Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Do You Take Kafka with Your Coffee? Trends Literature with Your Latte or Cheese with Your Cappuccino -- Add Some Little Perks to Your Caffeine Fix, Says Joshi Herrmann

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Do You Take Kafka with Your Coffee? Trends Literature with Your Latte or Cheese with Your Cappuccino -- Add Some Little Perks to Your Caffeine Fix, Says Joshi Herrmann

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Byline: Joshi Herrmann

SO RELIABLE has coffee proved in persuading us to part with our money that estate agents, wine bars, bike shops and barbers have decided to get involved. A few decades ago, coffee shops in London were completely outnumbered by pubs and greasy spoons, but it is becoming more difficult to shop in the capital's streets without being offered a grande, non-fat quad mocha made of Brazilian beans that have been lovingly curated to match your fixed-rate mortgage. It means that we are drinking coffee with all manner of unconventional accompaniments.

It starts in coffee shops themselves.

There was scepticism among foodies when the coffee-cum-wine-bar Notes first started pushing coffee and cheese as an evening choice, but now the company is offering the combo as it expands to three new sites in 2015 -- in St Pancras Square and Canary Wharf.

The company's co-founder and managing director Fabio Ferreira, 35, says he brought the idea with him from Brazil, and has found that Londoners have taken to it. "We tried Parmesan cheese with chestnut honey and an espresso, which was quite acidic, so now that is one of the offers on our menu in the evening and lots of people order it," he says.

"When I pair cheese with coffee I try to find milky cheeses."

The coffee-cycling link is on show at Daily Goods at Kinoko Cycles, whose Continued on Page 30 Continued from Page 29 expertise on wheel nut repairs is supposed to be matched by their espresso-based coffee menu, provided by Workshop Coffee. And also at Peloton & Co Cycle cafe in Spitalfields Market, where you can stay alert for big races that they show on the telly by trying their blends.

And coffee's relationship with literature will be rekindled in Shoreditch in a fortnight, when the Book Club starts selling the Little Black Books made by Penguin Classics to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin. The 80p books -- which include classic short stories, poems, essays and dramas -- include Hardy's 'Woman Much Missed', Poe's 'the Tell-Tale Heart' and Gogol's short story farce 'The Nose'. …

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