UCC Coffee UK & Ireland blog

Take a look at our latest insight, news and all the interesting things we've been up to.

Grand Crü Twitter giveaway

19 May 2015
To celebrate the launch of our new Grand Crü version 2.5 coffee we’re currently giving away FIVE cases on Twitter! Grand Crü, the pinnacle of our UCC Coffee range – is made up of three premiu…
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‘Stand’ out success in Dublin

13 May 2015
Recently we were thrilled to attend The Compass Ireland Engage Supplier Expo to show off our range of coffee and equipment. The event, which took place at the Aviva Stadium Dublin, was a great platfor…
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Event Series: London Coffee Festival

13 May 2015
There was a real buzz at this year’s London Coffee Festival with a bigger stand than ever.
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A snapshot of London Coffee Festival

12 May 2015
There was a real buzz at this year’s London Coffee Festival and with a bigger stand than ever, our team of baristas were on hand to welcome coffee professionals and discerning coffee drinkers …
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Price watch May 2015

8 May 2015
The big news this month is that Caffè Nero has raised its prices across the board, with Marks & Spencers following suit with its flat white and hot chocolate. Is this a trend other operators will fol…
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London Coffee Festival Part 4 – The launch of Grand Crü Version 2.5

29 April 2015
Coffee is at the heart of everything we do, so what better place to launch our new premium blend – Grand Crü Version 2.5 – than at London Coffee Festival. Grand Crü is the pinnacle of our ran…
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London Coffee Festival Part 3 – The Make Decent Coffee Lounge brought to you by ThreeSixty˚

28 April 2015
Fancy two flights to Mexico for the trip of a lifetime...? Then, head down to the ThreeSixty˚ Make Decent Coffee lounge at The London Coffee Festival and enter our #MyThreeSixtydesign competition. …
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London Coffee Festival Part 2 – Meet Japan’s world champion siphonist

27 April 2015
We’re excited to have Tomoyo Ueno, the 2014 World Champion Siphonist, with us for London Coffee Festival. Tomoyo works for UCC Coffee in Japan and we’re delighted she’s flown in to show off …
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London Coffee Festival Part 1 – Put your senses to the test in our Orang Utan Coffee sensory room

24 April 2015
As we gear up for this year’s London Coffee Festival we’ll be writing a series of teaser blogs to reveal what we’re doing at the show. There’ll be five in total. So, keep your eyes peeled and …
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Price watch: April 2015

15 April 2015
We cracked out the sunglasses for this month’s Price Watch as we witnessed the first glimpses of summer. April fluctuated even less than March, with not a single price changing. However, new cold be…
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Introducing our new roaster at Dartford

10 April 2015
There’s been some excitement in the air at Dartford this week, as our new Probat coffee roaster and facilities upgrade has gone live. The £2.5m investment has increased our roasting capacity by 50%…
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Casual Dining

30 March 2015
This year’s Casual Dining was bigger and better than ever before – the perfect place to debut our new Ethiopian Guji and a range of new espresso kit. If you couldn’t make it down on the day, gra…
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Getting our brew on at Catex

27 March 2015
Back in February, the team headed over to Catex for the first of our Irish events. With 11,000 industry professionals gathering at the RDS Dublin, we had a great time. So much so, that we’ve capture…
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‘Transforming the High Street’ – The Coffee Leader Summit 2015

11 March 2015
On 27 February, we joined the good and the great of the coffee world at this year’s Coffee Leader Summit at the Langham, London. We were on hand throughout the event serving our new ThreeSixty° Eth…
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Price watch: March 2015

6 March 2015
The hot weather hasn’t arrived yet, but this month’s Price Watch has. There has been very little fluctuation in March’s prices, with the only change being a rise in the price of a pot of tea at …
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Introducing our new premium single origin Ethiopian Guji

2 March 2015
We’ve launched a new ThreeSixty˚ Ethiopian Guji coffee into the out of home market. The premium washed single origin coffee taps into the demand for seasonal coffee and allows operators to keep the…
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A visit from Fairtrade Asia

24 February 2015
Last week we were privileged to welcome Bijumon Kurien, Chairman of Fairtrade Asia Coffee Forum to our Dartford Roastery. Along with his wife Sheena, Bijumon was over in the UK to coincide with the…
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A coffee master of our own!

19 February 2015
We’re delighted to announce that our Coffee Development Manager Gayan Munaweera has made it to the final of the first Coffee Masters barista competition. Gayan knocked the socks off the judges w…
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We’re a European Business Awards finalist

10 February 2015
The 10 finalists for Employer of the Year at this year’s European Business Awards have been revealed and we’re delighted to be named as one of them! As one of ten finalists and a Ruban d’Honn…
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The latest stage in our go to market strategy

9 February 2015
We’ve kicked off the New Year by realigning our sales, operations, marketing & category and coffee specialist teams, to further strengthen our support for our customers and add more value than e…
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Price watch February 2015

4 February 2015
Another month, another Price Watch. This month, due to popular demand, we’ve added iced coffee to the list of drinks we monitor. There’s a range of prices on offer, starting at £2.49 at McDonald'…
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UCC donate coffee packaging to inspiring Ugandan Coffee Collective

19 January 2015
At UCC we place the upmost importance on ethical procedure and sustainable farming methods. Our efforts have gained recognition from The Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade Association and Soil Association…
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Price watch January 2015

13 January 2015
In 2015 our New Years’ resolution was to continue hitting the streets, come rain or shine, to deliver the monthly Price Watch for you.
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Katherine makes the grade!

9 January 2015
We’re delighted to announce that our coffee specialist, Katherine McCarthy, has achieved one of the industry’s highest accolades to become a qualified Q Grader.
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We need your votes!

6 January 2015
Earlier this year we were chosen to represent the UK in the European Business Awards 2014/15 as a National Champion in The Employer of the Year Award category. Voting has now started and we need your …
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Protecting primates: Orang Utan Coffee for foodservice

22 December 2014
At UCC Coffee UK & Ireland we’re committed to supporting good causes, so when we heard about the Orang Utan Coffee Project we jumped at the chance to get involved. And, we’re now proud to anno…
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Coffee legend Bruno Dalla Corte passes away

18 December 2014
Bruno Dalla Corte, patriarch of the Dalla Corte espresso machine brand, passed away over the weekend. Dalla Corte published this statement, which we’re posting in its entirety.
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Introducing our new Grand Crü 2.4

17 December 2014
We are delighted to announce the release of Grand Crü version 2.4, a premium coffee and the pinnacle of our range.
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Price watch December 2014

10 December 2014
This week Santa’s little helper has been out to 12 outlets to deliver this months’ Price Watch.
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Report from our Licence to Work in Coffee Service course

28 November 2014
Our Licence to Work in Coffee Service course is all about delivering coffee excellence and providing you with the tools needed to run a successful business.
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One of the best in Europe

14 November 2014
We’re extremely proud to have been selected to represent the UK in the European Business Awards 2014/15 as a National Champion in The Employer of the Year Award category.
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New national account controller for out of home

12 November 2014
We’ve further strengthened our UK & Ireland sales team with the internal appointment of Beth Langley as national account controller for out of home.
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What’s in the Cup?

10 November 2014
Last weekend our team took to the inaugural Cup North festival, which was sponsored by our Coopers brand, to show our support to the burgeoning Northern coffee scene.
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Swinging Sixties Shepherds Market

7 November 2014
If you find yourself near Pyford on the 8 November make sure you pop down to the Church of the Good Shepherds annual Shepherds Market for some early Christmas shopping, and some speciality coffee!
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Price watch November 2014

31 October 2014
We’ve defied the cold winter weather this month, and once again taken to the high street to bring you the most up to date prices in 12 outlets.
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