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%% who are dialect?
two siblings - mark and hannah al-shemmeri - with a scientific and artistic perspective on coffee, respectively.
% Mark Al-Shemmeri
My coffee journey began working as a barista at The Plough in Harborne, Birmingham, serving delicious Hasbean coffee. Dialing in the Slayer each morning was a ritual. I was studying for a Masters (MEng) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham at the time, so the coffee job was part-time during term, picking up more hours during the breaks.
After university, I went on to production at two craft beer breweries (Purity Brewing Co. for 2 years; Magic Rock Brewing Co. for 1 year), applying chemical engineering principles to the continuous improvement of both product and process. I always sought out the analytical solution to understand how changing the ways of working impacted the beer’s flavour profile. This inevitably led me back toward a more analytical, research focused role.
I then became a Research Engineer in the Formulation Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training based out of the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. I worked toward an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) sponsored by Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). So back working with coffee, but from a very different perspective. My research explored the fundamental heat and mass transfer phenomena needed to model and simulate process and product changes during coffee roasting. All of my research is publicly available in various shapes and forms. Head over to the outreach page for more info.