Good Food Blog
Smell the coffeePosted at 4:23PM, 29 May 2008 by Holly Jones - Former researcher, bbcgoodfood.com
I, like many, am hooked on the smell of a fresh pot of coffee but am frequently disappointed by my order at a coffee house. Horrible airy froth and luke-warm milk, don't, in my mind, equal good value for money. Urgh!
However, over the last few years, coffee has moved on. And so has our knowledge. We now know the difference (well nearly) between a latte and an Americano. We know it's an Espresso, not an expresso (come on, we've all done it). We know that we can get, half-fat, soya, chai, caramel shot, or a mocha - and that's just to start - I haven't ever quite figured out what a Macchiato is.
But is it good coffee? Not always. My pet hate is over-frothed milk and warm coffee that needs drinking before you've even sat down. Most coffee now seems Americanised, cheap chains with Italian names that make novice coffee drinkers think that's the best coffee can be. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I want an authentic Italian coffee with an aroma to tease my senses.
So when I heard that a new, all Italian coffee shop was opening, I wondered if I would be faced with yet another watery, warm cappuccino? Or would it actually be anything special?
This isn't something you would walk into Starbucks and order. This was like a magical dessert in a glass...
Well actually, yes. Ca'puccino is an all-Italian company that has just crossed the channel and opened in Harrods. Initially this put me off, Harrods is such a tourist trap. But having not been for a while I found it quite a magical experience. The food hall alone is worth a visit.
Ca'puccino is a small coffee house situated in the basement of Harrods and is the real deal. All ingredients are shipped in from Italy and coffee is sourced from independent growers, giving the small chain flexibility to go with what tastes best. Specialising in authentic coffees from Italy's different regions, Ca'puccino has some stunners to choose from. The Bicerin from Turin which was enjoyed by Italy's first Prime Minister; The Bacio di Dama which means lady's kiss; and my favourite - the drinkable Tiramisu. Wow.
This isn't something you would walk into Starbucks and order. This was like a magical dessert in a glass. Creamy mascarpone, with a savoiardo biscuit floating on top, dusted with cocoa - which you get all round your mouth. All floating on top of espresso. Yum.
But it's not all fancy coffees. They also make the perfect cappuccino - made by the champion Italian barista. There are no frothy, air-filled cups here - just beautifully creamy coffee. All accompanied by traditional sandwiches and pastries to die for. I am dreaming of going back and losing myself in their hazelnut ice cream - it was perfection.
If you are a true coffee lover and are in London, I'd recommend it. Rest your feet, grab a menu and try your best to decide what to have. Bellissimo.