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Highgate cafe loses its zest for organic food after bakers hit by ingredient shortage

PUBLISHED: 16:48 14 April 2013

The notice in Le Pain Quotidien. Picture: Twitter/@LinguaSocMedia

The notice in Le Pain Quotidien. Picture: Twitter/@LinguaSocMedia

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There was a double-whammy of cafe catastrophes for the people of Highgate this week.

Not only did the much-loved Kalendar fall foul of Camden environmental health officers, but the Highgate Village branch of Le Pain Quotidien had a problem with one of its raisin Danish pastries.

A notice was placed in the Belgian chain in Highgate High Street to tell customers that its bakers had been hit by a shortage of organic orange zest.

The upshot? They could no longer claim that their raisin Danish was 100 per cent organic.

In the interests of total transparency, Le Pain Quotidien printed up a sign to inform clientele that the pastries were only 97.45 per cent organic, due to the use of a non-organic replacement.

Twitter user @LinguaSocMedia, who alerted Heathman to the news, posted wryly: “Definitely a first world problem.”

A spokesman for Le Pain Quotidien said the issue has now been resolved and the organic zest restored.


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