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Café Couture LUXURY. TEA. COFFEE. CONFECTIONERY. CAKE. CAFES. ISSUE 1. NOVEMBER 2013 A guide to Scotland’s independent cafes and suppliers. THE COFFEE HOUSE MOJO MACBEANS CUP: PURVEYOR OF TEAS BOOKS & BEANS A B E R D E E N THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN

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  • Caf CoutureLUXURY. TEA. COFFEE. CONFECTIONERY. CAKE. CAFES. ISSUE 1. NOVEMBER 2013

    A guide to Scotlands independent cafes and suppliers.

    THE COFFEE HOUSE MOJO MACBEANS

    CUP: PURVEYOR OF TEAS BOOKS & BEANS

    A B E R D E E N

    THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN

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    If you are cold, tea will warm you;

    if you are too heated, it will cool you;

    If you are depressed, it will cheer you;

    If you are excited, it will calm you.

    William Gladstone

    Black as night, sweet as sin.

    - Neil Gaiman

    Welcome.

    Please enjoy the first issue of

    Caf Couture

    Cof fee.

    The favourite drink of the civilized world.

    - Thomas Jef ferson

    Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!

    Agatha Christie

  • CONTENTS

    THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN

    4.5

    THE COFFEE HOUSE

    6.7

    CUP: PURVEYOR OF TEAS

    8.9

    BOOKS & BEANS 10.11

    MOJO 12.13.14

    MACBEANS 15.16

    Thirsty for more...

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  • The Beautiful Mountain

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    The Beautiful Mountain is an unpretentious alter-native to the chic cafe scene in Aberdeen. The place is understated and doesnt go over the top with interior design. What is there is tasteful, both in the sitting area upstairs and take away downstairs.

    Despite an apparent simplicity, there is a choice of drinks at The Beautiful Mountain. They offer 20 blends of bagged tea. It isnt artisan, its not local but its organic. Still, the quality is high and the variety is good. Howev-er, they only offer one blend of coffee. Saying that, the latte is decent and the bean still makes a good strong coffee. All drinks

    are available to take away, if youre in a rush.

    The Beautiful Mountains food is locally sourced. Fresh bread is brought in every morning, fresh cakes are made- even the sandwich fillings are made from scratch. They keep it as fresh, as local and as homemade as they can.

    There is a distinct Spanish influence in lunch menu. Though they offer the standard soup and sandwiches, there are a few unusual options to choose from. Fancy a prawn guacamole sandwich? Or a may-be a prawn taco? Theyre only two of many Spanish style dish-

    es available. However, the sal-ads are the surprising standout on the menu. Theyre flavour-ful and have deliciously zingy dressings. Though, the Spanish influence is not very surprising once you realize the second floor is a tapas bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. From 5:30pm until 11pm, the cafe turns into a restaurant for a completely different experience.

    If you want a break from pretentious cafes and like Spanish lunches, The Beautiful Mountain is the place to be in Aberdeen.

    PRICE: ADDRESS:

    11-13 BELMONT ST,ABERDEENAB10 1JR

    CONTACT: 01224 645353SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS

    CALL FOR VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE & NUT FREE OPTIONS

    HOURSMONDAY: 08:00 ~ 15:30TUESDAY: 08:00 - 15:30WEDNESDAY: 08:00 -15;30THURSDAY 08:00 ~ 15:30 & 17:30 ~ 23:00FRIDAY: 08:00 ~ 15:30 & 17:30 ~ 23:00SATURDAY: 08:00 ~ 15:30 & 17:30 ~ 23:00SUNDAY 10:30 ~ 14.45

  • Down Gaelic lane, off of Belmont Street, the Coffee House offers an unassuming rural alternative to the regular cafe on offer in Aberdeen.

    Minimalist in design, The Cof-fee House pulls the style off well. The warm rustic interior is welcoming and spacious. Its created with light wood furnish-ings, checked pillows and a posy on each table. Fairy lights are wound around the ceiling bannis-ters, adding charm to the room. Local art on the walls and the blackboard Menu on the back wall, written in elegant script, finish the design perfectly.

    Tea & Coffee at The Coffee House doesnt disappoint either. They offer 13 different bagged blends of artisan tea. There are 7 coffee drinks available from one blend, plus a Blend of the Week so there is something to suit any palette. The Coffee House is also a licensed premis-es, serving locally brewed beers from the Highlands.

    The breakfast menu is small at The Coffee House, so its a bet-ter place to go for lunch.

    However, all of their food is made on the premises. When you see the diversi-ty available for lunch, its impres-sive. Homemade soup, quiche,

    steak or venison pie and a wide range of home bakes. The jars of cookies and the plates of carefully presented scones are particularly sweet to the eye and the taste buds. A lot of the home bakes are gluten free- more than most cafes in the area, which is a refreshing sight to see.

    Notably, The Coffee House has a function suite on the second floor. Various community events are held there each month in-cluding a tango class.

    This little gem is worth a visit if you long for a countryside cuppa and tasty home baking.

    THE COFFEE HOUSE

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  • PRICE: - ADDRESS: 1 Gaelic Ln, Aberdeen AB10 1JFCONTACT:01224 471329SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS/GLUTEN FREECALL FOR VEGAN & NUT FREE OPTIONS

    HoursMonday 10:00 am 6:30 pmTuesday 10:00 am 6:30 pmWednesday 10:00 am 6:30 pmThursday 10:00 am 6:30 pmFriday 10:00 am 6:30 pmSaturday 10:00 am 6:30 pmSunday 11:30 am 6:30 pm

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  • CUP:PURVEYOR OF TEAS

    Cup: Purveyor of Teas is a chic tea salon, tucked down Little Belmont Street. In a busy city center, it offers a cozy spot to take a moment and catch up.

    Interior design and detail is a large part of Cup. Distinctly feminine in design, the salons pastel palette of baby blue, cream and pink decor make it a cute place to visit.

    In Cup, there is a notable Cath Kidston influence. Each table has a pair of little love birds on it, the salon uses flower patterned crockery and there are elegant prints dotted around the room. The theme of birds is threaded throughout and even the corridor

    to the restroom is styled. Fittingly, its an Alice in Wonderland theme. Hats are hung all up the back wall, dotted around prints of John Tenniels illustrations of the Mad Hatters tea party, with various quotes from the party. Its a quaint little addition to the appealing design of Cup.

    But, its the variety of tea at Cup that is most impres-sive. With over 30 signature blends, 16 loose teas, 10+ flower-ing teas and 5 ice teas to choose from, youre spoiled for choice. Thats not to say Cup isnt a place for a coffee too. However, with only 6 different drinks to choose from, there isnt as wide as

    selection. If youre looking for a wide range of coffees, this is per-haps not the best place to come to. If you are looking for exotic and artisan tea: Cup should be on your list of places to try.

    The flowering teas are a delight to drink and watch. Served in a clear teapot, there is a small delight in watching the delicate bud unfold in the hot water, the leaves flavour the wa-ter and seeing the flower emerge. The teas taste is as satisfying as watching the flower appear. Its a small detail but it adds to the experience.

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  • HOURS

    Monday 8:30 am 5:30 pmTuesday 8:30 am 5:30 pmWednesday 8:30 am 5:30 pmThursday 8:30 am 8:00 pmFriday 8:30 am 5:30 pmSaturday 9:00 am 6:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am 5:00 pm

    PRICE: -ADDRESS: 9 Little Belmont St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 1JGCONTACT: 01224 637730 SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIAN & gluten FREECALL FOR VEGAN & NUT FREE OPTIONS

    Cup: Purveyor of Teas is a delightful haven for tea lovers

    in Aberdeen.

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  • When is a coffee shop not just a coffee shop? When its a second hand bookstore, an internet cafe and a coffee shop all in one.

    Books and Beans has become a staple in coffee shsop on Belmont Street. It prides itself on being the first independent coffee shop in Aberdeen to sell Fairtrade coffee. After ten

    years on Belmont Street, it now sells over 30 Fairtrade prod-ucts. This includes all its tea, decaf coffee and hot chocolate.

    However, if youre not into Fairtrade, there are plenty other options available. For example, the Cheekycchi-no. This unique drink is a mix of chocolate, espresso, milk and a flavored syrup, all blended

    together to make a thick, milk-shake like drink.

    If the Cheekycchino doesnt take your fancy, the Steam-boat might. This is steamed milk mixed with a flavour syrup. Though, if you just want a cup of coffee, theyll do that for you too. They only offer a few different coffee blends and only a few coffee drinks but what

    BOOKS & BEANS

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  • what they do, they do well. In terms of tea, they dont offer many artisan or exotic blends. But, theyre all organic. Most blends available are varieties of organic green tea, peppermint or Earl Grey. Books & Beans offer a small break-fast menu and a homemade lunch menu. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available. If you

    have kids, there is a very reasona-bly priced menu for the little ones. The men includes an adorable drink called Fluffy- a teeny tiny cap-puccino with mini marshmallows.

    The bookstore, on the sec-ond floor, is what makes this coffee shop. Once youve bought your coffee, you can head upstairs, sink into a plush leather chair, be surrounded by

    bookshelves and a cosy fireplace. Take some time to look at the hundreds of books they have to offer, grab a read, sit back and re-lax. Its a great place for escapism.

    If you want an escape from the bustle of the city center and want a place to read, Books and Beans is worth a visit.

    HOURSMonday 7:45 am 4:30 pmTuesday 7:45 am 4:30 pmWednesday 7:45 am 4:30 pmThursday 7:45 am 4:30 pmFriday 7:45 am 4:30 pmSaturday 7:45 am 4:30 pmSunday 9:45 am 4:00 pm

    PRICE:-ADDRESS: 22 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JHCONTACT:01224 646438SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS/GLUTEN FREE/VEGANCALL FOR NUT FREE OPTIONS

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  • Mojo embodies its name-sake. If youre looking for a quality product and quality service, Mojo wont disappoint. Situated at the top end of George Street, the small premise packs in a lot of person-ality.

    This coffee house puts flair into everything it does. The Mocha leather chairs, blackboard menu and eiffel tower mural on the wall, all give a stylish modern interior. However, the pieste du resistance, is the glass topped coffee table, with coffee beans under the glass. Little dedication plaques are dotted throughout the seating area so watch out for them too.

    They have friendly service at Mojo. They let their person-alities to show through, have fun and work well. It translates to memorable and distinctive

    service.

    5 blends of tea are available at Mojo, but if you have any-thing, have a coffee. Mojos fairtrade, freshly ground coffee is made in front of you and dec-orated with a some coffee art.

    If thats not enough to sweeten you, Mojo has plenty that will. They have Aberdeens widest selection of 20 different syr-ups to add to your drink and heres where the fun starts. The owner, Amir, has a background in flair bartending. If hes up for it, he may show you a few tricks as he pours your syrup. Its a small detail but it adds a lot to the experience at Mojo. (Watch out for the mascot, the Mojo Monkey, who lives on the syrup shelf!) However, if you want something sweet to eat instead, theres always a range of tray-bakes & cakes available.

    The lunch menu is ample too. As well as soup and 16 different sandwich fillings, Mojo offers a specials menu. This menu serves up all kinds of dishes, so be sure to have a look before you order for something a little differ-ent than the norm .They also a breakfast menu (served all day on Sunday), with a handy cooked vegetarian and non vegetarian option.

    Out of pocket? Dont worry. Mojo have deals on both menus to suit a budget.

    If theres anything to fault about this place, its that when its busy, the place can feel a little bit small. But with the atmosphere in Mojo, created by such personable service, it never feels overwhelmed or cramped. Its a bustling hive to chat and chill-out in.

    MOJO?

    THEYVE GOT IT.

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  • If you want style and substance in equal measures, Mojo is the

    place to go.

    PRICE: - ADDRESS: 281 George St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB25 1EDCONTACT: 01224 652360SUITABLE FOR: VegetriansCONTACT FOR: Vegan & gluten free options & nut free options

    HOURSMonday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PMTuesday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PM

    Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PMThursday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PM

    Friday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PMSaturday: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PM

    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM

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  • #1. Which three words best describe Mojo?

    A: Fun, professional and good quality.

    #2. Why did you make the change from flair bartending to running a coffee shop?

    A: I wanted to stop working at night time, as bartenders are based around evenings and nights- but I wanted a job where you could keep the

    rapport with the customer and actually interact with people coming in. I took the idea of interacting with customers, providing that service and putting it into a

    coffee shop.

    #3. What skills have you brought over from bartending with you?A: As a bartender, the whole idea is to make a drink and present it with style. Thats what flair means. So, its taking that concept and applying it to making a coffee. When you walk into our coffee shop instead of someone making you a bog standard coffee, not worrying about the presentation and not worrying about the way they do it- Ive incorporated that

    element where theres a bit of theatre, a bit of entertainment and it gives the customer something to watch while youre making their coffee. Im working on the presentation and

    making the product look good too- you eat and drink with your eyes also.

    #4 Whats the most unique thing about Mojo?A: Its the fun aspect. It has to be a fun experience for the people working here, because that in itself connects with the customer and its reciprocated. I want people to have a fun experience coming in. A lot of people do good customer service but they do it by the book and follow a certain procedure. We like to connect more with our custom-

    ers and treat every one of our customers as a person so we can understand their personality and take it from there.

    #5 Future plans for Mojo?A: If everything goes well is to go for another venue. Were sticking

    to Aberdeen, I believe there is still room for one more Mojo in Aberdeen. Then, maybe, start expanding outwards

    into the suburbs but keeping it local. Its all about keeping it local for Mojo.

    A WORD WITH...

    THE OWNER - AMIR

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    There is no other place like Macbeans in Aberdeen. If youre looking for high quality coffee and tea to buy, this store is the place to get it. As well as being a tea & coffee store, they supply to some of the local cafes around Aberdeen.

    MacBeans has an amazing variety of tea and coffee on sale. They import loose leaf blends of tea and they have coffee from all over the world- even seasonal beans are available. Blends made of beans from Brazil, India and Indonesia are staples in the shop. MacBeans roast, grind and blend their coffee on site. It gives the shop the freedom to create unique blends. MacBeans also has, occasionally, ex-clusive blends. These special batches are not available anywhere else in the

    UK to buy. MacBeans has something for any taste- from breakfast blends to green teas infused with cherry.

    Such a variety can make it difficult to know where to start, even for a coffee connoisseur. But dont be put off by it. The staff at MacBeans are very knowledgeable. Dont know what you want? Tell the staff what you like and they will rec-ommend accordingly. Theyll help you find a starting point. Similarly, if you know what you want, theyll suggest other blends you may like.

    Even if you know what you want, the blend of the month is always worth a try. MacBeans put a lot of time and effort into choosing the blend of the month. They can trace the coffee

    back, show you its background and where its come from- in order to let you know where your money is going. So, instead of the money falling into a faceless companies profit figure, it goes to the communities of coffee growers and will benefit them. Its a refreshing and rewarding approach.

    MacBeans is an encompassing and impressive store. The variety, care and knowledge at MacBeans make it a leader in the tea and coffee market in Aberdeen. It is definitely worth a visit.

    For an extended feature on MacBeans, including this months blend of the month and an interview with owner Ian Cukrowski, visit our blog at cafe-couture-online.tumblr.com or see the iPad edition of this issue.

    MACBEANSMASTERS OF THE MODERN BLEND

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    2 Little Belmont St, City Centre,

    Aberdeen AB10 1JGPhone:01224 624757

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    Thank God for tea! What would

    the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born

    before tea. -

    Sydney Smith

    Cof fee is a way of stealing

    time that should by rights belong to your

    older self.

    Ter ry Pratchett

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    Tea is one of the main stays of

    civilization in this countr y .

    - George Orwell

    Adventure in life is good; consistency

    in cof fee even better.

    Justina Chen