That fuelled our hope to finish this project, and to well & truly dive into a whole new world of culinary delights, techniques, indulgences and new adventures! (have a look at the videos on our media page)
SO… Here we are in London! What a city!! If anyone ever tells you, “I know London like the back of my hand”, they’re either lying/exaggerating or they just plain don’t know London at all. London resembles more a nation than a city. It’s massive! And it’s jam-packed…! Not even running at full speed, backpack packed with water & reserves, could you visit every café in town, for example. And there’s always a new one opening somewhere.
There are the usual chains, like Costa, or Starbucks (which aren’t too bad if you’re on the run between appointments), and then there is the myriad of boutique coffee houses that offer a great atmosphere, often with original, well-executed decor, complete with plush sofas, nifty cups & mugs, the coolest magazines and, more often than not, homemade cakes & delectables. But there is a common vein running through (almost) all of these: great coffee!
Coffee is, believe it, or not, actually quite poisonous. We’re not meant to drink it, really. But hey, there are worse vices to be indulged. And quite frankly, numerous generations of coffee guzzling Italians would prove otherwise. Sometimes there’s just nothing more satisfying than a good, rich cup of coffee.
These days there’s an ever-growing list of different types of coffees available, and London is home to the newest addition to the coffee menu: the Flat White! Basically a Latte with a double shot of espresso. That being the only item on the menu you’re likely to query, let’s move on to a great example of a ‘typical’ London coffee house, Hunter Gather. Typical in the sense that they just don’t offer great coffee, they’re dripping with individualism and great ideas. In this case, their Shoreditch ‘café’ fronts the image below: high-end fashion. So you can do a spot of shopping after a good boost of caffeine. Both the coffee and the clothes are of the highest quality. And this is just one example of how Londoners satisfy their urges conveniently.
- If I was going to give one gripe, though, it would be that the cups are reasonably small. That said, the coffee’s awesome and the staff are really friendly and welcoming. You really do feel like you’ve just walked into someone’s home.
But that’s if you’re lucky enough to get atmosphere with your hard earned caffeine break. If you want a decent coffee at home, get yourself a mocca. It’s the easiest, low-cost way of getting the real McCoy. Every household in Italy has at least 2 mocca machines: a smaller one for 2 people (shots), and a larger one for serving more people after meals. It makes great espresso coffee, so if you’re after a longer version, add boiling water to make a long “American” coffee. Tastes much better than any instant coffee and the aromas warmly permeate through your house.