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It is obvious that coffee shops have multiplied in the UK during the past decade.

Tea rooms have almost been left in a corner. Is this not dangerous for the root of the traditional British culture?

Remember the 80s and 90s where a family would take a car and go for a cream-tea with the heartwarming aroma of scones and smooth texture of clotted cream and jam!

Cream tea at Selworthy in Devon

Cream tea at Selworthy in Devon

Usually, the member of staff – or owner – would be smartly dressed and the service would be fast, accurate and efficient…the aim being to bring the scones when they are still warm and fresh…no time to mess-up and waste time.

The crockery and cutlery had to be spotless and often it was real silver for the spoons and knives and great saucers and cups…very appealing to the eye. There was this final touch which gave this afternoon tea break a very distinctive style and experience to remember….something to talk about when returning back home and comparing flavours, smells and even the decor of the usually Victorian house converted into a quaint and cosy public space.

Nowadays, it is all about the coffee beans, the roastery and the way to use the several methods to pour a perfect brew.

Yes indeed…Aeropress, Syphon, Kemex, Cafetiere, Filter (with clever dripper) can be chosen to get your hot drink ready with, of course, a very different taste whether you pick one or the other.

Are all these coffee shops – who are real specialists – good for the British tradition? Hard to give a Yes or No answer.

Our Society is changing and it is important to adapt. But ignoring tea-rooms is certainly not the correct attitude.

Is it right to have cream-teas in a coffee shop then? Why not,  there aren’t real rules, in fact.

What is unmissable though is the appearance of THE latte art method, giving your coffee a personal design, like a signature from the barista saying “it is now ready“.

Latte Art in wide thick cup

Latte Art in wide thick cup

Concerning the manner in which  your coffee will be served depends on each business. Most of the times large drinks will be served in a wide thick cup…unless it is a take-away, it will then be in a branded cardboard container with a plastic lid.

There are places where the cup is replaced by a thick tumbler glass, keeping your drink warm for longer.

Tumbler for coffee espresso

Tumbler for coffee espresso

Others prefer something with a pattern such as an Orla Kiely bone china mug, giving another special touch to the style and maybe an overall psychological feel of the place. It is important to have that well being and relaxing sensation when sitting down to appreciate a deserved break. However. It is necessary to be patient because….a freshly made hot drink takes time. It is not a ready meal after all. Each stage of the preparation is important:

  • grind the beans,
  • dose the coffee,
  • steam the milk according to the kind of drink ordered (flat white, cappuccino, latte),
  • pour carefully and end with the eventual chocolate or cinnamon sprinkles.

There is a way to get everything done correctly. Having the right settings will make a good produce.

The rest is subjective as everyone has the freedom to use cups, mugs, glasses to match the style of the business itself.

However, being innovative and creative is certainly a great skill too. Following a trend is easy but making one is slightly more exciting, interesting and difficult at the same time.

A prototype for the time being: the floating mug created by Tigere Chiriga.

Looking attractive, unconventional but could this be useable on a daily basis?

Is it fragile? Are the handle and the base strong enough?

Things can always be tweeked to be stronger.

But still….a rather interesting shape.

The first few sips from this innocent looking  mug are pretty good, but as you continue drinking it gets a lot more exciting.

What’s that lurking in the murky depths of your morning coffee?

Oh dear…a shark in 3D.

Rather cool though.