Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Week beginning October 27th - London Latte Art - Second Heats

There is already a waiting list. Forty- eight baristas have entered and we already have a waiting list of about five people. What are we going to do next year? Think we will worry about that when we get to it.

In the meantime, we had a fabulous night on Tuesday as about 35 people crowded into Kaffeine to watch the first heats. For those who know the shop, we move all our sandwich grills, cash register, retail products and decaf grinder off the bench top and move all our stools downstairs to make more room. Chef Jared had made some of his famous savoury scrolls and sweet muffins and we have some beer in the fridge that was available to calm peoples nerves if required, or make them more rowdy (as if that was needed).

The obligatory fixie wheel bikes were parked out the front and at 7:30 pm we started with the first heats. We had people standing at the bar, people standing on the benches, Kate Beard from Barista magazine taking photos, loads of other cameras and camera phones going off all over the place with judges Glenn, James and Oli behind the bar deliberating and being very, very serious.

The first round started and our own Bianca stepped up to be the first off, very much like taking the first tee in golf in the Saturday tournament in front of an expectant crowd. (I know what that's like...) and so here are the results of Round one

Bianca from Kaffeine against Ross from Browns - Winner Ross
Oscar from Artisan against Simone from HMC - Winner Oscar
Jakub from Kaffeine against Samuel from Artisan - Winner Samuel
Robin from Prufrock against Elin from Curators - Winner Robin
Tim from Curators against Marek from Taylor Street - Winner Tim
A person whose name I can't remember from Browns against Piotr from Prufrock - Winner Piotr

So in the second round we had
Ross v Oscar - Winner Ross
Samuel v Robin - Winner Samuel
Tim v Piotr - Winner Tim

So these three go through to the final on the 18th at SQM.

This week it is on again with cafes being represented:
Taylor Street
Iris and June and

Judges are Ben Townsend from Espresso Room and London School of Coffee and Phil 'Bass Player' Wain.

Entry from 7 pm, heats start at 7:30 pm, all done by 9 pm.

We have some photos here from the legend that is lead judge Glenn Watson


In other news, it is the end of the month, so we have our own Lamingtons on this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. Don't miss out.

We hope you enjoy this weeks menu, as we will enjoy bringing it to you.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60 (V)
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60 (V)
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit) 3.70 (GF, V)
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
Povitika bread 2.40
Banana bread 2.40
Porridge (V) 3.00
served with condiments muscovado sugar, dried fruit, chopped nuts, golden syrup or honey

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

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Blueberry and bran (V)
Savoury Scone: Red onion, thyme, dijon and gruyere (V) 2.40
Friand: Passionfruit (V, GF)   2.40
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Almond and custard slice 2.40
Canele 2.40
Special: Mini pumpkin curd pies with nutmeg icing (V) 2.40
Special: Lamingtons (Thurs/Fri/Sat only) 2.50

Soup 4.50
Ratatouille with polenta bread (V)

French retro baguettes 5.00
Ham, gherkin, dijon, gruyere, red onion and rocket
Baked courgette, feta, chutney, pear and spinach (V).

Foccacias 5.30
Pancetta, creamed mushrooms, fennel and spinach 
Crumbed pumpkin, pickled cabbage, dijonnaise and rocket (V)

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Slow cooked beef shoulder with black mustard, pears, gorgonzola and walnuts (GF)
Roasted celeriac and peanuts with ox-eye daisy and salad burnet dressing (VE, GF)
Raw kale tossed in crushed slow roasted tomatoes and served with paprika pumpkin seeds (VE, GF)

Tart: 4.40 or 7.90 with salad
Cream of crown prince squash with charlock flowers and wholemeal pastry (V).

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