London Coffee Festival 2017

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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: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/

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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 🙂

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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.

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

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Some antique machineries,

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

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You can now make a perfect cup of coffee outdoor!

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Coffee Racer- one of well known cafe

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Another antique coffee machine

latte art class

Latte art session

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Coffee roasting machine

filter coffee grinder

Modern yet simple coffee bean grinder

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Small version of espresso machine!

equipment store

Where you can purchase all coffee equipment

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

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Coffee tasting session

cold press juice booth

Cold pressed juice

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London Coffee Festival goodies

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The tasting room- book in advance only

pastry company

Some lovely pastries that will go perfectly well with coffee

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

KEEN TrailFit: Fitness revolution for adventurous women all around the world

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Hi everyone 🙂 It has been quite a while since I have posted on this blog. The Travel Cafe has been busy with new private event which happened last weekend: The launch of KEEN Trailfit, a new shoes called Terradora especially designed for women to hike outdoor.

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About Trailfit

TrailFit women care about making their exercise part of their lifestyle. Whether its urban hikes down canals and through abandoned areas of a city, or going wild in the countryside at the weekend as long as your getting fresh air, exploring your surroundings and moving your body, you’re part of the TrailFit movement.

TrailFit can be practiced in the outdoors, in can be in the park near your house and it can be in the middle of a city centre at night after work. The Terradora is made to suit every type of trail you find yourself on

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Terradora

Any good revolution requires awesome gear and this is where the Terradora comes in. Not just a trail boot, the Terradora was designed from the ground up by adventurous women, to work specifically for adventurous women.

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Cooler x KEEN Trailfit

A lifestyle featuring site Cooler as joined up with KEEN Trailfit to open up a new Trailfit Session which will happen all around April. The first event was held at The Travel Cafe, on 1st of April. The train session was held by Sophie, working with Trailfit to create a new type of fitness for adventure women, who also want to enjoy city life , without giving up the love of the outdoors.

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Three groups of lucky women were selected to join the session on Saturday. They have had a healthy breakfast at The Travel Cafe before before heading out for a truly rad workout with one of the UK’s best adventure fitness trainers.

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They also received a brand spanking new pair of Terradora boots, worth £110, to take home with and take out on their own adventures all year round. Once the workout has been finished, they then came back again to join us for healthy, light lunch. It was great to meet everyone and to see them being so active!

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Upcoming Event

They are running other exclusive TrailFit programmes at Hampstead Heath on April 8th and Epping Forest on April 22nd. Meet other rad female adventurers, get a pair of the most awesome boots around (before anyone else!)  and get some  some real outdoors adventure fitness training for free.

To join the competition:
https://coolerlifestyle.com/keen-trailfit-competition#d7Ax6XOxjHXPDvWm.97

The Travel Cafe x Monmouth Coffee

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 ask@travel.cafe 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: http://www.travel.cafe/shop.
If you would like to have your item sent overseas, please enquire postage price either to our email: ask@travel.cafe 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.

City Welcome Pack: Most useful and meaningful gift you can get for your friends coming to London

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The Travel Cafe would like to announce our new launch of the ‘City Welcome Pack’ for travellers in London! This information pack includes all the useful information for first time travellers in London. Perfect gift for yourself and to your friends who are planning to visit London sometime soon 🙂

You can simply order it from one of our website: www.citywelcompack.com or www.londonwelcomepack.com

 

Inside the City Welcome Pack, you will find:

  1. London Mini Guidebook: Simple, pocket sized guide only with all useful information for you to stay in London.  You can find transport information, use of mobile in UK and some useful guides and maps inside this booklet. Only available from The Travel Cafe.
  2. Visitor Oyster: A smartcard pre-loaded with pay as you go credit that you can use to travel in London. It is a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus, tube and most national rail services in London. Unlike normal oyster, visitor oyster also has some discount features. You can simply present the card where the discount is available (For more info: please refer to the blog http://wp.me/p81AVa-ax).
  3. Three Simcard: Mostly used pay as you go sim card in UK. You will get different allowances for voice calls, texts and data depending on the amount you top up each time. Can also be used around Europe.
  4. Free Worldwide Delivery: Any customers from any countries can buy our Welcome Pack as we will deliver this worldwide with no extra cost (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery).

 

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There are two types of City Welcome Pack available:

1-1. Basic Welcome Pack £20
You can get all the basic information you need in order to travel within London.
Visitor Oyster(£10) + Three Sim card (available to top up online) + London Mini Guidebook + Free world wide Postage (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery).

1-2. Premium Welcome Pack £35
With the basic welcome pack included, we will also provide you with some introduction session and walking tour with our local guide, starting from The Travel Cafe. The tour will take approx. 20 minutes. Complementary tea time included .

Visitor Oyster(£13) + Three Sim card, Available to top up online + London Mini Guidebook + Free world wide Postage (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery)

+ London introduction session (20min): Tea Time and walking tour with local guide at The Travel Cafe

Additional Oyster & Mobile top-up available on website


Extras

– London Pass
– Cereal London Guide Book

Can also be sold with our Welcome Pack. Please also refer to our website for further information regarding the products.

Visitor Oyster Card: Ways of smart saving while travelling in London

A lot of visitors are still unaware of visitor oyster card, which you can enjoy fantastic offers and discounts in London.

You only need to show your card to benefit from these offers:

  • Up to £150 worth of discounts on food, drinks, shopping, culture and entertainment in London
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails at selected restaurants
  • 2-for-1 West End theatre tickets
  • Up to 25% discount on museum entrance tickets
  • 15% discount at London’s iconic bookstore and a world-famous chocolate shop!
  • Up to 26% discount on Emirates Air Line cable car tickets
  • 10% discount on single tickets on most Thames Clippers river buses

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Food & Drink

• Billy and the Chicks • Bodean’s • Brewers Inn Pub • Columbia Restaurant • Dickie Fitz • Ed’s Easy Diner • Hard Rock Cafe • Heddon Street Kitchen • HIX Restaurants • Muriel’s Kitchen • Nusadua • Planet Hollywood • Poppies Fish & Chips • Vapiano • Where the Pancakes Are • Zizzi Restaurant

Planet Hollywood: 20% off food, soft drinks and merchandise Eat, drink. Valid Monday to Friday 11.30am to midnight, Saturdays 11am to 3pm and Sundays 11.30am to 11pm. Maximum 8 people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Hard Rock Cafe: Free hot fudge sundae with every entrée purchased Free gift with a £40 spend at The Rock Shop. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 11.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 11pm.

Vapiano: 20% off the food bill Homemade and fresh pasta, pizza and salads. Offer valid Monday to Friday only. Maximum 6 people per each Visitor Oyster card shown.

Zizzi: 25% off your food bill With 140 restaurants in the UK (39 in London). Offer available at all Zizzi restaurants in the UK.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Theatres & Entertainment

• Namco Fun Scape • Ripley’s Believe it or Not • The London Bridge Experience & Tombs • The Peacock • The Railway Children • The Woman in Black • The View from The Shard

Namco Fun Escape: 2-for-1 bowling experience. Buy one full priced game per person and receive your second game per person for free. Walk in customers only. Offer valid until May 2017 for up to 6 persons per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Ripley’s Believe or Not: 15% discount at the gift shop. Offer up to six people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

The Railway Children: 25% off tickets. Offer valid on price Band A tickets (£49.50 reduce to £37) only. To book, quote ‘Oyster card’ at the box office or call 0844 871 7604.

The View from the Shard: 15% discount at the gift shop. Visit The View from The Shard website for opening times.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Museums & Galleries

• British Museum • Design Museum • Foundling Museum • Jewish Museum London • London Canal Museum • London Motor Museum • Museum of Brands • Museum of London • Portrait Restaurant – National Portrait Gallery • Royal Albert Hall • Royal College of Music • Somerset House • The Wallace Collection

British Museum: 20% off in the British Museum cafés and restaurant. Discount available on food and drink purchased Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.

Design Museum: 25% off entrance adult ticket. One entrance ticket for every Visitor Oyster card shown at the front desk.

Royal Albert Hall: 20% discount on your meal and selected tours London’s most iconic venue. Your meal in Verdi – Italian Kitchen valid Tuesday to Sunday for up to four people per card shown. Tours available The Secret History and Inside Out Architectural Tour.

Somerset House: 2-for-1 full price temporary exhibitions. Offer only applies to tickets purchased at the admissions desk and not tickets purchased online in advance. Please check list of available exhibitions on http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visitoroyster

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Travel

• Emirates Air Line cable car • Thames Clipper River Bus

Emirates Air Line cable car: Enjoy up to 26% discount on your ride. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader and touch again at the end. Discounts also available on the Discovery Experience – ask the staff for more information. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

Thames Clipper River Bus: Save up to 19% on single journeys. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader as you board the boat and touch out at the end of your journey. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Shopping

• Bicester Village • Crest of London • Debenhams Travel Money • Foyles • M&M’s World • The Nickelodeon Store

Bicester Village: Free Bicester Village VIP Card when you travel to Bicester Village. Offer gives you an additional 10% saving on all your purchases.

Crest of London: 10% discount in store The premier souvenir shop in London. Discount not valid on postage stamps, bus tickets, London Passes or Lebara Phone Cards.

Foyles: 15% off at Foyles bookshops in London. Discount not available on stamps, gift cards, national book tokens, theatre tickets and some standard items.

M&M’s World: 15% off your entire purchase in-store London’s sweetest attraction located in Leicester Square. Limit one per person per visit. Not valid online or at any other retail locations.

Nickelodeon Store: 15% off purchases of £35 or more Nickelodeon’s flagship store features all of your favourite character merchandise. 15% off purchases in-store of £35 spent or more. Complimentary SpongeBob key-chain too after purchase whilst supply lasts.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

The Travel Cafe is now on 3D

Last weekend, we had 3D filming of The Travel Cafe Southbank branch so you will now be able to check our cafe online 🙂

 

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This is 3D version of our cafe outside. At the front, you will find some of nice collection of flowers outside. You can navigate 360 degrees by dragging the mouse or click play button.

You can then click the Art Boutique picture on your left bottom corner which will take you inside of the cafe.

 

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Once you are in, you will again be able to navigate around the cafe by clicking the arrows on the screen or by using the keyboard. You will also find our office inside of the cafe.

Right now we are exhibiting art collection of Yulia V Krylova, one of our local artist in this area. You can see her paintings and clothing closely by zooming in.

 

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When you click the ‘View dollhouse’ button on the screen, you can see a bird eye view of the cafe. Feel free to have a look at our cafe online, with our 3D version now in ready!

Click to open 3D version of The Travel Cafe