A few weekends ago I was invited to an event held by Currys called #coffeewithcurrys. It was held at one of the most beautiful tea rooms in Cardiff - Waterloo Tea (all the staff were really
hot cool & friendly) and definitely a place I would recommend visiting, especially if you are a big tea drinker ... but I went to drink coffee, and that we did ...
The event itself was split into various stations, and each station taught us something new about coffee. When we arrived we were given a coffee mocktail prepared by James which we would later learn how to make ourselves ...
Station 1 - 'Cupping' Coffee
So station #1 was with Nick, and it was all about blind tasting coffee, it involved a lot of slurping and black coffee. But the aim was to see if we could taste different blends & flavours. Nick chose me to compete in the final 'cupping' competition, I still giggle at this as I was honestly awful at it, but I must've been good at slurping ha!
Station 2 - Alcohol!
Station #2 was about cocktails, something I absolutely adore drinking & making. James was previously a cocktail barman in Oxford and even made cocktails for Lady Gaga, but he now manages Waterloo Tea. He showed us various tips & techniques and made several different cocktails, including an Orange coffee martini, toblerone cocktail and a Raspberry Iced mocha mocktail.
Station 3 - Coffee Machines
Station #3 was all about Nespresso and their different types of coffee machines & coffee. We were lucky to meet Freddie, Sonya & Alisha from Nespresso who were all so lovely and helpful. They spoke to us about the coffee beans used in their capsules, it takes 60 coffee beans to make one capsule. They explained to us how each capsule is 100% aluminium which make them 100% recyclable, and nespresso will even send you a recycling bag and collect your recycling for you.
The coffee itself is from 8 different countries and throughout the year they bring out different flavours, the flavours themselves are all natural, and they're an added aroma, which creates a subtle hint of flavour.
The level of service from Nespresso is impeccable, as soon as you own a machine you are eligible to join their members club, where you can call to order 24/7 even 2am on christmas day apparently.
My favourite product from the range was the Aeroccino, I have always dreamed of having frothy milk at home for coffee, hot chocolates and milkshakes, just imagine! And now you can with one of these, they work to create both hot & cold milk. I honestly haven't stopped talking about it to my boyfriend, I've even added it to my christmas list! Ha! (pretty please)
Station 4 - Food / Station 5 - Latte Art
Station #4 was a food break, it was all so yummy and I wish I had taken photos but I was so hungry I needed to soak up all the
alcohol coffee. I would definitely recommend heading to Waterloo tea for breakfast/brunch/lunch/afternoon tea.
Station #5 was the one station I was most excited about, latte art! I've always wanted to be a pro at this, and have definitely envisaged owning my own coffee shop at some point. But I think that dreams out the window when you see my result! However Waterloo tea also do latte art courses, perhaps another christmas present option?
I just want to say a big thank you to Shaun from Joe's blog and of course Nespresso (link) & Curry's (link) and of course everyone from Waterloo Tea. I had such a lovely day, and enjoyed meeting all of the lovely bloggers!