Posts Tagged ‘Athens’

Little Tree; a film of their own

December 14, 2017

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It was by chance that I’ve found Little Tree last January.  After a walk around the Acropolis, we were looking for a comfortable place to seat. As soon as we got in, I was struck by the fact that this place was not only warm but also calm. Of course you could hear the music playing at the background but people seemed to be so relaxed reading their books or having a chat without having to make so much noise. I thought that maybe we shouldn’t be making noise after all, as this seemed to be- and should remain-a little quiet sacred place: something like a study room in a library.

In the following months, I learnt more about it and I fell under its charm: not only because of its unique setting -under a little tree, behind the acropolis museum-, but also because of its special offerings sweets and…

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Warehouse Speciality Blends

November 2, 2017

Quite a trek to find, and no it was not worth the effort.

More a trendy bar serving coffee than a coffee shop.

Service apalling.

A very long wait to be served. Had I not shouted at the waitress, I would still would be waiting.

I would have walked out. the only reason I did not was, it would have been an entirely wasted trek to find.

And was the coffee worth the wait when It finally came? Sadly not.

Something like a third to half foam. On the top cold.

I was asked by the barista how was it? I replied not good.

They used to use Sapid coffee, now from their own roastery Wisecup.

Encounter with a duck 

November 2, 2017

Two years ago I met a duck in the National Garden.

I met him again yesterday.  A  chance encounter

He goes there to seek food in the mud.

In the summer day trips to the seaside where he goes swimming and eats limpets prised from the rocks.

Cappuccino by candlelight at Just Made 33

October 31, 2017

Coffee has not only to be good, it has to be consistently good.

Just Made 33 achieves that consistency. Whenever I have had a coffee, no matter who has served me, it has been excellent.

Aristokratikon

October 31, 2017

Mouth watering chocolate at mouth watering prices.

Kaya

October 31, 2017

If I had not seen this coffee shop mentioned in a magazine that also mentioned coffee shops worth visiting,  I would not have wasted time seeking it out.

Badly designed, lacking in any ambiance, character or atmosphere,  coffee supplied by different roasteries Taf, Red and Area 51.

The barista did not  level the coffee or apply sufficient pressure when tamping down.

The coffee undrinkable.

Cappuccino at Taf

October 30, 2017

Coffee has not only to be good, it has to be consistently good.

Usually excellent cappuccino at Taf, today not so good.

Not obvious to the casual observer, there is grinding poverty on the streets of Athens, thanks to the destruction of Greece by the EU.

On the streets not only beggars, men selling small packets of tissues, akin to selling boxes of matches on the streets of London after WWI.

Sat in Taf, I noticed  a man go past the tables outside pocketing the packets of sugar. On his second pass, hand out for money.

Cappuccino at Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies

October 30, 2017

 

Had I not been twice previous to Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies  I would not have found, even though I was in the vicinity.

There is a church. I should have looked inside as the door was open. It was closed later.

Coffee has not only to be good, it has to be consistently good.

My last visit my cappuccino made by Tania. Today made by a guy and it was not so good.

I had something to eat, not great.

My yogurt topped with nuts and cranberies and honey poured on top was excellent.

Grinding poverty

October 30, 2017

To the casual observer, the grinding poverty on the streets of Athens is not immediately obvious.

Yes, there are beggars on the streets but I have seen more in Brighton.

After the end of Wold War I solders returned to a Land For for Heroes, only they did not, they returned to no work, no future, The Great Depression, which led to a  rise of Fascism across Europe and World War II.

One way for those soldiers to eke out a living was to sell matches on the streets.

In Athens I see men selling tiny packets of tissues. As today in the square outside Monastiraki Metro Station.

I see fairly well dressed people going through the bins.

Today, sitting inside a coffee shop, I watch a man walks past the tables outside picking up the packets of sugar. He then made a second pass with hand outstretched for money.

On the streets, gypsy kids that do not go to school.

This is not a Third World Country, this is a modern European country destroyed by the European Union.

The EU is leading to a rise of Fascism across Europe.

The EU is about to implode. The end game could be ugly.

Cappuccino in The Underdog

October 30, 2017

I could not walk past The Underdog and not stop and have a coffee, especially as I did not on Sunday. I also thought maybe coffee roasting.

Yes, there was coffee roasting, though the guy roasting said he was learning and not appropriate person to answer questions.

As always excellent cappuccino.