So, I admit I love the smell of coffee but I would not call myself a connoisseur in the art of coffee making or drinking. I mean I love a good flat white and a chai latte but I know that knowing the type of beans you drink and how it is brewed is what it is all about.
I was invited by a Timeout tastemaker Jane for a coffee masterclass at Black Sheep Coffee at their Regent Street branch with Jo from Love Pop London, where we met the team Tony, Tom and Monia who made sure we were looked after.
I have never heard of the this particular branch of coffee and when the invite came for something to make the long month of January more interesting and caffeine filled, I jumped at the chance. I joined my friends Joanne, Kim and Jason for a fun filled night and as Tony said, if I walked out without coffee down my top then I haven’t had enough fun.
The night started with Tony and his team handing out espresso martini, now I think I am going to like tonight!
While you may think this is any other coffee houses, this one is different, by day they maybe your standard, grab a coffee and satisfy your caffeine addiction whereas by night the bartenders awake and they will delight with the many cocktails they have up their sleeves. This makes them something truly special.
Their space are graffiti filled but not overwhelming so if you need a quiet spot to conduct those meetings outside of the office, this is a great space for it.
So let me tell you more about our masterclass, they split us into two groups where one group learnt the art of making the perfect cup of coffee, which has been mathematically worked out to precision. To the weight of the grinded coffee; the temperature of the water and the amount of liquid required to make the perfect cup. This made me appreciate the amount work that goes into making that cup of coffee which we are quick to order and slurp but did we really enjoy all the notes and flavours it provided?
Our next lesson was with barista Matt, he patiently taught us the skill of latte art, and well I must say, I think Tony should give me a job with my first try (a fluke? I don’t think so!) Ok, ok you got me, I made have made some initial spillage, but it was all part of the fun.. I am sure thats what Tony told us. On a serious note, I now understand and appreciate when my barista makes that fern or heart in my cup of coffee.. its not as easy as you think, as both your hands need to be moving constantly, theres no stopping to think about it, once you start pouring you just have to keep going.
Thank you again for the lovely masterclass, I would be back to try out more of Black Sheep Coffee branches which have branches around London and Manchester, so do look out for them when you are next looking for your caffeine fix.