Thursday, 18 July 2013

Week beginning July 15th - The #Ashes #soexcited

We've got 100 kilos of espresso, a 2 group La Marzocco Linea, 3 grinders, 5000 cups, it's 30 degrees and we will be wearing sunglasses.

So starts our week this week as we prepare for one of the most famous sporting events in the world, the Ashes at Lord's Cricket Ground. Some of you may already known that prior to Kaffeine I was one of the key staff members of the catering department and since 2011, we have been serving espresso coffee and filter to the patrons of the Veuve Cliquot champagne and seafood area, in the Harris Gardens.

The last Ashes in 2009 was my last game there, as 4 weeks later we opened Kaffeine, so this game in particular is very important to me and very, very exciting. We cannot wait.

We set up on Wednesday, leaving Kaffeine in two minibus taxis with all our equipment, are set and ready by midday when we run through a few coffees to test the equipment and look after the wonderful chefs and kitchen porters in our area. Back to Kaffeine for some more office work and normal day to day stuff, then Thursday morning we are back at the ground at 7 am for a 9 am gates opening.

By 11 am when the first ball is delivered, we should have done about 90 litres of filter and 300 espresso drinks and then we go onto lunch service with 150 covers booked in for the restaurant. Two girls, Jess and our manager Claire smash out the espresso and I work with the M.C.C. staff out the back on the filter coffee.

This year we will also be selling iced coffees and ANZACS and hope to be able to drop some off to the boys in the dressing room, as we did in the first Test with New Zealand. Exciting times? Yes indeed,and we are going to be loving every minute of it.

Check our twitter feed for details and updates @kaffeinelondon

PS AS it is so hot this week, we have a 'raw' menu on for you. It reduces the heat in the kitchen and the cafe and tastes absolutely delicious.

Please enjoy.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit) 3.70
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with home made preserves 1.70
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.40

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.80
Pain au chocolat 2.40
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: Rose petals and raspberry 2.40
Savoury Scone: Vegemite and cheese 2.40
Salted caramel and chocolate friands 2.40
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 1.80
Chocolate chip cookies 1.80

French retro baguettes 4.90
Ham, dijon, gherkin, red onion, gruyere, rocket
Pear, basil pesto, Camembert, spinach,  

Foccacias 5.00
Smoked salmon, aioli, red onion, dill, capers, spinach
Pancetta, goats curd mayonnaise, tomato, oregano, rocket,

Salads: 5.50/6.50
Smoked salmon, orpine, English affilia, kohlrabi, lychee, with a brie and lime dressing
Shredded hogweed buds, Gorgonzola, crow garlic bulbs, pumpkin seeds, common purslane.
Raw purple and orange cauliflower, peanuts, chilli and fish sauce.

Tart: 4.40 or 7.50 with salad
Raw vegan lasagne

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