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about {kafi};

brewing a traceable cup

Kafi is an independently owned coffee bar in London, carefully hand crafting the best cup of coffee for you. We strive to master the intricacies of a wide spectrum of brewing methods to serve an outstanding cup of coffee as well as teas and wellness lattes. A wonderful journey awaits of everything curated at our coffee bar to give a lasting visual and sensory experience. We want people to take a break from their fast paced lives and enjoy a calm moment with their favorite beverage which has been created leveraging our traceable and sustainable model.

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our {coffee menu(extraction)};

+ESPRESSO

Crafting a recipe and seamless execution helps in extracting an excellent espresso. Careful monitoring of weight, temperature, pressure, even distribution of freshly ground coffee beans and well balanced purified water, a path is formed to brew a concentrated cup of coffee whereby the barista accomplishes the task with patience and practice. A perfect espresso shot offers an equilibrium of balance, acidity, viscosity, sweetness, and depth with transcending congruence.
BREW TIME: 25-45 secs
Equipment: Grinder, Scale, Espresso Machine

+Pour Over

Pour Over Coffee is a perfect symphony of whirlpools and eddies along with captivating aroma of the freshly ground coffee beans to extract an even and balanced cup. The process to extract via pouring is exceptionally modest yet exceedingly compounded requiring few simple tools. Pour Over will be reminiscent of one from a everyday drip coffeemaker, but noticeably more delicate and complex. A persistent pour, breezy bloom and uniform separation are key elements of a pour over.
BREW TIME: 3-5 mins
Equipment: Grinder, Scale, V60, Goose Neck Kettle, Filter

+SIPHON

Absolute immersion of the freshly ground coffee beans is truly accomplished in an apparatus comprising of two vacuum chambers & leveraging vapor pressure. The siphon process is captivating and enthralling which aids in crafting an evenly balanced and cultivated cup that can be relished by both a coffee tyro or a coffee connoisseur. One of the most fascinating brewing method which desires to be witnessed for appreciating the complexity of the multifarious coffee bean.
BREW TIME: 1-3 mins
Equipment: Grinder, Scale, Siphon, Filter, Burner

+COLD BREW

With a bit of fortitude and ingenuity, a slow and cold extraction process is prepared to concoct a delicious and flavorful cup of coffee. A quick extraction setup paralleled with a delayed separation of coffee compounds benefits a very balanced cold brew drink seemly for all seasons. Long brewing time along with pure nitrogen infusion characterizes our nitro brew. Selection of precise coffee bean variety & roast along with an even grind size marks the foundation of this modest extraction process.
BREW TIME: 16-24 hours
Equipment: Grinder, Scale, Cold Brew Bucket, Filter, N2 Gas
 
 

our {tea menu(extraction)};

+INFUSION

The oldest methods of unearthing delightful flavors by hydrating any loose leaf teas with careful selection of appropriate water temperature and volume at a preset time. Charmingly simple yet entailing careful precision of measuring and steeping every loose leaf tea variety with spring quality water results in drawing out subtle flavors. After using loose tea leaves once in the pot during first infusion, loose leaves can be used for subsequent infusions for providing eternal pleasure.
BREW TIME: 3-5 mins
Equipment: Scale, Tea Pot

+ESPRESSO

Unique extraction method to produce a key component of our natural tea menu option whereby meticulous selection of seasonal fresh fruits and herbs is incorporated with our healthiest loose leaf tea espresso shot. The fresh ingredients are paired with our applicable single origin loose leaf tea variety and infused with locally sourced honey from bee hives placed all over London. Enjoyed hot or cold, natural tea with Green Tea Espresso Shot would augment brightness which can complement either a gloomy or sunny day by bestowing a perfect dose of anti-oxidants. Chai is also incorporated with our Black Loose Leaf Tea Espresso shot.
BREW TIME: 25-45 secs
Equipment: Grinder, Scale, Espresso Machine

+SIPHON

Siphon is perfect for executing the chemical process required by our careful selection of loose leaf tea varieties which allows exposure of teas leaves to complete immersion in clean distilled water at appropriate temperature. The brewing process is perfect for extracting flavors from our blacks, oolongs and rooibos tea varieties leveraging glass chambers through vacuum and vapor pressure. After perfecting the Siphon Coffee, we applied this fascinating method for brewing our single origin teas.
BREW TIME: 2-4 mins
Equipment: Scale, Siphon, Burner, Filter

+COLD BREW

Drinks on tap accentuates the craft of brewing with perfection. Application of long brewing time to our selection of loose leaf tea varieties heightens the multitude of our tea offerings as well as inspire the extraction of complex and composed flavor notes. Infusion with pure nitrogen spawns a nitro brew tea predilection which transcends the selection of draft brew offerings available anywhere on tap and compliments well with our brewing techniques.
BREW TIME: 16-24 hours
Equipment: Scale, Cold Brew Bucket, Mesh, N2 Gas
 
 
 

our {wellness lattes(ingredients)};

+Beetroot (rojo)

We prepare our beetroot extract by using fresh beets and serve it in our rojo latte. Beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, usually known as beet, also table beet, garden beet, red beet, or golden beet. It is one of several of the cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and their leaves (called beet greens). Most beet products are made from Beta vulgaris varieties, particularly sugar beet.


+Turmeric (Kurkuma)

We prepare our turmeric extract by using fresh turmeric roots and serve it in our kurkuma latte. Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The plant is rhizomatous, herbaceous, and perennial, and is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.


+Ginger (kurkuma, chai)

We prepare our ginger extract by using fresh ginger roots and serve it in our kurkuma & chai latte. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant of family Zingiberaceae which is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems (false stems made of the rolled bases of leaves) about a meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforests from the Indian subcontinent to Southern Asia where ginger plants show considerable genetic variation.


+Spices (chai, nights watch)

We prepare our peppercorn extract by using black peppercorns drupes and serve it in our charcoal latte. Black Pepper comes from the flowering vine family of piperaceae cultivated as a fruite, dried & used as a spice. Pepper is native to South Asia & Southeast Asia, and has been known to Indian cooking since 2000 BCE. We brew our chai latte by grinding cardamom, clove & black pepper with loose leaf tea. Cloves come from the family Myrtaceae and native to the Maluku Islands (or Moluccas) in Indonesia. Cardamom comes from seeds of several plants in genera Elettaria & Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae. Both genera are native to Indian subcontinent & Indonesia. Also incorporated in runners' high.


+charcoal (nights watch)

We use activated charcoal powder in crafting our charcoal latte. Activated charcoal has a porous surface which means it has millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind and remove unwanted materials. It has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and gas, that can then be carried out of the body.

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our {model};

We in Kafi started with a vision to create a sustainable coffee cup. We drafted a model for our coffee bar and established the following listed goals to promote sustainable brewing while protecting our surroundings. With all these steps, we hope to inspire others and pave a way for wider adoption of the model by undertakings across our industry.

+ Go Local

The procurement plays an important part of the model as it helps us to understand supply chain, sourcing and supplier relationships. We diligently explored, identified and interviewed local vendors & suppliers to understand their supply chain. We then carefully selected our partners who are based locally and made decisions to procure items & materials with a similar conscientious and scrupulous selection process. Sourcing locally helps in reducing our carbon footprint and impact to our surroundings. It also promotes local wealth and helps forge lasting friendships thereby generating greater sense of community.

+ Traceability

Traceability is another pillar to our model as it helps us understand the journey of our raw materials and how everything is connected in today's globally economy. We made a conscious effort to educate and inform our self and pass on the information to our customers about the items including food, wares and other materials procured and sourced through our various local suppliers and partners. Tracing items and raw materials helps us understand the impact of sourcing and trade decisions and how it impacts our ecology, environment and our choices as consumers.

+ Direct Sourcing

A model only works if we are supporting farmers and producers to make the right choices while growing our raw materials everyday. We may be able to trace our raw materials for a sustainable sourcing model but it would be of no avail if we are not supporting the people on the ground. We made sure that our partners are working with farmers and their families to make it worthwhile for them to continue their effort of following expedient agricultural practices. Global sourcing often requires comprehending complex trading laws but we expect our suppliers to ensure compensation of fair prices to the growers by collabrating directly with importers.

+ Maker Movement

We continuously reviewed our business plan to identify opportunities of hand making and fulfilling some of our material needs. We decided to craft our wellness latter recipes with ingredients where we can handmade our extracts. The ingredients were selected based on the adherence to our tracing and sourcing model. All our extracts are natural with no preservatives and enriched with locally sourced honey to add more nutrients and a bit of shelf life. We also moved forward in getting our wares hand made in east london by working directly with a talented potter and were delighted by the aesthetics and warmth of our cups.

+ Re-Lifecycle

It never occured to us that the marketplace has a wide gap in product offerings which are made from recycled material vs products which can be recycled for future use. Hence it became a challenge to only source recycled products and adapted to following philosophies, (1) source materials which can be recycled and composted such as all our take away cups and lids (though we strongly encourage to bring your own cups) (2) procure 100% recycled materials such as all our glass light fixtures, water glasses and menu/loyalty cards (3) avoid need of recycling by sourcing our Dairy in glass bottles and returning them to our supplier for reuse.

+ Re-Claim

Sometimes it is easier to mold materials to give them second chances to shine again then to recycle or worse landfill them. We are thrilled to work with the Wood Recycling Center @ St Albans who not only collect and reclaim old wood pallets and industrial wood planks but also employ people who may find it difficult to find a job. All our furniture and the coffee bar has been designed and made with reclaimed wood from the center. We were also diligent in saving and reusing materials while building our cafe and also decided to not upgrade/modify our WC to align with the cafe design as it was clean and functional.

+ Living wages

We made a commitment to support people who are going to help us make this model viable and achievable in the long run. We want to provide a safe and enjoyable working environment along with fair wages and pensions/vacations to everyone who has committed to help us implement and execute this model on day to day basis.

+ Community Support

Our cafe is part of the community and we are making great strides to partner with non-profits and other charitable organizations in our area. We want to actively work with local organizations and start supporting them in their different visions and goals. We would encourage feedback from our customers and partners to help us achieve this goal.

+ You

The sustenance and commercial success of the model will only be conceived if you, our patrons, are not seeking out the businesses who are actively working to implement such models. You form the foundation of all our pillars as you have the power to choose and invest your time, effort and money for seeking out the most sustainable cup of your favorite beverage. So please support us in our journey and do remember to bring a cup.

find us at:

20 Cleveland Street

Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4JA

monday - friday

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

saturday - sunday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

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