Food: The Young Barista


Coffee connoisseurship is definitely having a moment and one of the most interesting ventures we have come across lately is Callum Hale Thomson’s coffee shop Espresso Incognito in London’s East End.

At the tender age of fifteen Callum recently came third place in the UK Barista Championships for London and South East England and runs Espresso Incognito in hip art gallery Five Hundred Dollars. Opening hours are limited to the first and second Thursday of each month and by special appointment only as the young barista – like most regular 15 year olds – is attending school full-time. Interested in coffee since the age of nine, Callum uses beans from famous UK supplier Square Mile Coffee Roasters, roasted just around the corner in Bethnal Green. Promoting his coffee interest and business venture through his own website Young Barista as well as a twitter account, this savvy fifteen year old is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Read the recent “twitterview” by the New York Times here for some serious inspiration on both young entrepreneurship and gourmet coffee tasting.

For more trends related to food check out our recent Food Trends report in Attitudes.

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