Do you know your Americano from your Espresso? Or your Kenyan bean from your El Salvador?

coffee expert James Shepherd
coffee expert James Shepherd


Well, Canteen at the MAC certainly does, as it marks its first birthday with the launch of their Speciality Brew Bar. Guests yesterday were treated to sample of how coffee really should be served with coffee expert James Shepherd.

James Shepherd works with Specialist Beverages as sales and training director. He has been working in the coffee industry for the last 10 years and is one of the World’s top Barista. He now is currently a judge for the World Barista Championship and part of the coffee advisory board. Over the past few weeks he has been working with the Canteen in the Mac to make that perfect coffee.

Having recently been listed as one of the top 50 best coffee shops in the UK, Canteen at the MAC’s new Brew Bar is now taking that to the next level with “a coffee experience which is second to none in Northern Ireland”.

Hugh Gilmartin, coffee expert with over 25 years’ experience in the coffee industry explains that the new Brew Bar will be a “coffee connoisseurs dream, allowing customers to select their preferred origin, watch while it is expertly brewed to perfection using the best equipment available.”

“As a nation, we spent £730 million on coffee in the British Isles last year alone. And Northern Ireland is no stranger to this phenomenon.

Hugh concluded, “Those serious about their coffee can now come and sample a choice of three estate coffee’s from identified farms in Africa, Central America’s & Indonesia and processed differently using remarkable washed and unwashed Bourbon and Caturra varietals. Precise weights, grinds, water flow rates and extraction times are merged to create the perfect cup of speciality filter coffee.”

Sharon Wright, director at Canteen at the MAC explains, “We are very excited to launch this new development at the MAC.

“We have been opened exactly one year and to date we have been trading extremely well.

“To be a part of Belfast’s world-class arts venue is a privilege and we have welcomed visitors from all over the world to sample both our cuisine and of course our coffee.”

Canteen at the MAC offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with special events catered for. The Brew Bar will be opened from Friday 26th April from 10.00am.

You have to try their new filter coffee. Its like nothing you ever tasted before. No milk, no sugar! I’m a changed coffee drinker after yesterday’s coffee tasting.

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