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New kid on the block!

June 18, 2018

We are pleased in welcoming new team member Dom Bankes to Curtis Brewers UK, Read on to find out more about Dom our Business Development Manager:


“I will be the best I can be at any point in time; I live my life by this line. I have the traits of a text book perfectionist but the mind of an optimist. Innovation is the key component to our success as a race. Our ability to learn is what sets us apart from the other animals. This philosophy translates into our working lives and sets those who want to achieve above the rest. This is what I offer, this is who I am. My ultimate aspiration is to work towards the Q grader qualification. Understanding the qualities of great coffee and being more involved in procuring a perfect product every time”


With this personal ethos and an extremely impressive wealth of industry knowledge, it’s no wonder Dom stood out in our search for someone to fit the bill in representing Curtis Brewers UK.  As the UK’s sole distributor for the world’s most advanced, top of the range commercial coffee brewing equipment, it’s important our staff are passionate and ready to evolve alongside the world of specialty coffee. Dom will be a vital cog in the Curtis machine, supporting the company in developing new business opportunities and confidently moving forward with our existing relationships.

Dom has first-hand experience of all things catering, from providing exceptional front of house customer service, designing and creating high spec menus as a chef and more recently ensuring his workspace was operating to a high standard as Store Manager at the ever-popular Costa Coffee. However, it was his coffee competency that really peaked our interest.


“My passion is specialty coffee, I am an avid home and industry barista”


After having won Costa’s internal Barista of the Year Competition, Dom has gone on to embrace everything the industry has to offer, transforming him into nothing less than a coffee expert.  Dom is a qualified barista competition judge and barista trainer sharing surplus knowledge around espresso theory, core drinks, machine maintenance and much more. Having worked as an account manager for Cafes Novell UK he is also competent in generating sales through service, customer retention and quality control.  He has spent a lot of time over the years visiting key industry establishments as well as trade and networking events.




Dom is currently training with Curtis Brewers UK for his SCA Brewmasters certificate. As an active member of the SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) and with bounds of enthusiasm, Dom is clearly ready to further immerse himself into the world of specialty coffee and as a world leader in beverage innovation we believe we can provide the perfect environment for him to do so.


Welcome to the team!       

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