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bru·bi·a·ce·ae | \, brübç’ âsç, ç\ noun
1. an alchoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavoured with hops and products of coffea arabica (family: rubiaceae)
2. a homebrewing competition taking place at Cup North’s Manchester Coffee Festival on Nov. 4; entrants must use a product of coffea arabica (coffee beans, coffee flowers, etc) in their competition submissions

So, what do I need to do?
First of all, you'll need to register here, so that we know to expect your submission in November and have your contact details so that we can coordinate the fun part: presenting samples of your beer and explaining your process to attendees at Manchester Coffee Festival! Then, using coffee flowers, coffee, or chaff (or some mix of these), you'll need to brew 2L (for public tasting) and 4 x 330mL bottles (for judging). Last, but certainly not least, you'll need to get them to the Manchester Coffee Festival on Saturday, November 4th for judging. Double-plus bonus if you bring your beer AND yourself: you'll get to present samples of your beer to the judges AND the festival-going masses!

What's in it for me?
Well, aside from a chance to play with different parts of the coffee plant in your homebrew (or even just play with coffee!) and a chance to chat to coffee and beer geeks alike, competitors also get all-day Saturday entry into the Manchester Coffee Festival, a chance to win a Flat White brew day with none-other-than Manchester's own Alphabet Brewing Co. AND a £100 bar tab at their very awesome brew tap!

But I'm taking my camel to the vet that day!
Don't panic! We'd love you to bring the beer to the festival and share it with all the lovely people there, but if you can't make it you can send it to HasBean to arrive before Friday, November 3, and they'll still get judged.

I obvs know what coffee is, but what's all this about coffee flowers? chaff??
Let’s start at the beginning of the coffee journey, shall we? After coffee has been harvested, a rainy season – preceded by the dry season – encourages the plants to produce the little white flowers that will eventually become the coffee in your cup. If these are picked right before they will naturally fall off the growing cherry (aka post-pollination), they can be dried and brewed as a tea – coffee flower tea!

The cherry continues to grow and mature until picked, when the fruit of the cherry is usually discarded during processing. The coffee seed left after the removal of the fruit – after further processing – ends up at your favourite roaster, where it goes from green to brown - coffee!

During the roasting process, bits of parchment – a thin papery substance that surrounds the seed – flake off into lots of little papery pieces. It’s considered a bit of annoyance at roasteries – that stuff gets everywhere! – but we have started to see it being used in interesting and innovative ways as issues of sustainability come to the fore. Chaff butter, anyone?

Anyhow, the name of this game is to use a product – any product – of Coffea Arabica to brew your beer, and that includes any of the above (and then some)!

Where can I find out more about coffee flowers?
This brew guide from HasBean is a great place to start!

Got more Qs?
We’ve (probably) got answers. Pop us a mail!

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This year's Brubiaceae winning prize is made possible by the kind support of Alphabet Brewing Company.

About Alphabet Brewing Company: Alphabet Brewing Company is an independent brewery based in Manchester, UK that brews modern beer styles with high-definition flavour and aroma. Keen to experiment, create, and have fun with their beers, a long list of one-offs, mashups, and collaborations sit alongside their core range of Hoi Polloi (4.8% Pils-style lager), A to the K (5.6% Oatmeal Pale Ale), Charlie Don't Surf (4.0% Session IPA), Juice Springsteen (4.5% Tropical Pale Ale) and - of course - Flat White, a 7.4% White Breakfast Stout made from coffee, milk, oats, and malt goodness. For more information, please visit http://www.alphabetbrewing.co.uk/.


Tamper Tantrum's programming for Cup North's Manchester Coffee Festival is made possible by the kind support of our long-standingTitle Partner, Cimbali UK.

About Cimbali UK: a world leader in the production of professional machines for espresso coffee beverages, representing their history and designing their future with their brands. They stay one step ahead of the market, offering innovative, superior-quality products and outstanding service, whilst enhancing and developing human resources in a context increasingly geared towards teamwork, integration, and synergies. For more information on Cimbali UK, please visit www.cimbaliuk.com.

About Cup North: Cup North is an independent Manchester based coffee events company run with the aim of bringing the best of the speciality coffee industry to the north of England. The Cup North event was started in 2014 by Hannah Davies and Ricardo Gandara who met at a Manchester coffee shop through their mutual love of coffee. This year, after three highly successful shows, Cup North will be hosting the second ever Manchester Coffee Festival on 4 & 5th November 2017. For more information, please visit www.cupnorth.co.uk.

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