Gail’s Bakery has awarded Marianna Hives from its Crouch End outlet the Coffee Master 2012 barista title, as part of its Coffee Olympics.The London artisan bakery chain, which has just recently opened its 11th outlet in Chelsea, held its annual coffee competition at its Notting Hill branch on Monday (25 June). Gail’s employees competed against one another for the top barista title, judged by a team from coffee bean supplier Union Hand-Roasted and Tom Molnar, co-owner of Gail’s.Molnar told British Baker: “We want to create an environment for our employees where they want to train and offer that opportunity to work on and upgrade their skills. Our focus is usually on our bread, so this was a chance to celebrate our coffee offering.”Hives went up against four other head baristas from Gail’s and was required to make one espresso and one signature espresso-based drink. Her winning creation was a glass glazed with chocolate then frozen, filled with mint syrup and espresso.Gail’s Coffee Olympics also included a team category, which saw two members from the business’ 11 bakery and coffee shop outlets go head-to-head. The competitors, who must be trained at a Union Hand-Roasted Level 2 standard, had to make two single espressos, two single cappuccinos and one flat white coffee in seven minutes.Three teams were then chosen to take part in a final competition and make a further selection of coffees, which were adjudicated by the judging panel and two additional technical experts.First place went to Gail’s Soho team, with the Exmouth Market brand placing second and Crouch End coming in third.
The beloved Gov’t Mule settled into NYC’s historic Beacon Theatre for the first of two shows along a highly anticipated New Year’s run. With very little clue as to what they’re planning for New Year’s Eve, Mule got to work on a rocking show that featured a number of great covers, special guests, and of course some of the band’s classic tunes.The show opened with a pair of covers in ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” and The Beatles’ “And Your Bird Can Sing”, and the band kept up the energy with jams on “Temporary Saint” and “When The World Gets Small.” Warren Haynes and co paid tribute to Prince with a “When Doves Cry” that also flipped back and forth between “Beautifully Broken.”Set two brought more of the guests for the run, as Marcus King, Steve Holley & Paul Ill joined in for a take on the Marshall Tucker Band classic, “Can’t You See.” King stayed on for another great selection, trading licks with Haynes on “Freeway Jam.” The magic wasn’t over, as Jimmy Vivino later emerged for a jam on “The Other One”, and stayed for a cover of Deep Purple’s “Hush” with another very special guest, Carmine Appice. Vivino would return with Mule for the encore of Robert Johnson’s “32/20 Blues”.Check out a full slate of videos below, courtesy of Sean Roche.Mule will return to the Beacon tonight, December 31st, to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York! Check out the setlist from last night, below.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 12/30/16Set One:Just Got PaidAnd Your Bird Can SingTemporary SaintWhen The World Gets SmallMule > with Getaway teaseI’ve Been Working > with Auld Lang Syne teaseMuleDoing It To DeathWhen Doves Cry >Beautifully Broken >When Doves Cry >Beautifully Broken with Come As You Are & While My Guitar Gently Weeps teasesI’m A Ram >54/46 Was My Number >I’m A RamSet Two:Steppin’ LightlyMr. High & MightyBrand New AngelNeed Your Love So BadCan’t You See with Marcus King, Steve Holley & Paul Ill, without Matt Abts & Jorgen CarlssonFreeway Jam with Marcus KingFallen Down >The Other One Jam with Jimmy VivinoHush with Jimmy Vivino & Carmine AppiceEncore:32/20 Blues with Jimmy Vivino[Photo by Heath Robson // Gov’t Mule FB]