Baker’s Dozen with Jessica

We asked Jessica, head of our coffee team at GAIL’s, our Baker’s Dozen of questions one chilly morning to find out more about her breakfast, daily bread and, of course, coffee.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
6:30-7am – gives me enough time to make a hand-brewed filter coffee before I head out.

2. How do you take your coffee?
Usually black. Preferably a filter coffee made with specially selected coffee beans from a single origin such as the Dutezimberikawa, Burundi that we are serving in several GAIL’s bakeries.

3. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Coffee! I try to keep my breakfast protein-rich: greek yogurt with muesli, pumpkin and flaxseeds. I’ve got a sweet tooth so I often have it with a dollop of honey. In the winter, I’m more likely to make porridge with oat milk and seeds.

4. How long have you been working for GAIL’s?
8 years – I started with GAIL’s shortly after my move to London.

5. What’s the first food you remember loving as a child?
There’s a Filipino rice pudding my great grandpa used to make – it’s called Suman – that is made with glutinous rice, coconut milk and palm sugar. Before he passed, he taught my mother how to make it for us at home. It’s best steamed in banana leaves but he would often bake it in a tray and cut it into thick slices for us to devour.

6. Have you ever baked bread? How did that go?
My mother taught me how to make bread when I was little. We never used a recipe – just looked for a specific consistency, kneaded thoroughly and punched it down at the right moment. Some of the most fun we had was rolling up sheets of dough for cinnamon buns and cutting the rolls with a length of thread.

7. What does the smell of freshly baked bread remind you of?
Family. My great grandma was a tremendous cook from West Virginia and she used to make cornbread for big family dinners. We’d eat it freshly baked, with the crust still crisp and the inside steaming.

8. What do you spread on your toast?
I love a nut butter.

9. What is the best part of your day?
I like the quiet bit of the morning, before the day starts.

10. What’s in your ultimate sandwich?
A Bramley Apple Sourdough grilled cheese with chilli jam – use a pungent washed rind or farmer’s cheese. Amazing.

11. If we could give you a lifetime supply of anything from GAIL’s, what would that be?
Porridge Sourdough.

12. Our bread is made with three primary ingredients. Four if you include time. What are the main ingredients in your life and work, concrete or abstract?
Creativity and care. Constant learning, creative thinking and attention to detail are big parts of my working life. And working with direct-trade specialty coffee means that I can practice sustainability and ethical sourcing on a daily basis – and know that how we buy our coffee can make a difference both here and abroad.

13. What would you do for a living, if not this?
Creative expression is extremely important to me – I’m also trained as an artist and academic. I find working in coffee very rewarding because it gives me so many opportunities for creative thinking. Care is also a big part of how I want to approach learning and educating. I love that my job focuses on giving others the tools to develop a craft skill. And who knows, maybe I’ll find some time to write a book about it!

Cold Brew With Orange Recipe

GAIL’s House Blend coffee can be enjoyed in so many different ways. We love how it tastes on its own or with milk. Thinking ahead towards warmer weather, we wanted to share a tasty cold brew recipe to make at home. Oranges brighten the rich chocolate notes of GAIL’s House Blend for a refreshing summer brew.

Ingredients:

500ml Water (bottled or filtered is best)
30g coarsely ground GAIL’s House Blend (or another coffee of your choice)
2 oranges
A jar or bottle with a wide neck

Directions:

  1. Rinse and scrub the oranges under a warm tap to remove any wax. Dry.
  2. As if it were an apple, use a vegetable peeler remove all of the peel (not the pith) from 1 orange. Reserve the other for later.
  3. Place the peel and ground coffee in your jar and pour the water over.
  4. Stir once to make sure all of the ingredients are wet.
  5. Refrigerate and let sit for 12-16 hours.
  6. Strain and serve with lots of ice. Garnish with a strip of fresh orange peel.

 

 

GAIL’s at London Coffee Festival

We’re excited to be returning to the London Coffee Festival from 12th –  15th April this year at the Old Truman Brewery. Find us at the La Marzocco True Artisan Café on Saturday 14 April from 10am – 1pm where we’ll be serving our signature drink, ‘Oh my Darling Clementine’ made from Single Origin coffee from Burundi, Rude Health Brown Rice Milk, clementines, chilli, date syrup, juniper berries and wild flower honey.

The Festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and more.

 

CANTEEN No.4 POP UP AT GAIL’S BLOOMSBURY, 11th – 12th APRIL 2018

We are collaborating with eco pop-up, Canteen No.4, to create The Waste Series at our Bloomsbury bakery on 11th – 12th April.

With sustainability at their core, Canteen No.4 is a London based eco pop-up that aims to collaborate with emerging creatives and artisans to cast light on environmental issues within the food chain.

On the theme of waste, this April, Canteen No.4 will be creating a four course meal, shared around one table. The menu will be created using surplus food from our bakeries and suppliers, accompanied by discussions on the subject of waste from the producers. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to a London based food waste charity to help tackle the on going fight against food waste in the city.

To book, visit the Canteen No.4 website https://www.canteenno4.com/

 

BAKER’S DOZEN WITH ADRIANA

Meet Adriana, our Senior Baker in Queen’s Park. We asked her our Baker’s Dozen of questions to find out more about her day that starts long before the sun rises.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
3:40am every morning as my shift starts at 5:00am.

2. How do you take your coffee?
Double espresso with a glass of hot water and lemon.

3. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Blueberry yogurt with granola.

4. How long have you been working for GAIL’s?
I started on 8th December 2014 and have been working in Queen’s Park since then.

5. What’s the first food you remember loving as a child?
Homemade pancakes with chocolate.

6. Have you ever baked bread? How did that go?
Yes I have, I bake a traditional version of the GAIL’s Barnes Sandwich Loaf.

7. What does the smell of freshly baked bread remind you of?
Childhood weekends at my grandparents’ house.

8. What do you spread on your toast?
Butter and raspberry jam.

9. What is the best part of your day?
Lunch time when I can challenge myself with a busy service.

10. What’s in your ultimate sandwich?
Mozzarella, pesto, rocket and tomato on freshly baked sourdough ciabatta.

11. If we could give you a lifetime supply of anything from GAIL’s, what would that be?
Either the mixed olive sourdough or the granola bar.

12. Our bread is made with three primary ingredients. Four if you include time. What are the main ingredients in your life and work, concrete or abstract?
Discipline, perseverance and hard work.

13. What would you do for a living, if not this?
I would make a good nurse.

Our New Filter Coffee is Brewing

We’re launching our new filter coffee, Dutezimberikawa from Union Hand Roasted, in selected bakeries this Thursday 8th March. It’s a beautifully bright and juicy coffee with notes of red berries, tangerine and a candy-like sweetness.

Dutezimberikawa is a co-operative in Burundi made up of 716 smallholder farmers in the province of Kayanza. Farmers deliver their coffee cherries in baskets to a central washing station daily. This lot is a selection of coffee cherries delivered to the co-operative on the same day.

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world but specialty coffee has the potential to increase the income of the farmers so they can re-invest in their businesses and provide for their families.

Find Dutezimberikawa Filter Coffee at Neo Bankside, Queens Park, Notting Hill, Wanstead, Putney, Dulwich, Richmond, Exmouth Market and South Kensington.

 

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