The first time I stumbled across The Little Espresso Company it was completely by accident. It really is little, it looks just like a doorway in a crowded street. A bit of research later I found out that they were once trying to be officially recognised as the smallest coffee shop by the Guinness World Records. Yet it took me about a year to organise getting The Little Espresso Company onto Food for Thought.
Luckily it was well timed as Adam Lowiss, the owner of The Little Espresso Company, is about to start a delivery service alongside the shop. Adam says the soon to be launched service is “like bringing an entire coffee shop to your desk at work”.
Although the first impression you get of The Little Espresso Company is just about how tiny the space is. Originally being a small coffee shop was a bit of a ‘gimmick’ says Adam but the size makes sense very quickly. It’s cheap to run, and mostly serves takeaway drinks to people on a quick break from work. These people have no need to hang around, sit and read a paper.
Adam also knows a lot about coffee. Not being a huge coffee lover myself, he already knew what to recommend to someone like me and this impromptu test worked a treat. He also uses local products, suppliers and high quality items like Suki Tea and Chocolate Abyss.
Listen to this week’s Food for Thought here, which includes the interview with Adam and a chat with the Children’s Food Trust about encouraging children to have a healthy diet.
Food and drink are two of the most important things in life, and I think they are much better when they aren’t taken too seriously. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting foods, so here’s a roundup of the fun food related things I found this month.
If you want to find absurd cooking gadgets then Lakeland is the best place to visit. The baking section is my favourite area with its twee silicon moulds, decorations and varied baking trays. Usually the cutters just tend to be the generic heart and stars shape, but this weekend I found hipster cookie glasses.
They actually call themselves shade cookie cutters, and “ideal” for the summer. Mostly it makes me happy that Lakeland stocks bizarre goods so items like this can exist.
Every now and again products which for whatever reason vanished from the shelves are brought back. The most recent comebacks are Coca Cola Vanilla and BN biscuits.
I don’t remember Vanilla Coca Cola being so popular, but at the moment every other post on Twitter or Facebook is someone excitedly buying a can of the stuff. The drink is as sweet as I remember and you have to really concentrate to taste the vanilla flavour, but it’s fun.
The BN biscuits comeback is far more exciting though. The French biscuits haven’t been sold in the UK for the past 13 years, but they are back and with a rebrand. They are only available in chocolate and vanilla for the time being, but they taste just as I remember. I used to have the biscuits in my packed lunch at school and with one bite I was transported back to the lunch hall.
It might have been years since the BN adverts have been shown, but admit it you occasionally find yourself singing that advert.