Archive for November, 2019

Mind the Cup

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna to find Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Mind the Cup named by Buzzfeed as one of 25 coffee shops must visit in the world.

via Metro

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

Buy a Metro ticket for 24 hours at Acropoli Metro Station. Had I noticed, I would have bought from ticket office as was open, rather than struggle with ticket machines.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna.

I was after Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Not a pleasant area, at least not walking along the busy polluted roads, but Kudu excellent coffee shop, excellent coffee.

But tea pigs tea, no way.

Dinner in Plaka. It had been a wet day, I half expected to find restaurant closed, instead I find a party.

Late night party until gone midnight, everywhere dark. Excellent musician playing.

A day of no sun

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, awoke and arose late.

No sun. A day of thunderstorms and heavy rain, the streets awash with water.

A day for the Metro.

Foyer espresso bar

November 28, 2019

After Philos and Graffito on to Foyer espresso bar. It has now turned cold.

Look in sister shop next door, bought nuts and dried figs.

Excellent coffee in Foyer espresso bar.

Foyer espresso bar has guest coffees. I recommended for them a few roasteries I was familiar with.

It has tuned cold. I take the Metro to Acropoli.

Graffito

November 28, 2019

After a coffee at Taresso, went off in search of Graffito a few minuses walk away.

I learnt no coffee shop, closed at least two years ago. Strange how no one had ever mentioned. Now I know why, it no longer exists.

An interesting shop, well designed. Could be summed up as style, slow fashion.

I passed by Philos, sympathetic restoration of an old building, a pity they serve Illy coffee.

When Graffito hosted a coffee shop, they sourced coffee from Kudo. I suggested they may wish to recommend Kudo to Philos next door.

Philos

November 28, 2019

In search of Grafitto, I passed by Philos, sympathetic restoration of an old building, a pity they serve Illy coffee.

On sale magazines, only one of quality, Cereal.

I suggested drop the rest, choose Standart, Drift, Ambrosia.

I also suggested dump Illy coffee and source coffee from a local coffee roaster, Taresso, Taf, Kudos, Mr Bean, Safid.

Helpful lady told me depends on the machine, freshly ground coffee, skilled barista.

I agree, therefore please do not insult with Illy coffee.

Philos has the potential to be be an excellent coffee shop, and I would have loved to have stopped for a coffee, as the ambience was excellent, but let down by the coffee.

Improve the coffee, focus on quality magazines.

Graffito which I found next door, style and slow fashion.

Cappuccino at Taresso

November 28, 2019

After vile tasting coffee at Nespresso flagship store in Kolonaki, a relief excellent coffee in Taresso.

At Taresso an excellent cappuccino.

Dropped off guest coffee.

I had wished to visit Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies then Mokka, but no time.

As nearby, I decide to visit coffee shop in Graffito. I learnt it closed at least two years ago.

Nespresso flagship store Kolonaki

November 28, 2019

I often pass by the Nespresso flagship store in Kolonaki on my way to taresso.

Window display Nordic range. I looked in.

I want to try the best you have on offer.

Nordic range, is that to express the best coffee from Scandinavia?

Clueless, did not understand my question.

I was offered strong, I assumed meant dark over roasted. What flavour? Er. The coffee so bad has to have added flavour to take away the vile taste?

I was told all the coffee quality.

I settled for a cappuccino, getting nowhere in what to choose.

Baffled how cappuccino made.

A jar with milk brought out, attached to the Nespresso machine.

What comes out all froth. Looks disgusting tastes disgusting. Scalding hot, all foam and froth.

Next I try an espresso. Scalding hot, vile taste.

Seriously how can anyone drink this crap coffee?

I learnt all the Nespresso machines the same, big difference in price, from less than a 100 euros to several hundred euros, but that difference is the external appearance, what gizmos attached, internally all the same machine.

Price of most expensive capsules 5.5 euros for ten capsules. If calculate price for 250 g, very high price paid for cheap low quality coffee.

Why was I even trying undrinkable coffee?

Several days ago previous, I commented at The Underdog on a Nespresso machine on the bar, more than commented, shock horror. On the shelves what looked like egg boxes for quail eggs. These I learnt were Nespresso capsules but not Nespreesso coffee, each box 18 capsules. 20 euros Ethiopian, 30 euros Panama Geisha, roasted by The Underdog, put into capsules in Moscow.

I tried Panama Geisha in a 60 euros Nespresso machine. It was wow, I could not believe how good it was. Not what would expect from a Nespresso machine.

Hence the moral of this story, if have wasted money on an Nespresso machine, buy quality coffee not from Nespresso.

Cost wise, yes the Panama Geisha expensive, special treat.

If the Ethiopian, less than double what would pay for expensive but crap coffee from Nespresso.

There was mention in the Nespresso store that the capsules could be recycled. This I did not follow up. I now had the vile taste of Nespresso to be rid of.

It was to Taresso for a decent cup of coffee.

Walking the streets of Athens

November 28, 2019

First day of November.

I wished to visit The Acropolis, maybe Hill of the Muses, Ancient Agora, but a cool day, very windy, I decided not.

Walked through the National Garden and out the far end. A maze of paths, easy to get lost.

Looked in the Benaki Museum but did not stop, a 9 euros entrance fee and little time. Maybe a different day when have more time.

To Kolonaki, to Taresso.

Passed by by Nespesso flag ship store in Kolonaki. Undrinkable coffee, leaves vile taste in the mouth.

Seriously how can anyone drink this crap coffee?

At Taresso an excellent cappuccino.

Dropped off guest coffee.

I had wished to visit Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies then Mokka, but no time.

As nearby, I decide to visit coffee shop in Graffito. I learnt it closed at least two years ago.

I passed by Philos, sympathetic restoration of an old building, a pity they serve Illy coffee, as potentially an excellent coffee shop.

On to Foyer espresso bar. It has now turned cold.

Look in sister shop next door, buy nuts and dried figs.

Excellent coffee in Foyer espresso bar.

I take Metro back. Two stops on Red line to Acropoli. Saves walking when cold.

Dinner in Plaka. Musician who played at party last night of October. They are joined by a female singer.

Tsipoura excellent.

Cappuccino at Craft Coffee

November 28, 2019

When passing through or by King’s Cross Station it is always worth having an extra half an hour to spare to visit the excellent food market located outside the front of the station., then wander down the side of the station to find Craft Coffee.

Craft Coffee, a little stall, serves some of the best coffee in London.

Today Guatemalan roasted by Notes.

Occasionally bags of the coffee served, but not today.

Best coffee I have had since Athens.


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