Carolyn raises a mug to the cafe culture

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AND here’s another city university worker with another blog - although this one is perhaps a little more sober.

Journalism lecturer and self-confessed tea addict Carolyn Waudby has visited cafés across Europe over the last 18 months and has now launched the part-review and part-autobiography to coincide with next month’s Sheffield Food Festival. From Barcelona to Lisbon, and from Paris to The Blue Moon, in St James Street, she’s stopped off for a brew in dozens of different spots as part of her research.

Why? Because, the one-time Star reporter, of Walkley, reckons there is nowhere like a good café to spend a languid afternoon.

We reckon Pete, featured above, would disagree - but, as Carolyn points out, ale isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

“Cafés are underrated,” says the 44-year-old who works at Sheffield Hallam University. “Our society tends to be dominated by pub culture, but some people like to chill with a coffee. Independent cafés are under threat from multi-national companies so I hope the blog can help good cafés be celebrated.”

She talks cakes, cream teas and cappuccinos, as well as offering personal anecdotes in the reviews, which include pieces on Fusion, in Arundel Street, and Twenty Two, in Norfolk Row.

We’ll raise our mug to that.

n Visit www.cafestocontemplate.com