Tea may be quintessentially British, but with seventy million cups consumed daily, coffee is now the drink of choice.
Here at LSA International HQ we enjoy a well-brewed cup – and what better way to celebrate the upcoming London Coffee Festival than take a look at how coffee has become a part our morning ritual.
Coffee first made its way into Europe in 17th century and the public's initial reaction to the strong liquid was far from favourable. It wasn’t until Pope Clement VIII bestowed the papal seal of approval on the aromatic brew that the drink began to gain in popularity.
Coffee houses became hubs of social activity in major cities across Europe, even replacing the common breakfast drinks of the time – beer and wine. By the middle of the century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, many of which attracted a wide variety of personalities from tradesmen to artists.
Today’s coffee aficionados will find their mecca at the London Coffee Festival. Running from 7th – 10th April at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, coffee fiends will be delighted to discover new blends, attend workshops with world-class baristas and learn about coffee and food pairings.
The festival includes everything from tastings and demonstrations to street food and live music. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to check out Milk & Sugar, the fashion and lifestyle district that celebrates the subculture surrounding London’s coffee scene.
To recreate the festivities at home, why not gather friends with our Paddle Espresso Set and host an artisan tasting. The distinctive design features six high-quality porcelain cups and a sugar bowl nestled in a hand-finished natural oak board - ideal for serving an assortment of coffee roasts and blends or as a dessert centrepiece at dinner parties. Fill the cups with a dark chocolate mousse sprinkled with crushed coffee beans to serve with espresso at the end of the meal.
For everyday use, our Dine collection offers classic pieces for your drink of choice – whether it’s a flat white, cappuccino or espresso. Each mug, cup and saucer is made from white vitrified porcelain and includes complementary serving pieces such as sugar bowls and milk jugs.
For a pop of colour in your morning ritual try our best-selling Polka coffee cups and saucers. Handpainted in four metallic lustres, the rich colour palette of biscuit brown, burnt orange and dark mocha echo the warm tones of freshly brewed coffee.