Category Coffee Shops / Cafes / Bookshops

A coffee, by any other name

Having returned from France recently and fallen foul of the right terminology for ordering a latte, I started mulling over the naming culture that’s grown up around coffee. In France, a ‘caffè latte’ is only really used in American coffee chains; a combination of espresso and steamed milk equivalent to a ‘latte’ is in French […]

A Visit to Google Campus, London

Just popped over to the Google Campus near Finsbury Square Garden in my lunch break. Exciting to see all the tech startups there getting stuck in! It’s a short walk from Bank ( 4-5 Bonhill Street, EC2A 4BX, not very well sign-posted but halfway up the street) – and once you’ve registered for free on […]

Coffee is a drug

I enjoy a cup of coffee. In fact, I probably drink on average, 2 cups of tea, and 4 cups of coffee a day. Actually ‘mugs’ might be a better descriptor than cups – a ‘small’ drink is a dirty word in a coffee shop these days, it has to be a ‘Tall’ or a […]

My name is Costa

I just read this interesting blog from Darren Rowse about the Power of Personalisation, and what struck me was not some top tips on blogging, but more on the use of names at coffee shops. Darren seemed to find it amazing that the new coffee shop he frequented was requesting (and remembering) names, but for […]