About

Welcome fellow coffee lovers you’ve arrived at my coffee blog Bean Ground.

A brief introduction 

My love for coffee goes back nearly 20 years when I left catering college and landed my first proper full-time job as a commis chef in a busy hotel. From there I later moved into hotel bar management and after that progressed to managing a few well-known coffee shops.

To be honest, before that I never had any interest in coffee but that soon changed when the grueling long hours in the kitchen started to take their toll and I struggled to keep my eyes open. I befriended one of the waiters and soon I was getting regular cups of coffee which was just what I needed to finish my shift.

I’d make sure they were well fed and in return, I would get as much coffee as I could stomach, it was a win-win for everybody.

Mark

….My love and thirst for coffee was born

Over the years I have worked in a handful of popular coffee shops in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates as well as managing a few branded bars and restaurants.

Jump ahead to the present day... I’m an avid home-brewing enthusiast who loves trying different types of coffee, testing the latest coffee gear, and experimenting with various coffee brewing methods.

From seed to tree, hands to machines, green to roasted, and finally shop to the consumer – I’m interested in it all.

Armed with the knowledge I’ve picked up from over 20 years in the hotel food and beverage industry, I now enjoy nothing more than sharing this information with other like-minded individuals.

Follow me on my journey and discovery of my love for coffee.

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Past Work Experience

The Espresso Lab
Address: Unit 8, Building 7, Dubai Design District – United Arab Emirates

Caribou Coffee
Address: Souk Al Bahar – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Kempinski Hotel Ajman (World Cup Outlet)
Address: Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street (Corniche Road – United Arab Emirates)

Hilton Fujairah Resort (Fez Outlet)
Address: Hilton Fujairah Resort hotel, Rughaylat Road – Fujairah – United Arab Emirates

Laynes Espresso
Address: 16 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL, UK

Vodka Revolution Bars & Restaurants
Address: 1 & 2, The Plaza, Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield S1 4JL, UK

Danum Hotel Doncaster Centre
Address: High St, Doncaster DN1 1DN, UK

Recognition And Awards


Coffee Blogs Award 2018
Best Coffee Blogs 2018

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