c a f f e i n e 

g a l o r e 

the name's izzy.

an avid flat white sipper and lover of neighborhood cats.

i write about coffee culture and life.


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February 10, 2020

Hello 2020.

Wait, didn’t you get the memo? I’ve come back. I mean, it took a bit longer than usual: what was only meant to be a short hiatus turned into an entire year.

There’s some great coffee blogs floating around nowadays, and I have no doubt that these were brillian...

January 2, 2019

Well hey, what a year! What was quite a turbulent time (which has yet to slow down!), has turned into one of my best and most memorable years to date. Instead of me getting all emotional and gushy in the introduction, let’s get straight into this post and look back on...

December 4, 2018

I once wrote a post on my blog about the idea of ‘fifth wave coffee’, back at the time when I was actually working in management at a company who fell into this category. Therefore, when looking back over it quite recently, I realised that I subconsciously leaned over...

October 15, 2018

Last week saw World Mental Health Day, and it was great to see all of the online and physical support being offered across the globe to combat what is still a huge problem for many. 

People big and small spoke out about both their own mental health experiences, but...

October 3, 2018

If you're sat in a specialty coffee shop, it's pretty likely that at some point you'll spot someone rearranging their mugs, cakes and avocados on toasts to make their layout as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Why? Well it won't fit the theme of their Instagram feed...

August 8, 2018

A couple of weeks ago me and Sam took a well-deserved long weekend away to Brighton. Growing up in the Midlands, it wasn't easy to go to the seaside - but living in the South now means it's a simple (and relatively cheap!) train journey away. 

Whilst there, I managed to...

July 3, 2018

Alrighty - one of my favourite events of the coffee calendar has recently come and gone, and needless to say I’m here to tippety-tap away and tell you all about it. Guessed what it is yet? I’d be slightly worried if you hadn’t - it is in the title of this blog post aft...

June 6, 2018

This was meant to have been uploaded a very long time ago, and to be honest: I have a good excuse. Want to hear it? Of course you do. 

It wasn't a very good, or nice, review. 

Yep, I complained in it a lot, and after revising over it I didn't feel comfortable with the th...

May 9, 2018

Oh man oh man oh man, I have been wanting to visit this place for goodness knows how long.

No, seriously. I haven’t been so excited about visiting a coffee shop like this for a very long time. Scrap that, I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to visit a coffee shop,...

April 24, 2018

I spend a lot of time on Amazon, and I'm pretty sure you do too. Sure, there's nothing like scouring the shelves of an independent retailer, but sometimes we all find joy in coming home to a cardboard box with that famous cheeky smile*. 

Because of my shopping habits an...

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