Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Much-Needed Shot of Creativity Boosts Industry; Brewing with Richard Fletcher

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Much-Needed Shot of Creativity Boosts Industry; Brewing with Richard Fletcher

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Byline: Richard Fletcher

THERE'S one beverage I love just as much as beer and that's coffee. OK, maybe not quite as much, but the booming coffee scene in the North East is arguably just as vibrant and exciting as the recent resurgence in local brewing.

While Allendale, Almasty Brew Co and Northern Alchemy are flying the flag for inventive breweries, Newcastle's Flat Cap Joe's, Pink Lane Coffee and Ouseburn Coffee's Harvest are serving up exemplary espressos, virtuoso V60s and character-laden colddrips.

The UK coffee industry has received a much-needed double shot of reinvention in recent years, taking its cues from North America. Much like the explosive growth in British breweries, coffee is now awash with creativity. Niche cafes, baristas and roasters are moving away from bland and bitter coffee to something altogether more expressive.

For too long coffee has been an afterthought; an everyday item made quickly and drank even quicker. Flavourless freeze-dried varieties are the norm for many while supermarket shelves are stacked high with old, pre-ground beans. However, there are a number of amazing roasters in our region helping to turn the tide, including Blaydon's Goldbox Roastery.

Inspired by Italy, based on the banks of the Tyne, Goldbox is led by head roaster Mario Croce. Mario has spent more than two decades working in some of the North East's most prestigious restaurants. He's always had passion for flavour and a love of espresso and in recent years Mario has swapped the kitchen for the coffee roastery.

Here, Mario and his team work tirelessly to source and roast the very best beans; showcasing the flavours and aromas of each varietal coffee.

Goldbox strive for both quality and consistency, using only the very best beans. Their cutting edge Diedrich roaster allows them to effortlessly adjust the roasting profile for each coffee and roasting in small batches enables Mario to develop and preserve all of the delicate flavours, notes and aromas. …

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