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100 Cups of Coffee

100 Cups of Coffee

The Nerdy Girlie created a fun project on Instagram where she shares her 100 cups of coffee, inspired by the Futurama episode where Fry attempts to drink 100 coffees in a 24 hour period. I have loved seeing her photos (and the other people taking part in the project), and now am desperate to try a Salted Caramel Cold Brew and eat pie at Republic of Pie!

Piccolo Latte.

I am terribly boring when it comes to coffee, I normally have a cup in morning whilst reading the news, and a second cup in the afternoon whilst working. If I haven’t been out during the day I will pop to my local coffee shop or bakery – if I think I deserve a treat too.

This does change in the autumn, when I venture to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte and then before Christmas this will change to Gingerbread Lattes – I do love it when it’s Red Cup season!

Breakfast Coffee

This would make for a really boring project, I have several mugs but tend to use the same “Goonies” one, my desk is messy and un-photogenic and there is only so many photos of disposable coffee cups one can take. So I am going to add some rules to my version of the project.

London has numerous coffee shops – I even downloaded the London Coffee Guide app, hoping to explore check some of them out, but have yet too, Last winter, several new bakeries opened up in my area, but I still pop to the same one, but always think I should be more adventurous. So instead of posting every cup of coffee I drink, just the ones whilst out exploring, trying a new type of coffee or maybe when something amazing happens when drinking my coffee.

Is there somewhere in London you think I should check out? What’s you favourite coffee? Comment below. You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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100 Cups of Coffee

#100cupsofcoffee No.1

After saying I didn’t want to include photos of my coffee mug at home in this project, I broke the rule on the first day! I had cleared my schedule for the day to read the Star Wars prequel book on the day it was released in the UK, so I started the day in bed reading a few chapters with my morning coffee.

In Pho Cafe.
My second coffee was also a little unconventional. Pho Cafe has recently become my to-go place for lunch – there is something nice about a bowl of spicy noodles on a colder day. Normally I finish my meal with a Vietnamese coffee (with the condensed milk), but as we went on Saturday and I didn’t have to worry about working in the afternoon, this time I thought I would try their Cà Phê Martini (made with clear rice spirit instead of vodka).

PSL
Last week was pretty miserable weather wise here in London, loads of rain and the temperatures were definitely dropping, twice this week I nearly got caught in a heavy downpour, first whilst out to lunch with friends and the second time when I popped to the shops. This time to avoid more rain I ducked into Starbucks to celebrate the start of autumn with a PSL.

Coffee & Ice Cream

On Friday, I had an afternoon to myself so went to Covent Garden, for my monthly comic book buying trip to Forbidden Planet. It was the first time since Force Friday I’d been in the store and was completely taken back by all the new Star Wars merchandise – I could have easily spend a small fortune, but I refrained and instead popped into Vico a new Italian canteen nearby for coffee and ice cream. I wanted the pumpkin ice cream but after a quick taster I changed my mind (it tasted more like butternut squash soup) and instead had a “snickers” ice cream.

Coffee Date

Oddly, Jason doesn’t drink coffee, whilst one of my favourite things is popping out for coffee he often complains that “no coffee house do decent tea” or “they serve tea in tiny little cups!” As a result, a coffee date is a rare occasion for us, as we were free on Sunday, we had an impromptu date to Starbuck and he ordered drink a Venti tea with two tea bags (and didn’t complain) and I had yet another PSL.

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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100 Cups of Coffee

No 6

On Wednesday night, we have a little tradition of drinking tea and eating cakes whilst watching Great British Bake Off. I was busy with meeting on Wednesday and didn’t have time to bake, but as my meeting was a few stops away from Baker Street, I thought I would check out the Dunkin’ Donuts to see if they sold PSL’s (they don’t in the UK), so I had to settle for a regular coffee and half-dozen doughnuts for our evening treat.

No 7

We have a lot of friends and family birthdays in October and November (over a dozen), the problem is by the beginning of October all card shops stock are Christmas Cards, which is annoying when you are trying to find a decent 40th birthday card for your husband among shelves full of santa and reindeer. When I noticed empty shelves in a card store I figured, I would get a head start this year and bulk buy my cards for the next few months. Feeling chuffed I popped into Caffe Nero for a hazelnut latte (that was extremely sweet) but they did have these amazing cups to promote the Britain on Film project, featuring still from old films set in Britain.

Kalita Coffee

I mentioned before starting this project that I was going to use it as an excuse to explore more coffee shops from The London Coffee App, I’m lucky that I have two shops from the list within walking distance from our home. Admittedly one is a lot closer to home, but the other is handy if I need to run errands. As I had to pop to the bank and it was National Coffee Day, I thought it was a good excuse to celebrate and try something new, this Kalita (Slow Brew) coffee.

Coffee & Sewing

I blogged about my fun sewing day with friends when I attempted to make a Star Wars themed project bag, As I was trying to concentrate I needed caffeine to fuel the little grey cells.

Morning Coffee

During October I am participating in the #5FFPhoto Challenge on Instagram, I have run my own knitting themed photo challenge before and am sad to admit I didn’t complete that challenge. I thought I would do better this time (as I have been using Instagram more now), but on the second day I forgot to take a photo, so quickly had to take a quick snap of my coffee the next morning. (So quick I forgot to add my number sticker).

#100cupsofcoffee is a chance for me to blog about my experiences whilst drinking coffee around London and give you an insight into my daily life. You can read about the origins of the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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100 Cups of Coffee

New Coffee CupsStar Wars Mug & Coaster Set // Batgirl Mug // Coaster

I’m extremely behind on my 100 cups of coffee updates, lately I’ve tried to not be so connected to my phone when out and about. When I’m catching up with friend I’m chatting away not trying to frame the perfect shot for Instagram, I’m not constantly looking at my screen I’m enjoying winter in London. Whilst it does make life more interesting, I have missed out some amazing stories to share – I guess I have to find the happy medium.

My plan is to find it in the New Year, I will write-up coffees 11-20 over the holiday period and start again with the final 80 cups of coffee in 2016.

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

I’m extremely behind writing up about my 100 cups of coffee project, most of these coffees were back in October.

Coffee & Knitting
Ling was testing out a new base yarn for her Whimzy yarn collection and asked me if I would knit her up a sample for a knitting show in November. I picked a really simple pattern which I managed to knit up in several afternoons – all fuelled by lots of coffee.

Outsider Tart Coffee

For the final episode of The Great British Bake-Off (that seems so long ago), we continued our tradition of having cakes whilst watching TV, once again I was too busy to bake so I popped to the local American bakery for some brownies and cheesecake. They have this amazing counter – which is extremely instagrammable.

People watching

Most the time I have coffee whilst working or when out with friends, but occasionally, I have a coffee on my own. Then I like to sit in Starbucks on an autumn afternoon with a pumpkin spiced latte and people watch.

Gingerbread Latte

One of the great things about having the Starbucks app is early access to the “Holiday” drinks, this was my first gingerbread latte of the season – before the red cup became so newsworthy. Normally I don’t like cream on my drinks – but the new gingerbread cream was amazing!

Last PSL

Red cup season also marks the end of pumpkin spice latte season ☹️, time for me to put away my pumpkin cozy for another year. BTW, I am slowly adding these cozies to my Folksy store.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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100 Cups of Coffee
Kentucky Coffee

For Jason’s Birthday in November, we went to JW Steakhouse for a meal, as we were finishing up our meal the television in the bar broke the news of the terror attack in Paris, we sat in the bar with a post dinner coffee watching the news unfold in complete shock.


Coffee on the go

The rest of November was a little blur for me, I was busy with work and trying to get organised for Christmas, as a result a lot of my time was spent at home in front of a computer screen, but I did try and pop out daily to the local coffee shop for a coffee to go. I tended to use my Las Vegas takeout cup and dreamed about a holiday to Sin City.

Coffee with Friends

One of the best things about the run up to Christmas was getting to catch up with friends and family, as I mentioned before I used these days as a time to avoid using my phone, as a result I missed a few photo opportunities, however I did manage to take this one photo, after brunch with Kate and Ling.

Coffee & Star Wars

The past December was all about Star Wars, the build up to the release of The Force Awakens was epic, every shop seemed to be selling some form of Star Wars merchendise from pens to pajamas, I picked up these biscuits mainly for the tin, but they were perfect for an afternoon pick me up.

Pre-Movie Coffee

Finally on the big day! We had tickets for the midnight showing at our local cinema so turned it into a little midweek date night. After dinner, I was a little concerned about staying awake so late (3 am on a school night), so had a pre movie coffee.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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100 Cups of Coffee
I’m extremely behind writing up about my 100 cups of coffee project, most of these coffees were from the start of the year.

In January, we had no internet connection in our house for a few days, I know we used wi-fi a lot, this was a real wake up call – luckily we have a mobile wi-fi for traveling which came in handy. As for work, I created a mobile office in a local pub – they have massive empty tables ideal to spread out your work and it was quieter than the coffee shop.

Like most people I was struck down the a flu-like virus earlier this year, which affected my taste buds, one of the side effect was me hating the taste of coffee! As a result, this project became impossible, as soon as my taste buds were back to normal, I popped to my favourite coffee shop for a pick me up!

One of our local restaurants ran a fund-raising promotion on Pancake Day, a special pancake breakfast, with all the money going to Magic Breakfast (an amazing charity that gives free breakfast to school children), Getting to eat pancakes and helping out a charity was a no-brainer for me, if I have my way, I would have eaten pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Shrove Tuesday – but we settled for just brunch!

I had plans to photograph several cups on vacation in Barcelona, starting with a coffee on the plane – we had an early flight so needed several cups of coffee at the airport before handling the maze of checking in and security checks. As you can guess this plane coffee was pretty awful!

The next issue I had on vacation was the hotel coffee, it was a little too bitter for my taste buds, luckily they offered cappuccino for breakfast and had an impressive choice of juices and herbal tea. This is where my addiction to cold brew teas started.

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

Mother's Day Coffee
For Mother’s Day at the beginning of March we had a lovely Sunday Roast in our local pub. The pub put on a special menu so and treated the mothers to prosecco and mini posies of flowers. What added to my mother’s day was the pub serving her favourite dessert an affogato (hot coffee poured over vanilla gelato),

On the Go
The following weekend, we arranged to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day with Jason’s mum. Since they moved further away from London, we have started meeting mid-way – which happens to be Cambridge. After an early start we hopped on the train with armed with coffee to being our adventure.

Happy Mail
I love writing letters, but recently have fallen behind. Determined to catch up on some correspondence and send out some important birthday cards before the day, I popped to my favourite coffee shop, armed with happy mail supplies to catch up.

Rose Latte
I follow a lot of curated accounts on Instagram, like @breakfastlondon, and @londoncoffeeshops. I kept noticing the same drink popping up – a Rose Latte from Farm Girl. I suggested to my sister we pop there for girly brunch on Saturday and discovered a long queue of people who obviously all had the same idea! After a short wait we had a lovely brunch and the prettiest coffee I’ve seen.

Coffee
After our brunch we continued our girly day, with some retail therapy. After walking around Notting Hill and some extensive shopping on Oxford Street, we stopped for a tea time coffee and refuelling. This was the first time I posted two coffees in a day!

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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100 Cups of Coffee

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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100 Cups of Coffee

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.

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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