Coffee Tour 2016 London Edition

Coffee Tour 2016. So epic.  As if I've been doing this for years.  London Edition, but really, Only Edition.  I have a lot of time off in London this month, so I'm making the best of it.  London is an endless city, so this post really could go on forever, but I'm limited to the amount of caffeine I can take per day - that comes to about 4 cups of coffee at most.  Also, I'm doing this all on foot.  So, whatever my shoes can take. 

Day 1.

Brooklyn Coffee : Shoreditch

It was really a coincidence that Brooklyn coffee was literally next to the salon that I was going to visit that day.  I love those kind of conveniences, especially when wandering the streets of an unfamiliar city.  I ordered the Cortado which was perfect.  They used the Mudusi roast by Caravan Coffee Roasters.  I loved it so I bought a bag to use in the aeropress at home and on the tour bus.  

Cortado

Cortado

Caravan Roasters beans

Caravan Roasters beans

Work of art

Work of art

Day 2. 

Milkbar : Soho 

This was my favorite stop in London. I hoofed it all the way from the financial district to Soho at the advice of my caffeinated boyfriend to experience Milkbar. It's a tiny but cozy cafe located in the seedier part of this artsy district.  I liked that it was fairly busy, but I still had a place to sit and enjoy an amazing cortado and their Hummingbird cake.  I'd definitely go back here. 

 

 

Milkbar

Milkbar

Seen in Soho

Seen in Soho

This cortado/hummingbird cake was worth the hike. 

This cortado/hummingbird cake was worth the hike. 

Day 3. 

Workshop Coffee : High Holborn 

This ones for those who like a little science with their coffee.  

Every cup at Workshop Coffee was measured specifically and the baristas made sure the temps were exactly perfect for the drinks they made.  Definitely for the caffeine perfectionists...

 

Drip coffee.  

Drip coffee.

 

Barista Scientists

Barista Scientists

Whirlwind March!

I can't believe it's almost over... I haven't had a moment to write about it, so here it is!

I just spent an AMAZING week in the mountains of Colorado with KT Tunstall and her new band. She's a beautiful talent, Singer/Songwriter and guitarist coming out with her 5th album and I'm so excited to be a part of her upcoming tour.  I get to flex my keyboard muscles as well as sing backup.  Sounds like the perfect job for me!

This Friday, I'll be down in San Diego to join the Curtis Taylor Quartet at Bourre 7-9PM- He's an awesome trumpet player that I knew back in New York and his music is beautiful.  Looking forward to that!

Also, don't forget, next month I'm at the Baked Potato with my band - April 12!!

-Rachel

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Made it

It's Feb 1 and I'm happy to say I survived January.  Between moving out of New York, my TV job being over, and my dad's passing, it has been challenging but I feel strong and am ready to see what California is all about.  I live near some pretty good hiking so that will probably be my first adventure.  I'm ready to write some new songs for the next album, and I'm loving the peace and quiet of my new apartment.  It's a pretty perfect setting to be able to sit there and let the words come.  

Tonight, I'm getting my feet wet with a bunch of new musicians I just met.  Vocalist/Bassist Jen Oberle is hosting a Kate Bush tribute at Molly Malone's in West Hollywood. 8PM.  See you there!