So if you watched the second episode of vlogmas (I’ll pop it at the end of this post if you missed it) then you’ll know that last weekend I went to a blogger event at 200 Degrees. It’s a really cute little coffee shop on Queen Street and I’ve walked passed it so many times but have never been before.
The plan for the day was to try lots of coffee and learn a little more about the process of making it. The craziest thing is that despite drinking it all the time I didn’t actually know that much about it before last Sunday. I definitely didn’t know where it came from, like if it grew on trees? Which it does or that there’s a coffee fruit which apparently tastes like a soft peach. As much as I was embarrassed that I didn’t know this it was beyond fascinating to learn more about it and the history of coffee.
If you haven’t heard of 200 Degrees before it’s a relatively new coffee shop that started in Nottingham. It was founded by two bar owners who bought a coffee roaster for their garage when they couldn’t find a good coffee shop. They grew this into six stores, one of which is in Cardiff and they all have a really cool, rustic vibe. The name 200 Degrees comes from the temperature they roast their coffee at which is slightly lower than other places to give it a smoother taste. Fascinating, right?
We started off the day with the history of coffee and how it goes from bean to cup while trying their cappuccino (yes I’m basic and I love a cappuccino) it was amazing. We also had some cakes and sandwiches made by their chef Rhian which were so delicious and really beautiful. This would definitely be the best spot for a coffee and cake catch up with your friends!
Lastly we got to watch the beans being roasted in the machine which is in the middle of the shop. I’ve only ever seen a coffee shop with a roastery in Berlin but it gives it such a cool vibe and it was really interesting to learn about the process. When the coffee beans come in they’re a light green/grey colour and need to be roasted until they’re brown so that we can drink them. The beans take around 15 minutes to roast and it’s quite a sciency process to make sure they taste good at the end. When the beans come out they smell a lot like toast and it takes around two days for them to mature into the classic coffee taste. It’s crazy to think that all that time and effort goes into each cup!
I also forgot to mention that we tried out their chai latte which Alex recommended and it was insane. Definitely the best I’ve ever tasted and he put it down to the specific syrup they use which you can buy to take home. It’s by a company called Jeeves and Jericho and it’s their Spiced Bombay Chai syrup made with specifically sourced spices. It would make the best Christmas gift and I really need to get some so that I can make my own at home.
I’ve popped some more snaps of the store below but if you want to go and check it out yourself it’s at the end of Queen Street opposite the Capitol shopping centre. Let me know if you go and definitely try out the chai latte!