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Frome venue makes it into the first ever guide to speciality coffee outside of London

A FROME independent coffee shop has been recognised as one of the best in the South West in the The South West Independent Coffee Guide. 

Crocker & Woods in Catherine Hill has been included in the guide which highlights where the best speciality coffee shops are in the region.

Venues considered for inclusion in the guide were judged on their the use of speciality coffee from quality sources, barista skill and training, use of different brewing methods and overall knowledge and skill.

Owner Chris Woodage said, “We are thrilled to announce that Crocker & Woods in Frome is one of the 50 coffee venues and 16 roasters who are in the guide, having made the grade!”

The inclusions in the guide were chosen by an editorial committee made up of some of the South West’s leading coffee experts, including the UK’s top barista, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of Colonna and Small’s in Bath; Andy Tucker, head of coffee at highly rated Clifton Coffee Roasters; Nick Cooper of South West publishing company Salt Media and Ed Gooding of Bunn Equipment. Tom Sobey of Cornwall’s Origin Coffee also played a key part in getting the project off the ground.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement about the new book, which is the first regional guide to speciality coffee outside of those published about London coffee venues. Maxwell said, “The venues in this guide, and the guide itself represent the emergence of ‘coffee tourism’. After all, guidebooks have led people to new and exciting realms for centuries.”

The guide will be available for sale at the coffee venues featured in the guide, at Waterstones and good bookshops, via Amazon and from the Food Insider’s Guide Website : priced £7.99.

The venues will also feature on the food Insider’s Guide website with their write-up and images: