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Cappuccino Café Amárena

June 3, 2019

Late night cappuccino at Café Amárena.

OK but not great.

Problem is neither barista nor espresso machine, the problem is poor quality coffee used. Ideally also need better grinders, Mythos One for espresso, EK 43 for pour over and cold brew.

No excuse when these days spoilt for choose, many excellent coffee roasteries to choose from, both for beans for espresso and single origin for filter coffee, though not in Cyprus. (see below)

Having said that, far better than anything will get in Protaras.

Earlier in the evening, had passed by Starbucks, as always when pass by, empty. Sunday as an act of desperation, Starbucks illegally hawking their drinks Fig Tree Bay.

Whilst at Café Amárena a cold drip tower on the counter slowly brewing, one dip a second.

As a foot note a few suggestions from where to source coffee.

  • England
    • Hasbean
    • Square Mile
    • Horsham Coffee Roasters
    • Dark Woods
    • Caravan
    • Origin
    • Alchemy
    • Girls Who Grind
    • Cartwheel Coffee
    • Pharmacie
  • Athens
    • Taf
    • The Underdog
    • Taresso
    • Mind the Cup
  • Berlin
    • The Barn
    • Five Elephant
    • Bonanza

Starbucks Protaras touting for business

June 2, 2019

Whenever pass by, Starbucks Protaras always empty.

Now signs of desperation, Sunday illegally touting for business, handing out free drinks Fig Tree Bay.

It is easy to see why always empty. Two places to drink coffee in Protaras, Café Amárena and Miyu Coffee. Unlike Starbucks or any of the other corporate chains serving undrinkable coffee, these two indie coffee shops serve drinkable coffee.

Sea bream Spartiatis fish restaurant

May 30, 2019

On my last visit, half a dozen tables, tonight busy, or relatively busy compared to near empty.

Previous visit, a starter, bread, not tonight, main dish sea bream only.

Sea bream good, but not as good as previous visit.

As I was finishing I was brought a dish of mussels and rice. I have no idea why.

On leaving I  asked were they now busier or only tonight?

The last four days businesses has improved.

As everywhere, business being killed by all-inclusive hotels.

Spartiatis fish restaurant overlooks Konnos Bay. Not that can see anything at night.

The place for fresh caught fish, Demetrion at Liopetri River.

The place to not eat, Ocean Basket, the McDonald’s or KFC of seafood, the fish not fresh.

 

Cappuccino Paul’s Coffee Roasters

May 27, 2019

Paul’s Coffee Roasters a micro-roastery and coffee shop in the back streets of Larnaca.

Very pleasant ambience, not only the coffee shop abut also the courtyard out the back.

As walk in, coffee roaster displayed on the left on show in the window, counter to the right in front.

The only coffee shop apart from Outpost Coffee where I have found Gina, the only coffee shop where I have found in use. Interestingly, not only used as pour over cf V60 or Chemex, also used for making tea.

Excellent selection of reading material, Standart and Another Escape. This is becoming a standard feature of quality coffee shops, quality reading to match the coffee.

I suggested add Drift, Ambrosia, possibly Om Nom.  In Refinery and SoHo House Berlin I came across several interesting magazines that I had not seen before, BRYGG, The Beam and KinFolk.

My cappuccino excellent.

I would have liked a pour over but no time. As good a reason as any to return.

Located near St Lazarus Church backstreets behind the seafront.

Yuzu signature drink Nick’s Coffee Bike

May 27, 2019

Ideally Yuzu signature drink requires Yuzu marmalade and single origin coffee from Tanzania.

Made do with marmalade from breakfast and Hasbean espresso blend.

Fresh picked mint from a couple of hours earlier.

Result was good, though would have been excellent with Tanzania coffee.

Followed by excellent cappuccino.

Yuzu signature drink very refreshing on a hot day.

Yuzu signature drink designed by Japanese World Champion barista Yuko Inoue.

Recommend marmalade from a local producer, reuse the jars to serve the drink.

 

Kuzo signature drink Café Amárena

May 26, 2019

Before trying Kuzo signature drink tried the Tanzania coffee from Dark Woods as V60 and Chemex, Japanese iced filter or as Greeks call it cold dripped coffee.

This was a mistake. Used too much of the limited supply supply of coffee, and if had been Chemex only, could have tasted the coffee as it cooled.

Method used, half the water, the other half as ice, coffee instantly chilled as drips through into the ice.

Next Kuzo signature drink with what little coffee was left.

It was, as all who tried agreed, an excellent refreshing drink for a hot day.

Kuzo signature drink designed by designed by Japanese World Champion barista Yuko Inoue using Kuzo marmalade and coffee from Sambewwe famers cooperative in Tanzania.

The Barn Sambewe – washed – Bourbon – high acidity – plum, dark berries, vanilla.

Dark Woods Blackburn Estate – washed – Kent and Nyassa – black tea, licorice, toffee, citrus, blackcurrant.

Mint fresh picked lunchtime.

Earlier had tried same drink at Miyu Coffee made with taf espresso blend. A big difference using Tanzanian single origin coffee beans.

Noticeable the Dark Woods beans very small.

— to be continued —

Starbucks Protaras

May 26, 2019

Starbucks Protaras opened end of season last year. On the corner of the road leading down to Fig Tree Bay. Always empty.

Not somewhere I would be seen dead, but out of curiosity I walked in.

Staff with glum faces. No one spoke. No, hello, how are you, may we help you, would you like a coffee.

I walked back out, still glum faces.

One minute down the road on the left overlooking Fig Tree Bay, Miyu Coffee serving excellent coffee supplied by Taf.

Jasmine Micro Roastery

May 23, 2019

Coffee shop and coffee roastery.

I arrived after they had closed.

The barista and coffee roaster had already left as also runs a restaurant.

I had a chat with the owner. He offered V60, hot or cold. I chose cold.

Half the water, drips through to a carafe with ice the other half of the water to be instantly chilled.

This I had with one of their little cakes. These are made by the restaurant using ingredients from associated shop, thus closing the loop of a circular economy. One of the cakes dark chocolate based was using chaff from the coffee roasting.

I suggested could also use spent coffee grounds.

I was initially offered cold brew. This was concentrated watered down.

Not the way to make cold brew unless using the cold brew concentrate as a base for something else, for example a cocktail.

I had a little look around the associated shop. Trying hard to be ethical.

I advised the shampoo they are selling Faith in Nature can be bought in bulk, five litre containers and customers refill. As happens at Dash Vegan Zero Waste Shop.

They had ecoffee cup, also the very expensive reusable cups kleen canteen I have only ever seen in 200 Degrees Nottingham Station.

Green and Black’s is Cadbury’s, now owned by Kraft, it is not quality chocolate, adds palm oil.

Whole Earth I would not touch with a barge pole.

Located 20-30 minutes walk from Larnaca Marina, inland from Larnaca Harbour. A not very pleasant location.

Cappuccino Nick’s Coffee Bike

May 23, 2019

The place to have a coffee in Larnaca if not Cyprus Nick’s Coffee Bike outside Larnaca Marina.

I stopped had a cappuccino and interesting conversation.

As always coffee excellent, as always stay longer than anticipated.

Very clever design of loyalty card. Each time stamped adds a man on a bicycle.

Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park

May 23, 2019

En route to Larnaca, fifteen minutes to spare whilst waiting for InterCity bus, time for a brief wander around the International Sculpture Park.

Very very hot. So hot, my phone hot in my hand.

I noticed additions since my last visit.

Located on a hillside overlooking the sea.