Posts Tagged ‘Athens Coffee Trail’

In Love Again

February 9, 2023

I first visited In Love Again a couple of years ago with a friend. Again a couple of times last year.

Today, following a visit to Wisecup, I decided, Metro to Syntagma, walk down Ermou to In Love Again.

I was looking forward to one of their desserts.

They describe as pastries, which is misleading, as they are not pastries, although I cannot describe what they are as I have  never encountered anything like. All I can say is, very delicate.

Today, caramelised pear, wrapped with a thin layer of white chocolate on what is like a cheesecake base.  What is inside I have no idea, and they won’t tell me.  Topped with 18ct gold leaf.

First, I was hungry, focaccia, followed by a dessert, followed by a cappuccino. The coffee a single origin from Colombia from Taf.

On leaving, I picked up Fine No 4. Last year I picked up no 2 and no 5.

In Love Again closes at eight but remains open until eleven.

In Love Again is opposite Baba au Rum, a cocktail bar.

Benaki Museum roof top restaurant

November 28, 2022

Benaki Museum rooftop restaurant, contemporary art, rooftop terrace view over National Garden and Athens.

Not somewhere I would think of serving excellent coffee, but surprisingly otherwise.

I ordered a cappuccino.

It is possible to visit the restaurant without visiting the museum until midnight.

The Underdog

November 24, 2022

After a walk along the Koile Valley I looked in The Underdog.

I wasn’t going to stop but stayed and had a cappuccino.

Les Pepellones

November 23, 2022

For some perverse reason I thought I had to trek half way to the airport, then catch a bus. Wrong. One stop.

I went on a detour, then to Les Pepellones.

Too late for the bus, I was with a friend who whilst at Kudu had booked theater for seven.

We risked life and limb, crossed the road and hailed a taxi. 

Time to throw back an espresso, then leave.

But we both bought a bag of coffee.

Barista was surprised and pleased to see me. A former Greek champion barista.

The coffee shop a project of Create Athens, coffee roasted by a Greek World Champion barista.

Then flag down a taxi.

I would have liked to have stayed longer, but sadly no time.

Heavy rain

November 23, 2022

Heavy rain overnight, I got in early hours minutes before a torrential downpours, torrential rain during breakfast, rain forecast all day, black clouds swirling around the mountains, rain forecast all day, a cool day, a day for the Metro.

A day to visit

Lunch and a coffee at Makrigianni 3. I foolishly forgot to double check where I was going before descending into the Metro. For some reason I thought I had to travel half way to the Airport. Wrong. Only one stop. I could not check, until could ascend, and did not wish to leave the Metro as would have to osyvagsin and did not know how many trips I had left in my ticket.

A change of plan. Visit Kudu,

Head back on the Metro, twenty minutes walk from the Metro Station. Torrential rain when we arrived.

A cappuccino. Three boxes of capsules, an espresso cups (I regret not two) then back to Metro and on to …


November 22, 2022

The previous day I had been recommended Kolor by Christos Loukatis, a former Greek world champion barista.

A cappuccino at Mokka I decided to try nearby Kolor.

The first thing I noted, Kolor busy, Taf empty.

The second thing I noticed, wonderful aroma from their espresso blend and the minimal information on the packaging.

The information too minimal.

Minimum requirement

– roast date

– variety
– processing
– origin

– alitutude

A discussion a few years ago with Stephen Leighton, founder and owner of Has Bean. How much information on a bag of coffee? Too much and it it will turn people off . My suggestion, add a qr code for more information.

A long chat with the owner of Kolor. He declined to serve me a coffee, he asked that I return the next day and he will have something special.

.. to be continued …

Foyer espresso bar cappuccino

November 22, 2022

Foyer espresso bar not far from Kolor. I decide to pay a visit.

I am disappointed to learn the excellent dried  fruit  and nut  shop, sister shop, has closed, redevelopment  A big loss.

My caoouccino a mistake. I should have ordered an espresso.

Foyer espresso, guest coffee from across Europe.

Used to stock Standart, but now only back copies. Crass stupidity of Standart. A few years back thetvset tii high minimum order, which meant few places will ing tivstick. Nowvthet have stabbed all reserkjers in the back and can Illy Ider inlunevdurext.

Foyer stocks other magazines including Kennedy (but sold out).

Onl leaving Foyer I pass by … Has it closed? I notice tables and chairs in the alley outside (new). Maybe it has not closed. I will have to visit during daytime. I hope it is still open. It was an excellent coffee shop.

I then pass by    … They used to have Kennedy. Easch time I pass by, they have exosbed. Not good for coffee, excellent soup.

Mokka cappuccino

November 22, 2022

I would have walked to Mokka around The Acropolis but it was windy, instead through Plaka, which was also a shorter route.

I cut through the Central Market.

Too cold to sit outside.

Mokka brews Greek coffee in an ibrik the traditional way, in a bed of hot and, not on a naked gksme.

Whilst the heavy industrial grinder used for Greek coffee was being cleaned, I learnt it uses two stones. The ground coffee is very fine, like talcom powder.

Dusk, I decided to take a walk around
the fruit and vegetable market, though most of the stalls had packed up.

At the back of the fruit and vegetable markets an old derelict building. Last year or the year before I’d see people emerging from beneath the building.

Then on to Kolor, near Taf.

Samba flagship coffee shop

November 15, 2022

I finally make it to Samba flagship coffee shop in Kolonaki before it closes.

Espresso, microlot.

Taresso cappuccino

November 15, 2022

Excellent cappuccino.

I pick up a box of coffee capsules.

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