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Cappuccino and cookie at Harris + Hoole

April 11, 2014
cappuccino and cookie

cappuccino and cookie

Harris + Hoole, North Street, Guildford

Harris + Hoole, North Street, Guildford

It was a pleasant afternoon, after a fresh fruit juice at Glutton & Glee I sat reading Sacred Economics in the Castle Grounds. As a result, gone six, and so I did not expect upstairs to be open. Luckily it was not too noisy downstairs.

An awful mess has been made of the back wall. A pity as it looked quite good before, now awful.

Last week I downloaded the Harris + Hoole app. I cannot see what use it serves. I will probably delete.

It does not orient itself, but apparently not all apps do.

Very bad the Harris + Hoole app provides the option of signing in with facebook. Many will be tempted, a single click, rather than sign in with user ID and password. Resist the temptation, it provides faceboook with yet more personal information to abuse, information on what you are doing outside of facebook as well as within.

Harris + Hoole should show greater respect of their coffee drinkers personal data. They should remove the facebook log in.

I am at a loss why anyone drinks coffee at Costa. Their coffee is vile and disgusting, served too hot, in coffee cups too large, factory cakes, and it is expensive, loose change from a fiver.

Or tax-dodging Starbucks.

And to add to the list of tax-dodgers, now Caffe Nero.

One of the big differences, between Harris + Hoole and Costa, apart from one serving quality coffee and the other serving a vile, undrinkable hot beverage that is claimed to be coffee, is the care, indeed pride, in preparation. No, you do not walk off and leave the milk, whilst you are making a cappuccino.

Interestingly, I can tell the difference between who is making the coffee, and the same person over time.

It is not though only the down market coffee chains. Yesterday in Waitrose in Godalming a milky, hot beverage, and no it was not a cappuccino, in looks, like what gets served at Costa. The coffee out of the machine at Waitrose is actually better. I had to ask for a drink of water to take the taste away.

Making coffee is more than installing an espresso machine and buying a bag of coffee beans. It requires quality fresh beans, freshly ground, a quality coffee machine and a skilled barista. Lack any one, and you will not get a decent cup of coffee.

Cookie and cappuccino at Harris + Hoole

March 28, 2014
cappuccino and cookie

cappuccino and cookie

Nothing like a decent coffee and cookie.

Something you will not get at Costa.

Last week, Costa at Gatwick South Terminal. The week before, Costa at Guildford Station. On both occasions the coffee was undrinkable, it was vile. It looked disgusting too. The free coffee at Waitrose out of a machine is better, and that is not saying a lot. And the cakes, factory cakes.

How can anyone drink it on a regular basis? Maybe they have never in their life had a decent cup of coffee. And, unless you say otherwise, served in a cup too large and the coffee too hot. Maybe customers think they are getting a bargain by having super sized coffee, but why would you want super size of anything that is undrinkable? But then why do people eat at McDonald’s or KFC?

A pleasure therefore late this afternoon to have a decent coffee at Harris + Hoole in North Street in Guildford.

I was pleased I was able to sit upstairs as last couple of times upstairs has closed early. Though both upstairs and downstairs was busy.

Cappuccino and cookie at Harris + Hoole

February 7, 2014
cappuccino and cookie and Kobo Touch

cappuccino and cookie and Kobo Touch

I do not arrive until gone six o’clock, having spent most of the afternoon exchanging Kobo Touch at WHSmith, then installing software.

I try connecting Kobo Touch to Harris + Hoole wifi.

No problem, but accessing Kobo Store a waste of time.

I now see advantage of the kack-handed two stage download.

Use Kobo Store via laptop or computer to select e-book and transfer book to Kobo Library. Then, using Harris + Hoole wifi, download book to Kobo Touch.

Something to try another day.

Kobo Touch better than Kindle, has the BIG advantage of open source format for e-books, whereas Amazon Kindle is a propriety format.

Kobo Touch currently £30 in WHSmith (it was £90), the equivalent and inferior Kindle Touch is double the price.

I also recommend, download and install Calibre for e-book management.

Cappuccino and cookie at Harris + Hoole

February 4, 2014
cappuccino and cookie

cappuccino and cookie

Today cookies!

Reasonably quiet upstairs, apart from an idiot, sadly there is always one, who has to conduct a loud conversation on his mobile phone. Would be even quieter without the irritating background music.

Invite storyteller Steph Bradley to tell a few stories, each table has to buy a raffle ticket for a signed copy of Tales of Our Times (they can of course buy more than one, but minimum one).

Note: I am not doing the cappuccino justice, problem is it changes within minutes.

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