Monday, 20 October 2014

Costa Competition?

Will Lavazza challenge the UK market leader?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Five Guys Sourcing

Potato sourcing details plus fun noticeboard and this is a chain.  What are you the independent cafe doing to proclaim your sourcing credentials (and have some fun).  All the research shows that storytelling and communication of feelings (and not just experiences) is what customers appreciate.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

19 Grammes at 93 Degrees

Artigiano in London with detail of their perfect shot.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Matcha Tea

Matcha (also spelt macca) green tea is becoming the new super drink.  Matcha is finely milled green tea powder as used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Watch Out Bars: Cafes Are Coming

 Caffe Brixton cafe bar, Vancouver and a trend we are already seeing over here - great coffee, good alcoholic drinks and a trade that carries on through the evening.
 Unpretentious drinks storage/display
 All day cafe bar menu

Monday, 13 October 2014

Heston at Heathrow

 Perfectionists' Cafe at Heathrow Terminal 2
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Friday, 10 October 2014

Till Rental

£40 a month gets you rental of a simple, easily-programmable till system with its own battery that event caterers and cafes are using for pop up carts and more. From a company that knows a fair bit about contactless card payment systems

Thursday, 9 October 2014

How Artisan is Artisan?

 The Exeter Street Bakery has passionate bakers.
 Not so sure about this unit inside an exhibition centre

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lucky's Doughnuts

 Gourmet fresh doughnuts at Lucky's, Vanvouver

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Meet Shony, Dulse & Kombu

Shony, Dulse and Kombu are types of seaweed and coming to a product near you. Bread, cheese biscuits, shortbread - seaweed is getting into a whole range of bakery items.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Juice It

 Boost Juice Bar at High St Kensington has array of blenders on the front counter - eye catching and obvious what they are about.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Tea at the Opera

 Company of Cooks' stunning new afternoon tea at the Royal Opera House - £37.50 for great setting and quality food.  Cucumber and cream cheese sandwich on sourdough bread, egg and cress sandwich on mustard seed bread, salt beef sandwich on rye bread and smoked salmon blini.
 Pistachio eclair with praline grains, Opera Gateau (of course), Mandarin and kumquat amandine and apple and blackberry tart - designed by top pastry chef Claire Clark MBE.
 Nice touches with David Mellor cutlery, seasonal plum jam and colourful menu in the iron frame setting of the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Seriously Good Cafe Bakery

 Baking at Matchstick cafe in Chinatown, Vancouver - Chocolate Croissants
 Vegan Chocolate &Berry Spelt Scones
 Serious baking and serious coffee

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fred's Food Subs

 Tesco's new Fred's Food Construction sub unit in the City cum Tesco Express

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kick Start The Day

 Breakfast in a Bottle by great new company (and neighbours) Nosh Drinks - fruit, oats, quinoa and yogurt.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Great Cafe Of The Year 2014

You will have to go to Vancouver to check out The Dirty Apron!
 Pistachio Cream Cheese Brownies
 "The Dirty Twixter"  - a twixter is not a kid but not an adult!  Salted caramel milk chocolate ganache over dulce de leche on brown sugar shortbread i.e. our millionaire shortbread.
 Fresh kale salad!
Herb Snail with smoked tomato salsa and cheddar