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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.

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

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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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.
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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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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.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Currently… March edition

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Currently Eating… After our trip to Barcelona I’m still craving tapas, I also discovered coldbrew matcha on the vacation and have been drinking that in the mornings. But honestly this week has been all about Easter Eggs (including my amazing chocolate R2-D2).


Currently Knitting… I’m not knitting anything currently, but I have a few planned projects planned.
Currently Playing… Professor Layton and the Lost Future, I’m not really a gamer, but I adore these games – Jason used to buy my the current version every Christmas, it’s been a long time since I played this one, and I don’t really remember it, so it was time to play it again.

Currently Reading…  The Iron King by Maurice Druon, This book has been on my list for a long time – George R.R. Martin cited it as inspiration for The Song of Ice and Fire series.
Currently Watching… Whereas I have watched a lot of shows at the moment (The Walking Dead, Night Manager & Agent Carter to name a few), the show I have adored this month has been season two of Daredevil!

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