Thursday, 24 October 2013

Week beginning October 28th - London Latte Art Finals & London Cafe Party

That's it now, four heats complete. The top 8 are decided to go into the final at Square Mile Coffee and with the chance to win some amazing prizes as well as the potential for fame and glory.

We had another 40 people crammed into Kaffeine to watch what was happening and the pressure was on with our own lead barista Blazej and one of our senior baristas Grace were up against four staff from Team Prufrock, with individual entries by Benjemyn from Terrone and Nerius from Artigiano.

We were very lucky to have one of the leading people of the coffee scene, Jess McDonald as one of the judges, alongside Glenn Watson and returning this week, the wonderful Lena from Union.

Ryoto from Prufrock was up first against Grace from Kaffeine, with Ryoto going through to the quarters, then Jeremy Challender from P-Rock against Benjymyn, with Jeremy winning through, Kaori from P-Rock then up against Blazej 'Blaze' Stempin and again the Prufrock team got through and finally we had Gareth repping Prufrock against Nerius and he made it four Prufrock staff members into the quarters.

You could perhaps say that the crew from the number one cafe in London were not very tactical about the competition as it was now four of them competing for the last two places, but maybe they are being tactical after all and we just don't know it yet.

Jeremy against Ryoto and Gareth against Kaori, with Jeremy and Kaori being judged as the winners of heat four.

So the top 8?
Krysty, Timothy, Catherine and Thomas from Curators
Elyse from Talkhouse
James Bailey from Workshop
Jeremy and Kaori from Prufrock

Next week it starts at 7:30 pm at SQM roastery. Be there to support your favourites, cheer and/jeer as the milk is spilled, the hands shake and the pressure mounts.

Here is the link to the photos that Glenn Watson has been taking so far.

A huge, huge thank you to the sponsors of the prizes - Coffee Hit, Square Mile and Union Hand Roasted, a massive thank you to the judges Andrew Tolley from Taylor Street, Lena and Arianna from Union, James and Jess from SQM and for being here every week and taking amazing photos, Glenn Watson.

Another big thank you to all those who came to Kaffeine over the past four weeks and supported not only the baristas, but also the scene in London. We hope to see you at the final and also at the party.

Christmas Party Details.

We have sold 96 of the 250 tickets available already. Seriously, get in fast if you wish to come.
Tickets are now on sale at Kaffeine. All London cafe staff welcome.
November 9th at The Social, Little Portland Street, W1. 7 pm to 1 am.
Also available at the final at Square Mile, you can pay in person or over the phone by credit card and we will keep them here for you to pick up.
£5 per ticket, 250 tickets only, no door sales/pick ups on the night.

Prizes, glory, drinking and dancing. What more could you wish for?

Please enjoy this weeks menu, as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
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 1.90
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.40
Banana bread 2.40
Porridge with choices of muscovado sugar, dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup or compote 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.90
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: Ginger and Pear 2.40
Savoury Scone: Pumpkin and cheddar 2.40
Lemon and rose friands 2.40
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Iced Vo Vo's 2.00

Soup: Chicken and wild rice 4.50

French retro baguettes 5.00
Ham, gherkin, dijon, gruyere, rocket, red onion
Tuna, rouille, capers, spinach

Foccacias 5.30
Bresaola, baked plums, spiced hazelnut puree, brie, spinachRoasted aubergine, goats cheese, Thai basil, rocket, sweet chilli

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Roast beef and beetroot, hazelnuts, coffee mascarpone, watercress
Fresh kohlrabi, fennel, carrot, pickled pumpkin, mixed seeds, goats curdRunner beans and rape greens with cashew dressing

Tart: 4.40 or 7.90 with salad
Leek, mustard and gruyere

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