Biabeag Returns with The Art of Roasting Coffee

Badger & Dodo, Boutique coffee roasters
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Biabeag‘s Meet The Makers series of events is back this month and with thanks to the organisers, I’d like to give two people the chance to attend on Saturday 20 September at no cost. Check below for giveaway details.

Coffee is such a hot topic in the food world at the moment so it’s pretty apt that this month’s gathering of producers draws on those involved in the world of coffee roasting.

Who’s Speaking?

Brock Lewin (Badger and Dodo), Jennifer Ryan (Ponaire) and Ferg Brown (Roasted Brown) will be those doing the speaking side of things and will be charged with sharing their stories, wisdom and expert knowledge on all matters coffee on the night. Find more details here.

What Happens?

To format is quite simple and its simplicity makes for a great night. To wit, the night will be opened by Keith Bohanna (Biabeag) who will introduce the speakers in turn, each speaker – in this case Brock, Jennifer and Ferg – will talk for about a half hour or so on their own business backgrounds, their love of coffee, the art of the roast and much more besides.

Despite there being another 50 or 60 people in the room, it’s a hugely friendly night that tends to come with samples and tastings too, drawing together food producers, marketers, writers, bloggers and general lovers of all things food.

The night runs for about two hours and you should be on the road home around 8pm or shortly after.

Badger & Dodo, Boutique coffee roasters

Badger & Dodo, Boutique coffee roasters

Where and When?

The Green Room / Staging Room at Highbank Orchards is the venue and has been for the first couple of nights since the series got under way. The orchards are located about seven minutes or so outside of Kilkenny City by car on the main Kilkenny-Clonmel route. Grab a map here.

Saturday 20 September is the night to bookmark in your diary and 6pm is the start time.

What’s the deal with Tickets?

Here’s the deal. Tickets are €8 and you can buy them online here. The money from the tickets is divided out as a courtesy to cover venue costs and expenses of getting the speakers into Kilkenny for the night.

I’ve got two tickets to giveaway for the night to one reader and all you need to do in order to get your name in the draw is tell me something about coffee in the comments below. Have you a favourite brand? A favourite style? Do you Aeropress? Are you fussy about coffee beans? Are you fairtrade only? Are you a single-shot or double-shot kind of person?

Pop your comment in the comments area below with your name and I’ll draw a winner this Friday evening. Giveaway closes at 6pm this Friday, entrants from ROI only, entrants must also be able to travel on the night. Prize is for two tickets only and does not cover travel or any other expenses.

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.