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Entry from June 14, 2019
Floater Coffee (cream coffee)

A “floater coffee” is coffee with sugar, and with cream floating on top. Liquor may be added, such as Drambuie, Tia Maria, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, Disaronno, Cointreau, Captain Morgans or Courvoisier.

It’s not known where floater coffee originated, but it was popular at the Berni Inn chain of British steakhouses (1955-1995) and is served at many Indian restaurants in the United Kingdom.


Wikipedia: Berni Inn
Berni Inn was a chain of British steakhouses, established in 1955. It was established by brothers Frank and Aldo Berni, who modelled the chain on restaurants they had seen in America. (...) By 1970 the chain comprised 147 hotels and restaurants, including the New Inn at Gloucester, the Mitre at Oxford, and several in Japan. It was the largest food chain outside the USA. (...) Berni Inn was sold to Whitbread in 1995, who converted the outlets into their own Beefeater and Brewers Fayre restaurants.

15 August 1999, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, UK), “Sunday Special,” pg. 44:
I settled sanctimoniously for the floater coffee (pounds 1.25) but it was so sweet it probably contained more calories than everyone else’s combined.

Google Groups: alt.fan.dragons
Light Dark
Arcaton
10/6/03
(...)
Like a floater coffee or a pint of Guinness.....
one samples the dark part through the light part

3 June 2010, Evening Post (Bristol, UK), “Turning Nepalese: Review Kathmandu Colston Tower, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 4XE. Tel: 0117 9294455” by Mark Taylor, pg. 3:
There is something reassuringly retro about the humble floater coffee. Once the preserve of Berni Inns and seaside hotels, they are still a permanent fixture on the laminated dessert menu of most Indian restaurants.

Twitter
Sophie
@sophiehurry
just had a floater coffee (where the cream floats on top) it was tasty!
11:44 AM - 6 Mar 2011

YouTube
How to make a floater coffee - Christmas Special
Rowenaks
Published on Jan 7, 2012

Twitter
Mike Cox MBE
@Mike_J_Cox
Decided to relive the 70s tonight, had a floater coffee, Berni Inn style. Had forgotten how nice it was.
5:25 PM - 24 Mar 2012

Twitter
Paul Morgan
@drpaulmorgan
Replying to @keeper9
@keeper9 Floater coffee = coffee with a layer of double cream on the top
3:05 AM - 3 Dec 2012

YouTube
How to make a perfect floater coffee-Indian restaurant cooking -Indian Cooking-Pabda20
Indian Restaurant Cooking
Published on Jan 5, 2013
How to make a perfect floater coffee, to make a floater coffee you need to warm the coffee glass first,then add sugar and coffee stir,leave for few second so sugar and coffee thickens together the slowly using a spoon pour in single cream or double cream.
same method use to make Irish,French and orange coffee all you have to do is add the liqueur.

Twitter
radical rambler 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 🇮🇱 🏳️‍🌈
@Roy_Noon
Replying to @VickieTite
@VickieTite @Titey81 @titey08 Floater Coffee with whipped cream? Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Where was this - plopsaland?
1:12 AM - 12 May 2013

Twitter
\The Plough & Furrow
@ThePloughFurrow
Fancy something hot, exciting & Italian? Who doesn’t! Try our delicious cream floater coffee with amaretto http://ow.ly/YT6mT
5:50 AM - 9 Mar 2016

Twitter
Hally
@HallyGolightly
Got Kahlua & Vodka so I’ve sorted it. Looks like an Irish floater coffee my mother drank at the Berni in the 80’s because of the glass
5:37 PM - 2 Dec 2016

Twitter
Wendy Davies
@bakemakeshare
Who needs one of these on a cold miserable day☁️❄️ Floater Coffee infused with Baileys & topped with double cream!
7:50 AM - 22 Jan 2017 from Carlton, England

Twitter
Grannet 🕯
@Grannets_tweets
People who stir cream into floater coffee need to die horrifically
5:52 PM - 24 Mar 2017

YouTube
How To: Make a Floater Coffee
Cute Head
Published on Jul 30, 2017
How to make a floater coffee (cream coffee)

Twitter
Theoldfriar_Twywell
@Theoldfriar
Floater Coffee? Choose from; Drambuie, Tia Maria, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, Disaronno, Cointreau, Captain Morgans or Courvoisier......
1:30 PM - 30 Jan 2018

Twitter
CJSparse
@CJSparse_
First time ever trying a Floater Coffee only theglobeinnbath it’s got everything I love in a coffee. Sugar base, coffee and cream on top. Let’s see how it goes 🙃 #sundayroast… https://www.instagram.com/p/BvZbTjQjOeZ/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=16vkztv54jsfq
12:11 PM - 24 Mar 2019

Twitter
🤣 The Dad Joke Man 😉
@DadJokeMan
Anyone else always laugh when they see ‘Floater coffee’ on a menu ?! 😆😆😆🙈🙈
(Menu reads: “FLOATER COFFEE...3.25 Americano topped with double cream.”—ed.)
4:24 PM - 14 Jun 2019

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