Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. As discussed in our last blog our own David Walsh is off to the Nordic Barista Cup soon so we thought it might be a good idea to wax lyrical (waffle) about it. As a coffee newb I’ve been picking David’s brain about the event and he had this to say: “The Nordic Barista Cup (being held this year in Copenhagen – same as last year) is a team event competition for teams from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Running alongside the 3 day competition is a series of lectures/seminars/tastings/cuppings from some of the most interesting people in coffee or related fields (eg wine, food etc), as well as a rather full social calendar. The lecture series is arguably the main event, and the competition could be viewed more as the interesting side show these days.” Without a shadow of doubt I couldn’t possibly have put it better myself. Marco are sponsoring the NBC for the very first time this year. Details of the competition (and our lovely logo) can be seen here. We are providing our 30 litre tap boilers (the spec of which can be seen here) for the cupping and the 5 litre variation for the aeropress brew bars. Mr. Walsh will be speaking at the event and will be presenting results from a research project he has been running for the past 6 months, as well as discussing the topic “Why we brew how we brew”. Not to be missed, From a marketing perspective the tag lines of companies and events always intrigues me and the tag line of this event is no different. Be together, act together, learn together. It sounds like something of a love-in but credit where it’s due the organisers do seem to be making an effort to create an atmosphere where everyone from the coffee world can meet, share ideas, and help to develop coffee through cooperation. Sound cheesy? It is. But it’s to be admired as these events can be rather commercial and they are heavily pushing their mission statement and trying to live by it so credit must go them for that. Can’t get enough of the NBC? Well you can read on here and see the full list of speakers here. We’ll keep you up to date with all the new goings on in the Marco world and we’ll find out what David made of the NBC in due course. Until then, take it handy folks.