South West has been working away quietly behind the scenes and all of a sudden there’s been an explosion of activity in places like Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Truro, with amazing quality artisan coffee being roasted and brewed. We’ve even got the UK’s top barista in our patch”.

The guide will be available for sale at the coffee venues featured in the guide, at Waterstones and good bookshops, via Amazon and from the Food Insider’s Guide Website : priced £7.99. The venues will also feature on the food Insider’s Guide website with their write-up and images: