Bird & Ballard has opened up where the Foundry used to be. It's about time something was done with this prime site right on the corner where Great Eastern Street and Old Street meet.
This new coffee house is a great addition to the area and a great step up from the smelly, slightly strange bar that was there for so many years before. As an aside did anyone ever drink there? We went in once and were given a warm vodka and lemonade is a yellowed glass...
Now though, we can get wonderful coffee there courtesy of Bird & Ballard who have been making the place spick and span and ready for your custom for the past few months.
The place was originally a bank and Bird and Ballard have recovered some of its old features in the restoration of the space.
More info soon.
Bird & Ballard 84-86 Great Eastern Street
image : Bird & Ballard
A pedal powered coffee tricycle has been designed right here in London.
Royal College of Art graduates Amos Field Reid and Lasse Ovia have created Velopresso an innovative and seriously cool looking trike that makes fresh coffee.
The design duo have already collected prizes for the piece with the prototype Velopresso being awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Design as well as coming second in the Pininfarina Design Contest.
This is literally a coffee machine on wheels which transforms from a tricycle to a funtional serving cart to supply coffee lovers with their favourite drink. Once stationary, the gears have been altered so that the pedals switch from powering the cart to the grinder making double shots in seconds.
With the Velopresso there's no electricity, no motors and no noise which is definitely good for those with a heavy head in the mornings. Hot water is currently generated by gas but the designers hope that soon they will be able to power the portable boiler with the ground coffee waste by recycling the used grinds into ethanol.
We recon once its put into production the Velopresso sustainable tricycle will be all over London's streets and for those of you who love independent coffee this can only be good news.
In an interesting turn of events Starbucks are about to roll out wine and beer in their coffee shops as well as 'small plates'
Starting in the US and soon moving over to the UK after 4pm in Starbucks you will be able to order alcohol and plates from a tapas-style grazing menu. This is really a huge shift for the chain as it firmly moves them out of coffee house status.
On the grazing menu will be rosemary cashews, bacon-wrapped dates, flatbreads and chocolate fondue.
Wether the alcohol will be a hit or not who knows, Starbucks has firmly developed (especially in the evenings) as somewhere to go if you want to avoid drinking holes so to now bring the too together...
There is also no mention as to what brands of alcohol will be served, wether Starbucks will start brewing their own alcoholic beer and wine options we don't know.
Another first for Starbucks is their all tea branch, the first of its kind that opens in Seattle in October. The new tea house will offer 80 varieties of Tazo tea and encourage tea drinkers to make their own blends. Why Starbucks has chosen to role out it's first tea house in the States rather than the UK is beyond us though.
Would you like to find Darth Vader in your coffee? Or Batman or Pokemon for that matter?
Well regardless of whether you might want it or not this person has found they have a pretty good talent for doing it.
What we want to know is where in London does the best coffee pictures?
image : 9gag
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