Carte Noire interactive window installation at Westfield Stratford

Carte Noire interactive window installation at Westfield Stratford

Coffee: The perfect way to start a day. The perfect way to end a meal. A pick me up. A wind me down. The drug of my choice.

I have written about coffee before, many a times on this blog. I love coffee. I would even dare to say I am a coffee aficionada. Ideally, mine is a single espresso from freshly ground beans, topped up with steaming hot frothy milk.

My other love, however, doesn’t always allow for that perfect café latte. Travelling (unless I am travelling to Italy) means I have be a little inventive to come up with something that’s similarly delicious yet easily accessible.

The house we are renting in France each summer has all but an espresso machine. It was during our first summer down south that I discovered Carte Noire. Little sticks filled with whole bean, 100% Arabica instant coffee. Pour it in a cup and top up with hot milk – et voila, the quickest yet most intense café latte you can hope for.

To discover the intensity inside every tin of Wholebean Instant, Carte Noire has created a window display like you’ve never seen before. The interactive installation is up at Westfield Stratford for the last day today – pop by if you are in the area. Or if you are looking for an excuse to go shopping…

For a chance to win a year’s worth of Carte Noire instant wholebean coffee, leave me a comment and tell me a little about your coffee love. Competition closes on Monday, 22 April 2013 at noon.

If you miss the competiotion, you can still enter on Facebook.


This competition is now closed. And the winner is…

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sarahsscribbles. Many congrats!


  1. Julie Norris says

    Coffee is the only thing that has kept me awake during the first 4 months of little L’s life. It’s cheaper, healthier and tastier than cocaine… Oh and legal xx

  2. olivia kirby says

    My husband loves coffee. I don’t drink it often, I’m more into my tea! Tom drinks coffee all the time.

  3. In Switzerland and a massive fan of Roger Federer, I have given in and bought a Nespresso machine. There was no other choice. I too am a fan of milk of the frothy variety.

  4. Georgina Duncan says

    There is nothing I like more than coming downstairs after a night up with my 12 week old, to smell the freshly ground coffee beans that my hubby roasts himself. We have deliveries of green coffee beans and then he gets the roaster out. The downside, it is a time consuming exercise, but worth the wait!

  5. Margarita says

    With the lack of sleep I have, thanks to my darling baby boy, my survival tactics involve multiple coffees, daily! I am a bit if a coffee snob, only the best will do!

  6. Get yourself a small Bialetti espresso coffee pot and take it on your travels, together with your favourite coffee. You really cannot beat coffee from these little pots. We’ve packed up our fancy schmancy crazy expensive espresso machine and only use the Bialetti. The perfect start to the day.

  7. Suita says

    Have had coffee in different places, in cafes, restaurants and road side hawker stalls. Nothing beats the coffee my mum makes , milk boiled over the stove and poured into coffee beaten with a little hot water then poured to and fro 2 cups till it gets frothy. Or maybe it’s just coz she’s made it for me that makes all the difference 🙂

  8. Please enter me in this amazing coffee competition. I have trouble functioning without my morning (ALL DAY) coffee: I have trouble remembering my name, where I live, what I do at work and have a habit of spilling my food down myself without it. I dont have kiddies to keep me awake, but I do have a rather noisy other half who snores like a camel….. ANYWHO… yeah… I need coffee….

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