Posts Tagged ‘cappuccino’

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.

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.

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.

Cappuccino at Taf

November 26, 2019

Cappuccino at Taf.

I did not try the new pour over on display.

Looked in Mr Bean.

Now a cluster of three coffee shops Taf, Mr Bean, and a new coffee shop serving Sapid coffee.

Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies

November 26, 2019

I make Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies before they close.

If not know where, not easy to find, and impossible once closed and the shutters down.

Excellent cappuccino, plus a yogurt.

cappuccino Peek a Bloom

November 25, 2019

Just Made 33 closed, head to Peek a Bloom.

Excellent cappuccino.

Not as crowded or noisy as previous visit.

Cappuccino at The Underdog

November 24, 2019

A cappuccino at The Underdog.

Busy, but not as busy as in the past on a Sunday.

I wish I had had cold brew or a pour over.

Looking at the Nespresso capsules, 18 capsules, 5.5g of coffee in each, 20 euros Ethiopian, 30 euros Panama Geishe. To buy a bag of either 20 euros for 100g.

Curious how, their coffee is sent to Russia to be put into Nespresso capsules.

A magazine I have not seen before, Coffee & Ti, an Asian clone of Standart.

I am told The Underdog has difficulty in obtaining Standart. Same is true in UK, serious problems with distribution.

Love Brownies Guildford revisited

November 22, 2019

Last week I passed Love Brownies Guildford in Tunsgate, splashed across the window, Now Open, only they were not open.

An example of Guildford surrealism, Alice down the rabbit hole.

Tuesday Love Brownies Guildford were rumoured to be open.

Were they? Er yes and no.

A handful of people there in the afternoon, but not open. Open at five, but only to the media.

If tried to attend the media event, ordered out by Yorkshire man. How to alienate the locals, a classic example of how not to a launch event.

The success of their exclusive media event not a mention in the media.

Friday try again.

Yes were open, only one customer, three staff.

Find clean table. One table dirty, another piled with dirty dishes.

I settle for a stool by a shelf in an alcove. Furthest away from the door. The tables were conveniently arranged by the door, a blast of cold air every time the door opened. The tables were jammed far too close together, difficult for staff and customers to pass once it started to fill up.

I asked of the brownies. No one knew what was the difference, chocolate, double chocolate or triple chocolate.

But a moot point, as only had double chocolate.

Cappuccino ordered. What size? There is only one size, the correct size.

A very long wait before order derived, and this is an empty cafe, though it was slowly filling.

I moved away from the dirty table where I had first sat, and sat by a shelf. Banged my hand on the overhang. I banged my head again when I stood up.

Eventually a cappuccino arrived, all froth and foam with chocolate dumped on top. A brownie the size of a postage stamp.

I take the cappuccino back, say no chocolate, query the size of the brownie. It was a fraction of those on show.

I was told these were vegan, and yet I had pointed to one when ordered.

Tiny samples of a vegan brownies were on display, smaller than a sugar cube. These were ok. Unusual as vegan cakes are usually dire.

I could not say the same of what was brought to my little alcove. Very cloying. Nowhere the quality I have had at Coffee Lab when they were supplied by an independent bakery.

I questioned the cappuccino. All froth and foam, too hot, all the mistakes one could make.

It looked disgusting and was not good.

No surprise, cheap catering supply coffee from Caffe Society, clueless on coffee those making the the coffee. Not to be confused with Society Café a coffee shop serving excellent coffee.

When I queried the coffee, the usual defence for all ills, we have been trained.

An SCA qualified trainer? I doubt.

Ambience pleasant, bright and airy.

Two guys serving were pleasant.

For how long will they be giving away free brownies for birthday? Or will these free brownies be the sugar cube size samples?

Once again makes the point, cannot train baristas. Not that I would call them baristas, as to do so would be to insult baristas.

I asked of the cost of the espresso machine. Refused to say. I guessed less than £5,000. I hit the ballpark.

A good machine will be in excess of £10,000.

The size of a postage stamp brownie, anywhere else would be a sample, was in a little cardboard box.

At a time when we are trying to cut waste, reduce packaging, Love Brownies Guildford serving postage size brownies in a little cardboard box. And we thought we had a problem with supermarkets.

The brownies are shipped from Yorkshire.

Today I talked to someone who bakes quality cakes, including brownies. They said not economical to ship from Yorkshire, not unless using low quality cheap ingredients.

Though on the other hand if serving postage stamp size portions at at least pushes up the margins.

Award winning brownies?

The award, Great Taste Award, a meaningless award that gets slapped on anything and everything, for which pay to obtain. No guarantee of quality.

To charge £5-50 for cheap low quality undrinkable catering supply coffee and a mediocre postage stamp size brownie is blatant rip off.

On display a glossy Surrey magazine. Not worth reading. Not sure if display or for sale.

Nothing of quality for example Cereal, Ambrosia, Drift, as find in quality coffee shops.

In a addition to mediocre brownies and poor quality coffee, what could only be described as overpriced gifts, make the whole operation look like a poundland or poor man’s version of Caracoli.

This type of tourist tat may sell to American tourists in a tea shop in Ilkley,  I cannot see it selling to locals in Guildford.

If wish to buy honey, local produce, try the farmers market in the High Street or the excellent cheese shop Partisan  in Chapel Street.

Only half a dozen tables, which is not viable.

In Athens ice cold water brought to the table. It is called service.

In Love Brownies Guildford had to ask.

What beggars belief is fools and their money easily parted have paid £50,000 for a franchise, for what is in essence a cafe serving poor quality coffee with a very limited choice of cakes.

I am reminded of the Monty Python sketch, spam, spam or spam.

In Love Brownies Guildford, a choice of brownies or brownies or brownies.

They could have simply opened a cafe serving mediocre coffee and sourced cakes locally for a fraction of the price.

Or save on the franchise, invested in decent equipment, hired a skilled head barista, sourced quality coffee, and still had change to spare.

These days on a hiding to nothing opening a coffee shop serving poor quality coffee, as have the tax dodging corporate chains serving bad coffee. And in a town saturated with coffee shops, does nothing to add to the coffee scene.

In Guildford, if love coffee, there is Krema, ironically only a few doors away from Love Brownies Guildford. Quality coffee, a choice of cakes not restricted to brownies, and the brownies if you want brownies are at least a decent size, not a postage stamp size.

After my visit, the coffee left untouched apart from a sip, a decent coffee in Krema.

Love Brownies Guildford located in Tunsgate opposite Tunsgate Quarter zombie shopping centre.

Peek a Bloom

November 17, 2019

Finding Just Made 33 closed, I decided to try Peek a Bloom, hidden down an alley.

I have found before but did not stay, sister coffee shop of Mind the Cup.

I had a cappuccino and long chat with the barman.

Cappuccino was excellent.

Coffee at Taresso

November 14, 2019

Two coffees at Taresso in Kolonaki.

After an OK but not great coffee at Third Place I walked through National Garden through Kolonaki to Taresso.

I took along two guest coffees

  • Colombian from Colombian Coffee Roasters in Oxford
  • espresso blend roasted by Bonanaza for Resident in Berlin

But first, before coffee, ice cold water in cut glass and served from cut glass decanter. This is service, the norm in the best coffee shops in Athens.

Excellent Chemex using coffee from Papua New Guinea roasted by Taresso, followed by cappuccino from Resident. Excellent and I probably did not do justice as did not drink when freshly brewed.

Both coffees brewed by Greek champion barista Kelly.

Both were excellent.

The cappuccino was in another league to that which I had had earlier in the day at Third Place, which only serves to make my point they need to source better quality coffee.

Always new equipment in Taresso. Two small grinders I had not seen before, and a kettle.

My visit to Taressso, Wednesday three weeks ago, the coffee from Resident roasted in April, thus at least six moths old, the bag had previously been opened, and yet superior to the coffee at Third Place.

Note: Coffee left to rest one week after roasting, use within next three weeks to enjoy at optimum. Grind beans, carefully weigh, brew within one minute of grinding.