Friday, 29 May 2015

Beetroot Shot

 Beetroot Shot plus the more usual upmarket bottled drinks at Craft Cafe @CraftLDN

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Butter me Up

 Counter Albion in Shoreditch offers six types of butter - salted, unsalted, goats, almond, peanut and coconut & almond.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Deliciously Bad

Salted Caramel sauce sandwiched in 2 brownies was voted Best Brownie in London last year
  Bad Brownie were exhibiting at the London Coffee Festival @BadBrownieCo

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Chill & Charge

Wireless charging furniture - Starbucks has the powermat system and McDonalds are promising 50 stores with the Qi (pronounced chee) system.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Get Them Young

 Esquires Coffee's latest opening in Ireland - their boss Tony McVerry reports:"The store is pretty large at 5,000 sq. ft so we decided to hive off about 1,000 sq. ft and introduce a Kids Educational area which parents love and plenty of seats in the area for them to relax and enjoy their coffee while their kids are kept busy. The iPads are all programmed with Montessori games and and all books have an educational theme as well as the maps on the wall etc. We very much see a distinction between a kids play area and our kids educational area."

Friday, 22 May 2015

Bricks & Bums

Messages on bricks at the check-out of Craft including wi-fi code, twitter address and 'Beer Fund' tips bottle.  Cardanon Bum (sic) gets the attention!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Artisan Drinking Chocolate

The nation has switched from instant to decent coffee - now it's the turn of hot chocolate according to suppliers Hans Sloane and Marimba and others at London Coffee Festival.  @sloanechocolate @MarimbaWorld

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Elsie our Sourdough Starter

 Bread and pizza making at the new Craft Cafe on the Greenwich Peninsular outside the O2 @CraftLDN
 with a tub of Elsie their sourdough starter

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cold Brew Coffee

Coming to a cafe near you - the latest trend in cold drinks: Cold Brew coffee.
 The ground beans need steeping for 16-18 hours so probably a product that you will buy in  already made.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Great for Grazing

Mallorca bakery/deli/cafe uses wipe-clean mini-bill tablets where what you order is added to the tablet before you take the tablet to the till for final payment.  Great for grazing.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Grab the Dog

Menu message at Royal Oak pub, Marlow @royaloakSl7.  Have you explored the walkers' market?  Check out

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Coffee Soap

What will you find coffee in next?  Seen at Minor Figures Cold Brew stall at London Coffee Festival @MinorFigures

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Morning Wake Up

Matcha (green tea) or Maca (Peruvian ginseng) powder, dates, almonds, cacao powder, fresh raspberries in Mojo Juice Bar & Cafe, Soho's Morning Wake Up balls. @findmemymojo

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Monday, 11 May 2015

Tough Nut to Crack

 Fresh Thai coconut water at Mojo Juice Bar & Cafe, Soho @findmemymojo

Friday, 8 May 2015

Service the Cyclist

 Network Rail at Paddington welcomes cyclists with pump and repair stand.  Can you attract the growing numbers of cyclists looking for a welcome stop.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Table Alternative

Wonderful suggestion at Royal Oak pub, Marlow - No tables?  Grab a picnic blanket from the basket and sit on the grass.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

London Coffee Guide

Allegra's 2015 guide to the best independent 'coffee venues' in London.  Note that they quote the type of grinder, espresso machine and coffee roaster supplier for each of the 185 cafes mentioned.  If you are serious about coffee, check out the thriving independents and book one of our London Cafe Tours - see

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Bottles Above

 Unusual cellar feature - bottles in racks on the ceiling - at Finca Los Jarales event venue, Madrid

Monday, 4 May 2015

Festival Food

 Three pop up food alternatives at the London Coffee Festival - St John
Herman ze German wurst
  Arancini Brothers risotto balls

Friday, 1 May 2015

Madrid's Most Impressive Cafe

 Mallorca was the best cafe operation visited in Madrid - great food, terrific presentation, good ambiance and slick service.