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Blog posts relating to the #100cupsofcoffee project.

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100 Cups of CoffeeI really need to get better at writing my 100 Cups of Coffee stories. Here we are over three-quarters of the way through the project in the Spring of 2017. This spring features some glorious clear days but was still a little cooler. So whilst it was the ideal time to take photos, it still wasn’t quite frappuccino weather.

Coffee & a movie
As I mentioned for coffee number 75. I love going to the earlier screening in the cinema. Swapping fizzy drink for a coffee and the popcorn for an almond croissant. The film I was most excited to see in the spring was Beauty and the Beast.

Photographing Coffee
There were a lot of amazing clear days in March. Perfect for taking photos the spring blossom and wisteria. Did you see all the photos on Instagram? Wisteria hysteria definitely hit London. Photos of pink and purple flowers covered my feed, I also saw some photos taken at this cute café in a nearby park. The place has with chunky wooden tables, eclectic chairs and jam jars filled with fresh flowers.

When in Soho...
London has such a vibrant coffee scene. One of the reasons I wanted to the 100 cups of coffee project was to visit more of these coffee shops. When you are in certain areas they are coffee shops you have to visit. Monmouth in Borough Market, Farm Girl in Notting Hill and Soho Grind if you are in Carnaby Street.

Coffee Meeting
I meet up with Ling for a morning coffee, as she wanted to bounce around some ideas for an advertising campaign for Whimzy Yarn. We arranged to meet in our favourite coffee shop but discovered all the tables were full, We have been recommending it to too many people. Instead, we tried a new bakery in our neighbourhood.

Cold Brew
Finally, at the end of May, the weather warmed up making it iced coffee season. Starbucks seemed to have upped their summer menu this year. With Nitro Cold Brew, and iced teas, in the UK we didn’t get the unicorn frappuccino, so I can’t comment on that drink. Of course, this was all before the ice scandal.

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Confession time. I hate shopping in supermarkets. We do a big shop online and buy fresh ingredients locally.  Several times a year I have to go to the supermarket, one of those is the pre-Christmas food shop. One of the few joys when shopping is the free coffee from Waitrose (this time in a seasonal cup).

Coffee
I took a break from the #100 cups of coffee project, and had planned to start again in March. But seeing as coffee is one of my loves, it seemed ideal to start again on Valentine’s Day.

The Ivy
Jason and I were both busy over during Valentine’s week, so on the Friday had a belated Valentine’s meal. We started with pre-dinner cocktails at the The Ivy Market Grill. I plan on working my way though the best martini bars in London list this year. So I thought I would start with the Salted Caramel Espresso here.

Brunch
At the start of this year, I was constantly busy and as a result, not doing anything fun. Normally, I like to plan a catch up brunch with friends at least once a month. For the first brunch of the year, at the end of February we headed to an old favourite The Outsider Tart for one of their Munch & Brunch specials.

Hidden Figures
This year, many great films had cinematic released around the same time. It’s hard to find the time to actually get to the cinema to see them all. Whereas some films I will wait until they released on Netflix or Sky Movies. Others its important to see in the cinema. I try to support female filmmakers and those films with from female casts. So even, though it was weeks after it’s initial released. I wanted to see Hidden Figures, in the cinema to support this film.

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dreaming of Chicago
Dreaming of Chicago

When we were in our twenties, many of our vacations were to Chicago. We had friends there, taking advantage of the strong pound and there was plenty to see and do. As we were visiting friends we spent a lot of our time, catching up whilst drinking and eating! As a result, we got to know a lot of places that served great hang over food. Jamba Juice for vitamin/healthier fix or Walker Bros for pancakes. If we overslept and missed lunch then we would have sandwiches from Potbelly. Whilst Jason was working near Westfield Stratford, he discovered that Potbelly had a branch there. So we popped back to relive old memories.

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Not all Christmas Cups are red

When I think about Christmas Coffees I think red cups and Gingerbread Lattes. Yet, my favourite Christmas lunch menu is from Pret a Manger. Last year, they did pretty wreath decoration cups rather than red cups. Plus they have an amazing vegetarian Christmas sandwich and cute “melted” snowman cookie.

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Patronus Coffee

As a late birthday treat last November, I finally got to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I should write a post about my experience there – or at least a photo post some of my favourite pictures. I took a lot of photos! It was also my first red cup of the season. After I posted the photo to Instagram. A friend pointed out, that the dear on the cup looked like Harry Potter’s Patronus.

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Ice Cream in December?

One of the reason I started this challenge was to discover new coffee places in my area. The fun side of that is most coffee places also have novel desserts. Amorino, is such a place, as well as serving Italian coffee, they also have an amazing range of Italian gelato.

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Red Socks, Red Queen, Red Socks

I have written about my love of Booktagram and Litsy. I couldn’t resist taking a cozy winter photo. My Christmas blanket, wooly socks, my book, and a Christmas coffee. With the illiteration of red cups, red socks and Red Queen.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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When uploading these photos for the #100cupsofcoffee project to Instagram, I messed up the numbering. So I have added these in the order they happened, which doesn’t tally with the little number icons.

Coffee & A Great Read #100cupsofcoffee

As I mentioned in my last 100 cups of coffee update, whilst in the Philippines. I use to pop to Starbucks every afternoon for 4 p.m. caffeine fix. All the travelling I did in October, gave me the ideal time to catch up with my reading. Ideal for travelling was The Good Immigrant, as the short essays where easy to dip into whilst waiting to board a plane or riding on a shuttle bus.

Breakfast Coffee #100cupsofcoffee
In Manila and Gibraltar, the cafes we used to have breakfast in served coffee in tiny cups. In London I have a large mug or “venti” cup with my breakfast. As a result I found in Manila, I needed several cups each morning to get my coffee buzz!

Fall 2016! #100cupsofcoffee
When I returned home in London, autumn was definitely here! My uniform for the Fall Season in 2016, became my “Her Universe” bomber jacket and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!

Coffee & A Movie #100cupsofcoffee
At the end of October we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Doctor Strange Fan Screening in Leicester Square. Before the screening of the movie, the director and movie’s cast (including Benedict Cumberbatch.) did a short introduction.

Final PSL of the Season #100cupsofcoffee
When I discovered my local Starbucks had run out of Pumpkin Spice syrup at the before the end of October. It meant I didn’t get a P.S.L. on my birthday! So when I discovered another branch still had syrup in November. I took the opportunity to enjoy my last P.S.L. of the season.

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Cold Brew & Bake OffSeptember means the new autumn television schedule and an important part of that use to be The Great British Bake Off. To mark the start of the seventh series, and continuing our little tradition. We popped to our favourite bakery, The Outsider Tart to buy cake for our viewing party.

PSF

For the first time this year Starbucks released Pumpkin Spiced Lattes at the beginning of September, instead of the end of the month. The release of the drink happened to coincided with one of the hottest weeks of the summer. So I took the chance to try a Pumpkin Spiced Frappacino. I was not convinced by this cold version of my favourite drink.

PSL

With the British weather being as unpredictable as it is. A few days later we had grey and rainy skies. This was the perfect weather for an autumnal walk along the river whilst drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.Spanish Coffee

When I went to visit Jason in Gibraltar, we would visit a cute café around the back of his apartment for breakfast. It was on the corner of the mini square, and the ideal spot to people watch whilst eating. It also seemed right to have this photo in black and white, for that artistic European feel. Same Coffee
The next stop on Jason’s overseas working tour was the Philippines. Next door to his apartment here was a Starbucks. So every afternoon, just like at home I would pop downstairs for my afternoon pick me up. They didn’t serve PSL here, but did have traditional lattes and had an amazing range of teas.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Coffee & Queuing
Queuing

When I wrote about my experiences at Star Wars Celebrations, I mentioned how our adventures involved a lot of early starts and plenty of queuing. As a result most mornings started with a cup of coffee from the local coffee shop in the exhibition hall.

Pokefuel
Pokefuel

Over the summer Jason and I became obsessed with Pokémon Go. Our local park had several Pokémon Go play-days, where they set off lures at each Poké-Stops, hoping to catch some rare Pokémon, we attended one of the play-days. Instead we caught 17 Drowzee as well as the normal Pidgey and Rattatas.

Coffee & Waiting
Waiting…

I’m not really keen on Costa Coffee, it’s not that they make bad coffee – in fact they sell gingerbread lattes all year around which isn’t bad in my book. It is just seems I only go to there at awkward times, they have branches in hospitals, service stations or airports . As a result I associate Costa Coffee with queuing or waiting!

Houghton Hall
Pitstop

Another adventure of ours over the summer was our trip to Norfolk. Whilst at Houghton Hall as well as admiring all the artwork, we stopped at the amazing coffee shop – in the former stables. For a cake and coffee pit stop.

Team GB
Team GB pride

My final obsession over the summer was the Rio Olympics. I’m not usually a huge sports fan, but there is something about the large scale of the Olympics that I love! I dug out my Team GB t-shirt and Links of London bracelet from London 2012.

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Coffee on the Go
Living and working in London, we don’t need a car in our everyday lives. Instead we rely on a car sharing service and occasionally hire cars for weekend adventures. Normally, we have to pick up our rental cars at the airport. So nowadays all mini holidays for us start riding travelators in the airport.

New Coffee Shop
One of the reasons I started this challenge was to explore the city more and try new coffee shops. Over the last year, whilst doing this challenge I’ve put together a large list of coffee shops to visit. But occasionally, I discover a little gem on my own, like this café near to Jason’s barbers.

Afternoon Off
This spring once again I became obsessed with Game of Thrones, as well as watching the sixth season, I also re-watched seasons one to five on Blu-ray. So most of my free-time was spend knitting, binge watching and drinking coffee.

Breakfast Meeting
If I ever have to have a morning meeting, I love to schedule it in Pret a Manage, as they have stores located all over the city, serve great coffee and have the most amazing almond croissants in London.

Big Day!

Before Star Wars Celebrations, they was a lot of confusion online regarding when and where to pick up your passes and the wristbands for the panels. Rather than risk the queue in the morning I picked up our passes the day before. (You can read all about my adventures at Star Wars Celebrations here.)

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Once again, I am behind at writing my coffee drinking adventures, as part of my 100 cups of coffee project. Most of these coffees are from the spring.

Monmouth Coffee
On a rare occasion in early May, Jason and I had a weekend meeting in near London Bridge. This was the perfect chance to visit Borough Market and do a little shopping. No trip to the market is complete without a visit to Monmouth Coffee!

Another attempt of Spring
I have mentioned before that I love the @breakfastlondon instagram account, and use it for recommendations for new brunch spots. As Ling and I hadn’t met up of a while we thought we would try one of these places and have a fabulous spring brunch on the terrace of Urban Pantry.

Coffee & Cake
May (along with November) is Birthday month in our family. As much as I love buying presents for my family, I also find it stressful, so I tend to treat myself during a successful shop, to a break and cake!

Rebellious Coffee

When I was reading Rebel in the Sands, I was looking at photos of the book on Instagram, and I noticed a lot to mentions of Artisan Coffee Shop. This is one of my favourite coffee spots, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover the book was part written in the shop.
Coffee & Champagne

Finally, at the end of May to celebrate my sister’s birthday (and my successful present buying skills). We went for lunch at Valentina’s. Our favourite Italian restaurant have a bottomless lunch on Sundays, after drinking several glasses of prosecco I needed a coffee!

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Exploring
As I mentioned before, my sister and I had a little staycation in London. Which we used as an opportunity to check out some of our favourite neighbourhood. It was also a chance for us to re-visited some old haunts like Ealing.  We discovered our old favourite café had shut but did find a new cozy coffee shop.

Knitting!
For the first time in a few years I went to a knitting group. I meet up with Ling before hand, and we raided her shop for some pretty yarn. Once at knitting group, I was so excited to catch up with friends and actually knit, I forgot to take a photo. So the next morning I took a “catch-up” photo.

Pinball & Coffee
Time Out London recently published an amazing list of coffee shops (and what speciality coffee to order from each store). When reading the magazine, It was pleasing to see a few coffee shops in our local area for me to add to my list. First was Chief Coffee, a cool space with pinball machines in the basement. My favourite game was of course the Game of Thrones pinball machine.

Instagram Brunch

My favourite food to order brunch is avocado toast, ideally with a poached egg! I love trying variations of this simple meal – adding houmous, fresh tomatoes or even sweet chilli sauce. For me the perfect pairing for avocado toast is latte.

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May was birthday month and this meant a lot of eating out! I love having a coffee after my meal, often as an alternative to dessert but some times to go with my pudding. One of my favourite coffees was a Vietnamese iced coffee at Foxlow. This twist on a traditional Vietnamese coffee is made with cold brew, poured over the condensed milk all served over ice.

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Cold Brew
During the summer in the afternoon, I like to switch my coffee for a frappé or ice coffee, in recent years this has become a cold brew. Starbucks have started selling their version in the U.K. it is an interesting healthier addition to the summer menu. Especially as I’m trying to cut down my sugar consumption.

Marble Table
Over the last few months I have loved toying with my camera, I have brought several books and have read about composition and trends. Since then I have taken a lot of cliché photographs, my feet on patterned floors, manicured nails holding a nail varnish bottle and cups of coffee on a marble table #latteart.

Spring Coffee
Adding to this I have become one of those people who grab my camera when the sun comes out to take a few photos. We are lucky enough to have a large park and river walk near our house. Which seem to be my go to place to experiment with setting on my camera but also explore the different coffee stores.

Tsum Tsum & Coffee
Recently, I have started collecting tsum tsum, after nearly missing out on a complete Star Wars set, I popped down to the mall on “Tsum Tsum Tuesday” when the “Episode One” collection was released. The Jar Jar version had already sold out at lunchtime but I managed to get all the ones I wanted including the Queen Amidala.

Coffee & Cake
My sister and I planned a mini staycation in April. We used this opportunity to explore some of our favourite neighbourhoods in London, do some shopping, and checking out some local cafés for coffee and cake!

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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