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The Wine Tipster ProfileAway from wine and horse racing Neil is the complete coffee enthusiast, who, on graduating, shared a house with a group of Italians, who introduced The Wine Tipster to espresso, the Moka pot and their passion for good coffee. Then Neil worked for an Italian company, who started their day in Bar Italia, the famous coffee bar in Soho and then years later Neil was introduced to the world of Nespresso. Fascinated by the different styles of Nespresso Grand Cru coffees and the parallels with wine in terms of the coffee cherry and the grape The Wine Tipster took the opportunity to approach Nespresso and has attended several of their Nespresso Coffee Sommelier ™ courses in Switzerland.

Since 2013, Neil has been a Nespresso Coffee Sommelier ™  as part of their Connoisseur Club member sessions held in their numerous boutiques across the UK. These sessions show by understanding our senses – there are over 800 plus different identifiable aromas with coffee – how we can enhance our coffee drinking experience. At the end of the sessions we taste three of the Nespresso Grand Cru coffees using their cuppa spoon with different intensities of Nespresso Grand Cru coffees and a range of contrasting chocolates.

For more Connoisseur Club details click on this link:  Connoisseur Club.

By Luke PD Freeman 087Neil also presents for Nespresso at trade and press events including a master class session with their Grand Cru coffees matched to savoury dishes created by Phil Howard from Elystan Street as well as working with Michael O’Hare from The Man Behind The Curtain at the Leeds boutique opening. In 2017 he presented pairing sessions at The Independent Hotel Show and The Restaurant Show, whilst Neil will be presenting at Hotelympia in 2018. Also, luckily for The Wine Tipster, he will  attend some new Nespresso Coffee Sommelier ™ sessions in Switzerland.