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Third Place

May 17, 2019

Third Place not very easy to find.

I tried a couple of days ago. By the time I finally found, too late for a coffee.

Pleasant decor, magazines dotted around, V60, Chemex, a choice of brew methods.

I suggested a few quality magazines they may wish to add

  • Standart
  • Drift
  • Ambrosia
  • Om Nom

The coffee on sale, I had never heard of.

I tried again today. Again difficulty in finding. Therefore no surprise empty.

I ordered a cappuccino. What size did I want? Always a bad sign when asked what size, as only one size.

Watching the preparation, I was baffled seeing the tamper rocked from side to side. Er no, weigh, level, then apply correct pressure.

My cappuccino was not great. Better than somewhere like Coffee Island but not on a par with the best coffee shops in Athens.

Not easy to find, coffee not great, I can not see remaining long in business.

By all means dot magazines around, create a pleasant environment, but if do not get the basics right, serve great coffee, will not remain long in business.


May 16, 2019

Barberstar a barbers shop in Exarchia is the only business I have encountered that acceps faircoin.

And where do they spend their faircoin?

Next door in FairSpot, an information office for faircoin.

Cost of a haircut, 5 euros.

Cappuccino and baklava at Mokka

May 16, 2019

Cappuccino and baklava at Mokka located at Athens Central Market.

V60 Japanese iced filter coffee at Taresso

May 16, 2019

Brew as V60.

Use only half the water, the other haldf as ice in the carafe.

As the hot coffee drips through, instantly chilled by the ice.

— to be continued —

Cappuccino and cold brew at The Underdog

May 15, 2019

I have never before seen The Underdog so empty.

Served by brother of world latte art Michalis Karagiannis. We last met at The Manor House.

He has moved to The Underdog to learn under their baristas.

Exceellent cappuccino. I complimented him that he had much improved since last year at Manor Hopuse.

Down below and another barista practicing latte art for World Championship in Berlin in June. He is being mentored by Michalis Karagiannis.

Excellent cappuccino but the same could not be said of the cold brew. Odd, as I usually look forard to tehir cold brew.

Maybe I am wrong, but I am sure before cold brew served in glass bottle and larger size. The ice cube was different too, a white frosted exterior.

Cappuccino and yoghurt Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies

May 14, 2019

Cappuccino and Greek yoghurt with nuts and dried fruit.

Thoughts on Berlin

May 13, 2019

EasyJet flight London to Berlin, less than an hour and a half.

Initial reaction on landing at Berlin Tegal Airport not good, indeed dire.

No proper signposting, then when finally get outside to cat the airport bus, smokers blowing smoke in ones face.

Catch airbus bus, when I alight, no sign of Metro striation. Had I got correct stop?

I stopped off at Balzac Coffee at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. I needed wifi. Staff helpful, coffee not good.

I wanted Crowne Plaza Hotel Potsdamer Platz. But when I inquired at Airport Information, I discovered I had booked wrong hotel. How dumb, two hotels with the same name.

I now had to travel to wrong hotel to see if possible to change my booking to correct hotel, if needed be pay the difference, but not pay twice.

I check in, or rather not check in. Finally I get transferred to correct hotel.

I arrive Crowne Plaza Potsdamer Platz four hours later than would otherwise have arrived.

I dine at Laya, an excellent Israeli restaurant.

– to be completed —


May 12, 2019

— to be continued —

The Barn Roastery

May 12, 2019

The second coffee shop to open after what is now known as Little Barn. A wharehouse roaastery with associated coffee shop.

I was there Sunday afternoon. No coffee roasting on a Sunday. Had I been there earlier, there was coffee cupping in the morning.

I did not a have a coffee as earlier at The Barn Hackescher Markt, the fourth and latest to open, and wished to try coffee somewhere other than The Barn and maybe return later.

Larger than their other coffee shops, with more on offer, inclding Standart and The World Atlas of Coffee.

Latest copy of Standart which I had only seen in Berlin.

Father Carpenter

May 12, 2019

Closed on Sunday.

— to be continued —-