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Beauty Library

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The latest project by Japanese creative studio Nendo, is a beauty store and cafe based in Tokyo. Serving health-conscious food and drinks, visitors can meet and shop over a coffee - just like at CARO! With a shop layout similar to a library, coffee drinkers sit amongst floor-to-ceiling shelving units sparsely stacked with brightly coloured bottles. QR codes are available to those who would like to learn more about the product or purchase an item online at home.

I wanted to share what Nendo write about themselves - it's so cute.

Giving people a small ” ! ” moment.
There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday.

But we don’t recognize them.
and even when we do recognize them,we tend to unconsciously reset our
minds and forget what we’ve seen.

But we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so
interesting, so rich.

That’s why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and
reshaping them into something that’s easy to understand.

We’d like the people who’ve encountered nendo’s designs to feel these
small ” ! ” moments intuitively.

That’s nendo’s job.

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Musical coffee

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Jangine-Coffee rightly values the origin of their beans, evident in their packaging. The speciality company have created a brand that describes each flavour as musical symbols. Dive deeper into the coffee culture in Tokyo in the most recent edition of DRIFT magazines.

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Nordic + Japanese

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Japanese tea ceremony's bring to mind occasions of ritual, presentation and serenity. Put this together with the seasonal, local philosophy behind Denmark's Noma's and you have Edition Coffee Roasters, Australia. With an experience of both cultures, brothers Daniel Jackson and Corie Sutherland have created a blend that is unique and beautiful. Although the concept is described as a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, a menu of 8 seasonal dishes are served with a focus on 'perfection and simplicity'.


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Round Hill Roasters with Caro Somerset

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Tucked away in a little unit in Radstock, Somerset is Round Hill Roastery. As I arrived, the last of the day’s roasting was just coming to a close. I was just in time to smell the beans as they came out of the roaster.

I came across Round Hill through Euan of Moo and Two who knew we were sampling coffee to sell at Caro cafe, opening in the spring. Should I go for an established roaster from London who’s known for being at the forefront of good coffee or embrace the local initiative as equal competitors in the market?! I decided the answer would be in a tasting trip which lead me to meet Founder, Eddie Twichett who started roasting in 2012.

Eddie’s affair with coffee started as a local coffeehouse frequenter. Cup by cup he began to appreciate it’s rich and varied taste and so, his future in the art of coffee began. Spending all his savings on a roaster saw him in his newly found industrial unit for a month, testing and experimenting, batch after batch until he found his flavour. It’s obvious that Eddie has become known in the coffee circles and has proficient knowledge about his competition. I was shocked to hear that only 4% of the market is occupied with speciality coffee in what is a £6 billion industry, in just the UK.

I was delighted to be offered coffee 3-ways - a cup of filter, a shot of espresso and a flat white. It was easy for me to become spellbound in Eddie’s poetic verse when he was talking me through each cup. Words such as popcorn, chocolate and juicy left me wanting to learn more, not to mention taste more. Comparing the two coffee’s was educational. The Ethopian filter has citrus notes with a tea-like Cocoa finish but it wasn’t until I sipped the rich espresso from Brazil, described as hazelnut, raisins and milk chocolate, that I realised how much lighter the filter had been. Both are delicious for different occasions.

With consumers becoming more informed about the origin of their food & drink they are also becoming more judicious. And so they should! Seasonality is key to the Round Hill bean as is the provenance which appears on each coffee packet detailing the coffee’s Origin, Roast, Process, Varietal, Altitude and Taste. The packaging consists of a simple, robust, brown-paper carton with an envelope-fastening and is emblazoned with a neon logo aligned left giving the design a youthful and modern edge.

Eddie obviously has big entrepreneurial spirit; setting up a roaster is a feat to take on. But in the 2-and-a-bit years he’s been set up, he already stocks in some of the best places in town and is thinking about moving to bigger premises to accommodate the demand. The team is growing with the recent addition of Mike Gamwell, a coffee enthusiast…..from Melbourne non the less, the homeland to the hipster image coffee now holds so I am confident they are on the cusp of exciting things.

What lovely Chaps.

You can find Round Hill coffee at the following places:

  • Colonna and Smalls, Bath
  • Colonna and Hunter, Bath
  • The Espresso Room, London
  • Cult Espresso, Edinburgh
  • Dark Room, Swindon
  • Silo, Brighton



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Caro smells the coffee

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This time last year, I would never have imagined that i would be learning to taste, make and serve coffee at a farm overlooking a 180 degree view of the Somerset countryside. Daisy Rollo of Coffea Arabica has been training coffee for 13 years since moving here from France. With a background in catering, Daisy discovered a passion for coffee and now spends her time teaching the likes of myself, delivering cupping sessions and consulting on the sensory spectrum as well as travelling to coffee plantations around the world.

The journey of coffee is more than fascinating and surprisingly recent in it's development. Modern coffee has really only seen a major change in the last 7 years. Originally crowned as a delicacy in Italy, coffee was taken as an espresso or cappuccino. America followed with the latte, mocha and americano adding milk and chocolate. Starbucks was born and so were coffee shops becoming a multi-use space for  people to meet, work or read a book. Australia further changed the coffee landscape with the introduction of the flat white and short black as well as the more stylish coffee shop for the freelance-hipster to use as their mobile office. Coffee enthusiasts became connoisseurs and we were frequenting coffee houses on what seemed, a daily basis.

Learning about the coffee process from it's origin as part of a fruit, through harvesting and roasting is essential to be able to deliver an espresso that you can be proud of as a barista. Recognising that perfect shot is much harder than it looks - the water temperature, pressure, grind adjustment, extraction and milk texture are all part of the recipe in recognising the perfect shot. But it's fun practising!


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