A taste of “The Black Mountain” at The Black Penny We’re excited to announce we have teamed up with Speyside Distillery, a boutique producer of luxury malt whiskies based in the Highlands, to serve Beinn Dubh, a brand new single malt ruby black whisky. A shot of this uniquely dark whiskey will be added to any coffee (at your request at the cost of 1p) between 10am and 12 noon, from Monday to Friday until the end of January. “Beinh Dubh” translates as “Black Mountain,” in homage to the whisky’s ruby black tone and the rich darkness of the Scottish highlands it hails from. Beinh Dubh complements both dark and light coffees; its deep fruits, currants and dark chocolate top notes blend delicately with the subtle fruit and deep cocoa flavours of our Alchemy Opus beans – while providing a lively contrast to the bright, fruity tang of the Alchemy Opus we use for milkier coffees such as lattes and flat whites. Who’d have thought a touch of the Scottish Highlands could warm you up in the morning?

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Craving a healthy beverage? Matcha is the tasty tonic of choice for Zen Buddhists. Packed with goodness and bursting with health benefits, matcha (also referred to as “that amazing green thing”), is a refreshingly sweet source of energy and nutrition. Supped daily by devout Buddhists across the globe, matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves. After hand-picking only the finest buds, tea farmers crumble and de-vein the leaves for a purer taste before stone-grinding into a beautifully bright, green powder. This is the same vivid green matcha we brew with at The Black Penny. A small spoon of the potent powder is whisked with a zigzag motion into boiled water, producing a deep, sweet tea packed with powerful antioxidants. To make a matcha latte, just add milk, like we have in the image above. We hope you enjoy matcha as much as your body will. Fun Fact: While matcha originates from the Tang Dynasty, Western Chefs have been know to combine its unique flavour with cheesecake, swiss roll, and other sweet treats.

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The next Black Penny seminar is one for all the foodie photographers out there… We’re teaming up with Coralie Grassin of Teatime In Wonderland fame, for a masterclass in taking pictures of your breakfast, lunch, dinner – and everything in between. Whether you’re a busy blogger with a wish to polish up your posts, or an enthusiastic instagrammer looking to add professionalism to online presence, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a new perspective on food photography. So grab your Canon (or camera phone) and get to snapping! Contact for tickets that cost just one penny.

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