London Coffee Festival 2017


Hi everyone 🙂 Today is the last working day of the week! Do you have any plan set up for the weekend? If not, why don’t you pay a visit to ‘London Coffee Festival 2017’, which began this Thursday and held until this Sunday?

London Coffee Festival is UK’s largest coffee event where you can see a lot of coffee-related companies. Whether you are doing business or just in person, it it always fun to go have a look at it as you can see everything in one place.

The event is happening from 6th of April 2017 until 9th of April 2017 (Thur-Sun) at the Brick Lane. You can purchase your ticket both online or at the door but it is a lot cheaper to actually buy online.

For more information please visit their website:


So yesterday, our Head Barista Kevin from The Travel Cafe has been to this coffee festival and got some lovely photos from the venues! The photos are not in order but please enjoy 🙂

ticket booth

You can either get the ticket from the ticket booth or if you have purchased online, just print the ticket out and head to the entrance.


You will find a lot of people there, especially during the weekend!

antique machinea

Some antique machineries,

automatic filter coffee

And some automatic filtered coffee machine. Perfect example of old&new co-existing at one place.

korean outdoor espresso machine

You can now make a perfect cup of coffee outdoor!

cafe racer

Coffee Racer- one of well known cafe

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Another antique coffee machine

latte art class

Latte art session


Coffee roasting machine

filter coffee grinder

Modern yet simple coffee bean grinder

espresso machine

Small version of espresso machine!

equipment store

Where you can purchase all coffee equipment

touch screen machine

New high tech machine- all you need to do is just touch the button not press it


Coffee tasting session

cold press juice booth

Cold pressed juice


London Coffee Festival goodies

coffe tasting class(booking only)

The tasting room- book in advance only

pastry company

Some lovely pastries that will go perfectly well with coffee

loveramic booth

And Loveramics- we use one of them from our cafe too 🙂

The Travel Cafe x Monmouth Coffee


The Travel Cafe x Monmouth Coffee

Great news! We are happy to announce that The Travel Cafe Waterloo is now serving coffee from Monmouth 🙂 Apart from Espresso coffee, you can also buy some variety of Monmouth filter coffee beans from us as well. The price is exactly same as the one you see from Monmouth Coffee.



Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee started roasting and retailing coffee in 1978. At the beginning they roasted in the basement of our shop on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden. They now have branches in Borough Market as well as Bermondsey. Their aim was to source interesting coffees, roast them daily and encourage our customers to taste our coffees before they bought them.

Monmouth Coffee source and roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. By visiting each farm, they look to establish a relationship with the grower and exporter of that coffee. They believe that where such a relationship exists, quality, quantity and price requirements can be discussed in an open and equal way. They see this as sustainable, fair and equal trade.



How to buy offline

We both sell espresso coffee beans and filter coffee beans. Order is normally placed on weekly basis. You can purchase the beans directly from our cafe, Waterloo branch on 139 Westminster Bridge Road. If you would like freshly roasted beans, you can order them from us and pick up on the next day. We also accept weekly orders.
For more information, please email us on or call us on 020 7207 0058.

How to buy online

We ship worldwide! You can always buy our beans as well as other souvenirs directly from our website:
If you would like to have your item sent overseas, please enquire postage price either to our email: or call us on 020 7207 0058. We are more than happy to assist you in any ways 🙂



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Price (updated on Feb 2017)

Single Origin / 250g

Finca Palli (Bolivia) £9.25
BOLIVIA Copacabana. Caranavi Caturra, Typica and Catuaí. Mechanical Washed Process. Dates and honey with soft acidity and medium body.

Fazenda IP (Brasil) £6.25
BRASIL Carmo de Minas. Yellow Bourbon. Pulped Natural Process.
Cocoa and hazelnut with soft acidity and full body.

Fazenda do Sertao (Brasil) £6.25
BRASIL Carmo de Minas. Yellow Bourbon. Pulped Natural Process.
Dark chocolate and cherries with soft to medium acidity and full body.

Finca Los Sauces (Colombia) £6.5
COLOMBIA Yacuanquer. Nariño Caturra. Traditional Washed Process.
Currants and cocoa with fresh acidity and full body.

Finca Herbazu (Costa Rica) £7.75
COSTA RICA Lourdes de Naranjo, Villa Sarchí. White Honey Process.
White nectarine and greengage with medium to bright acidity and medium to full body.

Finca Malacara A (El Salvador) £6.50
EL SALVADOR Apaneca – Ilamatepec. Red Bourbon. Traditional Washed Process.
Caramel and mandarin with low to medium acidity and medium body.

La Divina Proveidencia (El Salvador) £7.75
EL SALVADOR Cantón Palo de Campana. Orange Bourbon. Traditional Washed Process.
Stone fruit with plummy acidity and caramel-like body.

Kebel Konga (Ethiopia) £7.50
ETHIOPIA Wote-Konga Sub Region. Yirgacheffe Typica and Local Varietals. Natural Process.
Dried stone-fruit and sugar cane with low to medium acidity and juicy body

Finca La Bella (Guatemala) £6.50
GUATEMALA El Progreso. Villa Sarchí. Traditional Washed Process.
Seville orange and cocoa with light to medium acidity and medium to full body.

Finca Santa Catalina (Guatemala) £6.50
GUATEMALA San Miguel Dueñas, Antigua. Caturra and Catuaí. Traditional Washed Process.
Oranges and chocolate with citrus acidity and medium body.

Raja Batak (Indonesia) £8
INDONESIA Lake Toba, North Sumatra. Various Cultivars. Honey Process.
Fresh tobacco and spice with medium acidity and body.

Kiruru (Kenya) £8
KENYA Murang’a, Central Province. SL28 and SL34. Traditional Washed Process.
Red-currant and berries with medium to bright acidity and punchy body.

Finca el pastoral. decaffeinated (Incaragua) £7
NICARAGUA Los Cipreses, Jinotega Caturra and Catuaí. Traditional Washed Process .Mountain Water Decaffeination.
Dates and caramel with soft acidity and medium body.

Espresso coffee blend / 1kg

Monmouth Espresso £25
Currently using Fazenda I.P (Brasil) as the base of the espresso, adding Lo Mejor de Nariño (Colombia) for high notes and complexity, and Finca Santa Catalina (Guatemala) for cocoa notes.
Toasted almonds with smooth body and balanced fruity acidity.

Organic Espresso £25
Organic espresso is a combination of our certified coffees from Suke Quto (Ethiopia), Marcelino Katari (Bolivia) and Finca El Pastoral (Nicaragua).
Full and sweet with fruity length and cocoa aftertaste.

Wright Brothers: Perfect seafood restaurant for both travellers and locals

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Who doesn’t love seafood except the fact that they are too expensive? As UK is surrounded by oceans, there are plenty of seafood to try out everywhere as well as in London. However, it is the fact that the seafood is always so very expensive, often out of your budget. It is also a same story for the travellers who are on their tight budget.


Would you then believe if you can try out some lovely oysters for a pound? in London? Of course you can: at The Wright Brothers.


Their menu is mainly oysters but also do serve some nicely cooked fish and other seafood such as bream and shellfish. If you are here as a group, you could also try some seafood platters where you will find mountains of seafood on a huge plate.


During the happy hours: 3-6pm, you can also try out an oyster for a pound. Or just £20 for 2 course lunch meal.


For more information regarding the restaurant, visit their website on:



Hawksmoor: One of best steakhouse in London



Visitors who come to UK always look out for someplace nice to eat, where they can make some memories out of it. And yes, it is always hard to find good restaurants in London, even on Tripadvisor.


One of the restaurants that could hardly fail is a steakhouse and Hawksmoor is one of the best steakhouse in London, where it received a lot of good reputations from locals already. Award-winning British steakhouse and cocktail bar, serving British grass-fed, dry-aged beef from Ginger Pig and sustainably sourced seafood from Brixham.


You can find the restaurants easily around you as they have quite a few chains around London including Spitalfields, Borough and Covent Garden and they have also recently opened one outside London: Manchester.


Steak price varies from £19.50 (Rump) and they also do some nice seafood dishes such as lobsters and breams. To find your nearest restaurant, please refer to their website on:




Hook Restaurant: Lovely twist to ordinary fish & chips


‘Fabulous fish and chips in Camden, flawlessly fried and with superior condiments. Only fish that is sustainably caught gets hooked by Hook.’
– TimeOut-


Hook Camden serves simple but yet delicious food. Unlike greasy ordinary fish&chips that you normally taste of, Hook Camden managed to pull crispy outside-juicy inside fish&chips by using Japanese breadcrumbs.

They use different fish caught daily and you can also try different flavours of batter. On top of that, they have so many sauces to choose from. So you can always taste something different by different combination of food.


Beers will also go nicely with the fish&chips and not to mention some finger-licking sides to add with your mains.

Not to mention the price- Unlike some of restaurants where they taste nothing but rip you off with huge amount of bill, Hook Camden provides food that taste great but still on reasonable price.

For more information regarding Hook Camden, please visit:



Borough Market: One of largest & oldest markets in London


It is always fun to visit the markets in the city as this place can be one of the most local area in the city. You will be able to find a lot of stalls with local food and products and even local people!


Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. In 2014, it celebrated its 1,000th birthday. The retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Inside Borough Market you will find some famous shops such as:

Q8X4V620895_1.jpg1. Monmouth Coffee: 35 years on yet still one of well-known coffee shops in London. Sell coffee and simple pastries. Beans can also be purchased here.

8502589423_47dab8cdc8_b.jpg2. Pieminister: Award-winning British pies. Using free-range pork, chicken and farm assured products to deliver the best taste.

scotchtails-borough-market-min.jpg3. Scotchtails: From original pork scotch eggs to squid and chorizo, you will find many different types of eggs to choose from. Eggs chosen from Buford Browns to achieve rich and vibrant yolk.

7951616530_9c936e8c26_b.jpg4. Ion Patisserie: You can find all the homemade backing dessert here! Particularly famed for its mouth-watering array of cheesecakes but you can also find plenty of other cakes and pastries to enjoy.

89720814.jpg5. Hobbs Meat Roast: Been 25 years, selling hot meat baguettes include roast loin of pork with stuffing and apple sauce, turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry sauce, and salt beef with dill pickle and mustard. You will expect long queue with regulars.



The ten most loved dessert in Britain

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Who doesn’t love sweets? It’s really hard to resist some nice dessert anytime: after meals, while watching tv or when you are on your break during work. Here are some of most loved (or mostly sold) dessert in Britain.



1. Brownie: It is a flat, baked chocolaty dessert square developed in US. You can find brownies nearly everywhere and they are sometimes homemade! Nice to have it with some ice cream or even on its own.


2. Victoria sponge cake: The Victoria sponge, also known as the Victoria sandwich or Victorian cake,  was named after Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. The jam and cream are sandwiched between two sponge cakes.


3. Carrot Cake: The cake contains carrots mixed into the batter. The carrot softens in the cooking process, and the cake usually has a soft, dense texture. Can be made in variety of shapes and also include other ingredients such as kirsch, cinnamon, nuts, pineapple or raisins


4. Red Velvet Cake: It is a chocolate cake with either a red, bright red or red-brown colour. It is traditionally prepared as a layer cake topped with cream cheese or cooked roux icing. You can also find it as a cupcake form.


5. Chocolate Cake: Most common and loved cake, a cake made from chocolate and cocoa powder. There are many different types of chocolate cakes, including double chocolate, dark chocolate, black forest cake etc.


6. Doughnut: It is a type of fried dough confectionery. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled.


7. Banoffee Pie: It’s an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee (made from boiled condensed milk, or dulce de leche), combined either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter.


8. Tiramisu: It is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian custard dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.


9. Eclair: It is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. The dough is typically piped into an oblong shape and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Once cool, the pastry is then filled with a vanilla, coffee or chocolate-flavoured, or with whipped cream, or chiboust cream. 


10. Cheesecake: It is a sweet dessert consisting of one or more layers. The main, and thickest layer, consists of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese. The bottom layer it often consists of a crust or base made from crushed digestive biscuits, graham crackers, pastry, or sponge cake. It is also flavoured with fruit (lemon/blueberries) or chocolate.