Posts Tagged ‘cappuccino’

Cappuccino at Vero

December 14, 2017

 

Yesterday late lunch at Caffe Macchiato. On leaving I check the bags of coffee. Roasted at Vero.

Hard to tell, the Ethiopian had a caramel aroma. If nothing else, indicated a light roast.

Hence cappuccino at Vero. I wished to try the Ethiopian.

I have only had a coffee a couple of times in the past, both times not good, the second time a marginal improvement, therefore at least heading in the right direction.

I would have liked to have tried the Ethiopian, but what was on offer was from Costa Rica. I could maybe have asked for the Ethiopian, but never very helpful, therefore stuck with the Costa Rican.

I asked were they now choosing a lighter roast. Sadly no intelligent response.

The bags at least give country of origin, the estate, but no roast date. Best by is meaningless. Contrast with Cupsmith, no roast date, no information, silly names.

My cappuccino not great, though an improvement on previous visits. Not helped by chocolate dumped on top. What is the point of serving single origin coffee if dunk chocolate on top, as any subtle flavours are lost?

Why do coffee shops not know, you do not dump chocolate on a cappuccino? Or if tempted at the very least ask.

I suggested why not a V60, but was met with a blank look and monosyllabic response.

Vero in addition to roasting and serving coffee, a wide selection of loose leaf tea. I counted 29 jars.

Vero potentially could  be a good coffee shop, at least heading in the right direction, but still a long way to go.

Advertisements

National Cappuccino Day in Coffee Lab

November 8, 2017

Where better to have a cappuccino on National Cappuccino Day than in Coffee Lab?

On my way down to Winchester I learn from Guildford Tourist Information that today is National Cappuccino Day. No one is aware of this, and neither was I.

The coffee shop they show is not somewhere I would recommend. Not unless you enjoy bad coffee and cigarette smoke blown in your face.  A cafe serving coffee masquerading as coffee shop.

If I were in Guildford there are better places for coffee.

Lucky for me, cappuccino in Coffee Lab Academy , though sadly no Dhan.

I had hoped to find Dhan, but he was nowhere to be found, I looked in both Coffee Lab and Coffee Lab Academy, but no Dhan. I returned to Coffee Lab Academy where it was warmer.

Both Coffee Lab and Coffee lab Academy have had a makeover, forced by change of logo. I like the new look.

Charming lady who I often chat with is pleased to see me.

I am surprised when she makes my coffee. I did not know she was a barista. She is very good.

I have a brief look at Coffee Art, a book by Dhan released a month ago. It looks worth having. None are signed.

A flapjack as well. I learn made in the Salisbury coffee shop.  Excellent.

If you wondered what really happens when a cappuccino is made, a clip from the BBC Archive.

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 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.

Cappuccino at Jamie’s 

November 2, 2017

OK,  but not great, drinkable.

Served too hot.

I wish Jamie Oliver would source quality beans not Italian catering supply beans for the catering trade.

There can be no excuse for using catering supply beans.

In London have Union and Square Mile.

In Sussex there is Horsham Coffee Roasters.

Down in Brighton there are several coffee roasters.

The flapjack was excellent. A pity the coffee not to the same high standard.

It took great self control to not eat all the flapjack and save half for a friend.

That was September.

I passed through again last night.

Coffee not good. Flapjack excellent. Half saved for breakfast this morning.

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.

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.

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.

Cappuccino at Just Made 33

October 29, 2017

As I was walking past, I looked in The Underdog.

As last Sunday, hit by a wall of sound.

I decided not to stay and continued to Just Made 33.

Excellent cappuccino.

Not my order. V60 using Panama roasted by Sapid.

Cappuccino at Just Made 33

October 28, 2017

Morning pleasant and sunny and warm.  Afternoon cool and cloudy. Evening rain and cold.

I made Just Made 33 as it started to rain. The temperature dropped. Even inside it turned cold.

For me a cappuccino and chocolate bar.

Cappuccino excellent.

I watched an Ibrik being brewed, Greek coffee.

I am used to a small copper pot. This a different shape.

And a different method.

Brought to the boil, rises to the top, then removed from the flame, but nor reatedly brought to the boil.

The coffee ground very fine, almost like powder.

Then green tea being made in a vessel I have only seen in Athens.

The tea allowed to brew, then dropped into a carafe below.

I knew Just Made 33 made excellent sandwiches and cakes, but not hot dishes, but then I have never looked at the menu, nor am I there lunchtime or in the evening.

Interesting conversation with barista and waitress, both knowledgeable on coffee.