Raise a cuppa for double award win

Dame Kelly Holmes presents Maxine Beardsmoore of the Bottle Kiln with one of the West Hallam cafe's two awards for the quality of its coffee.
Dame Kelly Holmes presents Maxine Beardsmoore of the Bottle Kiln with one of the West Hallam cafe's two awards for the quality of its coffee.

A West Hallam gift shop cafe is boasting the best beans in the area, winning two prestigious coffee industry awards.

The Bottle Kiln scooped a Five Cup Accreditation and Best Filter Coffee in this year’s Beverage Standards Association (BSA) awards – dubbed the ‘Michelin stars of the coffee industry’.

Guest of honour Dame Kelly Holmes presented the awards to manager of the High Lane store Maxine Beardsmoore at a glittering awards ceremony recently.

“I am constantly looking for and learning new techniques to produce the best beverages,” said Maxine, who has worked there for more than 13 years and is the in-house trainer.

Owner Rebecca Stone added: “We’re very pleased and proud to have won two awards.”

The Five Cup Accreditation means the cafe has reached the BSA’s highest level in quality and presentation of drinks, customer service, ambience, cleanliness, menu range, training and sustainability procedures.

Ranald Paterson, chairman of the BSA said that the Bottle Kiln has been serving up top quality coffee for at least the last 10 years.

“It has been a constant winner of awards and bred some of the finest baristas in the UK,” he said.

“It has established standards for drinks, where none existed before outside the theatre of barista competitions.

“It maintains these standards today. Set in the spacious grounds of an old glass kiln, still the centre piece of the cafe, this is a destination point for visitor, not just to enjoy well crafted and served drinks, but to study art, shop for crafts or enjoy the peace and quiet of beautiful gardens.”