Monday, 13 June 2016

Week beginning June 13th - Back to writing (and the menus for this week)

It's been a while. Back in November I wrote about balance and in a way, this is/was a very relevant post.

Balance was written to highlight the importance and relevance of the word. Balance in our lives, in our diets, on our palates, in our businesses and with our families.

Have things been out of balance? Not really, but other priorities have taken over, so therefore writing a blog has taken a back step for a short while. I also have bene putting off writing a farewell post to one of the legends of Kaffeine, manager Claire 'Brice/Old Mate/Mate' Brice, who finished up after four and a half years back in February to move back to Australia, then in May the Eastcastle Street manager Gina 'G' Daubaraite moved on after a full on year to pursue a career in recruitment.

So things get busy, things are prioritised and focus is on other areas and all of a sudden it is June. the good thing is, there is so much more now to write about and here is a list of upcoming posts in no particular order in my head starting next week...

  • Claire 'Brice' Brice - Legend of Kaffeine
  • Gina 'G' Daubariate - How to open a coffee shop as a manager
  • The referendum - we want to stay in - please
  • Estate Dairy Milk - The new milk in town
  • Recruiting staff - where have all the Australians and New Zealanders gone?
  • James Hoffman and the newsletter
  • Barista Hustle facebook group
  • The World Barista Championships in Dublin
  • The new coffee boys book - Wake up and sell more coffee
  • Colin Harmons new book - What I know about running coffee shops
  • The importance of correct and very particualr HR practices
  • Crowdfunding - My personal view
  • What is it like to run two coffee shops 
  • Lords Cricket Ground
  • Priorities of service
  • I can't get no sleep 
  • Differnet customer profiles and how to react to them
  • Social media and Instagram
  • etc etc etc

Thank you for being patient and understanding with us. In the meantime, please enjoy the menus for both stores below. Our lead chefs Khan at Great Titchfield with support from Silvio, Gaston and Kirsten while Emily at Eastcastle with support from Win and Tamara are doing a fabulous job, the food and the produce has never been better.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Banana bread 2.50
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Apricot and almond  muffins 2.50
Asparagus, dijon, gruyere savoury scrolls 2.50
Tiramisu friands (gf) 2.70
Gluten free super moist chocolate brownies  2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.80
Polenta cake with citrus and spices 2.80
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Lamingtons - 3.50 - Thurs, Fri, Sat only

Lunch
French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, grilled artichoke, basil pesto, roasted red pepper, chedder cheese, rocket
Grilled asparagus, roasted red onion, spicy pea, buffalo mozzarella, baby spinach

Foccacias 5.50
Crispy bacon, fried egg, plum tomato, gruyere, aioli, gem lettuce
Slow roasted tomato, grilled aubergine, halloumi, chilli mayo, rocket

Salads: 5.50/7.00
Grilled salmon salad with mixed rice, blanch green vegetable, chilli flakes, chive and avocado dressing 
Grilled peach salad with plum tomato, slice fennel, buffalo mozzarella, balsamic pesto, pine nut and mixed leave 
Purple carrot salad with red pepper, parsley and chilli pesto 

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Chicken and vegetable sausage roll with peri peri sauce 

Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, smashed avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, tomato and rocket 5.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Banana bread 2.50
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Strawberry and white chocolate muffins 2.50
Carrot and courgette savoury scrolls 2.50
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.80
Gluten free super moist chocolate brownies 2.80
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Salted peanut butter and white chocolate bar 2.80
Lemon brûlée tarts  2.90

Own made brioche buns 5.00
Smashed chickpeas, roasted red onion, red peppers, tahini, baby spinach.
Shaved ham, roasted artichokes, smoked mozzarella, tomato salsa, rocket.

Baguettes 5.30
Roasted sweet potato, roast courgette, smashed avocado, basil cashew spread, rocket.
Crispy pancetta, cucumber, plum tomatoes, pommery aioli, mixed leaves.

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Slow braised lamb, herbed chickpeas, plum tomatoes, green fine beans, roasted carrot, peas, mixed leaves.
Papaya, mixed peppers, spring onion, sugar snap peas, cucumber, bean sprouts, honey tahini dressing, raddichio.
Roasted cauliflower and potato Alu Gobi, ginger, pomegranate, coriander yoghurt, baby spinach.

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salad
Curried beef, pea, potato and spinach triangles, tomato salsa.







Monday, 30 November 2015

Week beginning November 30th - The importance of balance

This is what I remember. It was perhaps early 2009 (but I cannot be sure), it was at Gwilym Davies' coffee cart at Columbia Road Flower Market and one of the baristas was making coffee, again my memory fades on who it was, but they were talking about coffee to a customer and the importance of flavours and extractions and the palette and Gwilym over heard and said in a loud, happy voice 'but does it have balance!? It must have balance!'.

That is all I remember, that little snippet of information for the person who went onto become, or perhaps already was, the World Barista Champion, in the setting of an outdoor coffee cart in East London.

Balance. It is such a great word and descriptor for everything, because when you have balance, you can probably also say it is perfect.

Then I read the Coffee Boys book '52 guaranteed ways to make a profit'. One of the stand out items in there for me was outline of the five senses; touch, hearing, taste, sound and feel and how this affects, or disaffects, your business. Because if all the five senses are stimulated in the same way, evenly, with balance, then the experience of the guest will be perfect. That is the music is just right for the time of day, the food looks great, the decor is pleasing to the eye, the smells from the kitchen and the coffee machine are stimulating and delicious, the feel of the tables, chairs, the counter top brings pleasure. Everything is balanced.

Then we also talk about the staff who work there, but do not forget the employer or owner too, and having a balanced work/personal lifestyle. Too much work is too much, too little and you go crazy, having some home time, some escape time, but also being stimulated and challenged in the workplace, but not challenged too much. Quite simply having a balanced working environment that fits in with their (your) balanced lifestyle.

I don't think I need to further talk about a balanced diet, but as we all know, a balanced diet is a balanced lifestyle.

We could go on and on about it. But for me it still goes back to that those two small sentences that a World Barista Champion shouted out on a cold Sunday morning and leads into everything that I try and do.

It was also the realisation at that moment, that all we are looking for in a cup of coffee (and therefore life in general), the most simple and perfect description of all when you are trying to describe the way a coffee tastes, or makes you feel is- 'but does it have balance?!"

Incredible really isn't it?

Please enjoy the menu this week, for the next three weeks in the lead up to Christmas we have our Mince Pies back on in both shops. This year each Chef has come up with their own recipe. Chef Khan in Great Titchfield and Chef Flavio in Eastcastle.

Please also remember, we close for renovations from 6 pm on the 23rd December and re-open on the 18th January. Eastcastle street will open for business on December 28, 29, 30 then from January 4th onwards.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine


Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Mince Pies - Kaffeines' own mix - only 12 made per day 2.50
Sweet muffin: Dried apricot soaked in sherry and dark chocolate  2.50
Savoury Scones: Roasted red pepper and cream cheese 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch
Soup 4.50
Thai butternut squash with ginger and coconut milk

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, cranberry jam, avocado, gruyere cheese, baby spinach 
Grilled courgette, roasted red pepper, goat's cheese, coriander pesto, rocket

Foccacias 5.50
Crispy pancetta, roasted artichoke, aioli, camembert cheese, rocket 
Roasted aubergine, red onion, cheese fondue, tomato salsa, baby spinach 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Roasted chicken salad with blanched green bean, savoy cabbage, roasted carrot, three mustard sauce and mushroom, chives
Heritage tomatoes salad with buffalo mozzarella, thyme and lemon dressing, rocket 
Roasted cauliflower with fresh peas and green pesto 

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Leek and mushroom with pecorino cheese 


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough Seeded Toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Poppy seed brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Poppy seed brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00
Porridge with a selection of condiments (dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup) 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Mince Pies - Kaffeines' own mix - only 12 made per day 2.50
Muffins - Blueberry  2.50
Savoury - Courgette, pecorino and honey 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50

Lunch
Soup - Roasted ham in honey & spices and Jerusalem artichokes served with Gruyere cheese bun

Brioche 5.00
Poppy seeds Brioche with Italian roast ham, chilli cream cheese, spinach, tomato and red onion.

Baguettes 5.30
Aubergine and mushrooms, Dijon , Gruyere, rocket and thyme red pepper sauce.
Plum tomato, mozzarella, roasted courgette, spinach & basil pesto.

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Grilled chicken, spinach, cherry tomatoes, white wine crackers, pancetta, scallions & parmesan peppered dressing.
Blanched purple sprout broccoli, baby carrots, red onions, sesame seeds & kale nutmeg sauce.
Roasted mix peppers with spiced olives tapenade, red pesto and sour cream

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Savoury tart with roasted aubergine, sun dried tomatoes, peppers and pecorino cream pastry

Monday, 23 November 2015

Week beginning November 23rd - Just the menu this week

Another week has flown by, and here we are with another menu.

Please enjoy, as we will enjoy bringing it to you.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine


Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Banana, chocolate and coconut 2.50
Savoury Scones: Ricotta, spinach, pine nut 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch

Soup 4.50
Red lentil soup with tomato, mixed herbs and vegetables

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, artichoke dip, caramelised onion, baby spinach 
Grilled halloumi, roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato chutney, rocket 

Foccacias 5.50
Tuna mayo, red jalopenos, spring onion, sweetcorn, gruyere, baby spinach 
Crusted butternut squash, saute mushroom, chilli salsa, goat's cheese, rocket 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Salmon fillet salad with boiled eggs, broccoli, roasted new potato, dill, hollandaise sauce and baby spinach
Slow roasted tomato salad with avocado, shallot, roasted walnut, parsley, radicchio and goat's curd dressing 
Roasted parsnips with romanesco sauce and watercress

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Yellow courgette with cherry tomato and parmesan quiche


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough Seeded Toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Poppy seed brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Poppy seed brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00
Porridge with a selection of condiments (dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup) 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Clementines, walnut  and coconut  2.50
Savoury - Red peppers, feta and pesto 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Vanilla Slice (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only) 3.50

Lunch
Soup - Roast vine tomatoes with a Parmesan twist

Brioche 5.00
Poppy seeds Brioche with Italian roast ham, Gruyere, spinach, red onion and Dijon.

Baguettes 5.30
Smoked salmon, capers, dill, rocket and lemon butter
Plum tomato, mozzarella, roasted aubergine, rocket and spice red pesto

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Roasted chicken, sweet potato, spinach, crispy kale, dried cranberries & curried mango dressing.
Roasted aubergine, pecorino, pine nuts & red and green pesto.
Char-grilled broccoli with roasted garlic, chillies and paprika almonds.

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Savoury tart with beetroot, butternut squash and goat's cheese.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Week beginning November 16th - Just the menu this week.

Just the menu this week, so please enjoy, as we will enjoy bringing it to you.

Peter Dore-Smith
Kaffeine

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Bakery
Sweet muffin: Poached apple and almond  2.50
Savoury Scones: Green pesto and mozzarella  2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch
Soup 4.50
Chicken with sweetcorn, ginger and vegetables

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, saute mushroom, roasted onion, cheese fondue, baby spinach 
Crusted courgette, chimichurri sauce, buffalo mozzarella, rocket 

Foccacias 5.50
Slow roasted beef, horseradish sauce, fried onion, gherkins, rocket
Roasted aubergine, plum tomato, black olive sauce, feta, baby spinach 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Tandoori lamb salad with roasted potato, red pepper, red onion, blanched savoy cabbage, cucumber and minted yoghurt sauce
Cous-cous salad with dried sultanas, apricots, roasted cashews, feta, lemon and parsley, rocket 
Brussels sprout and Russett apple salad with roasted hazelnuts

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Chicken with sweetcorn, ginger and vegetables
Roasted aubergine with tomato sauce and goat's cheese


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough Seeded Toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Poppy seed brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Poppy seed brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00
Porridge with a selection of condiments (dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup) 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Bakery
Muffins - Lemon, vanilla, and cinnamon 2.50
Savoury - Courgette, cheese scrolls 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Vanilla Slice (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only) 3.50

Lunch
Soup 4.50
Spanish cod soup ( cod, orange, lemon and chilli )

Brioche 5.00
Kaffeine own Brioche with Spanish omelette, roasted tomatoes, spinach, and aioli sauce

Baguettes 5.30
Parma ham, artichoke, goat's cheese, rocket and basil oil
Tuna mousse, spinach, eggs, tomatoes and sherry dressing

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Meat balls cooked in spicy tomato sauce, saffron rice, caramelised onions and fresh mix herbs
Caramelised goat's cheese, soaked raisins and sunflower seeds , watercress and mini toast.
Baked mushrooms in a Dutch oven with garlic, chillies and Rosemary.

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Savoury tart with sautéed spinach, manchego cheese and white grape jelly

Friday, 6 November 2015

Week beginning November 9th - Just the menu this week

Nothing major to report or talk about this week, so please enjoy the menu as we will very much enjoy bringing it to you.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Orange and dark chocolate 2.50
Savoury Scones: Courgette and feta cheese 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch
French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, beetroot relish, horseradish sauce, goat 's cheese, watercress 
Grilled halloumi, guacamole, red onion, plum tomato,baby spinach

Foccacias 5.50
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, garden cress, rocket 
Slow roasted tomato, red pepper, spicy hummus, brie cheese, baby spinach 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Roasted chicken salad with cherry tomato, cucumber, red pepper, gem lettuce, sesame seeds, teriyaki sauce, spring onion
Bbq tofu salad with chilli grass noddle, bean sprout, coriander, roasted peanut 
Roasted butternut squash with chilli, coriander and yoghurt sauce, pumpkin seeds 

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Beef sausage roll with saute vegetable and sweet chilli sauce


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough Seeded Toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Poppy seed brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Poppy seed brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00
Porridge with a selection of condiments (dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup) 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Poached pear, ginger, and honey 2.50
Savoury - Courgette, cheese scrolls 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Vanilla Slice (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only) 3.50

Lunch
Soup - Savoy cabbage, pancetta, Parmesan dices & white wine

Brioche 5.00
Poppy seeds Brioche with sweet potato, mozzarella, spinach, red onions and spice red pesto

Baguettes 5.30
Italian Coppa Cotta Ham, spinach, dried apricots, shallots and Dijon sauce
Smoked Salmon, pears, watercress, cream cheese & basil oil

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Bresaola, char-grilled Brussels sprouts, rocket, caramelised parsnips, wine tomatoes & maple mustard dressing
Turnips, confit garlic, goat's cheese & sesame sauce.
Saffron steamed rice with nuts and fresh herbs

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Savoury tart with sweet potato, blue cheese & honey pancetta


Monday, 2 November 2015

Week beginning November 2nd - Great Titchfield Street - Time for a facelift

Six years is a long time in cafe life. Lots of wear and tear, heavy use. Day after day after day, after day. Every year at Christmas we used to give Great Titchfield a going over with the paint brush, bring her back to life a bit. We have updated things here and there, to try to keep that freshness but still with the industrial, warm, loving look and feel, but it is very hard to keep it all looking lovely and fresh and clean. In fact, I would say that keeping everything spotlessly clean is one of the hardest jobs in cafe life.

I have always said that I would not open another store until the first one was pretty much perfect in every way. These were the plans, then we found Eastcastle street and could not pass up that opportunity, so we went for that and we had plans to renovate Great Titchfield street back in August, over the quiet period, as we were very happy and wanted to use the same architects (Design LSM) and the same builders (Blue Crow).

Unfortunately that did not eventuate, so plans have been postponed until the first two weeks of January 2016. We are still using the same architects and the same builders and some of the materials and feel of Eastcastle street will come over to GTS and it will, we envision, be something that will keep its style for another ten years at least.

We do not have major plans, but it will involve a bit of work to the back wall area and the windows to the rear of the building. It will also involve a freshen up of the front bench area, the seating along the wall and the back seating area, as well as a freshen up of the toilets and downstairs area.

So we will close Great Titchfield Street on the 23rd and she will re-open on the 18th of January.

The good news is that for the first time ever, we will be open over Christmas period, but only at Eastcastle street.

So here is our Christmas and New Year opening Hours.

Great Titchfield
December 23rd 7:30 am 6 pm
Then closed until the 18th January

Eastcastle
Weds 23rd 7:30 am 6 pm
24th, 25th, 26th, 27th closed
Monday 28th to Thursday 31st open 8.30 am to 6 pm
Friday 1st, Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd Closed

Open Monday 4th as usual, supporting both stores. 

Please may we take this early opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy festive period and a huge thank you for all your kind support. 

Please also enjoy the menu for this week, as we will very much enjoy bringing it to you.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Strawberry and mixed chocolate 2.50
Savoury Scones: Red pepper pesto, cream cheese 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch
French retro baguettes 5.30
Roasted chicken, satay sauce, red onion, avocado, gruyere cheese, baby spinach 
Grilled courgette, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, peri peri sauce, rocket

Foccacias 5.50
Glazed ham, baked russet apple, brie, sweet chilli sauce, baby spinach 
Grilled aubergine, plum tomato, green pesto, goats cheese, rocket 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Roasted duck hash brown salad with cucumber, blanched green bean, broccoli, spring onion, spicy bbq dressing 
Puy lentils salad with slow roasted tomato, red onion, grilled aubergine puree, coriander, roasted walnut, goat's curd dressing 
Roasted garlic and herbed mushrooms, with green pesto and kale 

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Cauliflower, red onion, rosemary, basil, mature cheese and sesame seeds


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Sourdough Seeded Toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Gluten free bagel with butter and preserves 2.00
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Poppy seed brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa 5.00
Poppy seed brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00
Porridge with a selection of condiments (dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup) 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Gala apple, calvados and walnuts 2.50
Savoury - Courgette, cheese scrolls 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.80
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Vanilla Slice (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only) 3.50

Lunch
Brioche 5.00
Poppy seeds Brioche with Bufala mozzarella with tomatoes, aioli and spinach

Baguettes 5.30
Coppa cotta ham with dijon, red onion, gruyere, tomato and spinach
Aubergine with sweet chilli, goats cheese, thai basil and rocket

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Chorizo with panko fried cauliflower, chervil and lemon dressing
Pears with ewe's cheese, basil, black garlic dressing and watercress
Brown rice cooked in coconut milk served with coriander and celeriac

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Red onion with thyme, mustard and gruyere

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Week beginning October 26th - Remembering 30 years in Hospitality

It is 30 years since I started working in Hospitality, and so I thought I would document the ten year stages here. In one way, it is a lovely way for me to write about it, but I also hope that perhaps it may inspire some of the younger generation, if they need it, to see that a career path in hospitality can be a really very rewarding and happy one.

1985 - 16 years old
I remember I wanted to be a chef, because I enjoyed cooking in High School. But then I remember deciding cheffing was too hard, and I could not remember recipes anyway. Somehow I decided that being front of house was the right choice and that I wanted to be 'a manager'. My mum tells the story that once around the dinner table my brothers and I were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wanted to 'look after people', my middle brother 'wanted to draw' and my little brother wanted to be a 'funny man'.

So I did school work experience at the local Dorset Gardens Hotel Croydon, in the outer easter suburbs of Melbourne. It was known as a beer barn. Motel rooms, function rooms, drive through bottle shop, 2 public bars, 200 seat bistro and a really bad nightclub. I remember my first job on the Monday was washing out 150 ashtrays from a large function they had the night before.

I then got a job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant called Top Cat, also in Croydon, working Friday and Saturday nights. There was no dishwasher, it was all by hand in a 70 cover a la carte restaurant with a function room for 30 and I got paid $5.00 per hour. I was 17, and I was working with all these older female wait staff, 6 pm to perhaps midnight or 1 am. My mum would come and pick me up at night, or occasionally I got a lift home by one of the older waitresses.

When I was 18 I had a car, a bright yellow Holden 1977 Kingswood and I got a job at the 24 hour Denny's restaurant in Ringwood. I worked the night shift as a dishwasher, 11 pm to 7 am, Friday and Saturday nights. While my mates, and my brothers, were out clubbing, I was washing pots and scrubbing floors.



I then got into Box Hill College of TAFE (Further Education) and studied Certificate of Catering and at the same time, got a full time job at the Crown Hotel in very outer suburban Lilydale as a trainee Assistant Manager. It had a bistro on the lower level and a public bar on the High Street. I worked mainly in the bistro, but remember on my first day walking into the public bar and seeing one guy punch another in the head and start a big fight. I stayed here for three years. It was a fantastic education and lifestyle.

1995- 26 years old
After working in restaurants and cocktail bars in Melbourne for the past 7 years, I landed in the Greek islands in the summer of 1995 on the big trip around Europe. My first job in Santorini was as a helping hand to an alcoholic Greek signwriter. That lasted two weeks.

I eventually ended up as a promoter and bartender at the Tithora Rock Music Night Club. We handed out flyers to promote the club during the day on the beaches, then in the evening in the main town. The flyers, when handed in at the bar, got the punter a free shot and we got paid for every flyer that had our name on it. From 11 pm to 5 am each night I worked the bar, or cleared the floor of glasses. It was an absolutely amazing and brilliant 3 months.

In October 1995, I arrived in London with £400. I quickly got a job in a pub in Hammersmith called the Builders. Live in, with meals, it was where I met two of my longest and best friends, the live in married couple Andy and Vanessa. Talk about getting an education into London life. It was a great, great time and Andy ended up being the Best Man at our wedding in 2002.

Around then, my Dad said, 'what a great opportunity, you're in London, follow your career, develop yourself'. So I got a job as an Assistant restaurant manager in a 4 star Hotel in Kensington but it was awful so I left after a week. Through friends I ended up working the bar at the Oriel restaurant in Sloane Square, soon moving onto to the floor and service, where I stayed for 2.5 years.

We got paid £20 per 8 hour shift, tips were at the discretion of the customers, but we lived off tips, so the more shifts you did, or the busiest sections and the better waiter you were, the more money you made. I often worked 6 or 7 shifts per week to make enough money to live on and go out.  I never followed my dad's advice, instead I just had a very, very good time working as a waiter and enjoying the most that London had to offer. I feel extremely lucky that I was in London at this time and experienced all that I did.
2005 - 36 years old
After moving back to Melbourne in 1998, I worked in restaurants and hotels, got married, and got into teaching and training of Hospitality. In 2004, Malta joined the EU and my wife was able to get an EU passport. She asked if I wanted to move back to London again and so on June 1st, 2005, a May bank holiday, we arrived, with maybe £4000 to our names.

My wife started working in Design and I started working as a temporary agency waiter for £5.72 per hour, the minimum wage. It was a mixture of great, and really awful, like crying awful. I soon got a job in the agency itself and this led onto being offered a job as the Recruitment and Staffing Manager at Lord's Cricket Ground where I stayed for 3 and a half years. It had taken ten years, but I had finally taken my dad's advice.

In my belief, it was in 2005 that the speciality coffee industry in London took a major turn, with Flat White opening in Berwick street. Flat White was definitely the starting point of inspiration to open my own Hospitality business, or specialty cafe, in London. Again, my wife and I had a very good time in the first two years, lots of travelling, parties, having fun, working hard. By 2008, we had decided to 'stop talking about it and just do it' and so the plans for Kaffeine began. We opened in 2009 and in November 2010, we were awarded 'Best Independent Cafe in Europe' at the Allegra European Coffee Symposium.

2015 - 46 years old
After six years of running Kaffeine, as well as having two children who are now 5 and 2, we started planning for Kaffeine - The Second Store. A defunct, old, closed down cafe also in Fitzrovia was found, not too far away, not too close either, in a cracker of a location on Eastcastle Street and in March 2015, we opened the doors. It has been 20 years since I first arrived in London and immediately fell in love with the city, 30 years since I started in hospitality in the outer suburbs of Eastern Melbourne and fell in love with the industry.

And here we are. There is so, so much more to tell. A lot has happened in 30 years. What this makes me wonder is this. If all of this has happened in the past 30 years, what more can happen in the next 30 ?

If it is as good as the first, then I am very much looking forward to it.

Please enjoy the menu for this week, as we will very much enjoy bringing it to you.

Peter Dore-Smith
Director
Kaffeine

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Breakfast
Seven Seeded toast with butter and preserves 2.00
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 5.00
Breakfast Foccacia - Cotechino sausage, fried egg and gruyere cheese 6.50 (weekends only)
Porridge with condiments - golden syrup, honey, dried fruit, chopped nuts 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Sultana and honey apple 2.50
Savoury Scones: Plum tomato, cream cheese, basil 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and peanut butter (gf) 2.70
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.80
White chocolate blondies 2.80
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Double chocolate chip and macadamia cookies 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Lamingtons 3.50 (last Thurs, Fri and Sat of the month only)

Lunch
French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, mushroom pate, plum tomato, goat's cheese,  baby spinach 
Slow roasted tomato, red pepper, basil cream cheese, rocket 

Foccacias 5.50
Chorizo sausage, avocado, gruyere cheese, chilli mayo, rocket 
Grilled halloumi, roasted butternut  pumpkin, green pesto, baby spinach 

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Glazed ham salad with roasted chestnut, red onion, saute mushroom, blanched cabbage and pommery mustard dressing 
Saute russet apple salad with dried cranberry, red onion, candied walnut, goat's cheese and raspberry vinegar dressing 
Crusted butternut pumpkin with soured cream sauce 

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Crown prince squash with rosemary, mushroom and white creamy sauce 


Eastcastle Street Menu

Breakfast
Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit 3.90
Smoked paprika brioche with courgette omelette, spinach, gruyere cheese, mushrooms and tomato salsa  5.00
Smoked paprika brioche with treacle smoked back bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 4.90
Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, tomato, rocket 5.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant  2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Apple, cinnamon and almond 2.50
Savoury - Courgette, cheese scrolls 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.70
Blueberry, banana and nut cake with vanilla icing  2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar 2.50
Vanilla, popcorn and caramel tarts  2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50

Lunch
Brioche 5.00
Poppy seeds Brioche with grilled vegetables, watercress and coconut curry dressing.

Baguettes 5.30
Italian Coppa Cotta Ham, spinach, cheese hash browns, plum tomatoes and mild chilli Mayo
Smoked salmon, rocket, avocado, cucumber and ginger lemon cream sauce.

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Roasted chicken, butternut squash, celeriac, black beluga lentils, shallots, crispy kale and red wine dressing.
Cameo apples, mix leaves, feta, dried cranberries, caramelised walnuts and basil vinaigrette.
Heritage carrots, rocket and spiced red pepper sauce

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Savoury tart with butternut, candy red onions, feta and paprika pumpkin seeds