Coffee am Byth

Coffee Am Byth is a speciality stall which serves coffee at RCMA’s Roath and Riverside markets every Saturday and Sunday. They have recently starting offering KeepCups for sale at £15 a cup. The cups are glass and the perfect size for speciality coffee. 

Jamie, who runs Coffee Am Byth, has been trying to find the perfect reusable cups for a while and believes KeepCups are it. I definitely agree. As they are glass they are easy to clean and don’t taint the taste of the coffee as metal or plastic would. They also feel as if you are drinking from a normal cup which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. The cups have a cork band to hold which stops the cup from being too hot to hold whilst looking stylish. Another benefit, apart from helping the environment, is that Coffee Am Byth will give you a 10% discount on coffee for life. I’ve always got my cup in my bag now when I visit the markets and when go to other speciality coffee places. They are definitely worth the money as they are designed to last. 

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Tea and Coffee Beer at Cardiff Brewfest 

Sorry, my grammar might be terrible but I’m a bit tipsy to say the least. I’m quite new to drinking beer so I either go for fruity sours or for beer brewed with tea or coffee. At Cardiff Brewfest there are so many tea and coffee beers on offer that I was spoilt for choice. Cardiff Brewfest is held at the Depot and arranged by Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. and Otley Brewing Co.

Tea Beers 

Siren Brewery have Vermont Tea Party which is a Pale Ale brewed with loose leaf Earl Grey and lemon zest. The Earl Grey taste is very strong and it’s a hoppy beer.

Marble Brewery have an Earl Grey IPA which I’ve written about before. 

Beavertown have Earl Phantom which is a Sour Ale infused with lemon and Earl Grey tea. It’s a dry hopped Berliner Weisse. 

Coffee Beers

Beavertown have ‘Spresso which is an Imperial Coffee Stout. It’s 11% but tastes just like a rich cold brew coffee. It’s very easy to drink. Too easy. 

Left Handed Giant Brewing Co. have Flat White which is a collaboration with Arbor. It’s a Sweet Stout. It’s interesting to have a coffee beer with a milky aspect. 

Mad Dog Brew Co. have Quantum Gravity which is a collaboration with Quantum Coffee Roasters. Both companies are South Wales based and have made a delicious beer. 

Dark Star Brewing Co. have an Espresso Stout which really tastes of coffee. 

Other Highlights 

Tiny Rebel have Frambuzi which is very sour ale made which raspberry. It’s wonderful. 

Bad Seed Brewery have Mojito Lime Gose which is perfectly balanced in flavour. 

Siren Craft have Calypso Berliner Weisse which is fruity and not too sour. It’s really refreshing. 

Cloudwater Brew Co. have V7. It’s part of their DIPA series so it is limited edition. It’s refreshing, fruity and light. 

If you’re free this evening or Sunday then make sure you pop in. It’s £8 entry but with that you get a glass to keep. Most drinks are £1.50 for 1/3 and £2 for 1/2 so it’s very well priced. 

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Street Food Circus 2016

I loved Street Food Circus last summer and it’s back this year in a perfect new location. It’s in Sophia Gardens which is basically right in the centre of town and very easy to find. It has more space, more cover from the elements and more food choices.

I was invited to attend the first Thursday Feast Clwb for this year’s launch. Feast Clwb is a new project that will be a dining club popping up in different unusual locations after Street Food Circus. The first Feast Clwb was run by Milgi and was a delicious 3 course meal served by candlelight in a supper club fashion. 

There was sunflower and carrot galette to start, harissa tempeh as a main and raw blackcurrant cheesecake to finish. I washed it down with some refreshing kombucha (a fermented tea served iced). 

Milgi will host the Feast Clwb every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a special guest host each Thursday. Guest hosts will include Dusty Knuckle, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Wright’s Food Emporium with Lia’s Kitchen hosting next week. There is space for up to 50 people and I’d highly recommend booking in. The atmosphere eating by candlelight was wonderful. 

As well as the Feast Clwb there are a variety street food trucks and other pop ups in rotation, with every stall offering a £5 dish, making it easy to try a variety of things. It’s going on until 25th September so there’s plenty of time to visit. 

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Afternoon Tea at the Early Bird

As it’s currently afternoon tea week what better time to share the experience of my most recent afternoon tea visit? The Early Bird is currently offering afternoon tea as a showcase of their apprentice’s work who is coming to the end of their time. After a friend showed me photos of the afternoon tea I booked as soon as possible as I didn’t want to miss out. 

Firstly, we had a choice of Welsh Brew teas to choose from. We went for a green rooibos with orange as we wanted to go for something caffeine free. 

Once we had been given our tea the afternoon tea was bought out on a glass cake stand. It’s one of the most impressive looking afternoon teas I’ve been presented with. Hearty sandwiches, the cutest little scones with honey & raspberry butter and salted caramel pretzel brownies were among the treats on offer. 

Paullovestea had the vegetarian option which just meant he had some different sandwiches but there was no less thought put into the flavour combinations as can often be the case. I ate as much as I could but as it was so indulgent I had to take some bits home to enjoy with another pot of tea later on. 

I’m not sure exactly how long the afternoon tea will be on offer for so I recommend booking as soon as possible. Hopefully it will be something that can continue with future apprentices. It’s £15 per person and worth every penny. 

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Tea Flavour Ice Lollies 

In this heatwave something to cool down is desperately needed! My favourite things to make are matcha, chai and cold brew tea ice lollies. Here are some rough ideas for inspiration…

Matcha ice lollies

I measured how much liquid my ice lolly moulds hold before starting. I added a few scoops of matcha to milk (unhomoginised to make the lollies creamy or add a splash of cream when using whole milk) and mixed them together cold. If you want a bit of sweetness then heat the milk before whisking with the matcha and add some coconut sugar. If you add the sugar to cold matcha it will be grainy in texture. Pour the cold (or cooled) matcha into the moulds and put into the freezer. It’s as easy as that! [You can use coconut milk if you want to make the lollies dairy free. It’s still creamy and coconut and matcha work well together.]

Chai ice lollies

Make chai as usual and after allowing to cool pour into the moulds and put in the freezer. Again, you can use coconut milk instead (but if you do then prepare your chai with 100% coconut milk without adding any water). 

Cold brew tea ice lollies

I don’t have any photos but any cold brewed tea can be poured into the moulds and frozen to make ice lollies. Even a refreshing tea brewed warm (such as Sencha) can be left to cool and frozen. These are great ideas for sugar free lollies. 

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