Posts Tagged ‘coffee’


December 1, 2020

Walking from Kolonaki Plaza to Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies via a route I have not walked before I pass by an interesting coffee shop, Μ Ν ΣΑΚ ΚΟΥ ΛΑΚ, state of the art equipment, coffee shop for the bookshop of a publisher.

Horrendous location, busy polluted main road, or would be but for lockdown.

The coffee served Redd. I do not stop a coffee as earlier I had had a cold brew from Redd.

Takeaway coffee Mind the Cup

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs. Last day of freedom, Saturday lockdown and would not be possible a trip on the Metro as only permitted exercise locally.

After a trip out to Eat Me and Kudu, passed back through Syntagma and headed out to Peristeri.

Peristeri full of life, an orderly queue for a book shops, contrast with Plaka deserted.

I look in Cashew which I had not seen before, coffee shop with nuts and druid fruit, I headed to Mind the Cup.

To Mind the Cup, a takeaway coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

Kudu revisited

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this would be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

A trip to Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Returning on the 418 bust, as I approached the Metro station I knew where I was, hop off the bus and whilst in the locality, pay a visit to Kudu which I had visited last year.

Kudu was surprisingly very busy for a coffee shop in lockdown, takeaway only.

Have a takeaway coffee and a bite to eat.

New Synesso espresso machine. They have bought two for lockdown. They expect to be busy.

The shelves were almost bare, restocked whilst I was there. But why bring boxes of coffee in large cardboard boxes, to then throw away, why not reuse the boxes? Why bring coffee in bags, why not in large reusable food grade plastic boxes for coffee brewed in the coffee shop?

Coffee on the shelves has meaningless best by, even worse a date that is two years hence. Best by is meaningless for coffee. Only meaningful date is the roast date.

Last year, The Underdog coffee in Nespresso capsules. Kudu doing the same.

Why stock tea pigs? Not quality tea.

Eat Me Cholargos

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this will be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

First Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Cannot get on where driver is sat, have to get on at exit. No idea how to pay. Some have a card, others simply walk on.

Eat Me a typical bakery serving coffee, no ambience. I did not like. A bakery cum, coffee shop. The coffee though good, as was my cake.

Coffee sourced from Dimello.

Not somewhere I would go out of my way to, but if lived or worked in the locality, then yes would pop in for a coffee.

Hop back on No 418 bus.

Crop Roastery

November 27, 2020

Three weeks ago Wednesday I chanced up Crop Roastery, a little kiosk I had not seen before down a side street off Ermou.

I stop and have a long chat with the guy serving. I do not have a coffee but tell him I will pop back another day and have a coffee.

I pick up Athens in a Cup, not as I think a guide to coffee shops in Athens, a flyer for an app that is a guide.

The following day, walking through Ermou, having found Just Made 33 and Peek a Bloom closed, I decide to stop by, have a coffee and continue our conversation.

Disappointed to find the knowledgeable guy his day off, nevertheless I stop and have a coffee.

Disappointed, a not very good coffee.

Being a kiosk, not affected by closure of bars, restaurants and coffee shops earlier in the week. When I pass by a few days later, Athens in lockdown, I find Ermou deserted and Crop closed.


November 26, 2020

Three weeks ago Wednesday I passed by CupZ.

I have often passed by in the past and not given a second glance. Maybe unfair to describe as a greasy spoon cafe, last year serving commercial corporate coffee, certainly not a specialty coffee shop. Now serving taf.

Out of curiosity I stopped and tried a coffee. Weak and insipid. I poured it away.

Spoilt for choice in the vicinity for excellent coffee shops. Mokka, Foyer, Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies, Just Made 33 or walk to Taf which is not far away (and where ironically I had just been only to find closed).

Takeaway coffee Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies

November 25, 2020

Wednesday three weeks ago, wandering the streets of Athens to find a police station, getting lost, seeing what is open.

Tuesday, the day before, all bars, restaurants and coffee shops ordered to close, can serve takeaway only.

I am trying to find police station. Google maps not a lot of use in Athens due to tall buildings. I repeatedly get lost. But getting lost in Athens no great loss as find new things would not otherwise find.

I know where I am. The square police station is located on I am familiar with. Had I known this I could have headed for the square and arrived hours sooner. <

I walk down the side of the square where police station is allegedly located, Can I find? No.

But all is not lost, at the bottom of the street a church I know under renovation and one of my favourite coffee shops, Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies, which better still I find open serving coffee out of a side window.

Coffee shop. I eat, have coffee, charge phone.

Where once served taf coffee, no no longer, now Roller Roasters.

I am treated to an espresso of Brasilin beans. Excellent, and I usually do not like espresso.

Police station is in the street but hidden. Two police cyclists explain to me how to find.

Cultivos Coffee

November 25, 2020

I was lost, or at least I was in an unfamiliar street and that was how I chanced upon Cultivos.

A sign outside Elida Estate Panama Coffee of the week, a single estate coffee. The chase on as Sherlock Holmes would have said to Dr Watson.

The coffee was supplied by Taf, impressive equipment, even had the pour over designed by Stefanos which I have only seen at Taf, not though ever in use.

Did I want a coffee?


Partly I lacked the time but mainly due to the location.

Ambience inside pleasing, but lockdown, canot sit inside.

It would be difficulty to imagine a worse location for a specialty coffee shop, where sit and relax with hopefully excellent coffee served in glass or ceramic, a narrow uphill street, narrow footpath, traffic nose to tail belching out obnoxious fumes, and very noisy.

Looked on-line to learn a franchise, inspired by Taf, whatever that means. Marketing bullshit, little lese. A chain of maybe a dozen coffee shops.

I was not sure where I was, I was lots, but checking on line, I think I was at the coffee shop listed as Syntagma.

Takeaway coffee at Just Made 33

November 25, 2020

Three weeks ago, wandering through the streets of Athens to see what was open.

Tuesday, the day before, all restaurants bars and coffee shops ordered to close. They could serve takeaway if chose to do so.

Just Made 33, open for food and coffee take away only.

Can sit on a wall outside with a takeaway coffee but cannot sit at a table outside. Inside people waiting to order a coffee, if tables outside would be socially distanced served by a waitress. Not that tables outside would be possible due to a hole in the street. There was a hole in the street last year. I inquire of a lady taking notes. An ancient wall has been unearthed. It is being documented then the hole carefully infilled.


November 22, 2020

On a visit to Infinity Foods Saturday of last week I noticed on the shelves a coffee I had not encountered before, Wolfox. Not that I would buy coffee from Infinity Foods, not when spoilt for choice in Brighton and the coffee will be freshly roasted.

Sunday the following day I passed by their coffee shop.

Wolfox Coffee. New. I have never noticed before. I saw their coffee in nearby Infinity Foods on Saturday. Claimed to be specialty coffee. Girl did not know q grade. But she brewed an excellent coffee.

I picked up a bag of coffee. A criticism, coffee when the coffee roastery, should be freshly roasted. Most of the coffee on sale was roasted in October. No excuse for this, the coffee should be rotated.

I picked up a bag roasted November.

The walnut coffee cake looked good. It was not. I should have known better. It was vegan and vegan cakes are nearly always disgusting.

A couple of days later I revisited Wolfox and had take away vegetable soup. Not hot, warm. but tasty. Not the weather for sitting in the street with a takeaway.

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