Acme Coffee Cups: An Icon as Plain as Can Be

acme bottom greyIf there’s a lesson to be learned from the Looney Tunes Road Runner animated cartoons it’s this:

A-C-M-E spells doom.

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James Hoffmann Preaches New Gospel at Ace Hotel Coffee Shop

Bulldog Edition
News that the new Ace Hotel in London’s Shoreditch would be setting up its resident coffee shop in collaboration with Square Mile Coffee Roasters brought expectations of groundbreaking brewing techniques, cutting-edge gadgetry and barista performance art.

But Square Mile co-owner James Hoffman dropped the coffee geekery for our meeting at Bulldog Edition, as the Ace’s coffee shop is known. [Read more...]

Past Events > CoffeeSaturday


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The Insider’s Iced Coffee Even the Insiders Don’t Know About

iced coffeeSeconds after giving a long hello hug to my dear mother I raced to the Chelsea location of Blue Bottle Coffee, under the High Line at West 15th Street, to try my first zinger. [Read more...]

CoffeeSaturday Falls Back in Love With Cappuccino

When one great London coffee shop dared another great London coffee shop to park its espresso cart on its premises everyone’s first thought was smackdown. But the docking of Flat Cap, as Notes Music Coffee mobile units are known, at Prufrock Coffee on London’s Leather Lane was the main event of a “friendly” pop-up I organised to celebrate the release of Katie Parla’s Rome For Foodies Dining App and welcome back an old and much maligned favourite from Italy: the traditional cappuccino. [Read more...]

CoffeeSaturday Panettone Pop-Up at Melograno Deli

coffee and panettone bake-off

3 December, 11am-2:30pm

Melograno Alimentari
4 Clarendon Road
London W11 3AA (map)

£2 (includes coffee of your choice & panettone tasting)

Join me, Dino Joannides of Melograno Alimentari and James Hoffmann of Square Mile Coffee Roasters as we meet for a Christmas season CoffeeSaturday pop-up at London’s most uncompromising Italian deli. In the holiday spirit, a few good friends of young&foodish will compete against me in a panettone bake-off.

To help you through the difficult take of judging these homemade versions of the cupola-crowned cake that is Italy’s favourite Christmas sweet, Square Mile’s Hoffmann, who, in a previous life, was World Barista Champion, promises to bring and brew a fun and unusual espresso well paired with panettone.

Melograno has been barred from entering the panettone it has selected and sourced from a small artisan maker in Piedmont. It was disqualified from the bake-off through a technicality: The panettone’s mother yeast is over a century old whereas, as everyone knows, all CoffeeSaturday competitions have a 99-year-old mother yeast limit.

Despair not:  You will be free – and, I should add, well advised –  to take home and taste Melograno’s Pietmontese panettone after the bake-off. To that end, Melograno will offer it at a 25 percent discount* (£18, down from £24) to all CoffeeSaturday ticket holders.

As for ordering one of the homemade-in-the-UK panettones entered in the bake-off you will have to negotiate directly with the respective competitor, to his or her delight I’m sure.


* Offer good for one panettone on the date of the event only. 

La Dolce Vita CoffeeSaturday Pop-Up – 29 October

traditional cappuccinos, Roman cookie bake-off, pizza al taglio, Negronis, vino

29 October – 11:30am-5pm & 5pm-9:30pm

Prufock Coffee
23-25 Leather Lane
London EC1N 7TE (map)

cappuccino & cookie tasting only – £8
Roman pizza aperitivo party only – £16 (not including Negronis and wine)
La Dolce Vita combined special – £20 (not including Negronis and wine)

Join me, Jeremy Challender of Prufrock, Fabio Ferreira of Notes Music Coffee and Flat Cap Coffee Co. and special guest Katie Parla as CoffeeSaturday celebrates the pleasures of Rome and the release of Katie’s Rome Dining App for iphone, ipad and android.

The day will be divided into two sessions: a cappuccino-and-cookie tasting running from 11:30am-5pm and a Roman pizza aperitivo party running from 5pm-9:30pm. You can book for either but we all hope you will take advantage of the discount and be with us for a good part of both.

For the cappuccino tasting Fabio Ferreira will wheel Flat Cap’s coffee cart from a church yard on Fleet Street into Prufrock for a one-day-only docking of two great London coffee shops. Baristas from each will prepare for you their versions of the traditional cappuccino (#TradCapp) as part of their respective efforts to restore interest in an Italian classic ignored of late by coffee geeks. You’ll enjoy your two cappuccinos with homemade Roman-style cookies made for the day’s bake-off.

With admission to the pizza aperitivo you will get three slices (and three varieties) of authentic pizza al taglio – the glorious “cut” pizza of Rome – baked by Herbie Leonelli, the pizzaiolo at London’s Datte Foco. To go with Herbie’s pizza we’ll serve Negronis, Italian wine and, for the caffeine deprived, more coffee.
Book now to reserve your tastes of La Dolce Vita.

A Correlation Amongst the Quality of the Coffee, the Cookie & the Conversation

Tapped and Packed pop-up

The reasonably safe premise behind my CoffeeSaturday pop-up series was that there would be a correlation between the quality of the coffee and that of the conversation. Nothing new there: For centuries coffee shops have cultivated an open exchange of ideas, knowledge and opinions both meaningful and meaningless. I nevertheless chose to sweeten the equation with a third element: the cookie. [Read more...]