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Re: [pepysdiary-social] Opening soon: Tesco espresso

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  • Phil Gyford
    It s pretty normal to find Australian baristas working at the increasing number of lovely independent coffeeshops in this neck of the woods (central London).
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 11, 2012
      It's pretty normal to find Australian baristas working at the increasing number of lovely independent coffeeshops in this neck of the woods (central London). The closest one to my office (in a shed in a car park), which is run by Taylor St - the company partnering with Tesco in the scheme the article mentions - advertises its "Australian trained baristas"!

      It'll be interesting to see how Harris and Hoole does. It's a weird mix of the very individual, down-to-earth, cool twenty/thirtysomething market and... Tesco.

      On 11 Aug, 2012, at 01:44, Susan Thomas <susan.thomas@...> wrote:


      Interesting! One to watch. Starbucks here in Australia have largely failed because they did not bother to invest in training. I think Australians appreciate skill in baristas. One of the young women whom I acquired as "extra daughters" (she was with us for 9 months!) was a barista. When she went to work in England, she got a job with Nero's and got told off for making coffee better than the other baristas - it all had to be of a lower standard. So she moved to an independent cafe which appreciated her! So if there is Australian involvement in this venture - I think that bodes well. 

      On 10 August 2012 13:31, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:

      It's going to have top-notch baristas, hip interior design – and, like Starbucks, it's got a literary name. But can the supermarket's new coffee chain convince critics?

      When Samuel Pepys strolled the streets of 17th-century London, the coffee houses were popular with intellectuals, who'd meet over a mug to debate the day's most pressing issues. Today, in the age of the Apple laptop and the soy latte macchiato, coffee houses themselves are a pressing issue – and a new chain, named after two of the famous diarist's caffeine-loving acquaintances, seems destined to be the subject of some debate.

      The first branch of Harris and Hoole – an "artisan" coffee chain, part-owned by Tesco – will open this month in Amersham, Bucks. Tesco controls 49 per cent of the new company, but there will be no indication of its involvement. The remaining shares are owned by Australian siblings Nick, Andrew and Laura Tolley, founders of the existing Taylor St coffee chain, which prides itself on its skilled baristas.


      Pepys's own preferred coffee house was Will's of Covent Garden, frequented by the poet John Dryden. On 3 February 1664, Pepys recorded his first visit to the establishment, where he encountered "Dryden the poet, [whom] I knew at Cambridge, and all the wits of the town, and Harris the player and Mr Hoole of our College."

      This wouldn't be the first time a literary allusion was used to christen a coffee chain: Starbuck was Captain Ahab's first mate in Moby Dick, long before he lent his name to the world's favourite latte.


      Kind regards,

      Susan Thomas

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