Monday, 21 September 2015

Week beginning September 21st - London Latte Art Smackdown - Heat Three

This week we move into heat three of the London Latte Art Smackdown and as expected, the pressure is rising each week as we witness the fitness (sorry) of the baristas of London and their skills, steady hands, passion, enthusiasm and care for their coffees and the coffee industry. It is brilliant to watch.

Last week in heat two, Eastcastle street was once again packed to the hanging lights with supporters all drinking our cheap beer and cheering on the competitors as they battled each other to get through to the finals. We had James Hoffman from Square Mile Coffee and the author of the World Coffee Atlas, Ben Townsend formerly of Espresso Room and our usual lead Judge and photographer Glenn Watson assessing the quality of the pours.

In the end, it was these four who got through to the final at Square Mile on the 6th October.

So Yan - Attendant
Chloe - Kaffeine
Dean - Artisan
Nico - Noble

We also had great news in that Victoria Arduino, the makers of the Black Eagle espresso machine, are also sponsoring the event with prizes and trophies as well as the crew from Minor Figures with supplies of the brilliant Cold Brew coffee.

This week we have baristas from the following:
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Store Street
Notes and
Piotr the Peanut Vendor

Judges for this week are Glenn Watson, last years winner from Artisan David Urbinati and someone formerly from St Ali and Seven Seeds in Melbourne who has seen the London Coffee scene since early 2005 when he was a barista at Flat White, then going onto Climpson and Sons, then in key roles at Intelligentsia in Los Angeles, Square Mile in London and then Workshop, now with his own company in coffee sourcing, Tim 'Styles' Williams.

Heats start at 7:30 pm, entry is from 7 pm, beers are £2 each and you are welcome to come along and support your staff or check what is happening.

For more photos, check out the link below to Glenn's flickr account.

In other news and linked to this, is that International Coffee Day has been announced as being on October 1st and is organised by our good friends at the International Coffee Organisation. They have a great video which promotes it, as well as a website/blog with all coffee events happening on the day.

So please enjoy the week ahead and enjoy our menus, as we will enjoy bringing them to you.

Peter Dore-Smith

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts, milk) 4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts) 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit (v, gf) 3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Ciabatta roll with avocado, omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast 2.50

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Blackcurrant and peanut butter(v, cereals, milk, nuts)  2.50
Savoury Scones: Curried pea with grated cheddar (cereals, milk, v)  2.50
Friand: Lime, lemon, coconut (v, gf, milk, nut)  2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies (gf) 2.70
White chocolate blondies 2.50
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Almond and custard slice 2.80
Banana bread 2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50 (v, gf)

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, red onion relish, sweet pickled cucumber, brie, rocket (cereals, milk, vinegar) 
Red leicester, slow roasted tomato, red onion, red pepper pesto, radicchio (cereals, v, milk, nuts)

Foccacias 5.50
Bresaola, plum tomato, avocado, herbed ricotta, rocket (cereals, milk)
Grilled halloumi, lime mayo, crumbed aubergine, red pepper, spinach (cereals, v, milk, egg)

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Slow roasted beef salad with roasted new potato, red onion, broccoli, saute savoy cabbage and horseradish dressing (gf, milk, mustard)
Poached nectarines, plum tomato, shallots, buffalo mozzarella, savoury granola and balsamic dressing (gf, v, milk, nuts)
Roasted crown prince squash with yoghurt and coriander sauce and pumpkin seeds ( gf, v, milk, seeds)

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Herbed chickpea falafel with spicy hummus and tabouli (v, cereals, milk) 

Eastcastle Street Menu

Traditional bircher muesli with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts, milk) 4.00
Paleo granola with with Greek yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote (gf, ve, nuts) 4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit (gf, v) 3.90
Smoked paprika brioche, calvados potato mash, medium baked egg, grilled courgette and onions with crème fraiche and chives (cereal, milk, egg) 5.00
Smoked paprika brioche, with bacon, roasted tomatoes, avocado, rocket and aioli (cereal, milk, egg) 5.00
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach and plum tomatoes 4.90
Croissant with smoked salmon, chopped egg, tomato and sprouts (cereal, milk, egg, mustard) 5.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant (milk) 2.00
Pain au chocolat (milk) 2.50
Almond croissant (milk, almonds) 2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Blackcurrant   2.50
Savoury - Courgette, broad beans, peas, goat's cheese (egg, cereal, milk) 2.50
Chocolate brownies 2.70
Blueberry, banana, nuts cake & vanilla icing (v, cereal,milk,egg)   £2.50
Gluten free and dairy free protein bar ( gf, df, v)  £2.50
Ladybird tarts 2.90
Banana bread 2.50
ANZACS  2.00
White chocolate, oats and cranberry cookies  2.00
Portuguese tarts 2.00
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50

Brioche 5.00
Smoked paprika brioche with Coppa Cotto Ham, grilled courgette, Brie, roasted almonds and dark chocolate sauce (cereal, egg, milk)

Baguettes 5.30
Sourdough baguette with Scottish smoked salmon, rocket , crushed peas, red onions , baked eggs, and mint cream sauce  (cereal, egg,milk)
Sourdough baguette with shredded carrots, avocado, wine tomatoes, kirby cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and spiced hummus (cereal, egg, chilli, milk)

Salads 5.50 / 7.00
Smoked paprika chicken thigh, white jasmine rice, crispy vermicelli, caramelised onions, black beluga lentils, fresh parsley & garlic turmeric oil dressing. (Gf, df,mild chillies )
Baked cauliflower, celery, roasted hazelnuts, fresh parsley, pomegranate & chinese five spices and cinnamon dressing.(Gf,v,df, nuts)
Blanched green beans  roasted sweet red peppers, spring onions, red smoked chillies & garlic, cumin and coriander seeds dressing.
(Gf, df, v, chilli)

Savoury Tart 4.40 or 8.00 with salads
Beef roll stuffed with spicy schiacciata salami.
(cereal, egg, milk,)

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