A Coffee Fest at TY Soho:
Celebrating International Coffee Day seemed like a great idea seeing as I am a self-confessed and passionate coffee addict.
Hosting the event was TY in Noel Street, a super cool coffee house in the heart of Soho, buzzing even at 3.30pm on a Saturday afternoon.
We were there to celebrate the joys of drinking good coffee in collaboration with Genuine Thermos Brand.
One of TY’s head baristas gave us an exclusive coffee and food pairing masterclass. We were able to enjoy coffees from around the world, learning to taste the different nuances and flavours, whilst pairing them with some delicious complementary foods, both sweet and savoury.
First was El Martillo, a coffee from El Salvador, a truly delicious, smooth tasting coffee, with notes of strawberries and cream.
This was served with a Strawberry Cream Blondie cake, a tasty but slightly dry cake made with fresh strawberries and drizzled with white chocolate.
Next was Bifdu Gudina an Ethiopian coffee, very clean on the tongue with citrus notes, and a taste of lime, white peach and parma violet, very easy to drink and not at all bitter.
This was perfectly complimented by a melt-in-the-mouth Orange Polenta Cake, which was totally up my street.
Third up was Kamviu PB from Kenya, (PB standing for pea berry which is a single seed). This is smaller, sweeter bean that absorbs the sweetness thereby providing a more full bodied and developed coffee, tasting of dark cherry chocolate. This was well matched with a Dark Berry Brownie, a rich, luscious sweet, yet sour chocolate treat, which complimented the full-bodied richer tasting coffee.
By this time, as you can imagine I was buzzing on the caffeine and sugar, therefore the Pip & Nut Coconut and almond butter, was a welcome savory change of taste, this was paired with Nano Challa a versatile Ethiopian coffee with syrupy and floral notes, also used for cold brew.
Finally one for the road, and who says you shouldn’t go out in style. We finished off with a Cascara fruit tea, which is made from the fruit of the coffee plant, and drunk to cleanse the pallet, and then the most delicious Affogato made with a salted caramel ice cream with a hot espresso poured over it, hence the name “affogato”, which means “drowned”.
All in all this was a very pleasurable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I tasted some fabulous new coffees and cakes and went away with a new-found resolve to start experimenting with my coffee making more at home, plus with a great Thermos Brand flask for keeping my coffee fresh for up to 24 hours.
Thank you to TY Soho and Genuine Thermos Brand
TY Soho, 4 Noel St, Soho W1F 8GB