Krema Artisan Coffee House

Krema Artisan Coffee House

Krema Artisan Coffee House



When I was last In Farnham some weeks ago, I noticed two new coffee shops in Downing Street. I looked in, but that was as far as I got, no time for a coffee. I did though notice they were both very busy. Next time, try the coffee.

Saturday I was in Farnham by early afternoon.

I decided to try Krema, the grey looking one, formerly a tea shop.

Stripped to bare brick walls, chalk boards, cakes (though no cookies), solid wooden tables, old school chairs, a little crowded, coffee sourced from Horsham coffee roasters, bags of coffee for sale, even showed roast date.

I ordered a cappuccino. Freshly ground, not scalding hot. No problem with the coffee. Not gold standard, but certainly good.

The soup, pea and spinach and mint, was excellent. Generous portion size.

A very twee toilet.

The one thing I did not like, the so-called artisan bread served with the soup. Far better bread can be had than this.

The barista was a bit miserable, could do with lightening up a bit, and be pleased people are taking an interest in the coffee.

It is difficult to see why anyone drinks the undrinkable coffee in Costa, Caffe Nero or tax-dodging Starbucks, when excellent coffee is served in Krema.

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4 Responses to “Krema Artisan Coffee House”

  1. Alex Says:

    I completely agree with you, I cannot comprehend why people spend good money on the undrinkable coffee in places like Costa and Starbucks when there are so many places like this producing fantastic coffees today! It’s not as though they’re the cheap option and it simply isn’t good tasting coffee. It’s a shame that you had a miserable barista here though. I think that if someone is promoting themselves as an Artisan Coffee House then you should really get the sense that they love coffee, are coffee-enthusiasts and want to share this enthusiasm with you through both their attitude and the coffee itself.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Yes, it was excellent coffee (though by no means gold standard), soup was excellent too (shame about the rubbish so-called artisan bread).

    But agreed, the barista needs to loosen up a bit.

    In a guide to coffee shops in the north of England, Northern Independent Coffee Guide, there is a section on baristas. The required skill, is not only the ability to turn out a decent coffee, have an understanding of coffee, it is also the abailty to discus the art of coffee with the coffee drinker. A skill clearly lacking in Krema.

    As a rule, I found baristas only too happy to discus their coffee. This is certainly true of the owner of Barista Lounge. There a different problem, staff clueless on coffee. If I wished to drrink disgusting coffee, I would visit Costa or Caffe Nero or tax dodging Starbucks.

    If you wish to try high quality coffee, then you need to visit what was Turn Fit Deli in Guildford. It has now changed to Surrey Hills Coffee, who are coffee roasters and this is now their outlet.

    Turn Fit Deli has morphed into Turn Fit Studio.

    I agree, when there is good coffee to be found, it is perverse people drink the disgusting brew in Costa, Caffee Nero or tax-dodging Starbucks.

  3. keithpp Says:

    Possibly being a little too harsh.

    Guy may have had a hard day, maybe not the talkative type.

    I was in Krema today. excellent soup (far better bread), excellent cappuccino, and and the barista went out of his way to be helpful, seeking views.

    At he end of the day, I would rather be honest and relaxed at being themselves, than the forced plastic smile in the ghastly chains.

  4. keithpp Says:

    On subsequent visits, the bread has been excellent.

    Had not long opened, probably teething problems.

    Now has settled down, excellent coffee,and in the winter months, excellent soup.

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