Saturday, 9 November 2013

Week beginning November 11th - The London Cafe Party

It is especially after a busy day, with a bit of caffeine in your stream, that your mind is racing and you start to think of all the possibilities and 'what if we did this?' scenarios. Or at 3 am when you can't sleep.

Music has always been a big part of my own life, and it is very, very important to the feel and atmosphere of Kaffeine. We make playlists that play all day on our Ipods, basically DJ sets that go with the flow of the day. Of course, house, breaks, funk, soul, hip hop and electronic music is a big part of this and we are very proud of the music that we play. It's important for the customers, but also important for the staff who work here every day and listen to it all the time. It helps to motivate, to encourage, to make them smile and possibly even dance a little bit and to make the working day even more pleasant and fun.

Current and previous staff have shown an affection for music, some more than others including former lead barista James 'Obi Wan' Broadhurst and Justin 'Cool Hand' Luchterhand who also set up playlists for the Ipod from their own collections.

So when I approached our current staff with the idea of having a party, they were shall we say, a little bit excited.

Therefore, the idea for a London Coffee party was conceived. Of course it could have been just the 13 of us at The Social tonight, dancing around our handbags, but no, we have over 150 people from the London Coffee Scene and a few friends as well, coming along.

Staff from Taylor Street Baristas, Square Mile Roasters, Workshop Coffee, Artisan Coffee, Climpsons and Sons, Terrone Coffee, Prufrock Coffee,  Dose Espresso, The Goods Yard and many others will be drinking and dancing all night long. What a great opportunity for London Coffee people to relax and have some fun.

Set Times are:
Funk, Disco and Soul
Billy 'The Kid' Tahtis from former legend cafe Taste of Bitter Love - 7 pm to 9 pm

Matt Craig - 9 pm to 11 pm
Matt Grey - 11 pm to 1 am

The boys may mix it up a bit and have a bit of back to back, we will see.

I very much wish that old schools staff such as Justin, James, Amy, Missy, Sam, Big Nick, Ashlea, Matthew and others were here for the party. We will think of you tonight, cos we miss you.

This is the first party of it's kind. After the success of the London Latte Art Challenge, we hope that this will be a success too and we can have many more.

Drinking, dancing, good times. What more can you ask 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: Cranberry and almonds 2.40
Savoury Scone: Red onion, cheddar, mustard and thyme 2.40
Chocolate and buckthorn 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: Fabada - Spanish stew with chorizo, rape greens & cannelini beans 4.50

French retro baguettes 5.00
Pancetta, baked apple, brie, pommary mustard and rocket
Hummus, aubergine and carrots roasted in dukka, halloum, spinach

Foccacias 5.30
Chorizo loaf, roasted fennel, manchego, spinach
Mozzarella, tomato, puttanesca, rocket

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Glazed ham, baked plums and onion, roasted chestnuts, mature cheddar and watercress
Raw Chinese potato, celery, red chicory, candied walnuts, pickled radish with ginger and chilli fish sauce
Potatoes roasted in mustard, olives and coriander

Tart: 4.40 or 7.90 with salad
Fish and three corner garlic cakes with hollandaise and cranberry salsa

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