On a rainy Sunday morning, the bright lights of Waterloo Tea in Cardiff hosted a buzzing Nespresso event..#coffeewithcurrys
Visitors to the #coffeewithcurrys event were quite literally buzzing throughout the day as we were treated to a day of coffee indulgences; coffee cocktails, a barista lesson in making coffee art and a coffee tasting event.
If you’ve ever had a Nespresso or been lucky enough to stay at someone’s house with a Nespresso machine then you can appreciate the convenience of reaching out towards a good quality coffee in your hour of need. I can safely say that Nespresso has helped me crawl out of many-a-gray morning in the past so I was more than happy to attend this event after a long and tiring week. It was great to meet so many bloggers at this event, including Christy and Lauren !
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We all crowded into Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade which was a stunning venue for the event. If you’ve not heard of Waterloo Tea – they are only based in Cardiff with three shops in Penylan, Penarth and Cardiff city centre. I was really impresed by the extensive list of teas available and found it refreshing to see a business thrive on something a little less hardcore than coffee, the green rooibos was a personal favourite. Waterloo Tea do also make pretty good coffee though, with pretty good baristas who offer a number of coffee courses including a latte art course which we were allowed to experience on the day.
The latte art course was a true test of a steady hand and an ability to listen to instructions, most of us failed on holding the milk pot at a steady angle leaving the intended love heart looking like an nondescript cloud shape. My experience of working in a coffee shop had left me feeling particularly average at making a coffee as I was too slow – in my defence, perfection isn’t a quick process! But here I was, taking my time in Waterloo Tea and the shape that I made was half love heart-half-cloud so I was pretty happy.
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Apologies about this but there was alot of incredible food, our group were the first to sample of the food upstairs and – my gosh – there was a delicious selection of salads, canapes and a massive portion of salmon. I even put out there a very bold statement that if someone were to make me one of those salads everyday for the rest of my life I certainly wouldn’t be complaining.
No Sunday afternoon is complete without some cake – Waterloo Tea did not disappoint here. There was an abundance of cake in the afternoon, the sugar buzz only added to the caffeine buzz as we all walked around slightly wide eyed and bushy tailed.
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As if canapes, cake and coffee wasn’t enough – we were treated to a cocktail masterclass in making the ultimate coffee cocktails. As the group mostly consisted of non-drinkers, I was inconveniently left with a couple of cocktails infront of me.
The fresh raspberries were used to make a chocolate raspberry non-alcoholic cocktail.
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The latte art and coffee tasting all had final competitions held at the end of the day based on how we all got on earlier. I was really fortunate to be elected for both competitions, mainly because I threw out the word ‘praline’ when we were doing the coffee tasting (also, I have Full Court Press to thank for educating me all this time with various coffee-related-adjectives, this seemed to impress other people in my group quite a bit!). The coffee tasting finals involved drinking more coffee in a short space of time, we were then asked to marry up the samples with the names of the coffee – unfortunately I got vanilla and Ethiopian confused in my haste.
The latte art competition was based on the loudest clap, while I’d say my coffee landed at a 7/10 on the clap-o-meter, unfortunately there was a much tidier latte art which recorded at a comfortable 9/10 on the clap-o-meter. (There was no physical clap-o-meter as such, moreover just my own personal measure of things).
There was also a prize for best tweet and best Instagram – where the winner got to take home a Nespresso machine. Despite there being 100+ odd pictures on Instagram the winners of the competition was one group’s jazz hands –
Picture courtesy of Fabulous Wales
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Up until this weekend, Nespresso has always been a brand that I’ve felt a little bit distant from. I remember being told how to use the machine when I was working for a high end property company in Mayfair and walking quickly past the huge boutique on Regent Street where there was maximum space and minimal items.
It’s really great to hear about how the brand have extended their offering to ensure people with a tighter budget when it comes to luxury coffee can get involved. The Nespresso Inissia is the entry level coffee machine starting off at £70-£80 depending on where you purchase the machine from.
The guys from Nespresso explaining how easy it is to make a delicious coffee.
At the end of the event we were given some lovely Nespresso cups which was such a kind gift from the guys. As I stepped out into Cardiff city centre I finally had the chance to stop and look around – most times I’ve been in Cardiff before I’ve never really had a chance to stop and look around. I will definitely be making a point of coming back here and have already enquired with Waterloo Tea about participating in an art exhibition next year. Until next year, Cardiff!
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Thanks to Joe Blogs for arranging the event
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Other bloggers who wrote about this event :
Patricia (Fabulous Wales)
Rose (Miss Squiggles)