I wasn’t going to do a Saturday Supplement, but then the Coffee Stops Awards came out and I changed my mind…
So, here’s a plug for the Awards, which have been set up by Chris Ward to promote all that’s good about London Coffee. This, in itself, is more than enough reason to get behind the Awards and give them some support. The fact that I’m in the running for the Best London Coffee Blog Award is neither here nor there…
There are, in fact, 10 awards and the public were able vote for each one. Even better, the sponsor, Ethiopian Airlines, is providing two direct flights to the “home of coffee” for the winners of London’s Best Coffee Shop! Voting closed on April 2nd, with the Awards to be presented at the Awards Night on Wednesday 23rd April.
I also thought, while I’m here, that I’d do a quick rundown of what I got up to during my almost three weeks in the USA, which you’ll find in picture form in the gallery. Seven of the Coffee Spots from the trip (Boston: Pavement Coffeehouse, Render Coffee; Philadelphia: La Colombe, Menagerie, Plenty, Exilr; New York City: Bluebird Coffee Shop) are already up with many more to come!
You can read more of about the Awards after the gallery.
There are ten awards in this, the inaugural Coffee Stop Awards. I’ve listed them all below. If you’d like to know who I voted for in each award, clink on the link (although I’m the first to admit that my choices were rather arbitrary!).
- Best Coffee Shop in London
- Coolest Baristas
- Best for London’s Cyclists
- Best Coffee Roasted in London
- Best Coffee Shop Chain
- Tastiest Bakes and Cakes
- Best Use of Social Media
- Best For Working out of Office
- Best New Coffee Shop
- Best London Coffee Blog
As I might have mentioned, I’m in the running for the Best London Coffee Blog. Initially I found this deeply ironic, since I don’t really think of myself as a London Coffee Blogger. Indeed, I go out of my way to blog about places outside London. However, I went back to check and was surprised that I’ve covered 45 Coffee Spots in the last 18 months! Honestly, I had no idea it was that many. Maybe I am a London Coffee Blogger after all!
However, I feel it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention all the other great bloggers who are up for the award. The full list is presented below. Click on the link and have a look around the various blogs, make up your mind and then vote for one of us (you can click on my link to do that; it seemed silly to link to the Coffee Spot since you’re already here!).
- Peter Thompson, The Coffee Hunter
- London Café Review
- 100 Cups of London Coffee
- Chloe, The Faerietale Foodie
- A Southern Belle in London
Please do take time to have a look at all these blogs. They are all very good; I know four of the bloggers personally and they all do an excellent job. You can also have a look at what fellow-bloggers 100 Cups of London Coffee and liquidjolt think of the awards and who they voted for in each category.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took the trouble to vote in the Awards, regardless of who you voted for. If you’d like to find out who won, check out my report on the Awards Ceremony.
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