Friday, 26 November 2010

Week beginning November 29th - Waiting times for your coffee

For 4 years I worked at Marylebone Cricket Club as one of the senior managers in the Catering department, and in the functions in the Long Room, we were always looking at ways to get hot plates out to the tables, in as little time as possible, with speed, efficiency, presentation and of course quality on the plate and to the palette. Absolute importance.

At Kaffeine, we take everything we do very seriously as well, just like at the greatest cricket club in the world. As Kaffeine has became busier over the past year, our waiting times for coffee have increased. Of course this is unacceptable, both to us and also to the customers, so we have now invested in a three group espresso machine and now have three baristas working each day. (previously we only had a two group machine and two baristas, and wait times were up to 7 or 8 minutes).

Now, in our very busy periods, we are down to under 3 minutes from the time of ordering to hand off to the customer, and I do not believe we can get much faster than that, and we have still maintained excellent quality, with friendly, fast, efficient service.

People talk about introducing other brew methods such as siphon or pour overs, this is all well and good, but will it create a fast and efficient service process? It will take very good, skilled baristas and allocated counter space to do so. It is possible, but wil it be cost (labour especially), effective?

If Kaffeine 2 ever arrives, perhaps we will then look at counter space and brew methods, but until then, at Kaffeine, we are staying with what we know, espresso.

We hope you enjoy it.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 2.90
Wheat free muesli with popped corn and compote 2.90
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 2.90
Ciabatta Roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.00
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 3.20
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Cranberry and Walnut 1.70
Banana Bread 2.00

Porridge with condiments of muscovado sugar, dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey or rhubarb and raspberry compote 2.50

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.60
Pain au chocolat 2.00
Almond croissants 2.60

Baked Treats
Rhubarb Muffins 1.80
Corn bread and chili muffins 1.80
Carrot Cake friands (wheat free) 1.80
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.20
White chocolate blondies 2.20
Portuguese tarts 1.80
ANZAC cookies 1.60
Afgan biscuits 1.60

Soup 3.00/3.50
Tuscan Bean Soup

French retro baguettes 4.30
Ham, apple butter, gruyere and spinach OR
Tuna, rouille (red pepper mayonnaise), capers and rocket

Foccacias with sea salt and rosemary crust 4.70
Bufal mozzerella with puttanesca, plum tomoatoes and rocket OR
Roast breast of turkey with brie, crnaberry, spinach, red onion and parsley

Salads £4.00/£5.00/£8.00
Crown prince Squash with cumin crust, onion bhaji and raita OR
Ratatouille on salad greens OR
Brussel sprouts with savoury apple and hazelnuts

Tart 4.00 or 6.00 with salad
Raclette cheese with potato, ham, pickled onion and cherry tomato

Peter, Catherine, Emma, Krysty, Justin, Amy, Melissa, Jessica, Jared, Khan

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