Tag Archives: Coffee

The London Coffee Festival
With Alpro (They’ve gone pro!)

London Coffee Festival

I love the London Coffee Festival. It’s vibrant and exciting and fun and so LONDON. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but I just can’t imagine the festival feeling the same in any other part of the world. There’s something about the understated vibe, the eclectic bunch of folk, the wackiness, the passion and the whole relaxed swagger of it that makes me feel incredibly proud to be a Londoner.

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Undercoffee Coffee with Greggs
for Fairtrade Fortnight


A couple of weeks ago I attended a very special event at the Ham Yard Hotel, one of my favourite hotels, in the heart of Piccadilly.

We had gathered for Fairtrade Fortnight, and to bring to the forefront of our minds, our everyday coffee choices and whether or not they are ethical. Which sounds all very heavy and serious and not at all light and cappuccino frothy… But that’s the point. Buying a coffee is a little treat, which I usually buy for myself without thinking about its provenance.  How can my morning latte decision possibly be of any importance to the rest of the world?

But it is. Enormously.

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Union Roasted’s Coffee Club:
the ultimate coffee lover’s subscription

Union Roasted Coffee Club

When I visited Union Coffee last year, I was completely bowled over by not only their passion and true love for their coffee, but also the science behind it. The art of getting coffee RIGHT, is so precise… and they really know what they’re doing.

Those coffee-lovin folk at Union know only too well how many people travel to their local cafe to get their daily Union fix, so they hatched a plan to make it possible for us to have the full Union experience in our very own homes, via their new Coffee Club… and I say hallelujah. And Amen. And where the blimmin ‘eck did I put my cafètiere?

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Learning the science of coffee
with Union

Union Coffee Who knew there was such a science behind coffee.

Well, actually, you might have known this… and I kind of knew it too…  but I didn’t KNOW know it.

And there is SO much to know.

And now that I know a whole lot more, coffee will never be the same again.

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Coffee with Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely designs on Douwe Egberts jars

Last week I attended a very special coffee morning, where I met Orla Kiely at her Fitzrovia showroom, who was celebrating her collaboration with Douwe Egberts. And,  it’s a bit of a match made in heaven…

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– Westland Coffee and Wine –
Old Street, London

Westland Coffee and Wine

Finding excellent coffee in London is not difficult, but then again, nor is finding terrible coffee. So sometimes, it’s nice to get a heads up as to where the top notch brews are hiding, and today I consider it my duty to inform you that they are in abundance at Westland Coffee and Wine.

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Boots, Books, Blooms & A New Desk…
My Week in Pictures

Flowers in the window outside The Cow on Westbourne Park Road

Flowers in the window outside The Cow on Westbourne Park Road

This week has been so busy, I feel as though my feet haven’t touched the ground. I know they have though, otherwise I’d have been flying and I know THAT can’t be true, because if I could have one super power it would be invisibility. NOT flying.

As always, I’ve been busy capturing my week on Instagram and here are some of my favourites for you to peruse with a cup of tea, hot chocolate, or a Dark and Stormy. (I have discovered that I really (really) like rum.)

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The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry

Last week I went for brekky with Flo at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. This was a new discovery for me, but I was on the hunt for eggs before my appointment at Easton Regal (handily just next door) and I had heard wonderful things about the magician that is chef Anna Hansen.

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Jodie Kidd, The Wellesley, Wine Tasting
and picnicking in Finsbury Park…
– My Week in Pictures –

My week in pictures

Living in London is always an exciting and colourful experience and I share my life in real time as much as possible via Instagram.

Writing a London Lifestyle blog means my experiences are always rather eclectic –   I’m often adding pictures of the latest café I’ve visited, new little shop I’ve discovered or the outfit I’m wearing.. l love the hidden corners of London and when I find a sparkly one, I share that too…

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Macintyre Coffee, Hoxton

Macintyre Coffee The creative genius behind Tinder and Sparks recommended this place to me, so I knew it was going to be good. He has excellent taste in coffee. He also has excellent taste in jumpers… But standing on Hoxton Street, peering at my Google Maps, I was baffled. I knew I was right where Macintyre Coffee should be, but all I could see was a hole in the wall, which seemed to lead to some kind of airy, industrial workspace… Oh.

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Nuts about Coco

I love coffee, but sometimes I don’t want a hot steaming milky frothy (mmmm) latte.. I often opt for an iced coffee when I’m out and about in this warm weather as I haven’t come across many other options that tickle my fancy – most of the boxed drinks are usually packed to the hilt with sugar.

So it was with great delight that I got to try these two delicious drinks from Coco Cafe – a fusion of espresso and coconut water… I could already hear the coconuts knocking together..

Poppy on Portobello Road with Coco Cafe Mocha

Poppy on Portobello Road with Coco Cafe Mocha

This kinda-caffe-latte blends together 100% natural (ding!) coconut water and semi skimmed milk,  which gives you a natural (there’s that word again) energy boost, and also keeps you nice and hydrated.

I had the Cafe Latte Mocha drink, as I wobbled down Portobello Road after being in the gym (don’t laugh) and I really felt the difference. (After the gym I usually want to cry and stamp on things, except I can’t as my legs are too wobbly.) It was absolutely delicious. 

Coco Cafe’s main ingredient is 100% natural coconut water, which is packed with potassium (do I get points for alliteration?) and bursting with electrolytes from young, green coconuts. (I also thought that electrolytes sound dangerous. They’re not. Don’t worry. They’re what you find in all kinds of sporty drinks, except these ones are natural.)

Coco Cafe Latte at Baker Street Station - my favourite of the two

Coco Cafe Latte at Baker Street Station – my favourite of the two

So what with the hydration and nutritional benefits, the natural metabolic zingy boost I get from the 120mg caffeine in the espresso shot, the utter deliciousness and the comforting notes of Caribbean life, palm trees swaying, sea, sand and kicking back-ness…  there is no going back for Poppy.

I’m hooked.



Lady Gaggia

“Dear Poppy,

We would like you to come and play with us. We’ll be making coffee, smelling coffee, tasting coffee, learning about coffee, eating coffee cakies and we’ll tell you all about our new super duper amazers coffee machines.

Oh, we’ll also be making coffee martinis.

Love Gaggia.”

I was there faster than you can say Macchiato. (Love that word).

I took M with me, because he is to coffee, what Paddington Bear is to marmalade sandwiches. This was like a dream come true. In Farringdon. In an uber snazzy apartment. With canapés.

Once M and I had stopped jumping up and down with excitement, expert barista, Paul Meikle-Janney took the reins and talked us through, with enormous passion, the wonderful world of coffee. The history, geography, flavours and process… it was completely fascinating. We smelled, we tasted, we compared… and I learnt squillions of coffee FACTS!

Here are my top 3:

1. You should never put coffee in the fridge. (I know. I thought that I was so clever keeping my coffee in the fridge.) This is because it will become moist and coffee should be kept dry in an airtight container. Not. In. The. Fridge… Who knew. (Paul knew).

2. It was Achilles Gaggia, who in 1938 first applied steam pressure to ground coffee and was therefore the first chap to produce the crema layer (the white bit on the top which makes it look like a Guinness). Clever clogs.

3. The best milk for foaming is reindeer milk because it is rich in protein at 11%. (Cow’s milk contains just 3.4%) So next time you’re in your local Sainsbury’s, you know what you need to ask for. (You know it will be funny – go on. Do it.)

Paul then started to make every coffee you can imagine on the very clever (and very compact!) GranGaggia coffee machine. Lattes, Espressos, Long Blacks, Flat Whites, Macchiatos (still love that word) Cappuccinos… Poppy was beginning to see stars. I sat down.

To finish us off, Paul transformed into (a much taller version of) Tom Cruise, (with a cocktail shaker and everything) and used the GranGaggia to make us all ridiculously delicious coffee martinis.

M had his. I had some of mine and then became a bit wobblepops. M had the rest of mine and suddenly he found everything hilarious.

‘Twas time to go home, but not before we took one more longing look at the GranGaggia coffee machine and wondered if anyone would notice if I stuck it up my jumper.

We decided against it.

(Note to self – must get a bigger jumper.)

Gaggia GranGaggia Espresso Maker
Available at Amazon, Argos and Currys


Win! Grow your own tea and coffee!

The lovely people at Gaggia have given me a super duper Gift Republic Grow Your Own Tea and Coffee to give away! (RP £10) All you have to do to win this super duper prize (see above pic) is one of the following, (the more you do the more chances you have.) Please leave me a comment below for each step you complete:

1. Sign up to my mailing list ((Completion of this step is compulsory to be entered – please look out for the confirmation email in your inbox, otherwise you won’t be registered!))

2. Become a fan of my Facebook page

3. Leave a comment below
4. Follow me and and RT the competition on Twitter
5. Follow my blog
Competition ends 26th October – good luck Popsicles! x
Poppy’s important terms and conditions:
Entrants not meeting the above requirements will be deemed invalid and therefore not included in the draw. Signing up to my mailing list is compulsory and all the other steps are optional and are additional chances to win, however they will be deemed invalid if the entrant has not completed the compulsory step of signing up to my mailing list. Entrants are to leave a separate comment below for each step they complete. The competition will run from 9am on Wednesday 17th October 2012, through to midnight Friday 26th October 2102. I will contact the winner within a week of the competition ending. If the winner doesn’t respond or accept the prize within 2 weeks of notification I reserve the right to draw a new winner. Competition is open internationally.

The Daily Grind: Ginger and White


Milky, blandy, burnty, wishy washy coffee? Er, no thank you, for I am Poppy and I take my coffee seriously (ish). Thank the twinkly stars for my lovely friend Suzy, who not only has the biggest smile I know and the naughtiest giggle in town, she also introduced me to her local and coffee mecca, Ginger and White‘. 

They’re based in Hampstead but have recently opened a second branch on England’s Lane in Belsize Park, (goodie goodie) as they were getting too full of happy people drinking their top notch  coffee, eating their cakes and generally having a very nice time, thank you.

What’s their secret? Ginger and White use seasonal, hand roasted beans from East London’s boutique coffee roastery, ‘Square Mile‘. Who knew coffee could have a “buttery almond quality” “notes of cherry” and a “toffee sweetness”… but it does. Yip. It does.

The menu is bursting with scrumptious British nostalgic scrummies, from soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers and sausage and brown sauce butties, to scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. 

There’s outdoor seating aplenty, with blankets and heaters if you get chillychops… and with it being family friendly too, they really have got it cracked.



p.s. If you go and you see Suzy, please give her a kiss from me.
p.p.s. You should probably tell her that’s what you’re doing or you might get arrested.


4a-5a Perrin’s Court
London, NW3 1QS

Belsize Park
2 England’s Lane
London, NW3 4TG


Not your average Joe…


Oh Poppy lovers. It has been a wee while. But I have the greatest of excuses, being that I am Upside Down in NZ. And it is HARD to write when you are upside down. Try it.

I am here for just a little bit and thought I’d send word from over the (very big) pond as to where you must go and what you must do, should you too find yourself upside down. Like me. (Poppy).

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Java The Hut: Lantana Café


I can’t believe I didn’t know about this cafe. I should know about this cafe. It has Poppy all over it. And in it, scoffing its cakes.

Lantana Cafe is hidden among the little secret back streets of Goodge Street, (love the word Goodge) which you may not naturally stumble through. So I thought it best to share the love – would be mean to keep this one to myself.

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