Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

Coffee House

March 25, 2023

During lockdown coffee roasteries sprung up like fungi during warm autumn rain.

If they are a lucky, a local village shop may stock, a local cafe. Markets are a must.

On Guildford farmers market I found beans for sale. Never seen before, never seen since. Asked of the q grade, I was told 250g.

Lincoln farmers market, third Saturday of March, I found Coffee House. Another lock down roastery.

Jackalopy Joe uses paper coffee bags. Useless for storing coffee beans, the paper is porous, the beans will oxidise and be stale. Coffee House weeusing the same useless bags.

When I pick up a bag of beans, a wonderful aroma. With these bags nothing. No aroma, not unless we include the strong smell of the brown paper bags. Maybe that was why the objected to my picking up a bag

Little kilner jars of roasted beans. As with the bags, no aroma.

Looking at one lot of beans, it looked over roasted.

Roasting requires skill, knowledge of coffee.

It goes without saying I did not pick a bag of beans. It would have been a futile exercise and a waste of money.

200 Degrees cappuccino

March 23, 2023

Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, two days traveling, flight to Gatwick then train to Lincoln.

Feeling very tired, I popped into 200 Degrees for a coffee.

200 Degrees, a regional chain, marginally better than Costa, Starbucks or Caffè Nero. If lucky, may occasionally be served a drinkable coffee. Wednesday of last week was not one of those days.

House blend is undrinkable, cup size too large.

Cup size too large, order guest blend, flat white cup, then correct size cup for cappuccino. Maybe will be served a drinkable coffee.

First attempt sent back, blended with chocolate. Not asked did I wish for chocolate.

Second attempt, too hot, unpleasant taste. Even worse, vile taste lingered in my mouth.

Puccino’s Stevenage Station

March 23, 2023

Wednesday a week ago, train journey Gatwick Airport to Lincoln via Stevenage.

Whilst waiting at Stevenage, where it was very cold compared with Gatwick, I popped into the waiting room to get out of the cold.

The waiting room was also a Puccino’s kiosk.

I ordered a cappuccino. It was undrinkable.

Assemblage CO2

March 18, 2023

Assemblage CO2 a little coffeeshop in Plaka.

A lovely warm sunny walking to Warehouse CO2.
It was a choice, Warehouse CO2 in Plaka or Warehouse Assemblage in Mitropoleos Square. Both were equally distance.
A cappuccino, average, not exceptional.
I picked up a box of capsules.
I noticed well made reusable cups. Expensive.
Monday, in Cupaki, well made reusable cups.
Has the environmental surcharge on takeaway cups made a difference. Barista said not.
I have noticed people using reusable cups. Not often, but more often than I would see in the

#coffee #coffeeshop #Plaka #Athens


March 14, 2023

I had visited Cupaki on the third Sunday of February on my return from Exarchia Square. Cupaki the only coffee shop open.  Coffee ok, not great.
Monday evening, Kolor, Taf and Mr Bean closed.
If I wished for a coffee it was Cupaki or nothing.
I was pleasantly surprised. An excellent cappuccino, on a par with Mokka earlier.
Another suprise. As a cappuccino cools, not so good. This stayed good.
Tables and chairs down the street. I learnt in the morning busy, every table and chair occupied.
As I was leaving I noticed well made reusable cups.
Now late, nearly 8-30. I walked to Omonia and caught the Metro. Now very cold.


March 14, 2023

I jeaded to Kolor not knowing if closed at six or seven. Closed at five thisvweek.
Having missed a coffee, I was given a bag of beans.
No information, a qr code.
More information needed on the bag. Minimal name of the beans, farm, variety, processing. More information on the back. And for more information, a qr code.

Mokka takeaway coffee

March 14, 2023

Monday afternoon, I just made Mokka in time for a takeaway coffee.

Excellent cappuccini.

Açaí Verão

March 12, 2023

Walked down to Morning Bar. Google maps not 10 minutes from Acropoli Metro Station, then back to Açaí Verão.

I tried one of their Açaí bowls. Excellent dessert.

Taf coffee reasonable, could do better.

Where does the Açaí come from? Rainforests cleared for plantation, grown wild?

Environmental credentials leave a lot to be desired. Plastic bowls, takeaway cups.

Wrong location. Need outside seating.

The Underdog

March 11, 2023

Having reached by climbing over the top of Hill of the Muses from Koukaki, I am very tired.

Cappuccino and flapjack.

Frenzy coffee shop

March 11, 2023

Speciality coffee in Glyfada.

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