Extending Day Parts: A UK Coffee Week Talkshop

13 September 2017
The MONIN Studio, Hoxton Square

For our latest talkshop, UK Coffee Week joined forces with MONIN UK and SACRED Cafes to share their experiences in converting coffee to cocktails and extending their opening hours. If you couldn't make it, here are some highlights!

MONIN and SACRED joined together to create four new coffee cocktail recipes. Photo from SACRED

MONIN and SACRED joined together to create four new coffee cocktail recipes. Photo from SACRED

The evening was kickstarted with a talk from Tubbs, founder of SACRED. Tubbs began the journey to extending their opening hours in 2008, realising that closing at 5pm wasn't ideal when paying for the premises 24 hours a day. 

In cities where people finish work fairly late and want to find somewhere to sit and have a drink, but don't fancy a coffee, the perfect combination can be the late opening coffee shop. 

Tubbs went on discuss the various challenges that an owner faces when deciding to extend their day parts. Some of the points raised included staffing, food pairings and an inventive drinks menu that seamlessly switches from day to night. A top tip from Tubbs: multi-purpose equipment, like teapots, can be used for both day and evening drinks!

The talk came to an end with a taster of the delicious Chocolate Brownie Stout, made with MONIN Brownie syrup, SACRED's own brand coffee stout and finished with a chili-chocolate cookie pairing.

The Chocolate Brownie Stout. Photo by Edina Smith, MONIN UK

The Chocolate Brownie Stout. Photo by Edina Smith, MONIN UK

Following our first treat of the evening, our next speaker was Attila from MONIN, discussing the latest trends and how they can contribute to extending your coffee shop hours. 

Some of the points covered included highlights of food pairings (one word: mushrooms!) and the creation of a signature drink. Who would have thought of Pumpkin Nitro Cold Brew? 

Attila's final point was particularly interesting: Will you pair your coffee with alcohol or your alcohol with coffee? 

The Espresso Spritz. Photo by MONIN UK

The Espresso Spritz. Photo by MONIN UK


Guests were also treated to great cakes by our partners, Cakesmiths, and some refreshing lemonade, made with MONIN Cloudy Lemonade concentrate. 

If you want to create your own coffee cocktails at home, you can find the recipes for each creation from the talkshop below. 

Nitro Popcorn Martini
- 40ml MONIN Popcorn syrup
- 70ml vodka
-10ml Tia Maria

- 380ml Cold Brew Coffee
Add all ingredients to a 5 litre Nitro Keg and dispense straight from the tap on the coldest setting, into a chilled coupette. Garnish with popcorn. 

Espresso Spritz
- Single Espresso
- 20ml MONIN
Orange syrup spritz
- Soda water
- Dried Orange

Add ice cubes to the glass and pour in the syrup. Top it up with soda and mix with a spoon. Gently pour the espresso over and finally, garnish with dried orange. 

Popcorn Espresso Martini
- 15ml MONIN Popcorn Syrup
- 10ml Tia Maria
- 40ml Vodka
- Double Espresso

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Fine strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with popcorn. 

Chocolate Brownie Stout
- 20ml MONIN Brownie Syrup
- Single Espresso
- 200ml SACRED Coffee Stout

Add all ingredient together into a chilled beer glass and stir gently. Finish off with whipped cream and brownie pieces. 

UK Coffee Week 2017: Success for Schools

We are very proud to announce that UK Coffee Week has raised over £335,000 for Project Waterfall, making it the most successful campaign to date! Over 4500 donors and sponsors came together between 10-16 April 2017 to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation to coffee growing communities. 

The money raised will go to fund clean water and sanitation facilities of a tri-country project for schools in coffee growing communities across Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The valuable funds donated have helped over 5000 people gain access to much needed water resources, and we couldn't have done it without the help of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and more. 

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One of the schools that will be supported through UK Coffee Week fundraising is St John Bosco Gayaza Primary School, in Wakiso District, Uganda. The open water source the children rely on is 1km from the school, and is also used by livestock as a crossing point. This makes the water even dirtier and unsafe for drinking. Teacher Wene Topista says, 

"The problem of water makes me feel so bad. The kids run up and ask me for water and I can't give any because I don't have it....there is none."


Your donation from the UK Coffee Week campaign will help alleviate health issues associated with dirty water, free up time to spend on education, and give these children a chance of a brighter future. The generosity and help with raising awareness for Project Waterfall's continuing work will help us change even more lives in communities who are most in need. 


"I feel so happy, I feel so encouraged, and I feel our children are now in a safe place where they won't suffer from disease. This is the assurance I am giving to the parents: Let your children now come and join us - with clean water and toilets is a safe place for your children to learn."
- Francis, Deputy Head Teacher at Wayngu Primary School, Kenya

Thank you for joining us on our journey to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities in 2017. See you all next year! 


Photo Credits

Photo 1 and 2: Rebecca Hodgson for Project Waterfall, Fort Portal, Uganda (2017)

Photo 3: Kayla Smith for Wateraid, Mt Carmel school Uganda (2014).

Photo 4: Jessica Jabbour for Wateraid, Wangu Primary School Siaya District Kenya (2016)

Photo 5: Cephas Azariah for UK Coffee Week (2017)