Friday, 3 October 2014

Week beginning October 6th - London Latte Art Smackdown

In case you were not aware, last year in conjunction with Square Mile, Union Coffee and Coffee Hit we held the first ever London Latte Art Smackdown and this year it is on again.

We have had an amazing uptake already after just one small announcement last week and have 12 entries including people from Climpsons, Elliotts, Look Mum No hands, Nude and Artisan.

Last year we had 8 baristas per heat, the heats were held over four weeks and the top 2 went to the final at Square Mile. This year we have already increased the number of competitors per heat to 12, meaning that the top 3 of each heat will go through to the final.

Square Mile, Coffee Hit and Kaffeine will all donate prizes and we are open to any others wishing to be involved to add to the prize pool. Entry per barista is £10 and the entire entry pool will go to the prizes as well. So that is a possible £480 to be split between the top 3 in London as well as the prizes and trophies donated by the sponsors.

The superstar that is Glenn Watson will be lead judge each week and we will be asking some of the top London Coffee legends to assist in judging the heats and finals. Already confirmed is Jeremy Challender from Prufrock and James Hoffman and Oli Bradshaw from Square Mile.

Entry is by coming into Kaffeine and paying your fees and picking which night you wish to enter. The heats start at 7:30 pm and you are welcome to bring supporters along to help encourage you. We will have beers and food available on the night too.

Dates are Tuesday nights
October 21st
October 28th
November 4th
November 11th and the final
November 18th

This is a great opportunity to compete, practice your skills, possibly win, have some fun and get the London and wider coffee scene together for beers and conversation.

We hope to see you and if you do come in, here is our menu for next week as well.

We hope you will enjoy it as much 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
Pumpkin seed and apricot fruit toast 2.40
Banana bread 2.40

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

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: St Edmond's pippin and raspberry 2.40
Savoury Scone: Pickle and mature cheddar (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

French retro baguettes 5.00
Ham, apple butter, gherkin, red onion and rocket.
Roasted sweet potato and red peppers with dill mayonnaise and spinach (V).

Foccacias 5.30
Pancetta, tomato, taleggio and spinach. 
Sauté mushrooms, tarragon pesto, mozzarella and rocket (V)

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Baked ham, raspberry vinegar cured rainbow chard, feta and guelder rose berry jelly (GF).
Raw kale, soaked in lemon and earl grey tea, served with baby capers, parmesan and basil.
Roasted root parsley with a buckthorn curd and lady smock leaf (V,GF)

Tart: 4.50 or 7.90 with salad
Kaffeine made ricotta tart with foraged sea radish and smoked salmon 

Weekend Menu 
On the weekend we change the salads and the tart offer and also put on one of the best weekend foccacia sandwiches ever invented.

Breakfast Foccacias 6.50
Cotechino Sausage with fried egg, gruyere cheese and aioli 

Salads 5.50 or 6.90
Grilled HG Walters Organic chicken with bulger wheat, red onion, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, parsley, mint and cashew nuts
Poached pears with Turkish black figs, walnuts, goats cheese, watercress and honey
Roasted parsnip strips fried with a coating of parmesan cheese crumbs and a romesco sauce

Tart 4.50 or 7.90 with salad
HG Walters Bacon with new potatoes, spinach, eggs and cheese

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